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A (PROBABLY) TRUSTWORTHY COVENANT
A recent survey found Amazon.com to be the second most trusted institution in the United States (behind only the military). Americans believe in an unspoken agreement that Amazon is trustworthy and will treat them fairly. Some people—including some Amazon shareholders—believe the company is in danger of violating that unwritten covenant by selling its proprietary face recognition technology to governments or law enforcement. Some are concerned that this would be a violation of confidentiality and privacy that could lead to bias against certain categories of shopper.
A (COMPLETELY) SUPERIOR COVENANT
When Jesus instituted the New Covenant, He made an agreement between God and man that is built on “better promises” (Hebrews 8:6) than the Old Covenant was. The bread and cup of Communion are symbols of God’s trustworthiness and reminders of the superior covenant He entered into with those who will receive it. In this week’s lesson, we will understand the meaning of the New Covenant and how it impacts our lives.
- In the information age, when big companies like Amazon, Facebook, and Google are watching our behaviors and even our facial expressions, how can we be sure we can trust what they’re doing?
- What are some examples of tokens or symbols of good faith that people have used to increase trust that a contract or agreement will be upheld? (Example: Earnest money payment.)
- Do you have a covenant or agreement you have made with God? If so, describe it.
- Music video, traditional: “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus”
- Music video, multicultural: “My God” by Nashville Life Music
- Music video, contemporary: “A Thousand More” by Thrive Worship
- Barclay’s Study Bible on Mark 14 and Hebrews 8
- Guzik’s Commentary on Mark 14 and Hebrews 8
- WorkingPreacher Commentary on Mark 14:12-25
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