Wednesday, May 23, 2007

One last clarification

A comment was left that I need to address, just want to wrap up any loose ends.

Comment: I agree that we are to keep his commandments. I agree that they are His law today, yesterday and forever. I agree that His commandments were not given to us simply to show us that we can not keep them. I believe they serve a dual purpose. One: They are God's law and therefore are commands that are to be obeyed. Two: To show us our sinful nature in light of these commandments. However, saying that we can keep these implies that we can keep them perfectly, which is not true.

Reply: I personally believe that if you purpose to, you can keep the commandments in your outward actions. Where all people fail is keeping the commandments in their hearts. For example you can withstand from committing adultery in your outward actions, pretty just don't go there. But in the heart is where many people fail. That is where Jesus comes in. When we except His saving Grace, we are given a knew mind and spirit. One that will change our hearts, as we slowly and steadily seek The Fathers ways. We will never reach perfection here on this earth in our hearts and minds. But we can keep the outward desires of The Lords heart, those things He asks us to do.

Comment: For instance... A few years back DH and I came to the conclusion that the whole 'the Sabbath was fulfilled in Christ' saying did not mean that we are not to keep a Sabbath. Therefore we began to study up on it, read and pray about it and we now keep a Saturday Sabbath. We do, however, struggle to learn what it truly means to keep the sabbath. So are we keeping that commandment? We are striving to, but still struggle, therefore we do not keep it perfectly.

Reply: You say that you are struggling with keeping the Sabbath in a perfect way. Remember Jesus's yoke is lite. He never meant for it to be hard to do. Deuteronomy 5:14 says simply this, 1) do no work (except that which is necessary to live, like cooking, cleaning up your dishes after meals) 2) and where it pertains to you, have others do no work. If you purpose to do this you are keeping the Sabbath perfectly. There are many things that people do on the Sabbath as custom, to honor The Lord. These things can be what ever suits your family. Lighting candles, reading the Torah portions, saying blessings over each of your children, a certain dinner, or nothing at all ;-) We are supposed to live our lives everyday seeking The Lord, in prayer, reading the Bible. Sabbath is simply a rest!

Westerners have a tendency to compartmentalize their lives. This box is work, here is family, over here is school, here I put God, hobbies, etc, etc. We need to realize that every aspect and detail of our lives should be lived for the Glory and Praise of The Father. Sunday through Friday should be lived honoring God in all we do. Saturday we Honor God by obeying His command and simply resting.

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Oh that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever! Duet 5:29