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Tradition of Man vs Law of God

I noticed something long before I started keeping the Sabbath. One of Jesus’ biggest beef with the Pharisees seemed to be their adding to the law of God. They had all these added rules, laws and traditions that were never recorded in the written Law of Moses.

Because of this and my huge lack of knowledge concerning the actual written Law, I was very confused about which laws were “Jewish” laws and which were God’s laws. But I discovered a remedy to my confusion. It’s called “Read the Bible“. If it’s not in the Bible, then it’s not God’s Law. Pretty simple, really. Yet, I missed it for so long.

What do I mean?

SABBATH KEEPING: Tradition of Man vs. Law of God

For example, did Jesus ever break the Sabbath commandment? No. He was perfect, right? He was the spotless Lamb of God, who obeyed all of God’s Law completely.

Yet, why were the Pharisees giving him grief over the things he was doing on the Sabbath (ie healing the lame, allowing His disciples to pick/eat grain, etc.)? Because he was breaking their Jewish law…not the Law of God. How do I know this? Well, besides the fact that I know Jesus perfectly obeyed his Father’s teachings and instructions, I’ve read the Law of God, and those added rules are not in there. Continue reading

Understanding Righteousness

Over the past few days I have spent gobs of hours poring over Romans, with notepad, pen & highlighter in hand, and I found it very fascinating. It took having to take notes to get through some of the language, but boy, was it worth it.

I’m a visual person, I guess. I like charts and pictures to help tell a story. And when I started to map out Romans, things became much clearer.

UNDERSTANDING RIGHTEOUSNESS

A few weeks ago when I was reading through Romans, specifically chapter 3 verses 21-22a, something jumped out at me.

“But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.”

This little word “this” made me think that it was referring to a particular type of righteousness as opposed to another one. And the one it was referring to was a righteousness:

  • from God,
  • apart from law,
  • that comes through faith
  • in Jesus Christ.

Well, what other righteousness is there? Continue reading

What Being a Blended Family Has Taught Me

I have a blended family. My husband has a child from a previous relationship whom we’ve raised together for the past ten years, and we have three children of our own. God used my personal family situation to teach me a lesson this year about the Family of God.

But first some history…

You see, in many Christian circles there is an understanding that there are two sets of rules for the people of God…one for the Jews and another for the Gentiles. And this is what was taught to me, sort of, indirectly. For example, I’ve asked in the past why we didn’t keep the Sabbath or the Passover, and I was told because these were Jewish days. As Christians we go to church on Sunday and celebrate Easter.

Although I was confused about a great many things, I simply accepted that answer…until this past year, that is.

This is what I used to think…. Continue reading