Hebrews 8 - Steve Wiggins Daily Devotional
“For if that first covenant had been faultless, no opportunity would have been sought for a second one. But finding fault with His people, He says: ‘Look, the days are coming,’ says the L_rd, ‘when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah – not like the covenant I made with their fathers on the day I took them by their hand to lead them out of Egypt.’” Hebrews 8: 7-9a
I’ve been in the record business my entire adult life. Recently, I began making arrangements concerning my 15th commercially released music project. The terms of my first recording agreement outlined that (if the company wished) I was obligated to record six albums. Well, they DID wish, and I ended up recording 8 projects for them. I was blessed.
Most artists record one or two successful projects, but typically their music sours in the marketplace by album #3. Every artist dreads that phone call from the record executive, when they are politely “dropped” from the label.
It has been said that a record deal is like borrowing money from your grandmother. If your record is a flop, “granny” won’t make you pay her back…but she’ll also probably never loan you money again! Very few record companies would endure long-term market failure, just because they loved the artist and wanted them to grow and succeed. After all, it’s not “show friends”…it’s “show BUSINESS”.
In music industry terms, God is the world’s most benevolent A&R guy! (Artist & Repertoire)
A covenant is a contract, and there are MANY covenants in the Bible. Here’s a short list: Edenic, Noahic, Abrahamic, Mosaic, Covenant with Lot, Caananic, Davidic, National, Personal, and of course, the NEW Covenant.
If G_d was a record company, and mankind’s existence was based on market performance, we’d have all been dropped from the label, long ago!! But all those covenants, taken as a whole, paint a compelling picture of a Holy G_d’s desire to have a personal relationship with His human creation.
Let’s praise the L_rd that our redemption through His “New Covenant” is not based on our performancefaultlessness…but Yeshua’s. There is indemnity/security in our salvation because Yeshua, Himself is the guarantor.
~Steve Wiggins, Associate Leader, Worship Leader
Daily Devotional, Sunday, November 17, 2013