The old covenant was the means by which God pushed man into a state of disgrace so that the grace would be significant.
Adam and Eve in the garden expressed no gratitude for their condition. It was the norm for them to be in that relation with God, to have access to that abundance and because of this they did not know that they were in a state of bliss.
They did not know in the sense that they did not appreciate it.
In order for man to truly appreciate himself and God he had to experience lack.
He has to experience fully the cup of impotence and humiliation because only with this as the backdrop for the grace of God – which is for man to be made into the very image of God through no effort on man’s part – will the grace of God appear graceful.
“For the law came through moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus”
The law was not the truth and because of this it had a fading glory.
We see that at first God through the torah demanded sacrifice and demanded that the hebrews ate certain foods. But as the old testament progresses you see that God drops laws.
He says things like:
“”The multitude of your sacrifices– what are they to me?” says the LORD.
“I have more than enough of burnt offerings, of rams and the fat of fattened animals; I have no pleasure in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats” Isaiah 1:11
And why didn’t He want sacrifices?
“I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine.
If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is mine, and the fulness thereof.
Will I eat the flesh of bulls, or drink the blood of goats?” Psalm 50
Here we have an example of how the law preceded the truth. How the law made way for the truth.
The law implied – IMPLIED DIDN’T SAY EXPLICITLY – that God needed us to burn animals but God doesn’t.
Why doesn’t He? Because He’s God.
This realization of God should be our guiding light in interpreting scripture and thinking about God.
If it makes God an impotent, fool then your doctrine is wrong… simples!