Nitzavim 2018-19

This week we continue to focus on the Covenant of Moab via Torah portion Nitzavim. This little-mentioned covenant is expressed mainly as blessings and curses, a central theme of this week’s teaching. Specific topics include an exploration of “gall and wormwood,” and a curious word in this portion that, in all valid Torah scrolls, contains an oversized lamed and is also misspelled. Finally, we read a passage from Jonathan Cahn’s new book that brings together Nitzavim with one of America’s most celebrated authors.

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  1. by Heather Gibson

    On September 7, 2020

    Grant: This may be a small sticking point, but many gentiles love to argue that Yeshua made a new covenant, and you say renewed covenant. I’m wondering what the Greek behind the English is, and would it clear up this issue? Thank you.

  2. by L. Grant Luton

    On September 7, 2020

    The only place in the Tanach where the phrase “new covenant” is found is in Jeremiah 31:31. The Hebrew word “chadashah” can mean either ‘new’ or ‘renewed’. (See 1Sam.11:14 / Job 10:17 / Ps. 51:10 for a few examples.) Since any reference to a “New Covenant” would be in reference to this passage in Jeremiah, then we must understand those N.T. passages in this light. Remember, as Daniel Lancaster has said, “The covenant is not the Torah. It is an agreement to keep the Torah.” (Just as it says in Jeremiah 31:31-33)

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