are index cards from a recent Bible study.
Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman
that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
1 Timothy 2:15
Sadly, this command is overlooked a good deal.
When Paul wrote this letter, the word of truth was not what we
understand as the New Testament. This would not be compiled until
later. Paul was telling new believers, followers of the Messiah, and
as well as to those his epistles were directed, that one needs to be active.
One needs to test what is being presented using the word, which
was at that time the Old Testament(and it will not conflict or contradict).
The Bereans understood this concept. In the Book of Acts we learn: the brethren
immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming
thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more noble than
those in Thessalonica in that they received the word with all readiness
of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
Acts 17: 10-11
The Bereans were noble and they heard what the apostles taught, and then
they searched the scriptures to make sure that the teachings lined up with
what God already said. They studied the Old Testament which was the
scriptures. You see, God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
John tells us to search the scriptures as well, in John 5: 39,
Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life:
and they are they which testify of me.
The New Testament cannot contradict the Old Testament.
Does this make sense?
Many today make a huge division between the Jew and the
Christian and in my studies I am wondering why? Many believe that
the Christian is removed from the Jew, not
connected, and what was originally for Jew, is now for the Christian.
Jeremiah 31:31 says, Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that
I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the
house of Judah. (so this will be with both Judah~the Jew~and
also with the house of Israel...the question is this~who is Israel?)
In Jeremiah 31:32 we learn that the new covenant is building off the old
covenant which was given at Sinai~which was the ten commandments.
In Jeremiah 31:33 we see how this will be the same covenant but with
the bar raised. Now the law(the commandments) will be written in our inward
parts and in our hearts.
To recap-this will be for the houses of both Judah(the southern kingdom), and
of Israel (which is the ten tribes of the northern kingdom).
With study one must ponder, who then is Israel?
This is a big one, as Christ himself tells us who he came for in
Matthew 15:24~I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
Christ came to unite both houses under the same new covenant.
Like with twelve tribes that were followed by Pharaoh into the wilderness,
the stranger was among them. The stranger was to do all that was expected of by God, just
like the twelve tribes. (this is found in Exodus, as well as in Leviticus and many other places)
This is how we learn about who Israel is. You see, one can be grafted in. The Book
of Romans shares this. The ones that call upon the name of the Lord, will be grafted in
and will be like the strangers of the exile. They will become part of the body.
Studying to show thyself approved is pretty important.
Accepting man's understanding for God's truth is never
what is what one is told to do in the Word.
Therefore, the new covenant, is the old but inside us.
And with that, I will share that the sabbath which we are told
to remember and to keep holy, is still true. Yes, Christ is our
rest, but the new covenant does not say that we negate one
of the commands when it is written on our inward parts.
The sabbath was the only day that was given a name.
We are to rest upon the sabbath.
We also have rest in our Saviour. Both are true.
When we study, we realize that man may change things,
but God is the same.
He added a reminder to this commandment, almost as if
He knew, that some day the importance of the Sabbath would be changed.
Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days thou
shalt labor, and do all thy work: but the seventh day is
the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any
work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy cattle,
nor thy stranger that is within thy gates. For in six days
the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is,
and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the
sabbath day, and hallowed it. Exodus 20: 8-11
By the way, I must be very clear here: I am saying that God never changed which day is the Sabbath. In addition, we are told that Jesus is Lord of the sabbath, which not only informs us that the day is still noteworthy, but quite specifically that Christ is Lord over this day. (Matthew 12:8, Mark 2:28, and Luke 6:5)