Independence For All
With our celebration of Independence Day on Friday I was thinking about the nation of Israel and their independence. I was thinking about how God chose them and displayed His power to protect them. That is when it hit me. Israel was blessed when they obeyed the commandments of God. I think that this is the biggest difference between the Old and New covenants.
Throughout the Old Covenant Scriptures it says "If you obey my commandments" then it adds the blessing which is always followed by "but if you forget to follow all of these commandments" or "if you disobey the things written in the book of the Law," followed by punishment and curses. Deuteronomy 8 and 30:15-20 are just two places). Do you know that you will not find that kind of verbiage in the New Covenant?
Under the New Covenant it is "blessed are the meek...." or "pure in heart..." or "those that are persecuted for my name’s sake.” Do you know that the curse of the law was taken care of for every believer at the cross through Jesus Christ's sacrifice (Galatians 3:13)? There is nowhere in the New Covenant that pronounces a curse on any true believer.
I guess the point is this, under the Old Covenant the nation of Israel was blessed for obeying the Law of Commandments written in the first five books of the Bible. Under the New Covenant the Kingdom of God is established where the curse has been taken care of and we are blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places (Ephesians 1:3).
Under the New covenant we have truly been made independent. So when we celebrate this Friday (and every day) for the independence of our country let's also celebrate (every day) the life we have in Christ Jesus.