In the discussions about the ten commandments there is a question about whether they are to be considered “moral laws”. The phrase “moral law” does not appear in most versions of the Bible, but a synonymous phrase is used many times. The terms “righteous judgments” or “righteous laws” are used many times to describe the ten commandments and accompanying scriptures. If the word “moral” had been in common usage in 1611 it may have been used repeatedly to describe the law that is described as “holy, just, perfect, right, pure, true and righteous altogether”.
Moses said “What nation is there so great, that hath statutes and judgments so righteous as all this law which I set before you this day?” If a reputable entity sets up a rule, law or code of conduct then it is inevitable that there will be consequences for departing from that standard. The thing about the biblical standard of righteousness is that the consequences are sometimes put off so long that people begin to question the laws’ validity. Sometimes sentence against an evil work is not executed for a long period of time and that allows people to choose another way if they so choose. Most people do just that, so it requires a tremendous amount of faithfulness to hold on to a seemingly antiquated standard.
The Sabbath has always been a bone of contention from the days of Israel till today. Amazingly some Jewish priests hid their eyes from the Sabbath, and this one of the reasons given for prophecies about the destruction of Jerusalem in Jer. 17:27
This scenario fits the description of a violation of a moral law, or a breach of a righteous judgment. The Sabbath was given to the Jews as were the other ten commandments, and Yahshua said that salvation is of the Jews. The apostle Paul said they have a high calling because they were given the holy oracles. If we take the position that the Sabbath was a temporary sign for a temporary covenant then we will have to disregard prophecies like Isaiah 66 and Jer. 31 and Jer. 33.
Satan’s tactics usually involve a distortion of divine instructions and I believe that is what we are dealing with today. The Sabbath is just the tip of the iceberg, but it is indicative of major things under the surface.
Up until a few decades ago most people who professed to believe the bible observed a weekly day of rest. Today more and more people take the position that it really doesn’t matter which day you observe, and quite often people spend their “day of rest” wrapped up in worldly pursuits. But the clear admonition today from Catholic and Protestants alike is to forget the Sabbath day and desecrate it. Some give the impression that no sin is worse than to “remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy”. The emperor Constantine would be proud if he knew how well his precedent has been followed.
If Yahshua came to do away with the Sabbath then why did he specifically say He did not come to destroy the law and the prophets? Why did He tell them to obey the scribes and Pharisees? Why did the disciples neglect to go to Yahshua’s tomb on the Sabbath day?
What is this faith once delivered to the saints that we are to contend for? Who are these evil men who have crept in secretly and turned grace into a license to sin?
If grace is not a license to sin, then specifically what is it? Is it synonymous with mercy? If so, then why were two different words used? Who is grace extended to? Is everyone “under grace” now? If we are under grace shall we continue in sin? We are told to come boldly to the throne of grace to obtain help in time of need. What is the nature of this help we are asking for? Could it be a divine influence to help us overcome sin? Titus says that the grace that brings salvation teaches us to deny wickedness and worldly lusts, to live soberly and righteously in this present age. Evidently salvation includes salvation from sin and its consequences. Matt. 1:21
Patriarchs like Job, Abraham, David and Daniel all looked forward to an eternal inheritance, but they all died not having received the promise. Today if we are the Messiah’s then we are also heirs of Abraham’s promise that he would inherit the world. Rom. 4:13
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