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The Covenant Structure of Scripture

What is a covenant? Is there a difference between the Abrahamic covenant and the Sinai covenant, or are they basically the same? What is the relationship between the old and new covenants? On this program the hosts reveal how the study of ancient near-eastern treaties helps us to better understand all the different covenants we find mentioned in the Scriptures (originally aired 05-15-05).

Show Quote:

John the Baptist was the final prophet of the old covenant who came announcing to the nation of Israel that their time was about up. Like a prosecuting attorney, he came to announce that they had broken the terms of the Sinai covenant and that all the curses of the covenant mentioned throughout the Old Testament were about to come to pass. This is why he called them to repentance saying, “The axe is laid at the root of the tree” (Mt. 3:10). But in the midst of judgment, God remembered mercy. And this is why the very core of John’s message was to announce the “Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (Jn 1:29, 36). “He must increase,” John said, “but I must decrease” (Jn. 3:30).

Kim Riddlebarger

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