"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
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Monday, January 25, 2016

The Truth verses Man's Traditions

I am currently reading this book.  I confess that after seven serious years of studying the Bible, I have found that it is hard to mistake that Jesus was anything other than a continuation of what God established in the Old Testament.  He was not on earth to create a different religion, but one that continued from the only one, as God does not change~Malachi 3:6.  Therefore something caused the entire world to not only separate the two: Judaism and Christianity, but divide them in a way that many believe  that they are completely different and are of different dispensations of God.  Now to be clear, the reason we call the Jews Jews is because after the Diaspora only the tribes of Judah and Benjamin returned and maintained their identity as part of the 12 tribes. The other ten tribes got comfortable or enjoyed their relocated homes and never returned.  The New Testament refers to the tribes scattered abroad (James 1:1 for one example), but the identity in the first century became Jews-even though their real Identity is Of the House Of Israel from the tribe of Judah.  By the fourth century under a few Roman leaders the chasm was widened and a separation was implemented. It seems so crazy how easy it was to transform God's word into man's traditions and today it is a struggle to find  a Christian that does not believe that the Sabbath was done away with and that now we worship on the first day (the day He rose).

Not to ruffle feathers as I began this post in a different direction, but this seems to be where I am going so I will continue: And he said unto them, That the Son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath.  Luke 6:5  If we take the Sabbath away and as a body of Christians make Sunday the day God really wanted us to rest, is Christ then no longer Lord of the Sabbath, as we have removed the day of rest completely from the Christian.  This may seem like I am spinning, and many have said that Jesus Christ is our rest now and I do believe that, but, the Sabbath is a clearly defined day God established in the first week. God did not need to rest, but rested from all his work to show us what we should do.   In Exodus, God then places the Sabbath number four in the Ten Commandments. Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.  Exodus 20: 10 He then takes three more verses to explain why and what we should do on the Sabbath and that it is blessed and hallowed.

The battle to keep the Ten Commandments in public places is a serious one taking place in city after city, but the real battle is among those that believe that the Ten Commandments should remain but ignore one completely.

This photo is so telling as it shows a huge difference in the actions of many about the Ten Commandments.

I have been taught by pastors that the fourth commandment is the only one not mentioned in the New Testament therefore it was no longer relevant and because of that we celebrate the day our Savior rose from the dead-the first day.  I confess that this sounded great and I sincerely believed this and appreciate why so many now sincerely believe this.  But, we must remember that the Pharisees and Sadducees were looking for fault in EVERY action that Christ took.  If he had taught a different message they would have called him a heretic.  This is the same with Paul, the Bereans had their fact checkers studying the scriptures (which at the time were ONLY the Old Testament), hoping to find a misstep with Paul...they did not find one.  Those closest to our Savior kept the commandment of the Sabbath even when Christ was dead, in their grief~ And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the Sabbath day according to the commandment. Luke 23:56 You can find in Hebrews 4 how we are told that "there remainteth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief." Hebrews 4:9-11
As we direct ourselves back to Hebrews 4:4 we can understand that this topic is completely about the seventh day, " For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works."

In Exodus 31:14-17 Ye shall keep the Sabbath therefore, for it is holy unto you: every one that defileth it shall surely be put to death for whosoever doeth any work therein, that soul shall be cut off from among his people.  Six days may work be done; but in the seventh day is the Sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD: whosoever doeth any work in the Sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death.  Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant.
It is a sign between men and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the LORD made the heaven and the earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed. 

The questions I have are a few after the above verses:
1. Are Christians the men in the last verse?  This will be the sign that Christians will know that God made the heavens and the earth in six days and when we observe the children of Israel (or the remnant which is the Jew) resting on the Sabbath we are to remind ourselves~hey this is a sign?

2. Who are the Children of Israel-we know that the Jew is a part of this group, but who are they?

3. What does for ever mean?

I had never pondered the first question the way I posed it before.  It seems that if a group separates themselves from the Sabbath the result is that those that keep the Sabbath, are the example.

As to who are the Children of Israel they the twelve tribes-which were all at the base of Mt Sinai and were all given the Ten Commandments. In fact, the stranger that crossed the Red Sea with Moses and God's people were ALSO at the base of Mt Sinai and became grafted in...just like in Romans 11 how one that believes in Jesus becomes grafted in...and grafted in means they become part of Israel.  You see, in Matthew 15:24 Christ says " But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel."  This means that those that are not of Israel but are strangers, but claim Christ become part of the house of Israel.  The New Covenant which is in Jeremiah 31:31-34 is with the house of Israel and recognizes that the tribe of Judah is the remaining tribe and it is with them too-or for the history buff the New Covenant is with the Northern and Southern Kingdoms which were divided because of their disobedience. The New Covenant puts the law, which was the Ten Commandments, now in our hearts, and before the commandments were housed in the ark of the covenant which was in the Temple.  Now our body is considered the temple...1 Corinthians 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

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 that we are in him.  He that saith he abideth in him, ought himself also to walk, even as he walked. 1 John 2:3-6

How can we say we walk like our Savior but ignore how he kept the Sabbath.  In fact, he kept the law perfectly as our example.   In 1 John 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments; and his commandments are not grievous.

This post went in a direction that I had no idea it would head in, all because of the fact that the Christian Church no longer keeps the Sabbath day holy as God commanded and it is clear that this division began not as a Biblical directive but as a way to separate the worship that the Jews were doing from the Christians.  It is powerful to follow the historical record of the Catholic Church which you can research yourself, and learn that they changed the day of worship. God did not.  It is not up for debate or what you believe because of the way one verse says that they gathered on the first day-Acts 20:7. 
By comparison Paul kept the Sabbath 84 times, which you can look up for yourselves.  The divide happened early and when Martin Luther had a chance to completely reform Christianity back to the foundation he kept strings from the Catholic Church.  The truth is that today, in pretty much EVERY single Christian church Jesus would not be recognized.  I am surprised at how easily I wrote that.  I cannot believe that I was going in this direction until this moment.  Jesus was our example, yet we ignore the truth He established. He was not being an observant Jew by not eating pork, but an obedient member of the Children of Israel. He was not being an observant Jew when he kept the Sabbath, but as Lord of the Sabbath all the while being of the flesh, kept it because he was part of Israel and doing so was perfection.  Today we call it bondage or burdensome.

Proverbs 4:2 For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law.
John 5: 46-47 For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me. But if ye believe not his writings how shall ye believe my words.

The law cannot be bad doctrine.
If we don't believe Moses' writings we shall not believe Christ's words.

And one final thought~ Jesus Christ was the perfect Jew.  Jesus Christ would never be considered the perfect Christian and I will tell you why, to do so would require that he break the law(the commandments) and therefore he could not and would not be the Unblemished Lamb without sin to take away our sin.

The post that began about a book that I am reading and has gone in a direction revealing why Christians believe the way they do in spite of the Bible saying something else has been awakening for me.  I did not realize I was going this way and mean nothing but respect in my conclusion.  The results of creating dispensations and putting a wall between the Jew and the Christian has been illuminating.  I pray that I am not lofty in this post because in no measure do I wish to suggest I am better or wiser. Instead I stand in this powerful awakening that seems to be happening to people worldwide where believers are testing everything to His Word instead of allowing another to tell them what it says.

We all should be willing to investigate the truth not based on what we have been told but how it lines up with the Bible.  The measure is the word and not what we think it says.