The Old Covenant
Consider what Malachi said:
(1) The dangers of intermarriage; we run the risk of apostasy if we yield to the spouse or cannot convert the spouse. The greatest possibility is to yield.
(2) False worship and false teachings; unholy conduct. If we do not worship in spirit and in truth, according to the pattern of the New Testament, we worship falsely. If we live to the lusts of our own desires, we exhibit unholy conduct.
(3) What are the blessings and the effective corrective measures?
1. When you see a brother in error, then teach him and admonish him, going to the elders if necessary.
2. Anger should not remain between brothers.
3. We learn the constancy of God’s word and understand the truths of the Old Testament.
4. Under the New Testament we learn how to incorporate the truths of the Old Testament in our lives, in order to serve God as He wants us to serve Him.
5. What did the children of Israel do in remembrance of their sins under the blood of bulls and goats: observed the Passover at the given time required by God concerning the exodus from Egypt. What do we do in remembrance of Christ’s blood: observing the Lord’s Supper on the first day of the week concerning Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection in the manner of the first century Christians.
Moses brought Israel out of ‘Egypt’, and Christ brings us out of ‘sin’.
Jesus said the greatest commandment was to “love thy God with all thy heart; and the second to love thy neighbor as thyself”. How do we display this love toward God? Do we forget what God was like in the Old Testament, and make the New Testament mean what we want it to mean? I say, nay! God does not change and His indictment to Jeremiah was:
Jer. 5:6-7: “Because their transgressions are many their backslidings have increased. How shall I pardon you for this? Your children have forsaken Me and sworn by those that are not gods.”
Jeremiah 5:26-29: “For among My people are found wicked men; They lie in wait as one who sets snares; They set a trap; They catch men. As a cage is full of birds, So their houses are full of deceit. Therefore they have become great and grown rich. They have grown fat, they are sleek; Yes, they surpass the deeds of the wicked; They do not plead the cause, The cause of the fatherless; Yet they prosper, And the right of the needy they do not defend. Shall I not punish them for these things?’ says the LORD. ‘Shall I not avenge Myself on such a nation as this?’ Does He not mean to bring the same judgment upon all, even those of us under the “Royal Law”, who do these same things? Will He allow one dispensation to do as they please because of His grace out of all the generations that he tried so hard to bring under His learning and statutes, refusing to allow them to enter into His rest because of their disbelief and lack of obedience? Even though He made it easier for us when we are “in Christ”, Christ still said, “Observe all things I have taught you”. He taught by action, fulfilling all righteousness under the Law as well as by His word.