Then God spoke all these words, saying,
Exo 20:2 ¶“I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.
Exo 20:3 ¶“You shall have no other gods before Me.
Exo 20:4 ¶“You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth.
Exo 20:5 “You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me,
Exo 20:6 but showing loving kindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
Exo 20:7 ¶“You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain.
Exo 20:8 ¶“Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Exo 20:9 “Six days you shall labor and do all your work,
Exo 20:10 but the seventh day is a sabbath of the LORD your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you.
Exo 20:11 “For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day and made it holy.
Exo 20:12 ¶“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the LORD your God gives you.
Exo 20:13 ¶“You shall not murder.
Exo 20:14 ¶“You shall not commit adultery.
Exo 20:15 ¶“You shall not steal.
Exo 20:16 ¶“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
Exo 20:17 ¶“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife or his male servant or his female servant or his ox or his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”
These ten laws are the basis of the old covenant. These laws were the sign markers of who God’s elect people. They were different. The rest of the world were marching to a different drummer. They were idol worshipers of multiply gods, all of which were of man made idols to worship in their communities. It was smorgasbord of deities that cover all your sins.
God’s people were under different sign markers as their identity. God was a jealous God. His people were special, they were different, they were seen as a very special people.
Then it changed. His people had not kept up their commitment to the covenant to have the identity of God’s people. It was unattainable for them to keep. God’s identity had been tainted in his people. These identity markers of God’s people was unobtainable. By themselves it was not going to work in this covenant. God had to prove that it could be done. Reaching within himself, He used his son to be the ‘people’ of God’s covenant. He was the reality of what could be accomplished thru man and God together.
This Last statement was of a different spirit. It was God led. It was for man.
This was to be the beginning of something beautiful. It was God and man intertwined together as one. God had shown the world that ‘through’ him it was possible to have his creation be with him.
It was God in Man,Man in God.
Now the new covenant, the new identity markers were changed to show this new identity!
It was two things, just two. They covered everything that was of before but thru Christ is was different. It had it be, it was thru Christ.
Those two things, Love God and Love everyone!
It was different than the first covenant. It not just thru man’s ability to be the identity of God’s people, it was now God in them that makes them God’s people.
This was a life changing event in God’s people.
But with this astonishing event comes some baggage, man is still carrying the old covenant around with them.
Is it a misunderstanding? is it denial? or is it still man trying to rule?
Why is man still using the blueprint of the old covenant, as the ‘way’. Let’s still use the formula of the old ways. See the ten commandments above.
No other God than God.
Observe the Sabbath.
Bring your tithes to the store house.
Honor your Mother and Father.
These identity markers are old, unobtainable for man. Man is only in it for himself. Man is jealous of himself. God’s people are now different. They are of Christ now. Christ has changed the identity of man. He is one with Him. God’s new people are now shining like the light upon the hill. It is the identity that God has wanted for along time. He wanted man’s identity to be the same as His. This is the picture that goes back along ways. God was considered to be up above. God was as high as far as man can see. It was perceived as God at the top of the mountain. It was there that Moses met God in person to receive the ten commandments. This place is Holy.
This is exactly where God’s identity is to be realized. Holy,God’s realm of rule, His communion with man together. This is actually the ‘The Eternal Purpose’ of God.