Part IV – Should Christians keep the Law of Moses – Getting right with God

It’s time to put all this together – yes you can walk humbly before the LORD and you can begin the process of taking your first steps in obedience to the Father. That process doesn’t require you to do everything all at once – just pick one or two things you feel are manageable and begin. God will guide you!

God Bless you

Lis

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Part III – Should Christians keep the Law of Moses – Blessings and Curses

We can see evidence of the blessings and curses of the law – consequences for obedience and disobedience – in our society today. I talk in this short video about just one.

Shabbat Shalom

Lis

Should Christians keep the Law of Moses?

This is Part 1 of a four part series I’m putting out regarding the rational basis for keeping the Law of Moses. To me it is the most irrational thing that any Christian believes they are “not under the law” – try telling the traffic cop that! You are going to be governed by something and someone – shouldn’t that be God’s Law and God?

Shabbat Shalom to you all!

Lis

Paul and the law

This is a great short video about Paul and the commandments of God. For those who think that Paul says the law is done away with – think on.

For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. Matthew 5:18 NKJV

God Bless you

Lis

Love your neighbour as yourself

We see these words in Leviticus 19:18 – God tells us:

Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD.

Can you think now how many statutes are required because we have left this commandment behind? If we have compassion on our neighbour, as we would hope he would have on us, many statute laws of man would not be required. Harassment from loud music – not a thing anymore. Anti-social behaviour? Gone. All kinds of pain and suffering could be alleviated by this simple law – but only if we applied it.

When we don’t slam the door at 6 a.m. on our way to work we do it because we don’t want to wake the neighbours – that’s just the kind of consideration we all need to have. Don’t light that bonfire when the wind is blowing towards your neighbour’s washing – pretty simple. It also extends to how we treat our environment – litter laws, and pollution laws, not leaving an engine idling for long periods – all these things are covered simply under that one commandment, yet instead we have thousands of regulations which are in place instead (and, note, rarely applied).

That commandment also encompasses more than just consideration, it includes the way we correct and rebuke our neighbours too! Love is not license, it’s pointing out things which are wrong, with love, and expecting better.

David says, and I love this psalm so much, in psalm 141:5:

Let the righteous strike me;
It shall be a kindness.
And let him rebuke me;
It shall be as excellent oil;
Let my head not refuse it.
For still my prayer is against the deeds of the wicked.

Yes, absolutely! Rebuke me and I shall grow wiser still! How beautifully humble David is!

Let us love our neighbours, resolve disputes and keep government out of our lives – if only we kept the law of God!

Lis

Blueprints

Every house built today has a set of plans – someone has spent a long time designing with practicality (we hope) in mind. Every service to our homes must also be routed wisely, and the builder of the house must be able to read and understand those plans in order to end up with a house which is both structurally sound and pleasing (we hope!) to the eye.

Functionality is built into every recipe we use. We know who can be trusted to produce reliable recipes, and we follow those recipes carefully, more or less, to ensure good results which are delicious and healthy (we hope!).

But of course, just as there are different people there are different tastes. Different architects design different styles of homes, and different cooks produce different recipes. Having said that, some basic principles apply: there are structural laws that must be applied to buildings to make them safe, whatever their intended appearance on the outside, and there are also structural principles in things like bread and cake baking which must also be applied for consistent results. If you vary the proportions, they simply won’t work, and although that sponge cake may taste OK, if the consistency is more like a hockey puck, good luck trying to persuade anyone to make it a second time.

And so when I look at the area of health I wonder why there is really no one way. Just one way which works for all humans – there really isn’t! Whilst, of course, I am biased towards and keep God’s dietary laws – they are really quite easy and were one of the earliest changes I made in my walk with God, when it comes to health beyond that I am in flux.

You see, in my body, damage has been done – and I don’t know how far back this goes. I don’t know how long ago my gut trouble started. I do know when it got worse, and I do know that antibiotics were the culprit (and what dealt with the sepsis I was experiencing). It’s awful to think that there is no one right way to deal with the issue – there are, however, many people who will tell you what worked for them (and many who denounce these people as being wrong (because it didn’t work for them)).

You see I like to have a plan. I can bake without a recipe, and often do, but in order to do something I’ve never done before, I need a recipe to know how to do it, and practice to become proficient. Just as many builders could, in theory, build an extension for you without a plan, because they’ve done it so often, they had to learn how, and follow plans many times (and of course, they require plans where planning consent is required anyway).

But with my gut journey I feel as though I just keep finding myself at the end of a cul-de-sac and having to turn around and go back. The only things I have discovered along the way is that eating basically is best – natural food with as few additives as possible. But what annoys my gut this week might not next, and more annoyingly, what doesn’t annoy my gut today may well annoy it tomorrow.

So I’m saying all this to say this: we have a blueprint for our society which God wrote Himself for our benefit. With it I know what is right and wrong, and I know what I can and cannot do. I know my rights and responsibilities, if you like. I love God’s Law! Without that blueprint, we have a society where everyone does what is right in their own eyes – and the church teaches obedience, but what to?

A teaching from yesterday, which I’ll put at the end of this post, brought up some good points, and one relates to Romans 1: [emphasis added]

22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.

24 Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, 25 who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

26 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.

28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; 32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.

That last verse makes clear that they knew the law and the judgement of God according to it, yet not only did they practice these wicked things, but approved of them who also did so! Today the church teaches that the Law of Moses is done away with, and so, without God’s blueprint all these things become permissible – what is there to stop witchcraft if the Law is gone? The church now embraces sins which God abhors because they want to build a house which is not structurally sound? They don’t even know what they are doing. God does, and did when He caused Israel to suffer as they sinned – bringing them back to Him in repentance and bringing order (His Law) back to their society. Without that blueprint all kinds of wickedness prevailed! Things which are now infiltrating the church are part of that.

So you see why I wish there was one blueprint for my health recovery – one single route which I could follow! But that is not part of God’s Law, and so I have to try to work it out prayerfully with Him, working out what I must deny myself for my health’s sake, and what I can have and when. How much easier it is to follow a proven plan – why on earth does the church continue to reject God’s?

God Bless you

Lis

Trouble is coming – are you ready?

Are you prepared? I don’t mean with food or water (I hope you are, though!). I mean with God. Do you know when the feasts are? Do you know how to count the days – these are things I’m still learning and I have no confidence in my ability to do it if the internet were to fail tomorrow. I’m trying to keep a pure heart – are you? Are you trying to walk in God’s commandments and His statutes? This is the “light yoke” Yeshua told us about.

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Where are you with God? Are you still trying and striving to do things on your own without Him? Or are you leaning on Him to guide and protect you?

More and more the church is turning away from the bible. More and more the hypocrisy of the early church (rejecting the law and the feasts as “judaising”) is bringing the fruit of lawlessness. The church reasons that if pork and shellfish are OK (they’re not), then homosexuality and witchcraft must be fine too. Abortion also.

They are replacing church hypocrisy with utter lawlessness.

This lawlessness will lead to their destruction, but along the way they will involve themselves in persecuting bible-believing Christians.

In John 16:1-3 Yeshua tells us:

“These things I have spoken to you, that you should not be made to stumble. They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service. And these things they will do to you because they have not known the Father nor Me.” [NKJV]

Yes, those of us who believe the word of God are not welcomed in churches – indeed the experience of talking to one of the elders in a local church, when I mentioned that I keep the law, he had such a visceral reaction to it – his agitation was clearly and physically visible. He will continue as he is until such time as God reaches him within the word. He will not HEAR what he needs to hear (it is not preached there), and perhaps even he will not SEE and READ (comprehend) what he needs to know. Only God opens the eyes, opens the ears.

God has made us promises – these promises can be found throughout the bible, but the ones we must pay closest attention to are the blessing and the curses is Deuteronomy. God shows us the consequences of disobedience which we can see throughout our communities and countries today.

Get under the protection of the law – seek to please God!

Lis