But God- Covenant vs. Contract

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Let's continue our journey through Psalms 23. We are looking at the 'paths of righteousness' the shepherd is leading us on. Last week we talked a little about what is NOT meant by righteousness and this week I'd like to visit briefly about what Scripture is talking about when it talks about righteousness.

One thing we must understand about this word is that it is first and foremost a covenant word. What does that mean, you ask? To answer that I'll contrast some of the differences between a covenant and a contract, something we're more familiar with today. A contract is conditional and based in distrust. A contract states that if one party does or provides this or that, then the other party will fulfill their obligation. But, if either party fails to do this or that, then the other party is released from keeping their obligation. Distrust-based conditions.

A covenant on the other hand, is unconditional and based in trust. A covenant is one party giving themselves to another, binding themselves by blood, to fulfill their obligations regardless of the other party fulfilling their obligations. A covenant is for life, unto death, for better or for worse.


Our covenant-creating, covenant-entering, covenant-keeping God has made a vow to be our Shepherd! He is the Shepherd who has done all to retrieve us into His fold, thereby entering into covenant with Him which He entered into by the shedding of His own blood.

We will come to see that His righteousness and the covenant are the infrastructure of the paths we will walk together. It will be His faithfulness to us and our covenant that will guide our path and give us rest. Until next week…





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!


  • Kip Vangsgard
    Kip Vangsgard - April 28, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    Thanks for pointing out the difference between a contract and covenant. I have been studying the life of Moses. God made a covenant that Israel would be his chosen people. It is amazing the number of times Israel did not follow God, but God kept coming back and redirecting them. God never quit even when Israel did.

  • Paul Pirone

    I am really impressed to see and read the message that Robinson is sharing with a lost world. I am happy to see this upfront on your home page. This separates Robinson from the rest, up and above from the quality products you put in the industry. Keep proclaiming the gospel and spreading the news.

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