The Old Testament was good while it lasted, but I personally am glad I wasn’t born in a time and place when it was applicable. I thank God for his grace that brought about his New Testament every day. I can’t imagine why anyone would want to remain under the old, outdated covenant when God has always promised he would bring about a better one to replace it, especially when the better covenant is much simpler to deal with.
Nevertheless, a majority of Jews are still stuck in the old because they choose to ignore God’s clear promises and prophecies–promises to them partly due to his covenant with Abraham, but mainly for the salvation of all mankind. However, like most of us who tend to overlook blessings right in front of our eyes, most Jews who have believed in a coming Messiah have assumed Messiah would continue Mosaic law after his coming when Moses and the prophets pointed out Messiah would establish a new testament. These are the scriptures they miss:
- “The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.” Genesis 49:10. (Jacob, aka Israel, clearly says here a man called Shiloh (“peace”) would come from the tribe of Judah to be the final lawgiver and king to gather all people. By the very nature of this prophecy, this Shiloh’s kingship and laws would surpass all others, including Moses’ laws.)
- “The Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken… I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.” Deuteronomy 18:15, 18-19 (How can a prophet be like Moses? He would have to be a miracle worker, give out commandments from God for all to obey, and establish a covenant of great impact that all would have to adhere to if they wanted to avoid consequences for not adhering to it.)
- “Thus saith God the Lord, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein:I the Lord have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles; To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house. I am the Lord: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images. Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.” Isaiah 42:5-9 (Jehovah said someone would come who was called by God in righteousness to be a covenant for people, a light for Gentiles, who would free the imprisoned, open blind eyes (literally and figuratively) and that this would be a “new thing” unlike the former things like Mosaic law.)
- “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the Lord: But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” Jeremiah 31:31-34
Harry A. Gaylord