When he brought them out of Egypt, Yahweh made a covenant with his people from Mt. Sinai. It is often called the Mosaic or Sinaitic covenant. The details and terms of this covenant are found in various parts of Exodus and Numbers and also in Leviticus and Deuteronomy (and other parts of Scripture). I appreciate… Continue reading Hodge on the Mosaic Covenant
Have you ever wondered why historic Christian churches and their creeds/confessions put so much emphasis on the Ten Commandments? For example, both the Heidelberg Catechism and the Westminster Catechisms have a commentary type section on the Ten Words, as do Luther's Catechisms. But why? Simply put, we emphasize the Ten Commandments because Scripture does. Here's… Continue reading The Importance of the 10 Commandments
Thanks to Logos Reformed, I’ve been enjoying the first two volumes of Geerhardus Vos’ Reformed Dogmatics (English translation). In these volumes, and among other things, Vos discusses Reformed covenant theology extensively (the covenant of redemption, the covenant of works, and the covenant of grace). Here’s a section of Vos’ longer discussion on the place of… Continue reading Vos on the Mosaic Covenant
(This is a repost from May, 2012) What exactly is the Mosaic/Sinaitic covenant? Is it part of the covenant of grace God established with his people beginning with Genesis 3:15? Or is it part of the covenant of works God made with Adam before the fall? Both? Neither? In the history of Reformed theology,… Continue reading The Mosaic Covenant: What is it?
In an outstanding section of Calvin's commentary on 2 Corinthians 3.4-11, he makes a great Reformation distinction between the law and the gospel. Here are a few ways he puts it. [The context is, of course, the the old (Mosaic) covenant in comparison to the new covenant. To keep things clear, Calvin is here specifically… Continue reading Calvin on Law and Gospel