Matthew 5:17 – “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets.”
Many teach that the New Covenant replaces the Old Covenant, implying that the Torah has been made obsolete and we are under new rules now that Yeshua has died and been resurrected. This is a mistaken perception, or to be more correct, an outright lie. Yeshua clearly states he did not come to abolish the Torah (Matthew 5:17), and further states that “not the smallest letter [jot]or one stroke of a letter [tittle] will pass from the Torah until all things are accomplished” (Matthew 5:18). Paul clearly states that “the goal at which the Torah aims is the Messiah” (Romans 10:4). A more accurate interpretation is this: The Old and New Covenants are all about Israel and her marriage to Yahweh/Yeshua.
The Old Covenant
Exodus 19:5 – “Now if you will pay careful attention to what I say and keep my covenant, then you will be my own treasure from among all the peoples, for all the earth is mine.”
Exodus 24:7 – “Then he took the book of the covenant and read it aloud, so that the people could hear; and they responded, ‘Everything that ADONAI has spoken, we will do and obey’.”
Exodus Chapters 19 thru 24 describe the wedding vows, or Marriage Covenant, that was made at Mt. Sinai when Yahweh married Israel, consisting of all twelve tribes. This is what scripture refers to as the Old Covenant, sealed in blood (Exodus 24:8). The terms and conditions of this Marriage Covenant were written in the Ten Commandments (Deuteronomy 10:12-13), also known as the Marriage Ketubah.
Unfortunately, right from the beginning Israel was unfaithful – building and worshipping at the altar of the Golden Calf. After King David and his son, King Solomon died, the twelve tribes of Israel were separated into two nations: Judah and Benjamin as Southern Israel, and the other ten tribes as Northern Israel (1 Kings 11:12-ff). They are called Oholah [Samaria – the Capital of N. Israel] and Oholivah [Jerusalem – the Capital of S. Israel] (Ezekiel 23:4). Both nations continued to do what was wicked in Yahweh’s eyes (Ezekiel 23:1-ff). Eventually, after 700 years of idolatry and fornicating with other gods, Yahweh divorces ONLY Northern Israel (Jeremiah 3:8), but keeps Judah and Benjamin in honor of King David. Of the Northern ten tribes he says: “Call his name Not My People, for you are not my people, and I am not your God” (Hosea 1:9). In essence, the Northern ten tribes now become Gentiles – no longer part of Israel.
Deuteronomy 24:4 – “ her husband, who sent her away, may not take her again as his wife, because she is now defiled.”
Jeremiah 3:1 – “ If a man divorces his wife, and he marries her again, the land will be completely defiled.”
According to scripture, a divorced woman cannot be remarried to her former husband – this is an abomination in Yahweh’s eyes! Both Southern and Northern Israel prostituted themselves, but Yahweh ONLY divorced Northern Israel. In other words, Yahweh cannot re-marry Northern Israel without breaking his own commandments, according to his Torah.
Ezekiel 16:60-62 – “Nevertheless, I will remember the covenant I made with you when you were a girl and will establish an everlasting covenant with you. . . . even though the covenant with you does not cover that; and I will re-establish my covenant with you.”
Ezekiel 37:19 – “I will take the stick of Josef, which is in the hand of Ephraim, together with the tribes of Israel who are joined with him, and put them together with the stick of Judah and make them a single stick, so that they become one in my hand.”
The promise Yahweh makes to Israel, all twelve tribes, is that he will re-establish the Marriage Covenant with them. He will take both sticks and make them one stick in his hands. Paul puts it this way: “All Israel will be saved” when the Redeemer comes out of Zion “to turn away ungodliness from Jacob” (Romans 11:26). This presents a dilemma – ALL Israel cannot be saved since Northern Israel has been divorced, and a re-marriage would defile the land.
Resolving the Dilemma
Romans 7:2 – “If the husband dies, a married woman is released from the part of the Torah that deals with husbands.”
1 Corinthians 7:39 – “ A wife is bound to her husband as long as he lives. But if her husband dies, she is free to be married to whom she wishes, only in the Lord.”
Paul writes to those who know Torah (Romans 7:1), as written in Deuteronomy 24:4 and restated in other scriptures such as Jeremiah 3:1. The only way for Northern Israel to be married again, i.e. to become once again part of ALL Israel, is for Yahweh to die, he reasons, so that she can be released from that portion of Torah. Paul is only speaking of the portion dealing with divorce, not the entire Torah.
Since Yahweh cannot die, then any re-marriage of Northern Israel is impossible, right? But wait. Yahweh, in the person of Yeshua, does die. This death now makes it possible for Northern Israel to become once again included in the promises to ALL Israel. But, does this make is possible for her to be re-married to Yahweh? Indeed it does.
Again, according to Torah, Yahweh, in the physical form of Yeshua, died. When Yeshua resurrected, in his new glorified body, Torah now considers him legally to be a different person! No wonder Paul was so excited. Northern Israel is now free from the portion of the Torah that prevents her from re-marrying her former husband, and can now become one with Southern Israel, as the wife of Yahweh/Yeshua. Dilemma solved. The Old Marriage Covenant has been declared obsolete.
The New Covenant
Jeremiah 3:1 – “ You prostituted yourself to many lovers, yet you want to return to me?” says Yahweh.
Jeremiah 31:31 – “ Behold, the days are coming when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah.”
Colossians 2:14 – “He wiped away the certificate of debt against us. Because of the regulations, it stood as a testimony against us; but he removed it by nailing it to the execution-stake.”
One of those debts that got wiped away was the penalty of death due to divorce (Ezekiel 13:38) and the regulation that re-marriage was not possible (Deuteronomy 24:4; Jeremiah 3:1). The New Covenant is not a new Torah replacing an old Torah – it is a new covenant dealing only with the marriage/divorce portions of the Torah. It is a new covenant between Yahweh, the house of Israel – Oholah, and the house of Judah – Oholivah. And once again, the New Marriage Covenant is signed in blood (Matthew 26:28, Mark 14:24, Luke 22:20, etc.), just as the Old Marriage Covenant was at Mt. Sinai (Exodus 24:8).
Hebrews 9:15 – “ It is because of this death that he is mediator of a new covenant. Because a death has occurred which sets people free from the transgressions committed under the first covenant, those who have been called may receive the promised eternal inheritance.”
The New Covenant, according to Jeremiah 31:31, Matthew 26:28, Mark 14:24, Luke 22:20, and other scriptures is with the nation of ISRAEL ONLY, not with those whom we generally consider the gentile nations or gentile peoples! It occurs when the redeemer takes away all ungodliness from Jacob, when the fullness of the Gentiles [the Divorced Northern Tribes] comes in! The New Covenant is a New Marriage Covenant with ALL Israel, both the two Southern tribes, and the ten Northern Tribes. It is made to those whose transgressions have been wiped out [Israel’s], to those who will receive the eternal inheritance [land], the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (Genesis 13:15 & 48:4; Exodus 6:8 & 32:13; Deuteronomy 4:40; Joshua 14:9; 1 Chronicles 28:8; 2 Chronicles 20:7; Ezra 9:12; Psalm 37:29; Isaiah 60:21; Jeremiah 7:7 & 25:5; Ezekiel 37:25).
The New Covenant is not a new Torah replacing an old Torah – it is a new covenant dealing only with the marriage/divorce portions of the Torah. And it is only because of the death of Yahweh/Yeshua that this New Marriage Covenant has been obtained, once again sealed in blood.
Prophecy as foretold by the Hebrew prophets continues to unfold in an escalating pattern. The stage is nearly completely set. The great and terrible Day of Yahweh, Joseph’s Trouble, hastens forth and will not delay. Time is short – Yeshua Ha’Mashiach is coming soon – get busy reaching the lost.
Inspired by Doug Hamp’s Old Covenant vs New Covenant video.