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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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...
THE GRAND SWEEP BIBLE STUDY MEETING TIMES FOR THE SUMMER
(MONDAY AFTERNOON AT 1:30 – 2:30 IN NORTH SALEM)
(MONDAY NIGHTS AT 6:30 - 7:30 IN RAYMOND)
MAY 28 GENESIS 1-25 PSALMS 1-19
(CHAPTERS 1 & 2)
JUNE 4 NO CLASS
JUNE 11 GENESIS 26-50, , EXODUS 1-12 PSALMS 20-30
(CHAPTERS 3 & 4)
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
( CHAPTERS 6 & 7)
JULY 9 NO CLASS
JULY 16 NUMBERS 7-36; DEUTERONOMY 1-5; PSALMS 40-49
(CHAPTERS 8 & 9)
JULY 23 NO CLASS
JULY 30 DEUTERONOMY 6-34; JOSHUA 1-12; PSALMS 50-54
(CHAPTERS 10 & 11)
AUGUST 6 JOSHUA 13-JUDGES 8. PSALMS 55-57
AUGUST 13 NO CLASS
AUGUST 20 JUDGES 9 - 1 SAMUEL 25. PSALMS 58-61
(CHAPTERS 13 & 14)
AUGUST 27 NO CLASS
SEPTEMBER DATES WILL BE LISTED GIVEN OUT LATER
The Saturday 9:00 a.m NSUMC Adult Bible study investigating the Gospel of Luke will continue as is, apart and in addition from the Grand Sweep.
May 16, 2018
In The Spirit
This coming Sunday is Pentecost generally celebrated as the birthday of the Christian church. It was the time fulfillment happened and the Holy Spirit descended upon many. This Spirit dwells among us and within us but we often don’t acknowledge it, or even more don’t believe it. Susan Fleenor’s story in which she writes:
“Its like the story of the shark and the whale. Both were swimming in the sea when the shark swam up to the whale to engage in conversation. As they swam along, the shark said to the whale, "You are so much older than I, and wiser too. Could you tell me where the ocean is?" The whale responded, "The ocean is what you are in now." The shark would not believe it. "Come on, tell me where the ocean is so I may find it!" The whale repeated, "The ocean is here, now; you are in it." Unbelieving, the shark swam away searching for the ocean.”
The moral of the story, I believe, is this: don't spend too much time looking for God because the Spirit of God is here in the now of your life, dwelling within you, within me, within this community. And that truth is nurtured in prayer.
Caleb + Kelsey
...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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