November 16, 2016
A Sabbath Confession
(The Ten Commandments)
The Mosaic Law
(To read this essay in its entirely, click here...)
To continue in this essay on the significance, relevance and continuing function of the Sabbath, we will explore just what the Law of God is as compared to the distinctly different Mosaic Law.
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 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, wedding vows, declared by God to His bride, Israel. 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 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 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.
In some weeks it will be published on this website the conclusion of this series of essays on the nature, purpose and timeliness of God’s holy day, the Seventh Day Sabbath, as revealed in the Fourth Commandment and personified in the person of Christ, Jesus.
More to come...
November 8, 2016
(The Importance and Significance of Unleavened Bread in Communion)
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November 7, 2016
I read a couple articles in the Upper Room recently that really made me think about being a Christian. Are we only Christians when we are in trouble or when we need something? It is only then when we take the time to pray and then it is only to ask God for help and you find yourself bargaining with God. “Lord if you do __________ for me, I promise to _________, and I will never do that again”.
In a song by Diane Muise “And the World Is Watching” says: The Gospel preached is not the one we live. We know that there are needs, but we don't give. Something special is at church, you know. If nothing good is on TV, then we might go; and even our kids realize that Christ is not first in our lives.
Then there is the parable about the talents. We can relate to this story in our own lives. Our “talents” – what our Lord has entrusted to us – are our abilities, our resources, our time. We can use these to build up the Body of Christ. Or we can be like the servant who buries the talent, helping no one. What talent has God entrusted to you?
Our God has given each and everyone of us so much, and yes, we all go through some rough times, but if you really stop and think of all the blessings that you do have, I think you will agree that the positives out number the negatives by far. With this in mind don't you think it is about time that we show the Lord our gratitude for all he has given us by first taking that ONE hour on Sunday to go to CHURCH and thank him. Secondly, put those God given TALENTS to use by volunteering for some of the jobs that keep our Church doing the work that our Lord has asked us to do, by spreading his word and helping our neighbors.
The world is having its problems, you can't pick up a paper or turn on the radio or TV without hearing more bad news. We need to get back to the basics and put prayer back in the schools and get back to putting the Lord back in our lives. I believe this would help get respect and peace back in our lives.
Let's get our priorities straight.
October 31, 2016
I just want to let you know how much I enjoy listening to the sermon and our choir when we are here in Florida. This weeks sermon really hit home with the 5 things we may regret not doing. I felt as though Pastor Carroll was talking to me. My goal is to be more mindful of those things every day of my life. I also want to thank Ellen and the choir and let them know what a great job they did. Miss you all.
At a Tennessee Football Game---not a joke
Christianity is now the target of persecution...
THIS IS AS GOOD AS IT GETS!
GOD BLESS EVERYONE WHO READS THIS AND PASSES IT ON.
I FIND IT INTERESTING THAT A HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL CAN SEE THE PROBLEM, BUT OUR SOCIETY CANNOT.
This is a statement that was read over the PA system
At the football game at Roane County High School, Kingston,
Tennessee, by school principal, Jody McLeod
"It has always been the custom at Roane County High School
Football games, to say a prayer and play the
National Anthem, to honor God and Country."
Due to a recent ruling by the Supreme Court,
I am told that saying a Prayer is a violation of
Federal Case Law. As I understand the law at
This time, I can use this public facility to
Approve of sexual perversion and call it "an
Alternate life style, "and, if someone is offended,
I can use it to condone sexual promiscuity, by dispensing
Condoms and calling it, "safe sex."
If someone is offended, that's OK.
I can even use this public facility to present the merits of
Killing an unborn baby as a "viable" means of Birth control."
If someone is offended, no problem...
I can designate a school day as "Earth Day" and involve students in activities to worship religiously and praise The goddess, "Mother Earth", and call It "ecology.."
I can use literature, videos and presentations in the
Classroom that depicts people with strong, traditional
Christian convictions as
"simple minded" and "ignorant"
And call it "enlightenment.."
However, if anyone uses this facility to honor GOD and to
Ask HIM to bless this event with safety and good
Sportsmanship, then Federal Case Law is violated.
This appears to be inconsistent at best, and at worst, Diabolical.
Apparently, we are to be
Tolerant of everything and anyone, except GOD And HIS Commandments.
Nevertheless, as a school principal, I frequently ask staff
And students to abide by rules with which they
Do not necessarily agree.
For me to do otherwise would be inconsistent at
Best, and at worst, hypocritical.
I suffer from that affliction enough unintentionally.
I certainly do not need to add an intentional
For this reason, I shall "Render unto Caesar
That which is Caesar's,"
And refrain from praying at this time.
"However, if you feel inspired to honor, praise and thank GOD
And ask HIM, in the name of JESUS, to bless this
Event, please feel free to do so..
As far as I know, that's
Not against the law--yet."
One by one,
The people in the stands
Bowed their heads, held hands with one another
And began to pray.
They prayed in the stands.
They prayed in the team huddles.
They prayed at the concession stand and
They prayed in the Announcer's Box!
The only place they didn't pray was in the Supreme Court
Of the United States of America- The Seat of "Justice"
In the "one nation, Under GOD."
Somehow, Kingston, Tennessee, remembered
What so many have forgotten. We are given the
Freedom OF Religion, Not The Freedom
That HIS remnant remains!
JESUS said, "If you are ashamed of ME before men, then I will be ashamed of you before MY FATHER.."
If you are Not ashamed,
Pass this on!
Sept. 11, 2016
I wear a cross around my Neck.
It gives me great comfort as it lays gently
against my heart.
It reminds me that God and
Jesus are always with me as I move on
about my life. Guiding me in ways of which
I am aware and in many others of which I
My cross reminds me that I am
A Christian and try to follow the ways and
teachings of my Lord and Savior
throughout my life.
To try to be a blessing to
someone each day, be it large or small.
To remember that random acts of kindness
are special both to the giver and the receiver.
To be forgiving of others for
I know not what inner turmoils they may be facing.
My cross also reminds me of the
beautiful cross that graces the alter in my
wonderful new church.
The church whose minister and congregation have
warmly welcomed me into their midst from my
very first day.
They have become my wonderful friends and a very
special part of my life.
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Jan 19, 2017
AWE UNDER JANUARY SKY
Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
there is a field. I’ll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase each other
doesn’t make any sense.
~Rumi, in “Open Secret: Versions of Rumi”
I think here in New Hampshire in January we may not be ready to lay down in the grass, but recently I have been overwhelmed by the beauty of the night sky. The stars have been like bright dots stitched into the darkness and with the poet I want to let my soul lie down in the grass, and simply breathe in the splendor of the world and not talk about it. Tilden Edwards wrote about such an experience “Words cannot convey the sense of the largeness of life. This is the experience of awe.
The awe of this is not the vastness alone but it is that we are connected to this universe with a sense of belonging and intimacy that comes as a gift from God. This is the way we feel at the present of birth and new life, it is the awe we feel when we know someone has discovered God in their life and know how blessed they are. As a child, I would gaze at the stars with my brothers out in a field and today it would be a richer experience for me because the awe would go beyond the mystery of seeing dots stitched in the sky; it would be to realize that we are not alone, there is a spiritual reality that gives us spiritual intimacy not unlike that of a loving mother holding her infant. I do not pretend to understand this universe but what I do know is that I can trust the one who created it and blesses me daily.
Grace and Peace to you
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Below is a video presentation by a Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, a Messianic Jew. And, his message is unique and quite revealing. As Gentile Christians, I am convinced we are simply not "Jewish enough" to readily or adequately understand all the customs, traditions, meanings, analogies, metaphors, nuances, and, more importantly, the ins and outs of the Mosaic Law as we pursue our biblical studies. The Scriptures were, by far, written by Hebrews to Hebrews, and to those Hebrews living in a unique Hebrew culture. Much of what is presented in Scripture is simply lost to us Gentiles living out our lives in a modern Gentile world. I feel, as Disciples of Jesus, we would be well served in serving our Lord, if we took advantage of the uniquely Jewish perspective on the Scriptures that Jewish Messianic believers can provided. The video below is a message that is to our advantage to understand.
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...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...