FEAST OF UN-LEAVENED
BREAD 2016 - LAST HOLY DAY
CERTAINLY DURING THIS FEAST WE THINK ABOUT, MEDITATE UPON SIN! WE HAVE PUT OUT LEAVENED PRODUCTS FROM OUR HOME, OR AS MUCH AS WE CAN DEPENDING ON OUR SITUATION [I.E. UN-CONVERTED MATE].
YES SIN WE CAN SEE ALL AROUND US, ON THE NEWS EVERYDAY. WE SEE THE SLIPPING AWAY OF THE WESTERN WORLD FROM THE BIBLE, AND INTO MORE REASONINGS OF SECULARISM.
YES WE KNOW FROM READING THE BIBLE THE LAW, COMMANDMENTS, PRECEPTS, ADMONITIONS, OF THE LORD, TELLS US WHAT SIN IS.
THAT IS ONE SIDE OF THE LAW OF GOD - SHOWING US WHAT SIN IS [1 JOHN 3:4; ROMANS 7:7].
BUT THE OTHER SIDE OF THE LAW....... THE OTHER SIDE IS AS PAUL SAID, "WHEREFORE THE LAW IS HOLY, AND THE COMMANDMENTS, HOLY, JUST, AND GOOD" [ROMANS 7:12].
SO IT'S NOT WRONG DURING THIS FEAST, TO LOOK AT THE OTHER SIDE OF THE LAW. WHEN I WAS A KID IN THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND [ANGLICAN] SCHOOL SYSTEM [FROM GRADE 1 TO 12], THE FIRST HALF HOUR EVERY SCHOOL DAY WAS "IN THE BIBLE" - I HAD WHEN ABOUT 10 OR 11, TO LEARN BY MEMORY PSALM 1.
BLESSED IS THE MAN THAT WALKS NOT IN THE COUNSEL OF THE UNGODLY, NOR STANDS IN THE WAY OF SINNERS, NOR SITS IN THE SEAT OF THE SCORNFUL. BUT HIS DELIGHT IS IN THE LAW OF THE LAW, AND IN HIS LAW DOES HE MEDITATE DAY AND NIGHT. AND HE SHALL BE LIKE A TREE PLANTED BY THE RIVERS OF WATER, THAT BRINGS FORTH HIS FRUIT IN HIS SEASON; HIS LEAF ALSO SHALL NOT WITHER AND WHATSOEVER HE DOES SHALL PROSPER. THE UNGODLY ARE NOT SO, BUT ARE LIKE THE CHAFF WHICH THE WIND DRIVES AWAY. THEREFORE THE UNGODLY SHALL NOT STAND IN THE JUDGMENT, NOR SINNERS IN THE CONGREGATION OF THE RIGHTEOUS. FOR THE LORD KNOWS THE WAY OF THE RIGHTEOUS, BUT THE WAY OF THE UNGODLY SHALL PERISH.
MY OH MY, WHAT A PSALM; WHAT A PSALM TO LEAD OFF THE BOOK OF PSALMS.
THAT IS PRETTY STRAIGHT UP AND IN YOUR FACE SHALL WE SAY, FROM THE LORD. BUT FOR THOSE WHO LOVE THE LAWS OF GOD, IT IS UPLIFTING AND WONDERFUL, IT IS INSPIRING.
I LOVED MEMORIZING THAT PSALM AS A KID!
I HAD NO QUARREL WITH THE LAW AND COMMANDMENTS OF THE ETERNAL GOD. I LOOKED AT THEM ALL AND SAID TO MYSELF, "WOW....IF THE WORLD, ALL NATIONS WERE OBEYING THE COMMANDMENTS OF GOD, WHAT A FANTASTIC, BEAUTIFUL, LOVELY WORLD IT WOULD BE."
AS A CHILD IN SCHOOL I HAD TO LEARN THE TEN COMMANDMENTS BY MEMORY, AS GIVEN IN EXODUS 20. THE FULL LONG VERSION NOT THE ABBREVIATED VERSION. I COULD RECITE THE 4TH COMMANDMENT IN THE LONG VERSION. BACK IN THE 1950s THE LOCAL TOWN SHUT DOWN ON SUNDAY, THERE WERE NO PRO SOCCER MATCHES ON SUNDAY; EVEN THE MOVIE THEATERS CLOSED DOWN. IT WAS "CHURCH DAY" OR PUT UP YOUR FEET AND RELAX, OR HAVE TIME WITH FAMILY, RELATIVES, FRIENDS. I WENT OF THE MY LOCAL CHURCH SUNDAY SCHOOL, EVERY SUNDAY, JUST ABOUT NEVER MISSED FROM AGE 6 TO 18, UNLESS ON HOLIDAYS WITH MY PARENTS.
I KNEW WHAT THE 4TH COMMANDMENT SAID! I LOOKED AROUND AND ALL I SAW WAS A SOCIETY RESTING ON SUNDAY. AS A KID I NEVER PAID ANY ATTENTION TO A "CALENDAR" - AND NO GROWN UP ANYWHERE EVER POINTED OUT TO ME SUNDAY WAS NOT THE 7TH DAY OF THE WEEK. SO I GREW UP BELIEVING SUNDAY WAS THE 7TH DAY OF THE WEEK. WHAT A SHOCK WHEN COMING TO WESTERN CANADA AT AGE 18, THAT I LEARNED FROM MY BAPTIST LANDLORD, SUNDAY WAS THE FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK. I GREW UP NOT KNOWING WHAT A JEW WAS, AND CERTAINLY NOT KNOWING THEY OBSERVED SATURDAY AND NOT SUNDAY.
WELL THAT'S A LITTLE DIGRESSION.
BACK TO THE LAW OF GOD.
PAUL SURE DID NOT THINK THE LAW AND COMMANDMENTS OF GOD WAS "EVIL" OR "DONE AWAY WITH" OR "AN OLD RELIC OF A BY-GONE AGE." HE CALLED IT HOLY, JUST, AND GOOD, AS WE HAVE SEEN. IN FACT HE SAID HE WOULD NOT HAVE KNOWN SIN BUT BY THE LAW TELLING US WHAT SIN IS.
JESUS IN MATTHEW 19 SAID TO THE MAN ASKING HIM THE WAY OF LIFE, ".....IF YOU WILL ENTER INTO LIFE, KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS." THE MAN ASKED HIM WHICH.....JESUS QUOTED ENOUGH OF THE TEN COMMANDMENTS TO CLEARLY TELL US WHAT COMMANDMENTS HE WAS REFERRING TO - OBVIOUSLY THE TEN COMMANDMENTS!
IT WAS NOT UNTIL I CAME TO CANADA AND SHALL WE SAY BUMPED INTO THE NORTH AMERICAN FUNDAMENTAL CHURCHES, THAT I GOT THIS "LAW DONE AWAY WITH" THEOLOGY. AS I PONDERED THEIR ARGUMENTS OVER ABOUT ONE AND HALF YEARS, I REALIZED THEIR "LAW DONE AWAY" STUFF WAS BECAUSE OF THE 4TH COMMANDMENT. IT WAS A SAD BUT EYE OPENING, MIND-BENDING TIME OF REAL DEEP BIBLE STUDY FOR ME; HAVING TO REALIZE THAT JUST ABOUT ALL CHRISTIANITY I KNEW AND GREW UP IN, WAS DECEPTIVE, FALSE, AND WELL.....SOME FEW WERE SINCERE IN BELIEVING THE SABBATH COMMAND WAS CHANGED TO SUNDAY.
BACK ONCE MORE TO PASSAGES ABOUT THE LAW, COMMANDMENTS, PRECEPTS, ADMONITIONS OF GOD.
PSALM 111 HAS SOME GREAT VERSES:
.....ALL HIS [GOD'S] COMMANDMENTS ARE SURE. THEY STAND FAST FOREVER AND EVER, AND ARE DONE IN TRUTH AND UPRIGHTNESS.....THE FEAR OF THE LORD IS THE BEGINNING OF WISDOM; A GOOD UNDERSTANDING HAVE ALL THEY WHO DO HIS COMMANDMENTS...." [7-10].
THEN WE HAVE THE LONGEST SPALM OF THEM ALL - PSALM 119....... THE VERSES, SO MANY OF THEM, VERSE AFTER VERSE PRAISING THE LAW, COMMANDMENTS, PRECEPTS, WAYS, OF THE ETERNAL GOD.
LET'S LOOK AT SOME:
"Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who WALK in the LAW of the lord."
"Then shall I not be ashamed, when I HAVE RESPECT UNTO ALL THY COMMANDMENTS."
"With my whole heart Have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy COMMANDMENTS."
"Thy word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against thee."
"I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways."
"Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy LAW."
"You have rebuked the proud that are cursed, which do err from thy COMMANDMENTS."
"You testimonies also are my DELIGHT and my COUNSELLORS."
"Remove from me the way of lying: and give your LAW graciously."
"I will run the way of your COMMANDMENTS. when you shall enlarge my heart."
"Make me to go in the path of your COMMANDMENTS; for therein do I DELIGHT."
"So shall I KEEP your LAW continually for ever and ever."
"And I will walk at LIBERTY, for I seek your PRECEPTS."
"And I will DELIGHT myself in your COMMANDMENTS, which I have LOVED."
"HORROR has taken hold of me, because of the WICKED that forsake your LAW."
[That is the Bible definition of the "wicked" - Keith Hunt]
"I made haste, and delayed not to KEEP your COMMANDMENTS."
"T each me good judgment and knowledge: for I have BELIEVED your COMMANDMENTS."
"The proud have forged a lie against me: but I will KEEP your precepts with my whole heart. Their heart is as fat as grease; but I DELIGHT in your LAW."
"Your hands have made me and fashioned me: give me understanding, that I may LEARN your COMMANDMENTS."
"Let your tender MERCIES come unto me, that I may live: for your LAW is my DELIGHT."
"ALL your COMMANDMENTS are faithful: they persecute we wrongfully; help me."
"HOW I LOVE YOUR LAW, IT IS MY MEDITATION ALL THE DAY."
"You through your COMMANDMENTS have made me wiser than my enemies…..I have more understanding than all my teachers: for your TESTIMONIES are my meditation. I understand more than the ancients, because I keep your PRECEPTS. I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might KEEP your WORD."
"Your WORD is a LAMP unto my feet, and a light unto my path."
"I have vain thoughts: but your LAW do I LOVE."
"Depart from me you evil doers: for I will KEEP the COMMANDMENTS of my God."
[The Bible definition of evil doers - Keith Hunt]
"It is time for you to WORK Lord, for they have made VOID your LAW."
"Therefore I LOVE your COMMANDMENTS above gold; yes, above fine gold."
"I opened my mouth, and panted: fir I longed for your COMMANDMENTS."
"RIVERS OF WATER run down my eyes, because they keep NOT your LAW."
[How many Christians do this today? sadly only a relatively few - KEITH HUNT]
"Your righteousness is an everlasting RIGHTEOUSNESS, and your LAW is the TRUTH."
"Your are near O LOrd, and ALL your COMMANDMENTS are TRUTH."
"SALVATION is far from the WICKED: for they seek not your STATUTES."
[Bible definition of the wicked - Keith Hunt]
"I hate and abhor lying: but your LAW do I LOVE."
"GREAT PEACE have they which LOVE your LAW: and nothing will offend them."
"Lord, I have hoped for your SALVATION, and done your COMMANDMENTS."
[Should remind you of of Jesus' answer to the young man who asked what he needed to do to have eternal life; Jesus' answer was "Keep the Commandments" - Mat.19 - Keith Hunt]
"My tongue shall speak of your word: for ALL your COMMANDMENTS are RIGHTEOUSNESS,"
[Bible definition of the righteousness of God - Keith Hunt]
"I have not gone astray like a lost sheep; see your servant; for I do NOT FORGET your COMMANDMENTS."
SOME WILL ARGUE ALL THIS IS IN THE OLD TESTAMENT.
WELL OKAY, LET'S SEEK WHAT THE NEW TESTAMENT HAS TO SAY.
"….IF YOU WILL ENTER INTO LIFE KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS." Jesus' words [Mat.19 and Jesus goes on to say what some are…. obviously the Ten Commandments - Keith Hunt]
"Do we then make VOID the LAW through faith? God forgive! We ESTABLISH it" [Romans 3:31].
"Wherefore the LAW is holy, and the COMMANDMENT holy, and just, and good" [Romans 7:12].
"For I delight in the LAW of God, after the inward man" [Romans 7:22].
"Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing but [on the other hand] the KEEPING of the COMMANDMENTS of God [ is everything]"
"The SABBATH was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath" [Jesus - Mark 2:27].
"There remains therefore a Sabbath keeping [margin] to the people of God" [Hebrew 4:9]
"Hereby we do know that we know Him, if we KEEP his COMMANDMENTS. He that says I know him, and keeps NOT his COMMANDMENTS, is a liar, and the truth is not in him" [James 2:3, 4].
"Whosoever practices sin transgresses also the LAW: for SIN IS the transgression of the LAW" [1 John 3:4].
"And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we KEEP his COMMANDMENTS, and DO the things that are pleasing to him" [1 John 3:22].
"For this IS the LOVE of God, that we KEEP his COMMANDMENTS: and his COMMANDMENTS are not grievous" [I John 5:3].
"And this IS love, that we WALK after his COMMANDMENTS…." [2 JOHN 6].
"Here is the patience of the saints; here are they that KEEP the COMMANDMENTS of God, and the faith of Jesus" [Revelation 14:12].
"Blessed are they that DO his COMMANDMENTS, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city" [Revelation 22:14].
WHY DO PEOPLE DOWN-PLAY, WANT TO SAY THE LAW IS "DONE AWAY"?
THEY USUALLY HAVE NO DIFFICULTY WITH 9 OF THE COMMANDMENTS! CHRISTIANS WOULD SAY IF THE WORLD WAS OBEYING THOSE 9, IT WOULD BE A FANTASTIC WORLD.
IT IS THE 4TH COMMANDMENT THAT MOST CHRISTIANS HAVE TROUBLE WITH, DON'T FIND IT IMPORTANT, DON'T THINK IT'S RELATIVE IN TODAYS WORLD. SURELY THEY SAY, YOU DON'T HAVE TO OBSERVE THE 4TH COMMANDMENTS IN THE SPACE AGE WORLD.
BUT JAMES WAS INSPIRED TO TELL US THAT THE LAW HAD "POINTS" AND IF YOU BREAK ONE POINT YOU BREAK THEM ALL - SEE JAMES 2: 10-12.
YOU CAN NOT JUST SMASH OUT ONE POINT OF THE LAW; THEY STAND OR FALL TOGETHER; THEY ARE ONE SOLID UNIT.
AND IF THE SABBATH DAY LAW WAS GOING TO BE CHANGED, YOU CAN GUARANTEE THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN A "CHURCH CONFERENCE" REGARDING SUCH A MIGHTY IMPORTANT MATTER, AS THERE WAS ON THE "CIRCUMCISION" LAW - ACTS 15. THE SABBATH DAY COMMAND WAS AS HIGH IN ESTEEM AS THE CIRCUMCISION LAW WITH THE JEWS. IF THE SABBATH OF THE 7TH DAY, WAS GOING TO BE TRANSFERRED TO THE 1ST DAY OF THE WEEK, THE NEW TESTAMENT WOULD HAVE MADE IT AS CLEAR AS IT DID THE CIRCUMCISION DEBATE. CIRCUMCISION WAS NOT EVEN PART OF THE GREAT TEN COMMANDMENTS, YET IT WAS DEBATED; CAN YOU SEE THE DEBATE OVER THE SABBATH DAY WOULD HAVE BEEN EVEN GREATER TO BRING BEFORE THE WHOLE CHURCH OF GOD. TWO THINGS WOULD HAVE EVOLVED…… EIGHER A DEBATE TO "KEEP OR NOT KEEP" THE WEEKLY SABBATH DAY, OR A DEBATE TO "CHANGE" THE SABBATH DAY FROM THE 7TH TO THE 1ST DAY OF THE WEEK. THERE WAS NEVER ANY SUCH DEBATE.
YES MOST CHRISTIANS TODAY DO NOT BELIEVE THE SABBATH DAY COMMAND IS RELEVANT IN OUR FAST-LIVING WORLD; THEY ARE VERY VERY WRONG!
LOVING THE LAW AND ALL OF GOD'S WAYS IS THE PURPOSE OF THIS GREAT FEAST OF UN-LEAVENED BREAD; TO ACKNOWLEDGE SIN; THAT WE ARE SINNERS, AND TO DESIRE TO PUT ON THE WHITE GARMENT OF THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD, WHICH IS INDEED THE KEEPING OF HIS COMMANDMENTS.