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Reply To: In the first lecture, Dr. McDermott teaches that the Bible is one story, and that God upholds his covenant with the Jewish people to this very day. Was this what you were taught growing up? If not, how will this insight change the way you read the bible going forward?


Yes, this was what I was taught growing up in my fundamental/independent Baptist denomination. However, I have not fully realized the scope and breadth of the fulfillment of God’s covenants with the Jewish people and how these played out in historical events such as the establishment of the state of Israel as well as in the ensuing conflicts in the Near East in which the Jewish people are embroiled in.

Knowing that God’s word “shall not return to [Him] empty, but it shall accomplish [its] purpose” (Isaiah 55:11), God’s covenant with the Jewish people shall be upheld and fulfilled by God with full certitude. Therefore, it necessarily follows that the nations and peoples who rise up against the Jewish people are in a precarious situation as they stand against the Creator Himself. It also impressed on me a deeper sense of awe towards the unchangeable character of God and that precisely because of His immutability, He is trustworthy.