Covenant Renewal in History (Through New Eyes)
- May 07, 2021
- Steve Macias
The Movement of History in James B Jordan’s Through New Eyes.
Download the chapter here: https://www.stevemacias.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Movement.pdf
The Movement of History: “After the fall man entered into a decline.” (p. 167)
The World of Noah “Covenant Renewal” (Noahic Covenant)
- Christian view of Time is not “cyclical” but linear in liturgical rhythmic patterns. (recreate)
- Pagan view: ”wheel of time”or seasonal. (reincarnate)
Ark Symbols: Land vs. Sea; 3 stories; dictated dimensions, wood/tree, dove, Mt. Ararat, warbow
Priest-Kings vs. Babel “Gate of heaven” & “let us make for ourselves a name” & 70 nations.
The World of the Patriarchs (Abrahamic Covenant)
“Designating one nation, the Hebrews, to be priests to the rest.” (p. 182)
Father/Patriarch as priest, father of all nations. (Rom 4:11) patria ‘family’ + arkhes ‘ruling’.
“The promise to Abraham was that a righteous people would fill the earth as the dust, and that a righteous people would rule the earth as the stars. The Kingdom of God, the spiritual people of Abraham, would someday cover the earth and rule it.” (p. 189)
Altars and Evangelism: “The building of altars of evangelism preceded the cultural conquest. If we wish to build a Christian civilization in our land, we had best start with altars.” (191)
The World of the Tabernacle (Mosaic and Davidic Covenant)
Change in priesthood, also entailed a change in law (Hebrews 7:12).
Patriarchs : circumcision :: Mosaic : Passover
“The center of the Mosaic social law was the Ten Commandments.” (p. 198)
Law: harsh, tough, difficult? Sacrifices and Unclean.
“At the most, being unclean was an inconvenience.” (pg. 200)
Judges follow Moses and lead into the Davidic System.
Jethro model embraced by Christian Church, Captains/Courts vs. Bishop/Church.
Tabernacle/Temple: Holy Mountain
David/Solomon – Wisdom of the Law.
The World of Exile (Restoration/Anticipation)
The Davidic heavens and earth had hardly gotten under way before it fell into sin. The Kingdom was split, and the Temple was raided. The visions of Ezekiel, Haggai, and Zechariah showed them that God was with them.
Jew: Judahite only post-exile.
The New World (New Covenant)
From Adam to John the Baptist. John begins in John 1:14 by saying that “the Word became flesh, and tabernacled among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.” The.reference to glory is to the glory-cloud that filled the Taber- nacle and was enthroned in it.
Washing – Wedding Feast water into wine.
Showbread – Jesus feeds the five thousand/eat his flesh.
Lampstand – Light of the world/heal blind.
Sacrifice – Crucifixion/ lamb of God.
When Mary Magdalene looked into the tomb, “she beheld two angels in white sitting, one at the head, and one at the feet, where the body of Jesus had been lying” (John 20:12).
Arthur Pink comments: “Who can doubt that the Holy Spirit would have us link up this verse with Exodus thou shalt make a mercy- seat of pure gold . . . and thou shalt make two cherubims of gold, of beaten work shalt thou make them, in the two ends of the mercy-seat.”