The Dispensations of God

One way to gain an overall perspective of God’s special revelation is to focus on the Biblical covenants (as we recently did). Another way to understand the meta-story of the Bible — “to rightly divide the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15) — is to focus on the doctrine...

Biblical Covenants Part 8

The Mosaic Law is described by Paul as the “the middle wall of partition” (Ephesians 2:14 ASV), that is to say the “law of commandments contained in ordinances” (Ephesians 2:15). If, during the time that the Mosaic Law was applicable – from Sinai to the cross of the...

Biblical Covenants Part 7

Jeremiah 31 was written when Israel had become apostate through disobedience to God to such an extent that their entire national rescue from Egypt was effectively reversed into exile (Barrick 1999:228). The Theocratic kingdom was established at Mount Sinai, but was...

Biblical Covenants Part 6

Can a nation have a kingdom without a king? Israel was not without a king, because God is its King (cf. 1 Samuel 8:5-8), but Israel insisted on having a king like the human kings of all the surrounding nations, someone with a human nature. What happened then? After...

Biblical Covenants Part 5

If God made promises to Abraham and his posterity and if the Theocratic kingdom commenced at Mount Sinai, can a nation have a kingdom if it does not have a land? When Israel’s time of wandering in the wilderness had almost been completed and Moses addressed them for...