All my life I have been taught, I have read and understood that as a believer in Jesus Christ, God’s son and God himself that I am living under what is called the NEW Covenant. Therefore being under the New Covenant meant that some things in the old covenant still held true for us today but some things had changed. So is that true? Are we under a new covenant that did bring changes? I can say without a doubt that yes, we are under the NEW Covenant and it did bring change!!
This post like the first six will come from the perspective (belief) that JESUS is God’s son and God himself and that the whole bible (old and new) is full of God’s words, not man’s and therefore we can trust that GOD made sure that we had one book that is a completely reliable source of information for us to have faith in and live by.
For when there is a change of the priesthood, there must also be a change of the law.~Heb 7:12
It doesn’t say that the only difference between the old and the NEW is that the the “old” was being placed inward. GOD went on to say with a change in the priesthood, there must be a change of the law. So there was a NEW Covenant with a new law and this Covenant would be placed inward through the Holy Spirit.
When He said, “A new covenant,” He has made the first obsolete. But whatever is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to disappear. ~Heb. 8:13
The old has been completely done away with, but that doesn’t mean there are certain commands that GOD gave then, that HE would want us to disregard under the NEW. It is also clear that there were commands given in the old that are no longer binding on a believer under the NEW Covennat. In my mind there is no doubt that we are under a New Covenant and therefore with the new comes change and we must look at each and every command in the Old, in light of the New.
Jesus Foretells Destruction of the Temple
1 Jesus left the temple and was going away, when his disciples came to point out to him the buildings of the temple. 2But he answered them, “You see all these, do you not? Truly, I say to you,there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.” Matthew 24:1-2
GOD knew HE was going to allow the temple to be torn down. With the destruction of the temple goes the only possible way to obey over half of the commands of the Mosaic Covenant. I believe GOD allowed the destruction because it wasn’t needed anymore, and that HE wanted everyones eyes off the temple and on to HIM.
I would like to start by examining commands from the old; to see how we need to look at them under the NEW.
9And God said to Abraham, “As for you, you shall keep my covenant, you and your offspring after you throughout their generations. 10This is my covenant, which you shall keep, between me and you and your offspring after you: Every male among you shall be circumcised. 11You shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskins, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and you.
We know that circumsision is no longer required
Was any man called when he was already circumcised? He is not to become uncircumcised. Has anyone been called in uncircumcision? He is not to be circumcised. 1 Cor. 7:18
Killing of the Lamb at Passover
5Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male a year old. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats, 6and you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month, when the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill their lambs at twilight.[a] 7“Then they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which they eat it. 8They shall eat the flesh that night, roasted on the fire; with unleavened bread and bitter herbs they shall eat it. Exodus 12
So because JESUS was the perfect lamb sacrificed once and for all for GOD’s people, under the NT, sacrifices are no longer needed BUT this is not the same thing. This was in the observance of Passover. So to those that say they are still under the old laws; for passover they need to start sacrificing a lamb at twilight, take the blood and paint it on the doorpost, roast it on a fire (not in an oven), etc.. see more instructions in Exodus 12
Oh, and don’t invite an outsider (uncircumcised person) over to join you because they are not allowed.
The LORD said to Moses and Aaron, “This is the ordinance of the Passover: no [a]foreigner is to eat of it;.. Ex 12:43
No foreigner or hired servant may eat of it. Ex. 12:45
set apart to the LORD all that first opens the womb
12 you shall set apart to the LORD all that first opens the womb. All the firstborn of your animals that are males shall be the LORD’s. 13 Every firstborn of a donkey you shall redeem with a lamb, or if you will not redeem it you shall break its neck. Every firstborn of man among your sons you shall redeem. 14 And when in time to come your son asks you, ‘What does this mean?’ you shall say to him, ‘By a strong hand the LORD brought us out of Egypt, from the house of slavery. 15For when Pharaoh stubbornly refused to let us go, the LORD killed all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both the firstborn of man and the firstborn of animals. Therefore I sacrifice to the LORD all the males that first open the womb, but all the firstborn of my sons I redeem.’ 16 It shall be as a mark on your hand or frontlets between your eyes, for by a strong hand the LORD brought us out of Egypt.” Exodus 13
Read about redeeming the first born male human in Numbers 3
In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace Eph. 1:7
GOD no longer requires that we redeem the first born male human or animal because He gave HIS only unique son. JESUS paid the price for redemption once and for all.
4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 5 You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the LORD your God am a jealous God… Ex 20
Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry. 1 Cor. 10.14
GOD doesn’t want us to bow to anything, to hold anything in higher esteem than we hold HIM. This was true in the old and it is still true under the NEW. his doesn’t have to mean a carved object; it could be a hobby, a job, a relationship or even yourself.
13 “Pay attention to all that I have said to you, and make no mention of the names of other gods, nor let it be heard on your lips.
Well, these days we would be breaking this command by just naming most of the days of our weeks, some of the name of months and an assortment of other things all over the earth today. Also you couldn’t tell someone to meet you at a chinese restaurant to eat if it had the name of a false god. You might also be discussing GOD’s word; and therefore mention other gods, etc, would that be breaking this command?
“As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a whole heart and a willing mind; for the LORD searches all hearts, and understands every intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever. 1 Chron 28:9
“And God, who knows the heart, testified to them giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He also did to us; ..Matt
We can learn from the old and the NEW that GOD knows the intent of the heart. HE knows if we speak a gods name out of worship or evil and HE knows when we are innocent of any wrong doing in our heart.
Put to death a disrespectful child (did it matter the age?)
17 “Whoever curses[a] his father or his mother shall be put to death. Ex 20
15“Whoever strikes his father or his mother shall be put to death. Ex 20
Even those that say we are still under the Old, find an excuse for not following this command, but considering we are under the NEW, is this command still binding?
“Whoever hits you on the cheek, offer him the other also; and whoever takes away your coat, do not withhold your shirt from him either. Luke 6:29
and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us Matt. 6:12
This leads me to believe that this command to put a disobedient child to death is no longer binding under the NEW Covenant
Well, that is enough for now. For my 8th post in reference to the NEW Covenant, I will take a look at more commandments that were given under the old. What I see so far is that there is no doubt a change came with the NEW Covennat!!
For further consideration check out these article @ Hebrew for Christians: Should Christians follow the law of Moses , Are Christians restored to the Sinai Covenant , Which commandments do you choose to obey , 613 Commandments of Torah (Old Covenant)
I hope you might read the words in my first five-post in reference to the New Covenant: