Why do we call this the Old and New Testament? It is God’s will
and testament, a unique kind of covenant relationship. In law, you can
write many kinds of covenants: two-sided ones, multi-sided ones, group
ones, corporate ones, but we have tended to restrict the word testament
to a kind of contract where one party writes all the terms; you don’t do
any bargaining in it.
Pastor Scott continues: When you write your “Last Will and Testament,”
you decree who will inherit what. We call this the Old and New
Testament because it is God’s will and testament. Both the Hebrew and
the Greek, the root languages of this book, chose a word for a contract
relationship that is singular in every respect; one party writes all the
terms: “God says.” He did not ask me my opinion about it. God says
how I will inherit in His estate; no debate, no argument.
“Well,” you say, “I know all that.” Do you? I preach it, but if I am gut honest, as they say, I have to say I talked back to the Potter within the last seven days.
I don’t remember many seven-day periods in my life that I haven’t talked
back to Him. As the squeeze is put on, I have to bring myself anew to
this fix, the benchmark, the point of departure: God has a right to do with
each one of us what He will.