Hebrews (Program #41) – The New Covenant and the New Testament
Today we focus on the new covenant and the New Testament. One of the most remarkable revelations in the book of Hebrews.
Anyone familiar with the Bible knows that it is comprised of an Old and New Testament. But have we ever considered just what is a “testament” and how does it pertain to us?
Our message today is titled “The New Covenant and the New Testament”. Are these two terms synonyms? Testament and covenant even as these words are used in our translation of Hebrews are the same word in Greek. So, why do we translate the word “covenant” here and “testament” there? It’s because “covenant” and “testament” are to a certain extent synonymous but in a very significant way different.
Zechariah (Program #13) – The Prophecies of Encouragement (4)
In the Old Testament book of Zechariah, we are given extraordinary revelations of the New Testament Christ. We see Him as the Shepherd coming in an intimate and loving way to care for His scattered flock. We also see Him being rejected and even crucified for our redemption. But one of the most striking views of Christ in Zechariah is as the coming Triumphant Warrior to fight against Anti-Christ, the embodiment of Satan and to rescue God’s people, Israel, from their destiny on this earth, the war of Armageddon.
The emphasis on this life study was very New Testament in flavor. In both Jeremiah and Lamentations, there are some real gems of New Testament divine thought and revelations that come through. And we touch some of these early on in this life studies. So we’d thought that it will be interesting today to pull together three portions of those earlier programs as we review these high points.
Hosea (Program #7) – On Hosea (8)—Three Implications Concerning Christ
To every genuine believer the Bible becomes a sheer delight. One of the key elements that usher us into a deeper appreciation of the Bible is when we begin to discover clear, unmistakable passages in the Old Testament that reveal our dear Lord Jesus in rich detail. Some Old Testament passages are well known in this regard and unmistakable in how they reveal Christ. Like Psalm 8 and Isaiah 53 but there are so many other portions not so familiar and not quite so obvious, but once the key to seeing Christ has been provided to us, they are nonetheless full of rich and nourishing revelations of the One who is the central focus of every book and every chapter of the Bible. Such a passage is found on the first 4 verses of the Minor Prophets Hosea in Chapter 11.
The Bible, the infallible Word of God contains the entirety of the divine revelation. This one book reveals everything that God has for man. Nothing shall be added or deleted. Yet within the Bible, from the first page of Genesis to the last page of Revelation, the divine speaking progresses. Especially the books of Moses or Pentateuch as they are called, present us with all the great truth of the revelations of the Bible but in “seed form”. Just as a mighty oak contain in a tiny seed, all it needs is proper growth and development to be fully manifested. It’s against this backdrop that we begin today the life study of the fourth book of Moses, the book of Numbers. As we begin a tremendous life study that will show us God’s people formed together as a fighting army, to fight for His Kingdom and for His House.