The Marriage Covenant

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Covenant of Creation, Genesis 1-5

The Covenant of Creation is the foundation of the universe, and of the entire human race before sin entered the world. It describes the purpose of man's creation and the meaning of his existence on the planet. In this covenant, God committed Himself to the wise ordering and continuance of the universe until His purposes are fulfilled. Even though the word covenant is not found in the account of creation, Jeremiah 33:20, 25 refers back to God's Covenant of Creation : "Thus says the LORD: 'If you can break My covenant with the day and My covenant with night, so that there will not be day and night in their season . . . If My covenant is not with day and night, and if I have not appointed the ordinances of heaven and earth . . . '"

The Covenant of Creation is two-fold: (1) The ordering of the universe (2) Man's purpose.

With God as the "greater ruler," He has the authority to impose a covenant on His creation. Since the other party is not an equal, there is nothing they can offer to the covenant except obedience. God's creation -- the stars, sun, earth, etc. -- continue to work in harmony according to their design; in other words, they cannot choose to co-operate. Man, on the other hand, was given a will; he can choose to obey God's covenant or disobey. God gave man a free will because He desires mankind to love Him by his own choice.

In the Covenant of Creation, God provided life, food, and fellowship for man. He also pronounced death as the penalty for breaking the limit that He placed on their dominion. "And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, 'Of every tree of the...