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The promise of the new covenant is that the new covenant will do what the old covenant could not really do. And what the old covenant could not really do is keep the kids.
So the new covenant is not the time when all the unfulfilled promises of the old covenant are abrogated. The new covenant is not the moment when God finally says, “Never mind.” The old covenant is not where God overpromised, and the new covenant is when He under-delivered. No, the new covenant is the time when the unfulfilled promises of the old covenant are finally brought to fruition and fulfilled.
Pattern - Old - Testament - People - Sin
We see this pattern in the Old Testament over and over and over again. The people get into sin. Then they consequently get into trouble. Then they cry out to the Lord. The Lord graciously delivers them. The people are grateful for ten minutes. Then you turn the page and the people are getting into sin . . .
But the fault of the covenant was not to be found in the covenant, but rather in the people.
Covenant - Occasion - Fault - Behold - Days
“For if that first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no occasion to look for a second. For he finds fault with them when he says: “Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will establish a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah” (Hebrews 8:7–8, ESV).
When God redresses this problem through the new covenant, He does not say something like “in the old covenant, your descendants were faithless, but in the new covenant I will sidestep that problem entirely by making your descendants irrelevant.”
Old - Testament - Figure - Israel - Tree
In the Old Testament, a standard figure for Israel was that of an olive tree. And if we remember this when we come to Romans 11, as we...
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