I have been absent from blogging, but not from reading thru the Bible, so after a long absence I will share a few thoughts on some of the things that caught my attention as I have been reading.
Much has been written about the New Covenant. Some have even created a partition between the Old and New. As if everything in the old has been set aside by the new. That is a concept taught in both Islam and Mormonism. If another, later prophet teaches something contrary to what was written earlier, then the newer teaching replaces the old. Some think that the “new covenant” that God established was with the Gentiles and did away with the “old covenant” He had made with Israel. I don’t see that in scripture. We do know that the Mosaic covenant did not set aside the Abrahamic covenant, neither did the Davidic covenant set aside the Mosaic covenant. He made a new covenant, not with the Gentiles, but with Israel.
Jeremiah 31:30 “Here, the days are coming,” says Adonai, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Y’hudah”. (CJB)
Jeremiah 10:16 “…Israel is the tribe he claims as his heritage; Adonai-Tzva’ot is his name.” (CJB)
Matthew 15:24 “He answered, I was only sent to the lost sheep of Israel.” (NAS)
In His letter to the Romans, chapter 11, Paul tells them they (from the wild olive tree) have been grafted into a cultivated olive tree, that is Israel.
For me, the puzzle pieces fell into place when I finally understood that the new covenant did not set aside the old. YHWH does not have two sets of people with two different sets of rules. There is not the harsh, judgmental God of the Old Testament and a loving, forgiving God of the New Testament. We are not polytheists. There is but one God. (Deut. 6:4) He has one people, Israel and one set of rules to live by, Torah.