A Covenant vs. A Contract


Let's chat again about our Shepherd, as seen in the 23rd Psalm. Thus far we've translated the first verse as "I AM is shepherding me. I have everything I need." Our shepherd is the great I AM, the verse is in the present tense, and because He's my shepherd, I am lacking nothing. Let's expand on that ever so briefly. To do so, let's flip back to the first line. The name He gives David here is His covenant name. Being a shepherd in that time brings to mind a bit of this relationship we have been brought into with Abba. As we will see as we go along, being a shepherd was almost more of a calling than it was a job. In a job, you have entered into a contract. Here Abba is reminding David He has a covenant relationship with his sheep. A covenant is drastically different than a contract. A covenant is based on trust, a contract on distrust. A covenant is unconditional while a contract is conditional. You do your part, I'll do my part. In a covenant it is simply, I'll do my part. Our Shepherd is faithful. It is not dependent on you being faithful to your part! Wow! You cannot change His mind, His heart, His attitude or His commitment.

Let's thank Him for being Who He is. Try not to be amazed. Rejoice





If you want to know what someone really thinks, just listen to what they say after the word  ‘but’ …so it is here with…”but God!”“


Note: “but God” is a weekly ministry of Robinson Outdoors Products written for us by pastor and spiritual counselor, Thomas Paige. “But God” is posted each week on the ScentBlocker website and can be found there along with the archives of messages of past years and months from Thomas. “But God” is also posted each week on ScentBlocker Facebook page and on Twitter.


You may ask, “why would Robinson, an outdoor products company with brands ScentBlocker and Tree Spider, making  products for hunters, spend its time on something like “but God”?”  Great question, as we here at Robinson consider our work place our mission field, our products bearing the John 3:16 inscription our outreach. For 2014, there will be a laminated waterproof jacket pocket insert that contains the salvation message printed in two languages. And, we ask the Lord to provide more opportunities for us to be a light unto a dark world.


What responses do we receive from our customers? Each week thousands and thousands of people read the “but God” message online. We receive dozens and dozens of appreciative emails, rejoicing that a company has the courage to stand up for what it believes despite perhaps it not being the most popular thing to do these days. God has blessed our lives and our  business!


I hope you will enjoy this weeks’ “…but God” as Thomas continues the series, unto the Lord!

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