Bible Reading Blog — February 16, 2016

16 Feb

Today’s Readings — Deuteronomy 26-28 & Mark 9:30-32

We are getting close now to finishing the reading of the first five books of the Bible, often referred to as the law of God. These books formed the foundation of Israel’s understanding of itself and of God. What we find as we go through them is one story from Genesis to Deuteronomy. The beginnings of each book read like a continuation of the previous book, as we see history unfold from creation through the formation of the nation of Israel and their journey to the Promised Land.

In the end, we see in these books the establishment of covenants, or agreements between God and people. There is the Adamic covenant. This covenant was conditional. Adam and Eve would flourish under God’s blessing so long as they obeyed but if they disobeyed they would be cursed. Then we have the Noahic covenant. This was a one way covenant of God’s promise to never again destroy the earth with a flood. In chapter 12 of Genesis, we have the Abrahamic covenant, which was again a one way covenant of blessing from God to Abraham. He promised Abraham a nation, land and a Savior and Abraham’s task was to trust God and follow Him. This covenant formed the basis of God’s choosing of Israel to be His nation, not because of anything in them but because of God’s gracious choice. Finally, we have the Mosaic covenant, the covenant which is highlighted in Deuteronomy 28. This is the covenant of law. It is a two way covenant, with God’s blessings or curses being conditional based on the obedienceĀ or disobedience of the people.Their obedience or disobedience would profoundly affect their lives. In part, this life of struggle in the two way covenant would be a tool God would use to show Israel (and us) the need for a righteousness we don’t have, which, in the fullness of time, God would give to us through the coming of the perfect Son of God, the Lord Jesus, to the earth.

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