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DISP 7: Dispensations of Abraham and Moses

The Abrahamic Covenant

Genesis 22:2,8 And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of. And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.

God was telling Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac to God as an offering. In this verse, God said He would provide Himself a Lamb, this is a great revelation and prophecy about the Lord Jesus Christ being the sacrifice and the lamb for all our sins.

In this Abrahamic covenant, we can see a lot of spiritual dealings of God with the people which can match with gentiles in the New Testament.

John 8:56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.

Jesus Christ was telling the Jews that Abraham saw a physical sacrifice of his Son as requested by God. It represented a prophetic picture of what was going to do. We would never be able to understand God based on our human aspects, we need to realize that God does things for his reason, and it is important for us to have faith in his actions. If only the Jews can understand all these Spiritual Dealings of God.

Genesis 16:2 And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, the Lord hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai.

Man’s seed was constantly corrupted by Satan. For instance, the hybrid between men and the fallen angels, as well as the Towel of Babel. In the Old Testament, God promised Abraham the seed of Isaac and all the Israelites. However, Satan was trying to corrupt and ruin God’s plan.

Genesis 16:15 And Hagar bare Abram a son: and Abram called his son’s name, which Hagar bare, Ishmael.

Hagar bore Abraham a son, which then led to one of the majority of the population today, the Muslims. This is unfortunate as real bible believers know that it is a deception that the Muslim population believes that the promised seed was Ishmael and not Isaac. There is a dispute in the doctrine that the Muslims believe that God’s promise would go from Abraham to Ishmael and to the Muslims, instead of Abraham to Isaac and to the Jews. Genesis 16:21 indicated the latter.

The Mosaic Covenant

Hebrews 9:1 Then verily the first covenant had also ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary.

The terms are all about Law, the Bible shows that God’s dealing and covenant with Moses were in the form of Law.

Hebrews 9:19 For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people,

Moses was following the Law, with the sacrifice of animals, tabernacle rituals; worldly sanctuary.

Besides God’s tabernacle ordinances and rituals, dietary rules were another Law under the Mosaic Covenant which the Israelites had to follow.

Hebrews 9: 10 talked about physical rules pertaining to the body such as hygiene.

Matthew 12:5 Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless?

Observance of days was another rule under the Law of Moses which was indicated as well.

Matthew 22:36-40 particular talked about the social aspects of The Mosaic Law. According to dispensationalism, this is not applicable to us Gentiles, they are for the Jews. Many Christians tend to confuse these rules thinking they are also for us, simply because they were mentioned in the New Testament.

Prosperity Gospel

A lot of Charismatic Churches today preached a doctrine called Prosperity Gospel, that God will make us physically and financially rich. However, we need to know that these physical blessings were accompanied by the Law of Moses. We Christians are not bound by that, our blessings are more Spiritual. Sadly, a lot of Christians nowadays develop this perception which slowly makes them become unholy.

Salvation Plan of The Mosaic Covenant

Ezekiel 18 mentions that one either lives or dies in his sin! Moses and the Israelites back then were not saved by faith alone, it has to be perfected with works, this is dissimilar to us Christians that the Grace of God has us saved through our faith in Jesus Christ.

Existence of Physical Signs and Miracles

According to 1 Corinthians 1:22, we do not need to see a literal sign or display a physical sign to the nonbelievers to witness to them, because we no longer go by the physical sign today. Unlike the Jews in the Old Testament where God was dealing with them physically.