Ten Commandments radio program delivered
in the early 90's.
The Old and New Covenants
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Announcer: Welcome to the Bible Law Course Program. This is a
series of broadcasts about The Ten Commandants, not as a means to salvation, but
as a code of conduct for Christians. In these programs we will show that all our
nations problems can be solved with the application of God given laws.
SPEAKER: Hello. This program is about the history of The Ten Commandments, and
what you can do to help modern day America. Let's begin in Genesis 26:2-5. In
these verses God is talking to Isaac the son of Abraham. God is telling Isaac
why he blessed his father Abraham. What did God say to Isaac?, and why did God
bless his father? Listen:
ANNOUNCER: Genesis 26:2-5: And the Lord appeared unto him, and said, Go not
down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of:
(3) Sojourn in
this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto
thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father;
(4) And I will make thy seed to multiply as the
stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy
seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed;
(5) Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept
my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.
SPEAKER: God blessed father Abraham because he kept God's laws,
statutes, and judgments. And this blessing was passed on to Abraham's son Isaac. The
children are blessed when the parents keep God's Law. And this was hundreds of
years before The Ten Commandments were given at Mt Sinai. Isaac obeyed God. He
went to Egypt.
Many years later they became slaves to Pharaoh. God delivered them from
Pharaoh's slavery. On their way to a new home land they found themselves in a
desert place, without food. You may recall that God solved this problem. He
solved it by giving the people manna to eat. Moses was commanded by God, to give
instruction on how to gather the manna. So much every day for five days. Twice
as much for the sixth day, and to collect none at all on the seventh day. We can
pick up the story in Exodus 16, listen:
ANNOUNCER: Exodus 16:25-28 (25) And Moses said, Eat that to day; for to day
is a sabbath unto the Lord: to day ye shall not find it in the field.
days ye shall gather it; but on the seventh day, which is the sabbath, in it
there shall be none.
(27) And it came to pass, that there went out some of the
people on the seventh day for to gather, and they found none.
(28) And the Lord
said unto Moses, How long refuse ye to keep my commandments and my laws?
SPEAKER: Notice that the people did not do as Moses had instructed. Moses job
was to pass on God's instructions. Moses was acting as a supervisor over God's
people. When the people did not follow orders, who was called on the carpet?
Moses the supervisor. He had to answer for the people's misconduct. Moses was
called on the carpet. In anger God said, "How long refuse ye to keep my
commandments and my laws?" This event was several weeks before the law was to be
given on Mt. Sinai. At that time God was complaining about the people refusing
to keep his laws.
Now let's move forward in history, forward just a few more weeks. Now,
anytime you have a large group of people, there are bound to be problems. Lots
of problems. The people took all their problems to Moses. And Moses was spending
all his time arbitrating these complaints. Here is that part of your Bible,
having to do with Moses and his problem solving sessions. It's in Exodus 18.
ANNOUNCER: (Exodus 18:13-16) (13) And it came to pass on the morrow, that
Moses sat to judge the people: and the people stood by Moses from the morning
unto the evening.
(14) And when Moses' father in law saw all that he did to the
people, he said, What is this thing that thou doest to the people? why sittest
thou thyself alone, and all the people stand by thee from morning unto even?
(15) And Moses said unto his father in law, because the people come unto me to
inquire of God:
(16) When they have a matter, they come unto me; and I judge
between one and another, and I do make them know the statutes of God, and his
SPEAKER: Did you notice? Moses said, "I do make them know the statutes of
God, and his laws." And again, this is before The Ten Commandments are given at
Mt Sinai. The Bible talks about God's Law from the time of Abraham, unto what we
call, the giving of the Law at Mt. Sinai. But God's laws were in existence way
before the events at Mt. Sinai. God's law had been around at least from the time
of Abraham. Well, finally the people arrived at Mt. Sinai. The time had come for
the giving of The Ten Commandments. It's in Exodus 19. Here God speaks to Moses,
ANNOUNCER: (Exodus 19:2-8) For they were departed from Rephidim, and were
come to the desert of Sinai, and had pitched in the wilderness; and there Israel
camped before the mount.
(3) And Moses went up unto God, and the Lord called
unto him out of the mountain, saying, Thus shalt thou say to the house of Jacob,
and tell the children of Israel;
(4) Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians,
and how I bare you on eagles' wings, and brought you unto myself.
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:
And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the
words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.
SPEAKER: Here God spoke only to Moses. And God made an offer. God said, you
go tell the children of Israel; Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and
how I brought you out of Egypt, and how I brought you here to meet with me. Now
therefore, if ye will do as I say, and keep my covenant, that is, keep this
agreement that I propose, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all
people: You shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, a holy nation. Now Moses,
you go and tell the people what I have to offer, in exchange for their
So Moses went, but Moses did not go direct to the people crowded about the
mountain. Instead Moses went to the leaders. The first thing Moses did was to
presented God's offer to the leaders. The leaders were called elders. Here it
is, in the next verse Listen:
ANNOUNCER: (7) And Moses came and called for the elders of the people, and
laid before their faces all these words which the Lord commanded him.
all the people answered together, and said, All that the Lord hath spoken we
will do. And Moses returned the words of the people unto the Lord.
SPEAKER: Did the leadership accepted God's offer? Yes they did. The elders
said, "All that the Lord hath spoken we will do." That my friends is
the beginning of what is now called, the Old Covenant. I didn't hear one word
about salvation. Did you? No you did not. That is because the Old Covenant is
not about salvation.
There is no salvation in law keeping. The agreement was, God would make them
a blessed people, a nation of kings and priests, in return for their obedience.
obedience to not just The Ten Commandments, but to anything else God asked of
them. It was like a marriage ceremony. God had promised to love, honor and cherish.
What did God ask in return? He wanted the people to love, honor, and obey. But
this was not yet a marriage, only an engagement. An engagement because, thus far
the covenant agreement is only between God, Moses, and the elders. What about
the people? And what specifically did God require in the way of obedience? What
were his instructions to be obeyed? Obeyed in trade for these national
blessings? The people wanted to know the details.
This whole sequence of events would compare to a visit to the President by
God. And God saying, "Mr. President, if you and the people do as I say, then I
will make America a great nation." The President might call for a joint session
of congress. The President would tell Congress what God had in mind. Then
Congress would consider the matter and put it to a vote by the people. Well, the
story continues in Exodus 19. After talking with the elders, Moses went up the
mountain again to speak with God.
While Moses was on the mountain God told him what to tell the people. This is
from Exodus 19 listen:
ANNOUNCER: (Exodus 19:16-25 ) (16) And it came to pass on the third day in
the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the
mount, and the voice of the trumpet exceeding loud; so that all the people that
was in the camp trembled.
(17) And Moses brought forth the people out of the
camp to meet with God; and they stood at the nether part of the mount. --- Moses spake, and God answered him by a voice. --- and the Lord called Moses up to
the top of the mount; and Moses went up.
SPEAKER: Moses went up the mountain to speak to God. On the mountain God gave
Moses instruction. When Moses came back down he spoke to people on behalf of
God. Moses told the people what God had to say. What was Moses doing? Moses was
acting as a mediator between the people and God. And this time, when Moses came
down from the mountain, Moses gathered, not just the elders, but all the people,
and said these words. And this is from Exodus 19 and 20, listen;.
ANNOUNCER: (Exodus 19:25 - 20:17 ) So Moses went down unto the people, and
spake unto them. (saying)
(1) And God spake all these words,
(2) I am the Lord
thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of
(3) Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
(4) Thou shalt not make
unto thee any graven image, ---
(7) Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy
God in vain; ---
(8) Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. ---
thy father and thy mother: ---
(13) Thou shalt not kill.
(14) Thou shalt not
(15) Thou shalt not steal.
(16) Thou shalt not bear false
witness against thy neighbor.
(17) Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house,
thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife, nor his manservant, nor his
maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbor's.
SPEAKER: That was an outline. Just an outline of what God required of the
people. But there was more. Moses spent days and days explaining the details of
God's commandments. The statutes and judgments. That explanation is Exodus
chapters 20 to 24, and the instruction is repeated in Deuteronomy. Would you
like to know more of what Moses said in explanation? It is in our Bible Law
Course. I'll be back after this message.
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MUSIC: My Country Tis Of Thee (My country is of God)
SPEAKER: We are talking about the history of The Ten Commandments, How Abraham
and Isaac kept these laws. How Moses governed the people leaving Egypt according
to God's laws. And now we are at Mt. Sinai. While God is waiting on the
mountain, Moses is below explaining God's law to the people. To see if the
people would accept it or reject it. Immediately after telling the people about
The Ten Commandments, Moses gave the people a course in Bible Law. Moses did not
talk about salvation. Moses did not offer law keeping in trade for salvation.
Moses was a governor. God was their king. Moses spoke of things that would
concern men in government. Moses talked about those things that affect people's
day to day activities. He talked about crime and punishment, abortion,
education, health and safety, sanitation, foreign relations and much more. After completing
this Bible Law Course, would the people agree to it in all details? Well, yes
the people did agree. And that agreement is called, The Old Covenant. It
includes The Ten Commandments and more. there were laws, statutes and judgments.
The people agreed to all of this. The formal ratification ceremony is found in
Exodus 24. Starting in verse 3 Listen:
ANNOUNCER: (3) And Moses came and told the people all the words of the Lord,
and all the judgments: and all the people answered with one voice, and said, All
the words which the Lord hath said will we do.
SPEAKER: Yes, the people answered with one voice. The vote was unanimous. The
people made a decision. They made a decision for God. They said, "All the words
which the Lord hath said will we do." In effect God said, "I will love,
honor, and cherish," And the people said, "We will love, honor, and
At a wedding ceremony the bride is asked, "Do you take this man
to be your wedded husband?" Here, the people were asked; do you take the
Lord God Yahweh to be your God? And the answer, "I do." An that is why
the Bible constantly refers to the Old Covenant, as a marriage, and to God as
husband to Israel. Listen to this verse. It is Isaiah 54:5:
ANNOUNCER: For thy Maker is thine husband; the Lord of hosts is his name;
and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be
SPEAKER: And here is another verse demonstrating the marriage relationship between God
and his people. It is Jeremiah 3:14 Listen:
ANNOUNCER: 13 ... and ye have not obeyed my
voice, saith the LORD.
14 Turn, O backsliding children, saith the Lord; for I am married
SPEAKER: Yes, God is a husband to his people. But like so many marriages,
things sometime go wrong. The leaders and the people had promised obedience. And
God had promised to cherish. One of the duties of a husband is protection of the
wife. God did his part by raising up leaders for their protection, but what
happened? Listen to Judges 2:16-17:
ANNOUNCER: Nevertheless the Lord raised up judges, which delivered them out
of the hand of those that spoiled them.
(17) And yet they would not hearken unto
their judges, but they went a whoring after other gods, and bowed themselves
unto them: they turned quickly out of the way which their fathers walked in,
obeying the commandments of the Lord; but they did not so.
SPEAKER: God raised up Judges for the people's protection, to protect his
wife nation from foreign enemies. But Israel the wife, she went after other
gods. Israel refused to keep her husband's commandments. The national marriage
relationship went from bad to worse. This is from 1 Kings 18. Ahab is the King
and Elijah is God's prophet. Elijah has a message from God for the king. Listen;
ANNOUNCER: 1 Kings 18:17 And it came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab
said unto him, Art thou he that troubleth Israel?
(18) And he answered, I have
not troubled Israel; but thou, and thy father's house, in that ye have forsaken
the commandments of the Lord, and thou hast followed Baalim.
SPEAKER: For Israel to follow after Baalim. That is the same as a wife
following after another man. It is called unfaithfulness. God, the husband, he
did not approve of wife Israel's conduct. Here is 2 Kings 17:13-16, listen to
ANNOUNCER: Yet the Lord testified against Israel, and against Judah, by all
the prophets, and by all the seers, saying, Turn ye from your evil ways, and
keep my commandments and my statutes, according to all the law which I commanded
your fathers, and which I sent to you by my servants the prophets.
Notwithstanding they would not hear, but hardened their necks, like to the neck
of their fathers, that did not believe in the Lord their God.
(15) And they
rejected his statutes, and his covenant that he made with their fathers, and his
testimonies which he testified against them; and they followed vanity, and
became vain, and went after the heathen that were round about them, concerning
whom the Lord had charged them, that they should not do like them.
(16) And they
left all the commandments of the Lord their God, and made them molten images,
even two calves, and made a grove, and worshipped all the host of heaven, and
SPEAKER: Israel continually rejected her husband's commandments. And again,
and again, Israel was unfaithful by serving Baal. Finally God the husband, he
had had enough of his unfaithful wife Israel. The prophet Jeremiah reports on
the divorce. This is Jeremiah 3:8, listen:
ANNOUNCER: And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel
committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of Divorce;
SPEAKER: That was the end of the Old Covenant between God and Israel. But God has not
forsaken his people. He has promised to redeem them. That is the promise of a
New Covenant. A new marriage. A New Testament Bride. Many of you call the
church, "The Bride of Christ." Here is (Ezekiel 11:18-20 listen:
ANNOUNCER: (18) And they shall come thither, and they shall take away all the
detestable things thereof and all the abominations thereof from thence.
I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will
take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh:
(20) That they may walk in my statutes, and keep
mine ordinances, and do them: and they shall be my people, and I will be their
SPEAKER: Yes, once again they shall be my people, and I will be their God.
The New Covenant was promised again in Jeremiah 31. Here is Jeremiah 31:31-32:
ANNOUNCER: Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new
covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:
according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took
them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they
brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the Lord:
SPEAKER: Yes, God was a husband to Israel. After this message we will return
to the events at Mt Sinai. We need to understand that Old Covenant, so we can
understand the New Covenant. I'll be back in a minute.
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MUSIC: Our Fathers God to thee, Author of Liberty.
SPEAKER: We have been talking about the Old Covenant. How the Old Covenant
was a marriage contract between God and Israel. And how the Old Covenant was
broken, and how a New Covenant was promised. At Mt. Sinai. Moses had presented
God's offer, and the people accepted with the words, "All that the Lord has
said we will do." In The Old Testament solemn covenants were sealed
in blood. And this Old Covenant was sealed in blood. That sealing was the next event
immediately following the people's acceptance. Moses put the covenant agreement
in writing, and sealed it in blood. Here it is, This is Exodus 24 listen:
ANNOUNCER: (4) And Moses wrote all the words of the Lord, and rose up early
in the morning, and builded an altar under the hill, ---
(5) And he sent young
men of the children of Israel, which offered burnt offerings, and sacrificed
peace offerings of oxen unto the Lord.
(6) And Moses took half of the blood, and
put it in basons; and half of the blood he sprinkled on the altar.
(7) And he
took the book of the covenant, and read in the audience of the people: and they
said, All that the Lord hath said will we do, and be obedient.
(8) And Moses
took the blood, and sprinkled it on the people, and said, Behold the blood of
the covenant, which the Lord hath made with you concerning all these words.
SPEAKER: What happened? Moses read once again the Old Covenant agreement. The people
once again said, "all that the lord said we will do, and be obedient,"
then Moses, the mediator, Moses took the blood of the sacrifice. He sprinkled
half of the blood on the altar, and half on the people saying, "Behold the
blood of the covenant, which the Lord hath made with you." Let's listen
ANNOUNCER: (7) And he took the book of the covenant, and read in the audience
of the people: and they said, All that the Lord hath said will we do, and be
(8) And Moses took the blood, and sprinkled it on the people, and
said, Behold the blood of the covenant, which the Lord hath made with you
concerning all these words.
SPEAKER: The marriage covenant of obedience and protection was between the
God and the people. Moses was the mediator. The animals were the sacrifice. And
the blood of the sacrifice was the seal of the covenant.
Likewise, in the New Testament we have a new covenant. It's a covenant
between you and God. Jesus Christ is the mediator. Jesus Christ is the
sacrifice. And Jesus Christ's blood is the seal.
We Christians are offered a
better covenant, with better promises. Both the Old Covenant and the New
Covenant were contracts. They are both agreements to obey God. The Old Covenant
was NOT just The Ten Commandments. The New Covenant is NOT some new law of love.
Both covenants are agreements to obey God. Both covenants included living by
Ten Commandments as a code of conduct. Both covenants had mediators. Moses in
the Old. And Jesus in the New.
Both had sacrifices to seal the agreement. The
blood of bulls and goats in the Old, and Jesus Christ in the New.
Both have promises. In the Old, God promises to love, honor and
cherish. And the people promise to love, honor and obey. In the New, God
promises to love, honor and cherish, forgive our sins, and give to us eternal
The Old Covenant promised national blessings of a material
nature. But the New Covenant has better promises.
We can have all the old promises of national blessings, and all new promises.
Including the promise of forgiveness of sin and eternal life. What more could
you ask for? National blessings for the whole nation, and personal blessings for
Under the Old Covenant, God's Laws were written on stone. Under the
new covenant, God's Laws are to be written on your heart. The people of the old
covenant met God at Sinai, were they were asked to make a decision. A decision
Now my Christian friends. Do you know Jesus Christ? Well of course you do. Now are
you prepared to make a meaningful decision for Christ? A decision that can
change, not only your life, but all of America? Will you make a decision for
Christ? Will you say, "All that the Lord has said I will do?"
were to join the military, what would you do? First you would be asked to take
an oath of allegiance. An oath to show respect for the armed forces. An oath to
obey those placed over you.
If you were seeking a job. What would a prospective
employer expect? The employer would expect, respect for the company. The
employer would expect loyalty to the company, and the employer would also expect
you to follow instructions. Jesus Christ does not ask any more of you. Respect,
loyalty and obedience.
Won't you make a decision?. If the answer is yes, Yes, all that the lord has
said I will do. Then pick up the phone and give me a call. Moses had a lot of
explaining to do. And I have a lot of explaining to do. You need to understand
God's Laws, Statutes and judgments. You need to understand his instructions for
modern day America. Our nation has a lot of problems. There are a lot of things
that need done. What would God have you to do? It's all in your Bible. Let's
trust and obey for there is no other way.
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ANNOUNCER: John 14:6-15:11: (6) Jesus saith unto him, I am
the way, the truth, and the life: ...
(15) If ye love me, keep my commandments.
(21) He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth
me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and
will manifest myself to him. ...
(10) If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in
my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.
(11) These things have I spoken unto you, that my
joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
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