- Pathfinder

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?

Isabel Perdomo

The upholding of the Judaic covenant was, indeed, taught to me growing up. I was raised as a Messianic, non-Jewish Christian. A very large part of our theology revolves around the belief that the Bible is one story, and the Old and New Covenants are not separate covenants but the one and the same. Jesus’ coming, death, and resurrection was the continuation and fulfillment of the covenants in the Old Testament – the Noaic *and* Mosaic covenants. God does not change; His agreements and laws do not change. Jesus fulfilled the law of sin and death; no longer is the blood of animals required to atone for our sins, for the perfect blood of Jesus has been shed for us, should we chose to believe. No longer is a priest required to be the intermediary between the Lord and the individual, as the Holy Spirit can now dwell in each of us. Jesus Himself was a Jew, and He and His followers followed the Mosiac covenant before and after His death and resurrection. Holding to such theology has truly allowed the Bible to be read in a manner which does not separate Christians and Jews, but rather brings them much nearer, as brothers and sisters, all of whom are, together, considered God’s chosen people.