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Vol. 9 No. 12 December 2007
To my mind, nothing better illustrates that sin breaks the covenant between God and mankind than the occasion of Moses breaking the tables of stone on which Jehovah had newly inscribed the Ten Commandments (Exodus 32:1-19). “When Moses saw what they were doing, in total disgust, he cast down the two tables of stone and shattered them. Violation of God’s law breaks his covenant” (Dobbs 2 emphasis added). Not only had the newly formed, newly liberated Israelite nation violated its covenant with God through sin, but Moses breaking the tablets of stone provided the most visual and graphic corresponding physical demonstration of that consequence of sin. Then and now, as well as from the dawn of mankind’s presence on planet earth, sin has always broken the respective covenant between God and man. In every case, man rather than God has been responsible for breaking whatever covenant between humanity and Deity that has been in place at the time (i.e., Patriarchy, Judaism or Christianity).
The inspired apostle John described this same
consequence of sin this way: “Whosoever committeth sin
transgresseth also the
law: for sin is the transgression of the law” (1
Humanly devised, alternate plans of salvation, foreign to what the New Testament teaches (Mark 16:16), are not genuine covenants with God, and certainly not plans of salvation that God will honor in eternity (Matthew 7:21-23). Corrupted forms of worship, mutilated with the commandments of men (Matthew 15:9) and orchestrated after human will (Colossians 2:23) instead of the divinely revealed will of God, represent a broken covenant with God. Doctrine, Christian living and Christian service all provide additional opportunities either for conformity to the revealed will of God respecting each, or represent cases of a broken covenant with God. Violation of God’s law in any area where God has instructed mankind through (today) the New Testament, breaks the covenant with God.
Apparently, the Israelites at the foot of