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Question: Hi there
I tried a search first but couldn’t really find the topic easily.
My question is in regards to Jesus crucifixion and OT laws & 10 commandments.
My family and I have been attending a baptist church for a year. The pastor did a sermon on why we don’t need to observe the Sabbath (not that we did growing up as my parents ran restaurants which also opened on Saturdays and Sundays). The gist of it was that because of the price Jesus paid for us, we are no longer under the old laws. Using this reasoning, we are also able to covet, worship other gods etc. This kind of teaching sounds very much like the emerging church (or other modern day apostate churches) who say anything goes (very much like catholicism too?).
Jesus himself said he didn’t come to abolish the law.
Thank you and God bless
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Julia, thank you for the question.
The first thing we need to understand is, “Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage“, (Galatians 5:1).
Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior has freed us from the bondage of the statutes and ordinances of old. Turn your Bible with me and listen to the Words of Christ,
28 “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
When we labour it means we work, no matter what it is we do. That labour could be a mother taking care of a home. “Heavy laden,” simply means taking on a big load. Notice it is Christ who offers this rest.
29 “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.”
The Bible uses many examples to explain a point. Here Christ is using the example of a yoke (pictured) which allows a heavy load to be pulled much easier and also allows another to help pull that load. That other is Christ. When Christ is pulling with us, we have no problems pulling the biggest loads (problems and troubles) through life.
Turn your Bible with me to,
27 “And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:”
The Sabbath was created to provide us with rest, not to enslave us to it.
28 “Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.”
Just as Christ is our Passover, Christ is our Sabbath, Christ is our rest and we can take that rest by studying His Word and placing our hope, trust and faith in Him.
There is certainly nothing wrong with setting a day aside to honor Christ, unfortunately some religious sects turn this into a religion where no work can be performed or it is considered a sin. Christ removed that ordinance from us, there is no need to add it back in and to be quite blunt it is a great offense to Christ to imply that it is a sin. Christ paid the price, accept it and honor Him.
Julia we covered this subject in far more depth in our 4-25-2014 edition of Bible Q&A which you can find here, please take a few more minutes to read it, I know it will help you.
Concerning coveting other gods. I will say it would be an abomination to covet or worship other gods. I find it amazing how some people can get a little right, but get so much wrong. Or take a truth and then twist it around into a lie. That is what this pastor has done. It is not okay and never will be okay to worship another god. The First Commandment makes that clear enough and that was never removed or fulfilled. All throughout the Bible God made it abundantly clear idle worship is a sin. Let us now turn to,
4 “Yet I am the LORD thy God from the land of Egypt, and thou shalt know no god but me: for there is no saviour beside me.”
This verse makes it abundantly clear, we are not to worship others gods which are false, our Father has said, “there is no god beside me,” (Isaiah 45:5). To add to the scriptural documentation, 1 Corinthians 10:7 tells us not to be idol worshippers as well.
Bible Q&A 8-28-2015 – Q2
Question: Does the Bible say anything about each one of us having a “Guardian Angel”? Are they messengers of God’s Holy Spirit? I look forward to your answer, Sincerely. Rebecca
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Thank you for the question Rebecca.
No where in the Bible are guardian angels mentioned. I believe many of the assumptions about guardian angels comes from Matthew 18:10, let us turn there.
10 “Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.”
The subject of the prior verses are children in general and even so, all we are told was these angels have the face of God, they have His attention.
Let us talk about the word “Angel” which is H4397 (Strong’s word) in Hebrew and G32 in Greek and in both cases it means, “a messenger; specifically of God“. God uses Angels who are messengers to communicate with men at times. In Daniel 6:20-23 an Angel closes the mouth of the lion that was in the den with Daniel, in other chapters Angels explained to Daniel his vision. In Matthew 1:20 an Angel appeared to Jospeh to explain to him Mary was with child through the conception of the Holy Spirit. In many places in the Bible Angels have been messengers, by relaying messages and helping to keep people safe.
You know Rebecca, even if there were such a thing as a guardian angel who needs one? We have someone much better. He is our Father in Heaven and He has made many promises to us. Let us read one of them.
10 “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”
It is He that is with us Rebecca, our Father will always be with us. It is He who will strengthen and help us. One more verse.
4 “For the LORD your God is he that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.”
Our Father goes with us to fight our enemies. Who is our primary enemy? It is Satan, his angels and children. How fantastic to understand our Father is with us every step of the way to fight for us!
Question: Brandon, could you possibly explain the significance of the “Last Supper” and why it is an integral part of Sunday mass? I am no longer a practicing Catholic for many reasons – however, I still hold firmly to my Christian beliefs in Yahweh and His scriptures. Truth be told, I have not attended a Sunday mass or partaken in the “Holy Eucharist” since leaving the Catholic Church many, many years ago. The last time I attended mass was when I was “confirmed.”
Thank you – and God be with you always.
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Thank you for the question James.
You can read about the Last Supper in Matthew 26:17-30. This is when it became known that one of the Twelve Disciples betrayed Christ. It is also when Christ provided us instructions concerning what we call Communion today, instructions on how we should remember Him. One thing to understand is Christ did not partake of the passover lamb itself. We cover this in our study, “Passover: Why We Should Be Celebrating It As Christians” and here is an excerpt of that study,
“Jesus Christ, our Passover Lamb was slain at the same time as the passover lambs in the days of Moses. Christ died at the 9th hour which is equal to our 3pm (Luke 23:43-46). This not only documents the divine accuracy of our Father, but documents to us that Christ could not have partaken of the passover lamb at the last supper, as those lambs were being slaughtered when He died. The last super with Him was the night before He became our Passover.”
I cannot explain the portion about the catholic faith. They like so many other religions have twisted the Bible to suite their own agenda’s. It is good to hear you are thinking for yourself James.
I did want to comment about your usage of the word “Yahweh” which is a common mistranslation. God’s name is “Jehovah” in English which is Strong’s word H3068,
(the) self Existent or eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God: – Jehovah, the Lord. Compare H3050, H3069.
As you can see we have the Hebrew characters that form His name and we find YHVH, not YHWH. God’s name is Jehovah, Yehovaw or YHVH if you prefer depending on which language you are using. We covered this a bit more in depth in a previous Bible Q&A, take a few moments to reference so you can have more documentation and a better understanding.
Bible Q&A: 9-23-2016 – Q2
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