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old covenant.(means 'agreement')
(Exodus 20:1-17 and Deuteronomy 5:6-22 list the ten commandments)
new covenant.(means 'agreement')
we all learn by contrasts
God designed contrast into His plan as can be seen by comparing the old and the new covenants
The old covenant.(contained within the Old Testament part of the Holy Bible).involved physical blessings for physical obedience. God spoke it in their ears.(Deuteronomy 5:1).as it couldn't come through their heart -Deuteronomy 5:29. The Old Testament laws were added because the people couldn't regulate themselves and looked only to themselves. This way, they had God now to look to.(a higher power than themselves).and had rules to regulate physical life -Galatians 3:19. The new covenant.(basically contained within the New Testament part of the Holy Bible).is a better covenant with better promises.

It was ratified in Christ. It involved the heart -1John 2:20,27: Hebrews 8:7-10 "For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second. For finding fault with them (Deuteronomy 5:29), he saith: Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah; not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant-(the old covenant was an external thing based upon one's performance, the people's righteousness -Deuteronomy 6:25; the new is based upon Christ's performance, not ours. There was no peace with God {always a fault to be found} for one under this old covenant)-and I regarded them not, saith the Lord. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind and write them in their hearts and I will be to them a God and they shall be to me a people." Hebrews 10:16 "This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts and in their minds will I write them."

In Old Testament times God beat us for disobedience -Leviticus 26:18 "And if ye will not yet for all this hearken unto me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins." The new covenant involved Jesus being beaten so we would never have to be.
In Old Testament times, God wanted the people to choose Him -Deuteronomy 5:29; 1Corinthians 10:5. In New Testament times, God chooses.
Commandment #1: 
God had to tell them not to have any other Gods -Deuteronomy 5:7; Exodus 20:3. They had a tendency to want to align themselves with many 'gods', some external idol(s) they appreciated, which gave them comfort.
No problem with the wrong God in times of the new covenant. God has aligned with those He's now called and keeps them stable.(Hebrews 8:10).because He says He'll never leave us -Hebrews 13:5; Matthew 28:20.
    Problem here in New Testament times is in the wrong message about Him.
Commandment #2: 
They had a tendency to drift from God and want to make things that they could see, feel and touch, as reminders of the gods they believed were behind such man made creations -Deuteronomy 5:8-10; Exodus 20:4-6.
In the new covenant, Christ will keep us stable.(2Thessalonians 3:3; Jude 1:24).as we follow the guidance from the Holy Spirit inside us. No need to be cautioned about working on things that represent God, as in the old covenant. We are worked on by God.(Ephesians 2:10; Hebrews 2:10).in the new covenant. We make contact with God through, prayer, study of God's word, thinking about the spiritual things we have gained and wish to gain, and using opportunities for His Spirit of love to flow from us in doing good unto others.
Commandment #3: 
They weren't to take God's name in vain.(as though God wasn't a reality in their life and something to be taken lightly). God would hold this guilt against them -Deuteronomy 5:11; Exodus 20:7.
No guilt for those under the new covenant.
Commandment #4: 
They were to remember the Sabbath Day, a day of rest and to keep it holy; a day to rest, knowing that it was God who caused this -Deuteronomy 5:12-15; Exodus 20:8-11.
A different story here.
-...the commandments which follow can be compared to what love does when the Holy Spirit flows through a person in good works toward others.....continues

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