Call it the First Covenant, the Rainbow Covenant, the Noahide or Universal Covenant, natural law, or natural religion...
Whatever you call the eternal compact between God and mankind - between the Creator of all things and the whole human race - it's a source of great enlightenment and holiness: into Biblical religion's universal truths, to higher consciousness, and grace.
This is the age-old Covenant (of Chapter 9 of the Bible's Book of Genesis) of the Rainbow, also known as the Noahide Law - rational, universal law. In Hebrew, it's called the sheva mitzvot b'nei No'ach, the seven Commandments of the descendants of Noah. (Everybody's a descendant of Noah.)
These amazing principles of law, philosophy and faith absolutely bear Divinity on their face: in Hebrew, just 17 syllables of human language evokes a comprehensive eternal code of morality, law and conduct that, literally, defines what it means to be human.
Incidentally, these Precepts all flow logically from the Golden Rule (Leviticus 19:18 and 19:34). More particularly, they stem from the great universally Revealed Truth that God made man in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27, 9:6).
God gave the gift of Earthly dominion to mankind. As His designated planetary stewards, we are obliged to study these laws, the Torah teaches, cleave to them, and establish them in the world - in our national codes of law and custom and good morality. He put all the sons and daughters of men on notice of that Truth and of these laws, which follow from it. Futhermore, He holds us to these standards: all of us, not just as individuals but as members of society, are responsible, to Him, for living up to them, and exceeding them.
Check out this site, if you will. You may find what we found. Discovering the First Covenant brought us closer to the Torah - the People of Israel's Biblical Tradition - and to higher worlds of insight, decency, and power. Starting from great religious skepticism, years ago, we came upon this incredible wealth of wisdom. It opened our eyes.
May it do the same for you.
Michael Dallen, Director
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