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Wednesday, October 19, 2005 

Horton on the Covenant of Works

Just past the section I dealt with in an earlier post, Horton says this about the Mosaic Covenant (p. 133ff.):

In contrast, the Mosaic covenant is dependant on Israel's obedience. Like the covenant servant in Eden, Israel must resist the temptatoin of autonomy and serve only the living God. But the prophets are sent as attorneys for the prosecution, with such ominous courtroom announcements as, "Hear the word of the Lord, O people of Israel; for the Lord has an indictment against the inhabitants of the land" (Hosea 4:1). They bring this word, sometimes reluctantly, when the covenant is being violated or when Yahweh insists on extending the ethnic boundaries (as in the case of the prophet Jonah). Jesus also appropriates this prophetic stance, invoking the covenant curses (Matt. 21:18 - 22; Luke 11:37 - 54; Rev. 2 - 3) and blessings (Matt 5:1 - 12222; John 20:29; Rev. 2 - 3)."

Horton clearly affirms the Mosaic covenant as a type of the CoW in which there is a conditional clause on the obedience of the people. What is more, he places the CoW at Eden. I especially liked how he tied Christ's prophetic ministry into the CoW and His relationship to Israel.


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