Tuesday, 21 April 2015
The Promise of a New Covenant
The New Covenant is, first, with the house of Israel and Judah (see Jer. 31:31). The Messianic Age does indeed include Gentiles who have fellowship with God in an age of Israel's full restoration ; but an offer of salvation to the Gentiles is not in clear view in these passages.
Second, the covenant will be different from the Mosaic Covenant, which God offered after the Exodus.
Third, this difference is expressed as God's Law or Torah being written on the hearts of the people of the nation (see Jer. 31:33). Ezekiel says, "a new heart I will give you... and I will take out of your flesh the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh" (Ezek. 36:26 RSV). After adding the fourth and fifth features, he continues with the promise that God will cause them to walk in "my statutes and be careful to observe my ordinances" (Ezek. 36:27 RSV). The New Covenant is therefore not an abrogation of Torah, but an ability to walk in Torah!
Jewish Roots, Chapter One: The Biblical Meaning of Israel