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The Gospel – Introduction – The period up to the Apostles

Let me consolidate some of the themes that we have seen in the Old Testament and gospels as I have presented them in earlier posts. God created the earth and it was ‘very good’. The creation of human beings in … Continue reading

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Kingdom in decline – Promises and expectations

Everything seemed ‘on the up’ for the ‘children of Israel’ and God’s promises to Abram, Moses and David seemed to be coming to fulfillment and completion.

Then Solomon and the ‘children of Israel’ broke the Covenant – they strayed and began to worship other gods. Thus began a period of decline, corruption and division. The unified Kingdom under David and Solomon split into two rival kingdoms, critical of each other. There were a series of corrupt kings, and then the threat of defeat and conquest by rival nations such as Assyria and Babylon.

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Ignorance (1) – The Jews

Even the Israelites sometimes acted in ignorance – they sometimes did not realize the mistakes that they were making. What sort of language does the bible use to describe this ignorance on the part of the Jews? It uses terms like this: ‘You foolish and senseless people, who have eyes but do not see, who have ears but do not hear’ (Jeremiah 5 v 21). Ignorance involves mistaken thinking and affections arising from insensitivity, blindness and deafness. An ignorant person has physical eyes to see with and ears to hear with but they do not see or hear what God is saying. They are not sensitive and responsive enough to be aware of God, they have a dullness of mind and so they adopt a pattern of thinking and behaviour that is silly and foolish, and tend to follow their own passions and desires. Continue reading

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Jews, Gentiles and Christians

In His Covenant with Abram, God made certain promises and commitments to Abram and his fleshly descendants through Isaac – descendants who became the ‘children of Israel’ or the Israelites. It was through the nation of Israel that God chose to reveal His purposes concerning restoration and deliverance. It was through Israel that the Deliverer would come. It was through Israel that the other nations of the world would be blessed. As such, the ‘children of Israel’ were set apart. Continue reading

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Covenant Law and God’s Promises

When God gave His Covenant Law at Sinai to the ‘children of Israel’ through Moses, did God’s Covenant of Law nullify or render useless God’s earlier Covenant and promises that God had made to Abram and his fleshly descendants through Isaac? Was God’s Covenant with Abram superseded or made of no effect? Continue reading

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The Siniatic Covenant of Law

God came down from the spiritual realm of heaven to meet Moses on Mount Sinai. It was here that God made a further Covenant with the ‘children of Israel’ – not with all of humanity – but with Abraham’s fleshly descendants through Isaac. This Covenant is an elaboration or enhancement of the Covenant that God made with Abraham. In it, God revealed more details, more information about His plan of restoration in general and his purposes for the ‘children of Israel’ in particular. Continue reading

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Covenants after Abraham up until Jesus the Messiah

God’s Covenant with Abraham was not the last Covenant that God made. There are a number of Covenants recorded in the Jewish Scriptures that make up the Old Testament of our Bible. As to how many Covenants were made – well it depends on which Scripture commentator you read. Continue reading

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