Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Law AFTER Jesus (death & ressurection)!

It is commonly taught that the Law of God is now presently nailed to the cross, and it no longer applies to us.
Let us walk thru the NEW Testament and see if the disciples that people credit with informing us that we are not under God's Commandments (mainly Paul) actually followed the laws given to Moses. (Exodus - Deuteronomy)


The Law that most people agree that we no longer have to keep is the Sabbath Day. -The 7th day of the week- This is the proper day for church services, learning how to serve God/recieve salvation, fellowship, prayer, worship, and meditation.
Yes it is true as Christians we should pray and meditate everyday, however, on the Sabbath Day (Saturday) it is mandatory. Just as honoring your mother and father is mandatory.

Now in Acts Chapter 1 when Jesus ascends into heaven in the sight of the disciples it has been 40 days since His death and ressurection. In chapter 2 the disciples attend the feast of Pentecost (as instructed in the law).

By the time we get to Chapter 13, it is around 40AD, roughly 10 years after Jesus died and was ressurected. Saul has killed some believers, then is converted on the road to Damascus, taught by Christ and is now finally seperated to do what he has been called by God to do. And what did he do while preaching to the church in Antioch:

"Now when Paul and his company loosed from Paphos, they came to Perga in Pamphylia... But when they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and sat down."

Notice not just Paul but his company also went on the sabbath day.
"And after the reading of the law and the prophets the rulers of the synagogue sent unto them, saying, Ye men and brethren, if ye have any word of exhortation for the people, say on.
Then Paul stood up, and beckoning with his hand said, Men of Israel, and ye that fear God, give audience."
We all know and agree about what Paul said and preached here. He ran down the history of my ancestors from Moses down to Jesus. He explained how Jesus fulfilled the promises made to the fathers, and he preached Jesus Christ for the remession of sins. What is important here is 'when' he did his 'preaching to the masses.' After Paul's sermon the 'Gentiles' approched him to hear the Gospel. Let's see what day Paul decided to meet with them:
"And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words might be preached to them the next sabbath." (v.42)

Not tomrrow, not next week on Sunday (what some call the christian sabbath). On the next sabbath. On God's Sabbath day the 7th day of the week the Gentiles came to learn about Christ.

So they agreed to come together on the next Sabbath. So let us see what happend on the next sabbath:

"And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God." (v.44)

This is Antioch, a Gentile city. Outside of the land of Judea. And the whole city came to "Hear the Word of God" on the Sabbath day; taught by the Apostle Paul.


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(Acts 13:1-52)

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

THE 10 COMMANDMENTS BEFORE MOSES! Chap. 2

Is it possible that Noah, the ancestor of Abraham knew and respected the 10 Commandments.

If the commandments were since the beginning of time, let no one tell you that we shouldn't keep them. Even Number 4. Remeber the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Lets see if Noah knew the Law:

"And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die. But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons' wives with thee. And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female. Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive.  Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he."(Genesis 6:17-22)

This is the story of Noah that most people know. The nursery rhyme even goes 'Noah brought the animals 2 by 2'...

Noah only brought two of each animal because only two is needed to procreate.However, this is not the end of the story; it continues.

"And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.  Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female.  Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth.  For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth.  And Noah did according unto all that the LORD commanded him." (Genesis 7:1-5)

Noah originally brought two of every animal. Then in the next chapter we see that he brought 7 of every 'clean' beast. And two of every unclean beast.
What is it that makes an animal clean?

"These are the beasts which ye shall eat among all the beasts that are on the earth. Whatsoever parteth the hoof, and is clovenfooted, and cheweth the cud, among the beasts, that shall ye eat. Nevertheless these shall ye not eat of them that chew the cud, or of them that divide the hoof:
as the camel, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you.
And the coney, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you.


And the hare, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you.



And the swine, though he divide the hoof, and be clovenfooted, yet he cheweth not the cud; he is unclean to you...


For I am the LORD that bringeth you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: ye shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.

This is the law of the beasts, and of the fowl, and of every living creature that moveth in the waters, and of every creature that creepeth upon the earth:
To make a difference between the unclean and the clean, and between the beast that may be eaten and the beast that may not be eaten." (leviticus 11:1-47)

So when Noah brought the 'clean' animals into the Ark (the animals that are permissible to eat), he brought those by 7's not by two. 
WHY?
Surely not to eat, man did not start eating meat until chapter 9 verse 1-4.

"And God spake unto Noah, saying, Go forth of the ark, thou, and thy wife, and thy sons, and thy sons' wives with thee... And Noah went forth, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him:  Every beast, every creeping thing, and every fowl, and whatsoever creepeth upon the earth, after their kinds, went forth out of the ark.  And Noah builded an altar unto the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.
And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.  While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease."
(Genesis 8:14-22)

For sacrifice. Thanksgiving sacrifices for sparing Noah and his family. You can only sacrifice 'clean' animals to the Lord. Therefore Noah knew the Laws of God and was obedient, that is why he brought 7 clean animals so that he could sacrifce one or two to the Almighty.
Notice also how those sacrifices created a sweet smelling savour to the Lord. Maybe God is black (he likes the smell of Bar-B-Que. :) lol


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Thursday, July 14, 2011

¿SHOULD WE "FEAR" GOD?

¿Should we ‘Fear’ God?

As followers of Christ, God is our protector. He is our Father, our provider, and our help. But modern preachers will have us to believe that God is not to be feared. Some tele-evangelists go as far as to say that we should all white out the word fear in our Bibles, and replace that word, every time it appears with ‘love.’

While it is true that God is Love (1John 4:8), it is the “Fear of God” that is the beginning of our wisdom! (Psalm 111:10/Proverbs 1:7, 2:5, 9:10)

It is thru the fear of God that anyone is obedient.


You may say that I have faith in God because of the Love Jesus showed me dying on the cross. This love that leads you to believe in God will not keep you obedient. The next day and several weeks later when you find out that it was Jesus who spoke the 10 Commandments, and that it is Jesus whom will Kill the people that He catches eating pork when He returns (Isaiah 66:15-18), it will be that fear of being killed, even unto the 2nd death (Revelation 20:12-15) that will cause you to say, “that bacon and Ham sandwich just isn’t worth it!”

Some people can keep their hands to themselves because they love their neighbor just as they love themselves and therefore would never sleep with someone else’s spouse. However most people that do not commit adultery it is out of fear of repercussions. Weather it is fear because the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23), or you fear what the husband (or wife) may do to you. This fear is instinctive because this also is written in the Bible. 

"Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned? So he that goeth in to his neighbour's wife; whosoever toucheth her shall not be innocent... A wound and dishonour shall he get; and his reproach shall not be wiped away. For jealousy is the rage of a man: therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance. He will not regard any ransom; neither will he rest content, though thou givest many gifts." (Proverbs 6:27-35)




We are also obedient to our parents out of fear of repercussions. Weather punishment or spanking, we only obeyed because weather in the home or out in the world disobedience is most usually met with punishment, which in turn leads to sorrow.







THE CONCLUSION OF THE MATTER:
"Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. "
WHY?
"For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil." (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14)



May the Lord add a blessing to the consideration of His Word in Jesus name...






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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

THE 10 COMMANDMENTS BEFROE MOSES! :-O

Cain and Abel, Sons of Adam and Eve knew the 10 Commandments!


There are scads of people under the banner of 'Christianity' that go to churches and are taught that the 10 Commandments are no longer part of the doctrine of believers. The Commandments, also known as 'The Law' is somehow nailed to the cross; or done away with by Jesus himself.


The case is usually made because ministers somehow rationalize that the Commandments being given to Moses, and thereby the children of Israel were somehow exclusively to one group of people.
Our God is Not a respecter of persons! (Acts 10:34)!
The commandments as they were proposed to The children of Israel was the same Commandments of God that determined the 'Sons of God' from Adam down to Abraham, Issac, Jacob, and Jacob's (aka Israel) 12 sons.

LET IT BE KNOWN: The Biblical definition of sin, is; the transgression of the Law. (1John 3:4)

Commandment Number 6, as previously discussed in "The 10 Commandments" (thou shalt not kill) [to read click here], was known and understood by the people mentioned in the Bible from the very beginning.

Take for instance Cain and Abel.

"And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.  And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:  But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell." (Genesis 4:3-7)


"And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.  And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother's keeper?" (Genesis 4:8-9)


The real purpose for this post is verses 8 and 9. In these verses Cain murders his brother Abel, and then when he is questioned about it he lied and said he didn't know where Abel was.
We can therefore reason and conclude that Cain new the 6th commandment 'thou shalt not kill' and wanted to hide the fact that he broke the Law of God.
Consider because had he not known the 10 commandments, or had the Law not been applied to him Cain would have confidently said, "I killed my brother he is buried under a rock!"

Cain lied because he knew he was wrong. Cain takes it a step further by trying a corny 'am i my brothers keeper' line to make it seem as if he has know way of knowing where his brother is.

FOOD 4 THOUGHT (you do the dishes) :
In Verse 3-7, the reason the Lord had respect to Abel's offering is because it was the "firstlings of his flock." Abel also brout 'the fat' of his flocks as offering, the "Firstlings" or first fruits or the first 10% are the tithes.
That which is required!
 Cain missed that part as he brought 'fruit of the ground,' as an offering unto the Lord.    Imagine being in school, and doing all the extra credit work in a class, but completing no assignments. The instructor is Not going to respect that! :-\  LOCKSMIF... LLAVES (keys)



 May the Lord add a blessing to the study of His Word in Jesus name...
 
 
 


 

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

LAW OF LIBERTY



"So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty"
(James 2:12)

Although 'Independence day' is past, it is not too late to reflect on just what it is that liberates us. This liberation is spiritual as well as physical; and it is also this law of liberty to which the founding fathers of the United States attributed they understanding to.

WHAT IS THE LAW OF LIBERTY?
In Romans chapter 7, the Apostle Paul talks about the two laws of God. The 10 commandments and then also the law of animal sacrifice. He does not always announce which law he is talking about but there is obviously two different ones.
He talks about being "dead to the law by the body of Christ." (v.4)
This law is of course talking about animal sacrifice. It was animal sacrifice that was our schoolmaster that brought us unto Christ. (Galatians 3:23-25)
 Meaning that until Jesus came to die for the sins of the world, the children of Israel would kill different animals at their appointed times, to serve the same purpose. (Leviticus 16:1-34)
-Every detail of how the ritual was performed as well as the cleanliness of the priest performing the task all reflected or made reference to the Messiah, and what He would accomplish.-
Unfortunately, the blood of bulls and goats cannot take away sin. (Hebrews 10:4)
Therefore Jesus was very necessary!

The other law that is spoken of interchangeably, is the 10 commandments.
How does it liberate us?
Well 1st of all following the commandments would mean that you wouldn't have to sacrifice any of your animals. You would be in effect liberated from sin!
Even after Christ has come. We know what sin is because of the commandments, therefore following them liberates us from sin even today. We are at liberty to chose longevity by honoring our father and mother.
We are at liberty because we know how to love God [the first 5 commandments] and how to love our brother/neighbor as we love ourselves [the latter 5 commandments].



FOOD 4 THOUGHT (you do the dishes) - I acknowledge that as an African American Independence didn't come for my ancestors in 1776. For some freedom came after Jan.1,1863 by the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. How ever the last slaves that were freed by the Union Army, was liberated June 19,1865; 2.5 years later. This date has come to be  known as Juneteenth. Read more about Juneteenth here.
And it is with this knowledge wisdom and understanding that i say, "Happy Independence Day"! (A day later)

May the Lord add a blessing to the understanding of His Word...




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Friday, July 1, 2011

REVELATION 21:4... ¿NOW OR L8R?


"And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away"
(Revelation 21:4).
 
Is God presently in heaven wiping tears away from eyes. The answer may seem easy to some, but most people whom are familiar with this verse, probably have never realized that it is more than 10 words long.
This Revelation is, 'The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass.'
Unfortunately everything in the book of Revelation has not yet come to pass.
In fact safe to say that most of that which is written has not yet come to pass.
By the time we get to this scripture in the 21st Chapter of a book that only has 22 Chapters in it we have passed the coming of Jesus Christ with all the saints with Him (Revelation 19:11-21); The First Ressurection (Revelation 20:1-6);  & Judgement Day (Revelation 20:11-15)
It is when we are  with the Father in the Kingdom of God, this prophecy will have Finally come to past.


FOOD 4 THOUGHT (you do the dishes):
 If God will dry our tears in His kingdom, what happens if you die tomorrow?
 


"All things come alike to all: there is one event to the righteous, and to the wicked; to the good and to the clean, and to the unclean... as is the good, so is the sinner... This is an evil among all things that are done under the sun, that there is one event unto all: yea, also the heart of the sons of men is full of evil, and madness is in their heart while they live, and after that they go to the dead. For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion. For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun... Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest."
(Ecclesiastes 9:1-10)


May the Lord add a blessing to the reading of His word...




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