Monday, December 8, 2014

+DEV+ A New Covenant

Date: December 8, 2014 11:52 PM
Topic: +DEV+  A New Covenant

A New Covenant

"'The time is coming, declares the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah." Hebrews 8:8

Scripture Focus: Exodus 20:1-17; Jeremiah 31:31-34

Jewish tradition holds that God gave the Ten Commandments to Israel at Sinai exactly on the Feast of Weeks, 50 days after the Exodus from Egypt. Scripture says that "When the people saw the thunder and lightning and heard the trumpet and saw the mountain in smoke, they trembled with fear (Exodus 20:18). 

The first Pentecost was on a mountaintop, where God wrote His words on tablets of stone. And the LORD promised that there would be a time when He would write His laws not on stone, but on the hearts of His people. The law was given so that man could see the condition of his heart and his broken relationship with God. However, the law could only condemn; it couldn't save. 

Now we can have confidence through Jesus Christ before God, "Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant-not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life (2 Corinthians 3:5-6)."

Insight: The penalty of sin is death and nothing less. Someone had to pay that debt.

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