"Then Moses summoned all Israel and said to them: 'Hear, O Israel, the statutes and the ordinances which I am speaking today in your hearing, that you may learn them and observe them carefully. The Lord our God made a covenant with us at Horeb. The Lord did not make this covenant with our fathers, but with us, with all those of us alive here today.'" (Deuteronomy 5:1-3)From time-to-time, I have meet Christians who are infatuated with Jewish culture, tradition, and law. For some, this infatuation borders on an obsession. They study and celebrate the Jewish feasts and festivals, they hold to Jewish customs, and some even abide by kosher dietary laws. While there is nothing inherently wrong with this, by trying to be Jewish, we can miss a simple truth. The covenant God made at Mount Horeb was not with all of mankind but rather with the decedents of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob. This covenant was not made with Abraham, Issac, or Jacob but rather with their decedents. This covenant was in force as long as the nation of Israel observed the conditions of the covenant. For about two thousand years God related to the nation of Israel based on the covenant instituted on Mount Horeb but after centuries of rebellion and sin, God declared an end to the covenant. In essences, God divorced the people of Israel and rendered null and void the covenant He once established with them. "They have turned back to the iniquities of their ancestors who refused to hear My words, and they have gone after other gods to serve them; the house of Israel and the house of Judah have broken My covenant which I made with their fathers." (Jeremiah 11:10)
God made a covenant with the people who stood that day at the foot of Mount Horeb and who heard His voice speaking to them. However, our covenant with God does not descend from that covenant but rather than from a promise made to Abraham, "In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice." (Genesis 22:18) God has not called us to become Jewish but to become children of Abraham by living the same lifestyle of faith that our father Abraham lived. God does not want us to become "hung up" on the rules and regulations of the "Old Covenant" but rather to live in the freedom of the "New Covenant". Instead of becoming Jewish, let us become Christians, or "Christ-like".
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