"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
Dr. Adrian Rogers 1931-2005

Friday, July 10, 2015

Defining Words

The words I am going to define are for ever, forever, and remember.

The words for and ever are defined as:
for-1. with the object or purpose of. 2. intended to belong to or be used in connection with.(1)
ever 1.at any time. 2. in any possible case. 3. at all times.(2)
Therefore the words for and ever combined mean with the purpose of in or at all times.
The word forever is defined as 1. without ever ending in time. 2. constantly or incessantly.(3)
 Therefore forever is endless and continues on without interruption. 

Remember is defined as 1. to recall to the mind by using memory. 2. to keep in mind. 3. something that serves to bring to or keep in mind.(4)

I selected these words because the Bible uses these words and to the best of my experience in Christian Churches these words have been ignored or redefined.  I pray as I am typing not to anger those that may read this post, as that is not my goal.  We live in times that many shake their heads and wonder how we arrived at the situation we are in.  I am leaning towards the idea that whether knowingly or unknowingly man switched the meaning of what God said in His Holy Word, the Bible. 

In Leviticus 23 God is speaking with Moses and he says to Moses: Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts.  Lev 23:2

The feasts of the Bible located in the Old Testament are not the Jewish feasts, but the feasts of the LORD.   All twelve tribes were at Mt. Sinai. In fact, there were also numerous people that fled with the Hebrews away from Pharaoh.  This is very important to understand.  The Ten Commandments were not given only to the Jew nor were the feasts of Leviticus 23.  If you read Exodus 12:48-49, you realize that those that fled, became one with the Hebrews and then participated in the feasts and were given the law.  One law for the homeborn and the stranger.  

When reading the New Testament especially the Gospels when Jesus Christ walked the earth, it is impossible to miss that the disciples and Jesus celebrated the feasts.  In fact, the feasts of Passover, Unleavened Bread, and Firstfruits become switched to the modern narrative of the passion week.
We are told in 1 John 2:3-6 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.    
We are to walk as Jesus walked.  None of this what would Jesus do nonsense, rather it should be what DID Jesus do...as His example is how we are to live. He kept the feasts of the LORD, yet pretty much only the Jews keep the feasts today. I recognize that some are beginning to awaken to this realization that if one is a follower of Jesus, one need to walk as he did.  

Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.  Matthew 7:20  
This verse means that others should be able to identify those that are walking as Jesus walked by their lives and what they do.  This is not a requirement for salvation, but something that occurs after one is saved. 

Yet, man in his ways was able to convince the world that God did not mean what he said. Constantine changed the course of Christianity by stating:"Christians shall not Judaize and be idle on Saturday (Sabbath), but shall work on that Day: but the Lord’s Day, they shall especially honour; and as being Christians, shall, if possible, do no work on that day. If however, they are found Judaizing, they shall be shut out from Christ."(5)

Imagine being told if you worked on the sabbath you could be shut out from Christ.  This is insane and yet this occurred.  If Judaizing was bad then those that wished not to be shut out from Christ would jump ship and try and do nothing similar to what the Jews were doing.  

Let me make this clear, those Jews that did not recognize that Jesus was the Messiah were wrong, but here's the sad thing, we Christians that allowed a man to change Christianity are also wrong.  God does not change. 
For I am the LORD, I change not. Malachi 3:6  
The feast of Leviticus 23 are God's feasts.  They are to be kept forever as a holy convocation (Leviticus 23:21) and a memorial (Leviticus 23:24). 

Those that Moses spoke to were all those at Mt. Sinai.  I know I am repeating myself but I need to not only for the reader, but for me. Undoing wrongs are never easy.  

Those at the foot of Mt. Sinai were the 12 tribes of Israel.  This is critical and this also includes the stranger that joined, as in the New Testament we learn that once we accept our Saviour, we are grafted in, as it says in Romans 11.  Well I will tell you that once you are grafted in you become part of Israel.  Knowing that you are now part of Israel(the 12 tribes, and the stranger that receives Him) Matthew 15:24 makes sense, as Jesus himself says I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 

His bride is not the common saying that Christians hear over and over, you know that you are now part of the body of believers.  This is not what Jesus said, as He is coming for the bride which is all those that are grafted into Israel.  This is the new covenant which is in Jeremiah 31:31-34.

As Christians we have changed keeping the feasts of the LORD forever to mean only the Jew keep the feasts of the LORD forever.  We are under "grace," not the law.   Keeping the LORD'S feasts are bondage.  

I find it bondage to redefine words.  

I find it bondage to suggest that the new covenant means 
one can sin and live, eat, and drink differently than 
Jesus, yet be one of His.  

I am a totally different follower of Jesus than I was when I simply went to church, listened, nodded, and felt good for the moment, and then went home and continued to live my way, my choice without applying the standard that 1 John 2:3-6 states.  

If we wish to ponder why the rainbow has been stolen, and how an abomination to the LORD is now mainstream, we must first look in house and turn over some tables, and throw out the money changers, if I can borrow the actions that Christ did.  

I defined remember to use in an upcoming post.  The Ten Commandments uses the word remember.  It is amazing how God knew that some day man would forget one of the ten, all the while suggesting that the other nine are still valid(by stating that Christ only repeated 9 in the NT).  This is the slope I am talking about. If Jesus is the Lord of the Sabbath, then, the sabbath must STILL exist.  It is not a spiritual rest alone, but an actual day, set aside.  More later on this.

Back to my post.  For ever means forever.  God said to keep His feasts forever and much of those calling themselves Christians decided that God does not mean forever, and perhaps he changes just a bit. 

I will close with a verse that really made me begin to study the word.

Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?  And then I will profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.  Matthew 7: 22-23 
Works Cited
1. "For." Websters Desk Dictionary of the English Language. Classic ed. 1990. Print. 
2. "Ever." Websters Desk Dictionary of the English Language. Classic ed. 1990. Print.  
3. "Forever." Websters Desk Dictionary of the English Language. Classic ed. 1990. Print. 
4. "Remember." Websters Desk Dictionary of the English Language. Classic ed. 1990. Print. 
5. Veith, Walter J. PhD. "Constantine and the Sabbath Change." 2010. web. 10 July 2015