By Lawrence Blanchard, ND, MDiv
Last time I mentioned that I discovered a critical piece of evidence that helped me to better understand the biblical story. That evidence further helped me to connect the Old and New Covenant Scriptures. Briefly, here it is.
As I was reading through the history of the nation of Israel, I came upon an event that was the beginning of a major split within that nation. After King Solomon’s death, the nation divided into two kingdoms. This event marked the continuing warfare within Israel and the eventual exile and deportation of both kingdoms. The two kingdoms were described as the house of Israel and the house of Judah.
The significant details of what happened are described in Discover the Story of Your Biblical Heritage (Book One) and expanded upon in Foundation and Fulfillment of the Old and New Covenant Scriptures (Book Three).
The Big Connection
What I want you to know is that this information and the history of what happened to both kingdoms directly connected me to the New Covenant. Let’s read it:
“Behold, days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, not like the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, although I was a husband to them,” declares the Lord. – Jeremiah 31:31-32
Did you see what I saw? The prophecy of a “new covenant” was with “the house of Israel and the house of Judah.” Again, this was a major discovery for me and one of huge significance. This was the unbroken link from the Old Covenant to the New.
I was NEVER taught this in seminary. Don’t recall ever discussing the “New Covenant” and the significance of the historical events regarding the house of Israel and the house of Judah.
Now that I know, I can see why my professors never taught this (or maybe never knew about it themselves). The implications to their assumptions (and those of Christendom today) would begin to shake the doctrinal conclusions of the majority opinion about who the Bible is written to.
But now I was awakened. And the Bible began to open up to me like never before.
I had more questions I needed to find answers for.
First on my list: What about the “Jews” and “Gentiles”? How did Israel’s history and the New Covenant fit in with the identity of these two groups?
I found the answer and discuss it in Book One, Discover the Story of Your Biblical Heritage.