Glenn Beck recently made the statement that George Washington made a 4-hour covenant with God, which, in his opinion, means that the United States of America is the only other nation, besides Israel, to do so. He is saying that the good ‘ol USA is a covenant nation.
Watch the video, then I will explain why Beck’s theology is so far off base.
The real problem is that when it comes to the covenants that God made, the covenants were always covenants that God made! Not the other way around. God is the One who covenanted with mankind (the rainbow after the flood), with Abraham, with Israel after the Exodus, with David, and finally, in the New Covenant through Christ. God initiated all of those covenants, not the other way around. I know there were times when Israel would repent and renew the covenant with God, but those were renewals, not making something new. Under the New Covenant, nations do not get to covenant with God.
Another problem, why was there no blood sacrifice involved in the covenant by George Washington? What did he sacrifice to indicate what would happen if either party broke the covenant? I ask this because the way covenants were made, there was typically an animal split down the middle, and both parties, taking hands, walked between the two pieces of the carcass indicated what would happen to either party that broke the covenant. Mr. Beck seems to fail to mention when it was that George Washington did this.
Praying for four hours is one thing, making a covenant is another. This theology that Beck is spewing is right out of his Mormon background, not the Bible. Remember that Beck places the book of Mormon on par with Scripture. I know that it was reported that he became a Christian recently, but even if this is true, he is in no place to become a pastor/teacher and start teaching his theology. If he truly has become a Christian, then he needs to grow for a while in his theology and understanding, throwing out the wretched teachings of Joseph Smith, for the pure doctrine of God’s word. Even the Apostle Paul had to do the same thing when he was converted on the road to Damascus.
But the real issue is that George Washington does not have the right in Scripture to make a covenant with God. God has made all the covenants He is going to make and the final covenant has been given through the only Mediator we have for such covenants, Jesus Christ. It is through Christ’s blood that the last covenant, the New Covenant, has been ratified. The writer of Hebrews shows us in the ninth chapter that the earlier covenants were insufficient, but in the New Covenant, Christ’s sacrifice was enough to ratify the covenant and qualify Him as the Mediator of that covenant. Now here is an important point: the covenant says nothing of a new land being obtained. The covenant is spiritual in nature: And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance. The writer of Hebrews explains that the earlier covenant, which focused on a physical temple and the land, is replaced by the new covenant, which focuses on the temple in heaven, made without hands. The old temple was merely a shadow of the One that came through Christ and His ministry. But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. The focus was on the heavenly and more perfect temple, not the earthly temple which was merely a copy.
Glenn Beck seems to think that this world is what God is seeking to save, through our country. Yet, God is no longer working through political boundaries. He is working through the Kingdom of God, which is spiritual in nature, and eternal. Let me leave you with the final words of Hebrews 9.
23 Therefore it was necessary that the copies of the things in the heavens should be purified with these, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 24 For Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us; 25 not that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood of another— 26 He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. 27 And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, 28 so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.
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