LISTEN: Making a Nation Out of a Mob, Part 1 (The Covenant & the Cross with Daniel Whyte III)

Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

This podcast is designed to help you better understand the Word of God — both the Old and New Testaments. The Old Testament is the story of the Covenant which God made with His chosen people Israel. And the New Testament is the story of the Cross which signifies the fulfillment of the Old Covenant with Israel and the formation of a New Covenant with redeemed people from many nations.

Today’s passage of Scripture is Exodus 24:1-4 which reads: “And he said unto Moses, Come up unto the Lord, thou, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel; and worship ye afar off. And Moses alone shall come near the Lord: but they shall not come nigh; neither shall the people go up with him. And Moses came and told the people all the words of the Lord, and all the judgments: and all the people answered with one voice, and said, All the words which the Lord hath said will we do. And Moses wrote all the words of the Lord, and rose up early in the morning, and builded an altar under the hill, and twelve pillars, according to the twelve tribes of Israel.”

Today’s quote about the Bible is from Martha Kilpatrick. She said: “To understand the Book in real perception, it’s necessary to know the Author before you read His Book. To truly KNOW Jesus as He is, we MUST know Him in experience.”

Our topic for today is titled “Making a Nation Out of a Mob (Part 1)” from the book, “The Promise and the Blessing” by Dr. Michael A. Harbin.

At Mount Sinai, God gave the Israelites an organizational structure through Moses. Commonly called “the law,” this was in reality a socioeconomic-judicial-political-religious system that covered all areas of relationship within the nation. In addition, God provided and organized religion for the first time, giving the nation a tabernacle, a sacrificial system, a priesthood, and a religious calendar.

Several scholars have analyzed international treaties from the third millennium to the middle of the first millennium BCE and have observed that there were two standard types: parity treaties and suzerain-vassal treaties. Both of these had standard formal structures that differed for different periods of history. Based on this knowledge, it is commonly accepted that what we are looking at here is a suzerain-vassal covenant or treaty. God is setting Himself up as the suzerain or sovereign exercising political control over the nation, the vassal. In this light, the Law expresses a national relationship between Israel and its political leader.

The last part of this section tells how the nation ratified the covenant as Moses and seventy-three other leaders of the nation went up on the mountain with God. They had a celebratory dinner and offered sacrifices. After the sacrifices, Moses told the people, “This is the blood of the covenant that the LORD has made with you in accordance with all these words.”

Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University School of Divinity. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for over twenty-seven years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at Follow Daniel Whyte III on Twitter @prophetdaniel3 or on Facebook.