What is the difference between the Old and New Testament? We are given a heart to obey joyfully.

Photo. Bratsava. Chase family 2011

There is much continuity between the Old and New Testaments. It is ONE story of redemption cover to cover. It is the story of God redeeming sinful people to himself.

Listen to the foreshadowing from this dialogue with Moses before entry to the promised land that one day we will get what we need, namely a heart that WANTS TO OBEY JOYFULLY all that God commands.

Deuteronomy 5

22 “These words the LORD spoke to all your assembly at the mountain out of the midst of the fire, the cloud, and the thick darkness, with a loud voice; and he added no more. And he wrote them on two tablets of stone and gave them to me.
23 And as soon as you heard the voice out of the midst of the darkness, while the mountain was burning with fire, you came near to me, all the heads of your tribes, and your elders.
24 And you said, ‘Behold, the LORD our God has shown us his glory and greatness, and we have heard his voice out of the midst of the fire. This day we have seen God speak with man, and man still live.
25 Now therefore why should we die? For this great fire will consume us. If we hear the voice of the LORD our God any more, we shall die.
26 For who is there of all flesh, that has heard the voice of the living God speaking out of the midst of fire as we have, and has still lived?
27 Go near and hear all that the LORD our God will say and speak to us all that the LORD our God will speak to you, and we will hear and do it.’
28 “And the LORD heard your words, when you spoke to me. And the LORD said to me, ‘I have heard the words of this people, which they have spoken to you. They are right in all that they have spoken.
29 Oh that they had such a mind as this always, to fear me and to keep all my commandments, that it might go well with them and with their descendants forever!

Jesus Christ perfectly fulfilled this obedience. That now counts for us. What we nor a thousand year history of Israel in disobedience to God could not do, God did for us in Christ! Christ perfectly and joyfully obeyed the father, even to death! The followers of Christ are now married to him – that is GOOD NEWS!

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