Answer to Soriano’s “The Faulty Covenant” 2

Upon expounding the prophecy of Jeremiah 31:31 which talks about the "new covenant", the author of Hebrews had all the opportunities to tell us that God is giving us a new set of laws (or amended laws) as replacement to the Ten Commandments, but the author never did that.

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Answer to Eli Soriano's Faulty Covenant 2

Topic: “The Faulty Covenant 2”

In part 1 we learned that the word “covenant” in Hebrew 8:7 is NOT the same “covenant” in Deuteronomy 4:13 or Exodus 34:27-28, thus those verses should not be connected in interpreting the “covenant that became faulty” in Hebrew 8:7.

We also found that Exodus 19:1-8 is the best, reasonable, and contextual passage to link with the “covenant that became faulty” in Hebrews 8:7-onwards. Let’s continue then…

Out Of Context

Now let’s look closer at our critics’ interpretation of Hebrew 8:7 and see if it’s really in accordance with what the author of the Hebrew is saying. Again, this is how they crafted their reasoning.

First, they will emphasize the word “covenant” in Hebrew 8:7

“For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second…”

After reading completely the whole verses, the next focus that they will point out is in Hebrew 8:9

“Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt..”

They use that verse above to bridge it with the verses from the Old Testament, and then eventually land on Deutoronomy 4:13 and Exodus 34:27-28.

“And he declared unto you his covenant, which he commanded you to perform, even ten commandments; and he wrote them upon two tables of stone. “

“And the LORD said unto Moses, Write thou these words: for after the tenor of these words I have made a covenant with thee and with Israel. And he was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water. And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the ten commandments.”

So now they will conclude that it is the “Ten Commandments-covenant that was flawed” in Hebrew 8:7 and thus needs to be abolished or amended.

But we found out from previous article that nothing, even in the whole chapter of Hebrew 8, suggests about a “Ten Commandments that was flawed and thus abolished”. Instead, in Hebrew 8:10, we found out that God’s law was actually written in the hearts and mind of the believers; in contrast to abolishing it.

Here we can see that the word “covenant” in Hebrew 8:7 was taken out of its context by our critics to come up with their doctrine (that the Ten Commandments was abolished) which is totally not the topic even in the whole chapter of Hebrew 8!

The Law Is Written In Our Hearts

Heb 8:10 “For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people”

The verse is very clear: no new set of laws to be written in the hearts and minds. It is the same law that God will use as basis for the new covenant. After all, God is not a double-standard nor a racist God. He has the same set of Moral Laws for all humanity.

A New Set of Laws?

Now some may argue that the “law” above refers to the “new set of laws started by Jesus”.

Firstly, the phrase “new law” is not written in the verse. What was written rather is “new covenant”, which we learn as “new agreement”, not “new law”.

Secondly, let’s remember that the author of Hebrew is explaining what was prophesied by prophet Jeremiah (31:31). Upon his expounding of this prophecy, the author of Hebrews never gave a hint that this law is a new law!

It was his opportunity to tell us that God is giving a new set of laws as replacement to the Ten Commandments, but the author of Hebrews never did that.

Exodus 19:5 “Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: “

The basis of Israel’s supposedly being faithful to their covenant with God is their obedience to God’s words, especially the Ten Commandments. In the new covenant it is still the same set of laws, the Ten Commandments, which God wants us to follow. He is putting it in our hearts and mind. Our critics want to take it away from our hearts just like what Satan is doing!

Part 3 of this series talks about the dangers of our critics interpretation of Hebrew 8:7.

Answer to Soriano’s “Faulty Covenant” part 1

Answer to Soriano’s “Faulty Covenant” part 3

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  1. alroarak Reply

    is the 10 commandments written before the time of creation?