Contrasting the Two Covenants (Part 1)

I think it is safe to say that most folks who know anything about the Bible know that it is divided into two major sections: the Old Testament & the New Testament (sometimes called the Old & New Covenants). However, many of those same people do not have a good grasp on the differences between the two covenants. Many seem to think that the differences are unimportant and that you can pick & choose what you like from the Old or New Testaments, just as long as it comes from somewhere in the Bible.

This is a seriously flawed notion. Our aim in this series is to take a careful look at both the Old & New Covenants; we're going to contrast them to see just how many significant differences there are. Hopefully, when we're through, it will be clear in everyone's mind that although the Old Testament is still important today for us to study and learn from, we are not under it as a law system. Instead we are to be guided by the law of Christ (i.e., the New Testament), and the things we do must be authorized by the New Testament, not the Old.

We're going to look at 12 points of contrast in all. Primarily we'll be reading from God's word with a few comments added. You are encouraged, of course, to open your Bibles and consider these quotations in their wider contexts. Many of the New Testament readings will come from the book of Hebrews, which deals extensively with this theme.

1. The Old Covenant was given by Moses,

2. The Old Covenant was given to Israel only,

3. The Old Covenant was written on stone,

4. God found fault with the Old Covenant,

We will continue this study in our next lesson.