THE ABRAHAMIC COVENANT

Abram was told by God to leave his family and homeland and go to a place God would show him. God promised to make him a great nation and a source of blessing for all the families of the earth (the descendants of Noah) (Gen. 12:1-3). After many years, when Abram was 99 years old, God changed his name to Abraham and made a covenant with him (Gen. 17:1-21). The covenant was specific.

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THE NEW COVENANT

God set the parameters of the present creation through the Covenant with Noah. He established his people through whom He would restore the creation through the covenant with Abraham. At Sinai, He began the covenant of blessings and curses with His people Israel. In the Davidic covenant he affirmed the restoration of the Kingdom of Israel with the Son of David and the Levitical priesthood. While each of these covenants have remained valid and in force, none of them have been brought into full and complete manifestation. This ultimate fulfillment of the covenants requires a final and ultimate covenant that will complete and fulfill all of the others. This is called the New Covenant.

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THE MYSTERY OF THE GOSPEL

There is a mystery, hidden in God, from ages past that has now been revealed to His holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit. Paul speaks of this mystery in the book of Ephesians. He gives a clear and specific statement of the Mystery of Messiah – that the Gentiles are fellow heirs and fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of the promises in Messiah Yeshua (Jesus) through the Gospel.

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THE GOSPEL AND THE COVENANTS

The Gospel is related to the New Covenant and the ultimate fulfillment of all the covenants of God. The Gospel emerges in the book of Isaiah 40:1-11. This text brings comfort to Israel and “Good News” that the glory of the Lord is about to be revealed. A voice crying in the wilderness will call to prepare the way of the Lord. The Lord God will come, and like a shepherd, tend His flock. This text is followed by the description of the Servant of the Lord (Isaiah 42).
Isaiah continues to express this hope to Israel and mentions the “Good News” again in chapter 52. “How lovely on the mountain is the feet of him who brings good news announcing peace”. The Lord will show His salvation in the sight of the Nations and the God of Zion will reign and restore Jerusalem. This is followed by a description of the Servant of the Lord suffering (Isaiah 53).

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Moses, Leadership, and Humility

Parashat Pekudei

No task is ever below our dignity. No matter how far we climb on the social ladder, we should never think too highly of ourselves. How is this supported in this week’s parasha? The answer is found where G-d calls Moses to be personally involved in the building and erecting of the Tabernacle:

“HaShem spoke unto Moses, saying: ‘On the first day of the first month, you are to set up the Tabernacle, the tent of meeting (Exodus 40:1-2).’”

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