2 Kings 11: The Covenant

Jehoiada then made a covenant between the Lord and the king and people that they would be the Lord’s people. He also made a covenant between the king and the people. -2 Kings 11:17

When Jehoida the priest helped restore the rightful king to the people of God, it included a covenant. This covenant, or commitment, included two parts: one part to God, and one part between the king and the people.

As Christians, it’s easy to focus on making a binding commitment to God, to serve him and him alone. While we each struggle along the journey, our goal is to live for the Lord and his will.

Yet there is another part of Jehoiada’s covenant that is more difficult to apply. When God’s people restored rightful leadership, they committed to serving the king and the king committed to justly leading them. How can we apply this principle today?

In some sense, we can personally commit to serving our governing leaders, though few have a personal opportunity to verbalize such a commitment to one another. A more likely application would be for those leading in a work context. Managers can commit to justly leading his or her workers while workers can commit to faithful serving to their leaders. There may be other places where such a covenant could also apply, but the main idea is that our covenants are not always to the Lord. There may be times we need to make commitments to one another that help us to further our commitment to God as well.

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Dillon Burroughs is the author and coauthor of numerous books and is handwriting a copy of all 31,173 verses of the Bible at HolyWritProject.com. Find out more about Dillon at Facebook.com/readdB or readdB.com.


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