Understanding The Covenant
This is another article that started from a discussion between myself and some other worship leaders. To give some context, the discussion started by discussing the manifestations of God, and the manifestations of the Holy Spirit. But that discussion is not what I want to make the focus. There was a brother who kept using the same line over and over, and it became more argumentative than discussion. Here is the comment, “Show me a New Testament Scripture that.”
I couldn’t help but laugh. after about the third or fourth time he said it, I asked him a simple question which took him off guard. “Show me new testament scriptures that support half of the things you do during a worship service. I doubt you can find them.” I had him stumped and he knew it.
He wanted to have us to use only New Testament scriptures to prove our case, but he didn’t have any of those scriptures to prove his own case. The closest he could come is, “I don’t see that in the new testament.’ Which doesn’t help us out. But the more he continued down that line the more I continued down a new line.
My thinking had left the discussion of the spirit entirely and was now focused on How many of us want to dismiss the “Old Testament” as if it is somehow inferior because we have the new testament. This view is destructive, because Paul said, “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. ” 2nd Timothy 3:16-17
This means both testaments are important and need to be looked at. I dislike even using the Term “Old” and “New” I love just calling it the Bible. Because It paints one picture, and tells one story. It tells the story of the covenant. Now, of course in your mind, you are thinking, But wait, there are two covenants. This is also wrong, there are many covenants in the Bible. The three most notable are “The Mosaic Covenant” which we call the law of Moses. The “New Covenant” which is the blood of Messiah Yeshua spilled. Also there is the “Abrahamic Covenant” which was before the covenant of Moses, and The Bible tells us that the Blood of Messiah allows us to be grafted or adopted into the Abrahamic covenant.
When I say the covenant. I am pointing to something different than those three. I am talking about the covenant of a God who is in search of Man, and a Man who is in search of God. All three of the previously mentioned covenants are in this end.
First, God wanted relationship with Man, so he called Abraham to be separate and blessed him. God made covenant with Abraham because he loved Abraham and wanted to be in relationship with him.
Second, God wanted relationship with the Children of Israel, so he made covenant with them. He gave them the law and set a relationship so that Many could be in Him. God’s covenant with Abraham was God to Man. This was God to a Nation.
Third, God wanted relationship with the whole of the world. So he sent Messiah to endure the pain and the shame of the Cross. By the blood of Yeshua all have been given the ability to walk in relationship with the Lord.
The story of the Bible is more than an Old testament and a New one. The Bible tells the story of a God who wanted to be in relationship with Man. It tells the story or people who have been given access to walk in relationship with God. However we want to compartmentalize the Bible. We want to act like the latter portions are more important and make the earlier half look weak. This is not the case. The Old Testament loses nothing because of the New. In fact without the New testament the old would be incomplete. Hebrews 11 tells us that. However, without the old testament the new makes no sense.
It is in Genesis that we see the world created, and creation fall. In the Old Testament we see the nature of the world and the need for salvation. If we didn’t see that, we wouldn’t have the same understanding of Why did Jesus need to come to earth?
The Bible is One Story, and we need to experience the fullness of the Story. We need to experience the God that is searching for man, and become the Man that runs to God.