An excerpt from: "Sabbath Confession"
(Part 6) God’s Law (The Ten Commandments) vs. The Mosaic Law
Written by: Mark Johnson, 2016
It is simply just a fact of Church life; very few understand the difference between God’s Law (a.k.a The Ten Commandments) and the set of laws, commands, statutes, ordinances and instructions known as the Law of Moses or simply, as the Mosaic Law. Most Christians are familiar with the Ten Commandments (or at least it is so hoped) as those commandments are numerated in Chapter 20 of the Book of Exodus and in Deuteronomy 5:6–21. And, as has been explored previously in this series of essays, the Ten Commandments are actually a promised Covenant, they are His wedding vows, declared by God to His bride, Israel (and by extendtion, the Church). Furthermore, and as it has also been previously explored, the first three Commandments, those concerning God, and the last six Commandments, those concerning Man, are all tied together by the fourth Commandment, the Sabbath Commandment, and that Commandment ultimately personified by the Lord of the Sabbath, Jesus.
It is important to understand that the Ten Commandments are complete as they are. In fact, once given by God to Israel face-to-face, in His own voice, in Israel’s own hearing, the Commandments were cut into stone tablets by God Himself signifying their completeness and permanence. Moses witnessed to such when he said, “These words the LORD spoke to all your assembly at the mountain out of the midst of the fire, the cloud, and the thick darkness, with a loud voice; and he added no more. And he wrote them on two tablets of stone and gave them to me” (Duet 5:22 ESV). So, the Ten Commandments as a Covenant stands alone, complete and eternal, cut into granite not by human hands, but solely by God, Himself. And as such, the Ten Commandments stand unique and apart from the “Law of Moses” in a number of ways.
Firstly, the Law of Moses, a.k.a The Mosaic Law, separately followed the giving of the Covenant (the Ten Commandments) and was dictated directly to Moses by God apart and away from the presence of the people of Israel! Secondly, the commandments, statutes, ordinances and instructions dictated to Moses at that time were written down by the perishable hand of Moses onto perishable parchment into a book with pen and ink. Therefore, signifying a temporary condition as the hand and materials used and the “handwriting” of that Law, itself, would one day pass away -- very much unlike the Law of God, the Ten Commandments, which were written by the eternal hand of God on imperishable stone!
The New Testament reveals to us in many ways and places what was the purpose of the Law of Moses; and that purpose, of course, was to foretell and illustrate via commands, statutes, ordinances, actions and duties of the Mosaic Law the coming of the Messiah, who he would be, what he would do and how he would do it to deal with the matter of sin and to declare the coming kingdom of God to all of God’s elect. Moreover, God’s Ten Commandments on stone tablets were to be kept within the Ark of the Covenant (Exodus 25:16) as a record of the bond between God and His bride (the ark in John Wesley’s way of thinking also representing the Body of Christ). The book of the law, the Mosaic Law, was to be kept on the outside of the Ark of the Covenant to stand as a witness against us (Deuteronomy 31:26).
It is not the intent of this essay at this time to explore the particular meanings, actions and intents of various aspects of the Mosaic Law. That will likely be done at another time. What is the intent of this essay is to clearly illustrate that the Law of God, a.k.a the Ten Commandments, and the Mosaic Law are two separate, distinct utterances of God with two very separate and distinct purposes. So, it can be plainly seen that the Law of God, the Ten Commandments, indeed divine wedding vows, are permanent and eternal -- just as human wedding vows are supposed to be for the life of the wedded. And, all the while the Mosaic Law was, by design, temporary and intended, itself, to be “nailed to the cross” coming to its end as its purpose was complete at the final and ultimate sacrifice of Jesus, himself.
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See Below for New Summer Meeting Times.
THE GRAND SWEEP BIBLE STUDY MEETING TIMES FOR THE SUMMER
(MONDAY AFTERNOON AT 1:00 - 2:00 IN NORTH SALEM)
(MONDAY NIGHTS AT 6:30 - 7:30 IN RAYMOND)
JUNE 18 EXODUS 13-33, PSALMS 31-32
JUNE 25 NO CLASS
JULY 2 EXODUS 34-40; LEVITICUS 1-27; NUMBERS 1-6. PSALMS 33-39
JULY 9 Numbers 7-21, Pslams 40-46
JULY 16 NO CLASS
JULY 23 NO CLASS
JULY 30 NO CLASS
AUGUST 6 NUMBERS 21 TO JUDGES 8; PSALMS 47-57; NUMBERS 7-36; DEUTERONOMY 1-5; PSALMS 40-49
AUGUST 13 NO CLASS
AUGUST 20 JUDGES 9 - 1 SAMUEL 25. PSALMS 58-61
AUGUST 27 NO CLASS
SEPTEMBER DATES TO BE DETERMINED
The Saturday 9:00 a.m NSUMC Adult Bible study is off for Summer Break.
Sessions will resume in September.
(Date to be Announced)
We have recently come across some interesting history of the North Salem United Methodist Church. To check out some milestone dates and a list of past and present pastors...
Aug 9, 2018
A GOOD TIME TO PRAY
I AM OFTEN ASKED ABOUT HOW TO DEVELOP ONE’S PRAYER LIFE. I THINK IT HINGES ON THE PRACTICE OF A DISCIPLINE WHICH IS KEPT FAITHFULLY. I DON’T BELIEVE THERE IS A RIGHT OR WRONG WAY TO PRAYER BUT IT DOES CALL FOR SOME FORM OF BEING FAITHFUL IN BEING PRESENT TO THE PRESENCE OF GOD. HENRI NOUWEN WHO WROTE SO BEAUTIFULLY ABOUT THE CHRISTIAN JOURNEY AND HAS TOUCHED MY LIFE IN MANY WAYS SUGGESTS THE FOLLOWING:
1. SIMPLY SET APART A SPECIFIC TIME AND PLACE TO “WASTE” ALITTLE TIME ALONE WITH YOURSELF AND GOD. WHAT TIME OF THE DAY WILL YOU PRAY, AND WHERE WILL YOU PRAY?
2. ADD TO YOUR PARTICULAR TIME AND SPECIAL PLACE A SINGLE FOCUS. THIS CAN BE AN IMAGE, A WORD, A PHRASE OF SCRIPTURE, OR A SHORT MEDITATIVE PRAYER THAT IS REPEATED.
3. WHEN DISTRACTIONS COME OR. YOU FEEL ANXIOUS OR SLEEPY, ACKNOWLEDGE THE DISTRACTION – DON’T FIGHT IT – THEN SIMPLY RETURN TO YOUR IMAGE, PHRASE, OR SCRIPTURE.
4. EMBRACE THE SILENCE BETWEEN THE REPETITIONS IN PRAYER. THIS IS HOW YOU CREATE SPACE FOR GOD TO BE PRESENT.
5. SOMETIMES, WITHOUT OUR SACRED TIME AND PLACE AND FOCUS, GOD SPEAKS A SIMPLE WORD FOR US TO HEAR. LEARN TO LISTEN TO THE STILL, SMALL VOICE.
IT MAY TAKE TIME BUT PRACTICE THIS FOR 10 MINUTES OR MORE PER DAY FOR A WEEK AND SEE HOW PRAYER MAY TAKE ON A LIFE OF ITS OWN FOR YOU.
...but do you know about God's Week, God's seven day/seven thousand year Week? Consider what Peter wrote in his letter: 2 Peter, Chapter 3:3-4,8-9
"...scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. They will say, 'Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.' "
"But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness..."
To read a series of essays on this fundamental and important doctrine of God's biblical 7000 year plan for mankind...
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