Jesus Christ and the fourth commandment

Hi, back again with part four in the series, which originated with a comment on Jon Lilley’s blogIf all Christians acted like Christ, the whole world would be Christian. – Mahatma Gandhi.

In thinking about this, I thought about how Christ lived. He was a perfect, sinless sacrifice, therefore He would have kept the law and the Ten Commandments. Until now I have looked at Christ and the first three commandments, now it is time to look at the fourth commandment.Fourth commandment

 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.  Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 0 but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates.  For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it. Exodus 20: 8-11

The Sabbath command seems to be the most ‘controversial’ of the commandments.

http://www.pathlights.com/My-Bible-School-2010/BS-15.htmIt’s history…

“Between me and the children of Israel, and a perpetual sign. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and in the seventh he ceased from work.” Exodus 31: 17 (Douay-Rheims)

Demonstrating its time span…

This will be a Sabbath day of complete rest for you, and on that day you must deny yourselves. This day of rest will begin at sundown on the ninth day of the month and extend until sundown on the tenth day.” Lev 23:32 (New Living Translation)

Sabbath observers therefore keep the Sabbath from sunset Friday until sunset Saturday.

What about Christ? The Pharisees accused him of breaking that commandment. If this were so, how could He have been a perfect, sinless sacrifice?

So let’s look at an excerpt from an excellent article I found searching the web…

When the Pharisees accused Jesus of violating the law by healing on the Sabbath, He again was able to reveal their hypocrisy by using their own contradictory rules. First, we will examine Jesus’ acknowledgement that He had been working. The Sabbath law is, in part: “Six days shall you labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work” (Exodus 20:9–10). Notice that the work forbidden by the Sabbath law is “your work.” The law does not forbid works of service towards God. Indeed, the very reason we are commanded to cease from our own works on the Sabbath is so we may devote the time to the work of honoring and serving God; that we may “turn your foot from the Sabbath, from doing your pleasure on My holy day, and call the Sabbath a delight, the holy day of the Lord honorable, and shall honor Him, not doing your own ways, nor finding your own pleasure, nor speaking your own words” (Isaiah 58:13). Here it is clear that it is our own works—the course of our everyday business—that we are to avoid on the Sabbath. On the other hand, we are to honor God on the Sabbath. Giving honor to God often entails work—”good works.”

(Bolding mine. Full article – Did Jesus Break the Sabbath

It is plain that, whatever the Pharisees claimed, Jesus, the Christ, kept the fourth commandment. Otherwise, as mentioned earlier, He would not have been a perfect, sinless sacrifice… and the consequence of that is that we have no Saviour.

Food for thought

Shalom

Susan

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Re-blog… Shall The Church Give Satan A Hand?

If you received a notice about the re-blog… my apologies. For some reason (Interference kingdom, Alice) it didn’t go through.

So, I have copied and pasted this – and thank you Samuel for permission to re-blog

Susan

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Shall The Church Give Satan A Hand?

Posted on June 6, 2012

I like many other kids growing up in the late fifties read comic books. I was a D.C. comic book fan. Everyone had a favorite superhero. Most kids chose Superman or Batman, but I wanted to be different. My superhero was the Green Lantern. No other superhero had a ring which could project itself into any object or weapon he chose. Needless to say, I was shocked at the announcement that D.C. Comics was converting my favorite childhood superhero into a homosexual! Shall the church give Satan a hand?

Although shocked, I am not surprised, because the homosexual community has stormed out of the closet and is driving the church headlong into the cellar. I admire their efforts, tenacity, patience, and determination. They set about a course to change society many years ago, and never looked back. Shall the church give Satan a hand?

In October 2011, I watched the pilot of the most vile television cartoon I had ever seen, the Allen Gregory Show. It revolved around an obnoxious young boy being raised by homosexual parents. On Allen’s first day at a public school, he fantasized having sexual relations with his sixty plus year old female principal. Allen’s father and his male companion intimated a desire to engage in activities unsuitable for public viewing.

This show was so repulsive that I sent emails to some pastors, family members and anyone else I could think of in an attempt to sound the alarm. I emailed the network and notified the FCC of what I considered indecent programming. Outside of an obligatory written response from the FCC, all of my efforts only received the sound of crickets. Shall the church give Satan a hand?

My schizophrenic home state of California constantly elects politicians that favor “homosexual marriage”. These politician consistently place homosexual supporting judges on the bench. Californians voted TWICE to keep marriage between one man and one woman, and each time some judge rejected the will of the people. I asked my brother in-law who claims to supports traditional marriage, “Why do you continue to vote for politicians who always in act laws or appoint judges that fight against traditional marriage?” He said, “Republicans won’t let that happen!” Really! Shall the church give Satan a hand?

I asked another relative since she is a Christian and believes that abortion is a sin, why does she continue to vote for people that support the very things she claims to be against, she said, “I love you, but we won’t have this conversation.” Shall the church give Satan a hand?

I started spreading the news about this latest assault on Christianity and our children by the homosexual community and their allies. Some of the very people who always vote for people determined to abort babies and sanitize homosexually, expressed anger and dismay at the information. I still don’t think they have connected the dots! Once again, shall the church give Satan a hand?

Sometime during the past fifty years we lost our moral compass. Although we have advanced technologically, we lost the fear of God. Fifty years ago, neither D.C. Comics, nor any other traditional comic book company would have dared subjected our children to images of men kissing and caressing each other. The citizenry wouldn’t have stood for it. Pastors would have protested against it, and politicians would have demanded investigations. But today, some “pastors” are actively asking their congregations to embrace “homosexual marriage”. The media is promoting it, and politicians are seeking to legalize it. Unfortunately, a large segment of the church is apathetic towards it. Shall the church give Satan a hand?

As the homosexual community continues their efforts to redefine marriage with the help of the media, schools, celebrities and politicians, what will the church do? Will the Bride of Christ rise up and protect the sanctity of marriage, or will she just continue to give Satan a hand at destroying it?

Original post here http://inhimfirst.com/2012/06/06/shall-the-church-give-satan-a-hand/

Jesus Christ and the Third Commandment

3rd commandmentContinuing the series on Christ and the commandments, this one is about the third commandment.

“You shall not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.”

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I would be surprised if anyone could find a place in the Bible where Christ did anything to break that commandment.

How do you interpret that commandment?

I used to think it just meant ‘swearing’ or ‘blaspheming’. Like using the name of God, or His Son as part of swearing… something that seems to be much on the increase these days.

Then I heard a sermon in which this subject was taught. I did not know so many euphemisms existed… and was saddened that some of the ‘innocent sounding’ things I had in my vocabulary were, in fact, euphemisms.

word euphemism

Jeez, golly gee, and a whole lot more that I have blessedly forgotten. One that did surprise me was ‘cheese and rice’. I guess being born and raised in Scotland it was not one I came across.

Well it is more than obvious that Jesus did not use euphemisms, He was unfailingly respectful in His dealings with His Father and in His requests to Him.

But there is another way to take God’s name in vain.

In fact, having heard it in a sermon… and receiving permission to use it, I included it in a part of Hold the Faith. The apostle John is speaking…

“Over the years of my life, many times people have asked me to describe our Saviour so that they could make an image of Him. Brethren I refused. This would break the second commandment.”

Some of the people who had wanted the same thing shifted uncomfortably.

John smiled gently at the group before him, “brethren, it is not so unusual to want this… but it is wrong. God has chosen His names to reveal Himself to His people. We have discussed these recently, so I will not repeat them now. What I do want to talk about is the responsibility of bearing His name.”

Looking around again, he asserted, “this is not purely for the people who are undertaking baptism, it is something we should all examine ourselves about… regularly. How well are we bearing God’s name? Are we witnessing to His character, His love, His patience and long-suffering? Are these things part of our lives? Does God show in the way we behave? If we are in business do we deal honestly with our customers? Servants and slaves, do you give more than you are asked for? Mothers and fathers, do you demonstrate God’s love in the way you raise your children?”

Several people stared at the floor or busied themselves with their children.

“I am not asking you to answer to me, I am explaining that this is part of not taking the name of the Lord in vain, and applies to all of us, all of the time. How long since we looked at ourselves and asked if we are breaking that commandment?

This is something I have to remind myself about regularly… what about you? Have you thought about it this way?

Jesus said “If you have seen me you have seen the Father” in John 14: 9

The fervent desire of a Christian should be able to say the same thing.  We are human though, and God gives us His grace and mercy… so the more we should endeavour to ‘do unto others’.

Shalom and may God give you His peace and guidance.

Susan

Christ and the Ten Commandments

I follow Jon Lilley’s blog because I find it interesting.

In his Agree/Disagree post, Jon  posted the following thought provoking question.

If all Christians acted like Christ, the whole world would be Christian. – Mahatma Gandhi. This quote really got me thinking. What do you think? Let me know in the comments below… I look forward to reading your thoughts! http://jonlilley.com/2013/04/13/agree-or-disagree-2/

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I believe my thoughts would be too long for Jon’s comments section, although there are some long ones there… some interesting comments if you care to check them out, at the link above. To answer the question, I would look at how Christ lived. (Bearing in mind that He was the only person to have the Holy Spirit without measure.) Nevertheless, I believe He came to show us HOW to live God’s way.

We know He was the perfect, sinless, sacrifice.

So clearly, He must have kept the law. When he lived, there was no New Testament. He lived and taught from the Old Testament. Unlike the way we live today…

He must have kept all ten of the Ten Commandments.

So how did He do it?

Let’s look at the Ten Commandments

You shall have no other gods before Me.drawing of molech

Throughout the Old Testament there were many examples, and corrections of God’s chosen people worshipping other gods… Baal,  Molech and Ashtoreth, to mention but a few. Clearly, Christ did not deviate in His loyalty to His Father.

“For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.” John 6: 38 “My food is to do the will of Him who sent me, and to finish His work.” John 4: 34

And in the face of His impending arrest…

“…O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.” Matthew 26: 39

To the end Jesus put His Father first, and kept the first commandment. What about us? It is so easy to think we do, and so easy to slip into putting our own will and desires first… which leads me to the second commandment…

ten_commandments_2You shall not make for yourself any graven image.

Throughout the Old Testament, prophets, major and minor, castigated the people time and again for breaking the second commandment, making idols and images, then worshipping them. ′ · Isa 44: 15 -17 demonstrates the foolishness of a man who grows a tree, cuts it down, burns some to bake with, and with the remainder…

“And the rest of it he makes into a god, his carved image. He falls down before it and worships it, prays to it and says ‘Deliver me for you are my god’ ” Isa 44:17

Nowhere in the scriptures do we read of Jesus worshipping an image, or bowing to an image. Can we say the same for ourselves?

  • Are all the ‘pictures’ of Jesus – images?Stained glass window. Jesus, good Shepherd
  • What about the statues of Mary and the saints?
  • Are stained glass windows ‘idols’.

Being sensible, I doubt anyone worships a stained glass window, a ‘picture’ of Jesus, or any of the statues of ‘holy’ people. In fact most people would say they are a help to worship. What God would say… well that’s something we don’t know.

But if we want to live as Christ did, we have to do as Christ did.

His relationship with His Father was through the Father’s word. In looking at how Christ lived, through the commandments, I have only covered two of them. I will look at the others in subsequent posts. Shalom

Susan

Apologies…

sorry cartoonMy apologies to those who follow this blog, and who received a post that was meant for my other blog… religioushistoricalfiction.wordpress. When I discovered my mistake I deleted it here and re-did it on the other blog. I should have left it here, with the rider that it didn’t belong here. I do apologise.

The next Hold the Faith post is coming soon… and will be posted to the correct one.

Thank you,

Susan

Dealing with difficult people

Reblogged from Jon Lillley

http://jonlilley.com/2013/04/09/dealingwithdifficultpeopl/

We all know this but sadly it is easy to forget.

Shalom.

Susan

Over to Jon…

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. —Ephesians 4:2

Have you ever dealt with a difficult person? Of course you have. Dealing with difficult people is a part of life. How should we handle those difficult people? Our first reaction may be to get angry and upset, but this is not how God wants us to respond.

God gives us instructions on how to handle difficult people in His Word. In Ephesians, God tells us to be patient, loving, gentle, and humble. This can be tough, but we have the example of Jesus to follow in this challenge. Think of what He had to put up with in His 12 disciples. Jesus dealt with doubt, a lack of trust, and disbelief, but because of His patience and gentleness, the disciples were transformed. Can we dare do less when we deal with difficult people?

When you deal with a difficult person, ask God for His strength and guidance. Pray that God will give you the power to be as loving, gentle, and patient with others as He was with people during his earthly ministry