© August 1, 2018 | Schulter Etyang
Jeremiah 11:3-5 (NLT)
This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: Cursed is anyone who does not obey the terms of my covenant! For I said to your ancestors when I brought them out of the iron-smelting furnace of Egypt, “If you obey me and do whatever I command you, then you will be my people, and I will be your God.” I said this so I could keep my promise to your ancestors to give you a land flowing with milk and honey—the land you live in today.’” Then I replied, “Amen, Lord! May it be so.”
Which covenant is this? It is the Old Covenant, the law of Moses given to the nation of Israel in Exodus 20 NLT.
Jeremiah 11:3-5 is a snapshot of the law of Moses. In the law of Moses, they were cursed if they did not obey God’s voice and did not do whatever God commanded. If they obeyed, they became God’s people and he became their God. Their obedience would cause God to keep his promise to their ancestors – to give them a land flowing with milk and honey—the land you live in today.
Have things changed? Yes, they have. We live in the New Covenant.
In the New Covenant, Jesus met all of God’s commands. Jesus obeyed God’s voice and did whatever God commanded. He obeyed for you and did whatever God commanded for you. And by his obedience, God kept the promise he gave to Jesus who was acting on your behalf (the New Covenant is a covenant between God and Jesus who is your representative). In the New Covenant, you get more than just land – flowing with milk and honey. In the New Covenant, you get all the promises of God in Christ Jesus. (2 Corinthians 1:20 NKJV)
I love explaining to Christians and non-Christians the difference between the Old Covenant and the New. I think knowing the difference between the two nourishes and enriches your Christian experience, makes you a better defender of the faith, enables you to be a better marketer of the faith, and makes the Christian faith attractive to the world.
Hey, I just made you aware of the difference. If you are a Christian, rest in Jesus’ obedience on your behalf and receive all the promises of God in Jesus that are yes and amen. Non-Christian, this is the singular most specific difference between Christianity and other faiths or worldviews. Please consider what Christianity offers.
That’s what grace looks like