What your pastor never told you about the old testament – Part 1
Two covenants (Hebrew berith) and its corresponding word in the New Testament (Greek diatheke) make the Bible. The Bible (Greek biblos) simply means Book because it is eminently superior to any unassisted production of the human mind with Genesis being the seed-plot. Both covenants came by authoritative range of God. Both came by blood ritual (Ex 24:3-8; Mt 26:27-28; Heb 9:15-22) and both are supremely inspired (2Tim 3:16; 2Pet 1:20-21). The Synod of Jamnia (presumably held in Yavneh for the Old Testament) and the Synod of Hippo Regius (for the New Testament contributed to give us the Bible.
However, both covenants (testaments) are “distinctly” apart as the Old Testament was sealed with the blood of animals and the New Testament with the PRECIOUS blood of Christ (see above quotations).
Similarly, while the ordinances of the Old Testament have a limit (Gal 3:23-24; 4:4-5; Heb 1:1-2), the ordinances of the New Testament are still in unmistakable fascinating force, as they rest on the immutable Providence of God.
What many don’t know or deliberately refuse to know is that the Old Testament was a covenant between God and the Israelites (Jer 31:31; Amos 3:2).
The Holy Spirit, through Apostle Paul, stunningly declared, “What advantage then hath the Jew? Or what profit is there of circumcision? Much every way: chiefly, because that unto THEM were committed the oracles of God (Rom 3:1-2). Yes, unto the Jews was the Torah (the Old Testament) given. But in a very sharp contrast, the Apostle Paul revealed universally to the Gentiles “Wherefore remember that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; THAT AT THAT TIME ye were without Christ, being ALIENS from the Commonwealth of Israel and STRANGERS from the covenants of promise, having no hope and WITHOUT GOD in the world “ (caps mine Eph 2:11-12). The Torah and all its ordinances were for the Jews and not for us Gentiles.
But what do we see today? The Old Testament has been substituted with the New Testament to have a massive bite force by some men of God totally bereft of Apostle Paul’s statement” …Who also hath made us able ministers of the New Testament…” (2Cor 3:5-7).
All Bible excerpts are from the KJV.
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