The Danger of Mixing the Old and New Covenant
“What’s the first covenant? It was a contract based upon the performance of those who were part of it. Guess what? It didn’t work! It never worked. That was the point. And guess what else? We are very familiar with the nature of the FIRST covenant and didn’t even know it! It was based upon the same principles we learned as children: do good and be rewarded, do bad and get punished! It convinced us that the only way around our hopeless situation is to LOOK like you were doing good and not doing bad. It works because everybody else needs the same excuse!
BOTTOM LINE: So, here’s how the new covenant replaced the first. After the people failed miserably in their attempts to be good, God brought about His promised miracle: people who would from the heart operate from love. He did this by putting an end to the lifeless, dead heart (life-source) and created a new one. ”
These are the central points that are often missed. In parenting making kids obey doesn’t work. It is important to discipline based on the law of love so kids do not just try to look good.