Length: 300 pgs
Author: O. Palmer Robertson
Too many Christians fail at understanding the Scriptures because they don’t understand the Scriptures. That is, they fail to understand a certain Biblical text, say Leviticus 4, because they don’t understand the larger context that Leviticus 4 finds itself in. That is to say not simply that they haven’t thoroughly digested Leviticus, or even the Pentateuch, but the Bible as a whole. Funny that we refer to the Bible as a book, fail to realize that it is composed of 66 books, and then further fail to recognize the great overarching, unifyingstoryline that binds it all together. The fancy word for this big story is metanarrative. We read all the mini-narratives forgetting to place them within the metanarrative.
To Johnny-pew-sitter I must say that preachers and teachers are primarily to blame for such ignorance. People in the pew don’t get the metanarrative because the sermons are too small to contain it.
Towards understanding is understanding the concept of covenant. Covenant frames all of Scripture. It is the bones of Scripture. Throughout Scripture God only relates to man within covenant, never outside of it. Everyone stands in relation to God either as a covenant breaker, or covenant keeper. You are either heir to the promises of the covenants, or under the curse for violating covenant.
In The Christ of the Covenants O. Palmer Robertson masterfully deals with the covenants of scripture. In part one he deals with the nature, extent, unity, and diversity of the divine covenants. In parts two and three he then goes on to treat each of the covenants we see in the Bible: the covenant of creation, the Adamic covenant, the Noahic covenant, the Abrahamic covenant, the Mosaic covenant, the Davidic covenant, and the New Covenant.
This book is not self-help, it is not immediately practical, it is not pragmatic, but it is epic. You will be left stunned by the wonder of God’s one plan of redemption as it unfolds progressively through the covenants. This ain’t no Little Golden Book, it is a book about the biggest story ever.
A covenant is a bond in blood sovereignly administered. When God enters into a covenantal relationship with men, he sovereignly institutes a life-and-death bond. A covenant is a bond in blood, or a bond of life and death sovereignly administered.