Jesus Christ and the seventh commandment

Continuing the series on Jesus Christ and the Ten Commandments.

“You shall not commit adultery” Exodus 20: 14

The seventh commandment seems simple enough to dismiss as having no bearing on Jesus Christ and His keeping the Ten Commandments… since Jesus wasn’t married, He could not commit adultery.

(I am purposely ignoring the books and fables about Him having been married to Mary Magdalene. There is not sufficient evidence for me, personally, to give this credence.)

God made a marriage covenantIn God’s eyes however, there is another way to commit adultery… by following pagan idols and false gods. He had entered into a marriage covenant with Israel at Mt Sinai.

‘Ah, but that was only for Israel’ do I hear you say?

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Clarification: Israel originally was all twelve tribes, sons from Jacob, whose name was changed to Israel. After the dividing of the kingdom,  following oft-repeated warnings from God, both kingdoms went into captivity. sacrifice to Molech

Before the captivity, both nations were warned generation after generation about their adultery with foreign gods.

Graphically Israel’s adultery was the subject of the warnings in the book of Hosea, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Book_of_Hosea .

The northern kingdom (Israel) disappeared, absorbed into the nations.

Jerimiah prophesied that Judah’s captivity would last seventy years and this happened when the nation was taken by Babylon. Descendents of these southern tribes now live in the land we know as Israel.

What does all this have to do with Christ keeping the commandments?

He, as the promised Messiah, had to come from the line of Judah.
So, did He break this one spiritually?

Hear from Christ Himself…

As a child…

“…Did you not know that I must be about my Father’s business?” (Luke 2:49)

As an adult…

And he that sent me is with me: the Father has not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him. John 8: 29

Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work. John 4: 34

There are many other scriptures saying similar things, so it seems clear that Jesus did not follow after foreign gods.

Does it have anything to do with us?

It does if we call ourselves Christian. (Christian means ‘follower of Christ’) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian

So that means we copy, to the best of our ability, what Christ did, and to the best of our ability, live as He lived.

And one more observation…

The church established by Jesus Christ is called the Israel of God. (Galatians 6: 16)

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Ways we can follow foreign gods

Type ‘origin of….’ any of the above into your favourite search engine. You might be surprised at the result.  The one that isn’t pagan, is a tale, a legend. And all of these celebrations are not the ones God commanded, therefore can be classed as following foreign gods.

There are practicing Druids, witches, new age believers of many kinds but most of them would be worshiping the creation not the Creator

For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. Romans 1: 25

As always, the choice is ours, and has been since the beginning. Adam and Eve chose to disobey God.

God says…

This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live Deuteronomy 30: 19

Choose where you go

Till next time,

Shalom

Susan

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Another 5 star review for Hold the Faith

Surprise imageWhat a surprise today when I discovered someone else had written a five star review for Hold the Faith.

Copied it in…

Customer Reviews

A Look Into The Life Of A Loving Jewish Family….., May 25, 2013
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CHRISTINE ROMANO – See all my reviews
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This review is from: Hold the Faith (The Apostle John Series) (Kindle Edition)
This is a book I could not stop reading, I loved every page, its like being there and enduring their trials,sadness, love and happiness as a Jewish family. It is very family friendly I read it to my grand daughter who got involved each evening as we went back in time an felt as though we were with them. Susan has researched and has brought these people to life. I loved it.

Read it here

http://tinyurl.com/c3pgfgg

So why are authors so excited about reviews… especially 5 star ones?

Because many potential readers will look to see what others thought of a book. The cost on Kindle, or Smashwords, isn’t great, usually, but too much to throw away on something you don’t like.picture of an ebook

Many thanks Christine, and may I encourage those of you who read books to take the time to review them. It really does mean a great deal to a writer.

The next instalment of Jesus Christ and the Ten Commandments will be posted Tuesday, West Australian time.

Shalom

Susan

Hold the Faith… apologies

Greetings and apologies

You may have noticed that my posts have been ‘thinning out’ in the last couple of weeks. I apologise for that. If you have been to my website http://holdthefaith.net – and read the account of the life-threatening aneurysm (mentioned on this page http://www.holdthefaith.net/#!walking-time-bomb/c14z,  ) that was discovered in December 2011 you might have guessed some of the problem. Yes, I have been limited in what I am allowed to do.

To quote a popular TV commercial here in Australia… “but there’s more” and this is true of our lives. (In particular,in the life of  my husband/best friend/ faithful editor.)

lung problems X-RayFor the last twenty five years he has had (diagnosed now – but the problems went undiagnosed for a long time) – serious lung problems. Many years were spent with ‘attaching’ various names to the condition. Today we heard from the professor who is now in charge of my husband’s lung care that there would have been another way to have settled the diagnosis.

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No hard feelings, we believe that God is in charge, and everything has its time.

Looking at the CT scan of my husband’s lungs today, as well as knowing what the X-Rays of his severely damaged back shows… I can only praise God that my wonderful husband is still alive, still stubbornly determined to push himself beyond what he is told he can do… and still blessed.

However, in the last three months we have had four days a week at the hospital. QE 2 medical centre. Perth Western Australia

Some days there have been two appointments in a day… and we have become progressively more exhausted. Today was the last 4.00 am rising to attend these appointments for at least a couple of weeks… and we are truly grateful.

This post is intended to explain and apologise. I have not forgotten the series that I have been running… God willing I can re-start that soon.

In the meantime I appreciate your patience, your prayers and your support.

Thank you

Shalom… go in peace, live in peace

Susan

Hold the Faith – 5 star review

I am awed and humbled by the five star review given to Hold the Faith by William Struse.

This book by Susan Preston is a touching story that makes you think about what it would have been like to be a believer in the era of the 1st century church. Walk with the apostle John and his great-grandson as their faith is tempered in the events which followed the death and resurrection of Jesus.

For the past several weeks I have been reading this story during our evening family reading time. What an impression this made on our children. The story, as seen through the eyes of the young hero, gave them a new perspective on those events. Each night it was they who asked for me to continue with the story.

I believe this story offers a wonderful perspective on the events which shaped the direction of the early church. With anticipation we wait for the next book in this series.

This meant that all I hoped for in presenting this book… worked!

See the review here…

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009636HSG/ref=cm_cr_mts_prod_img

Jesus Christ and the Sixth Commandment

Exodus 20: 12 & Deuteronomy 5: 17 You shall not kill

This blog is a bit more difficult for me to write. It is easy to write that Jesus never killed, or murdered anyone. Lifting the lid on what the commandment means is much more difficult.

Since it  seems that mankind is allowed to kill to eat, the commandment perhaps should be read as it some versions translate… ‘you shall not commit murder’.

From Wikipedia…

The Hebrew verb רצח (r-ṣ-ḥ, also transliterated retzach, ratzákh, ratsakh etc.) has a wider range of meanings, generally describing destructive activity, including meanings “to break, to dash to pieces” as well as “to slay, kill, murder”.

According to the Priestly Code of the Book of Numbers, killing anyone outside the context of war with a weapon, or in unarmed combat, is considered retzach, even if the killing is accidental. The Bible never uses the word retzach in conjunction with war.

The act of slaying itself, regardless of questions of bloodguilt, is expressed with the verb n-k-h “to strike, smite, hit, beat, slay, kill”. This verb is used of both an Egyptian slaying an Israelite slave and of Moses slaying the Egyptian in retaliation in Exodus 2:11-12. The Covenant Code and Holiness Code both prescribe the death penalty for people that commit n-k-h.

Another verb meaning “to kill, slay, murder, destroy, ruin” is h-r-g, used of Cain slaying Abel in Genesis 4:8. When Cain is driven into exile, complaining that “every one that findeth me shall slay me” in Genesis 4:14, he uses the same verb.

The commandment against murder can be viewed as a legal issue governing human relationships, noting that the first five commandments relate strongly to man’s duty to God and that the latter five commandments describe duties toward humans. The commandment against murder can also be viewed as based in respect for God himself. Since man is made in God’s image, the shedding of innocent blood is viewed as a direct offense against the Creator.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thou_shalt_not_kill

picture of a handgunThis brings to mind the current ‘debate’ on gun control in the USA. At this point, I have to disqualify myself on the grounds of knowing I am writing to a largely American audience.  It is a puzzle to me how Christians would use guns in self defence, but I do not understand the culture of the country. My husband and I have often wondered if, in some American minds, the 6th commandment is being overruled by the 2nd amendment. (Sorry, an ‘outsider looking in’ point of view.)

Growing up in the UK,  people (other than criminals) were not armed. It is my recollection as a young person that not even policemen were armed. They had to obtain permission to ‘draw weapons’ for particular situations. When I moved to Australia I soon noticed that the police wore guns. It fascinated me. “Wow, the police are wearing guns”.

However, committing murder does not relate only to killing people with guns. Here in Australia there are many killings… stabbings, beatings, knifings, even attacking people with broken bottles and deliberately running people down.

This is a ‘huge’ subject, and even with my limited understanding, it would take several posts to ‘scratch the surface’ of such an issue. So I choose to focus on other ways of ‘killing’.

The power of the tongue

cartoon of a tongue

Proverbs 18: 31a Death and life are in the power of the tongue…

Proverbs 12a:18, “There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts…

Matthew 5:22a  But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment:

Gal 5.15 If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other

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So the tongue is a weapon we often discount. A simple search for Bible verses about the tongue will show how many there are… and how important it is to keep this weapon sheathed… or holstered.

Many people are ‘destroyed’ by gossip.

cartoon of gossip tutorial

How much gossip and verbal cruelty goes under the name of “constructive criticism”? It does not even need to be a direct “Did you hear about…” It can be a subtle, and dangerous, hint that can be ‘picked up’ and spread like the forest fire the Apostle James refers to in James 3:1

The question remains…no guns sign

Would removing guns from the community stop people breaking the sixth commandment?

cartoon of boxing glovesWould controlling the tongue lead to spreading life instead of death?

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Murder starts in the mind and the heart. This is where prevention should be.

For myself, I will do what I can to control my life, my tongue and my deeds… with the help of God’s Holy Spirit.

Shalom

Susan

1 Peter 2:1 – Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings

Samantha Holt, guest post

Hello readers…

Samantha Holt, authorI am interrupting the series for a moment and giving the blog over to Samantha Holt, who writes historical romance.

She shares with you the Pros and Cons of being the author of Historical Romance. I found her comments entertaining as well as informative.

First a little about Samantha…

Samantha Holt resides in Warwickshire, England, with her twin girls, having followed her soldier husband around the UK for nearly 10 years. Growing up in Hampshire, she was inspired by the authors Jane Austen and Elizabeth Gaskell, both of whom lived and wrote only miles from her home town.

Samantha loves the romance genre and has been devouring romantic literature for as long as she can remember. History is another passion of hers and she loves to combine her love for history and romance into exciting and passionate tales.

Facebook Author Page:  http://www.facebook.com/romanticfiction

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SamanthaHAuthor

Pinterest:  http://pinterest.com/samanthahauthor/

Author website: http://www.samanthaholt.org.uk

Blog: http://www.samanthaholtauthor.blogspot.co.uk

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Samantha’s post

Pros of being a historical romance writer

  1. You walk around in a rosy haze making the world seem wonderful.picture of a bath
  2. You’re creative! This means you can write wherever you want. The bath is my favourite.
  3. Watching romantic films is considered research.
  4. You get to explore castles as research.
  5. After hours of writing medieval dialogue, husband responds very well to being called ‘My Lord.’
  6. You expand your cooking knowledge when researching medieval recipes.
  7. You learn new things about chosen period and therefore sound amazingly well-educated.

Cons of being a historical romance writer

  1. You walk around in a rosy haze. Family don’t like this apparently.
  2. You brain prefers that you write in bed. At 2am in the morning.
  3. All your royalties get spent on tissues when watching said romantic films.Castle
  4. You have to explore castles as research – do you know how many steps those things have?
  5. You forget how to talk normally after writing dialogue and the postman is never impressed. I thank thee for thy missive, good Sir.
  6. You learn useless things that will never impress anyone.  Cobwebs were considered to cure warts in medieval times – try using that as a conversation starter.
  7. Family refuses to eat medieval culinary delights thus rendering knowledge useless. Why will they not eat a recipe delightfully named ‘Garbage’?

I couldn’t help it Samantha… I looked up the recipe for Garbage. I must say I don’t blame your family for not wanting to eat it but for anyone who is interested, here is the link to the recipe http://medievalcookery.com/recipes/garbage.html

The ingredients

1 lb. chicken heads
1 lb. chicken feetChicken feet
1/2 lb. chicken livers
1/2 lb. chicken gizzards
4 cups beef broth
4 slices bread
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/8 tsp. mace
1/8 tsp. cloves
1/2 tsp. salt
pinch saffron
1/4 cup verjuice

Well, Samantha I have learnt a lot from your blog. Thank you very much.

Jesus Christ and the Fifth Commandment

5th CommandmentHonour your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you. Exodus 20: 12 NKJV

This is the fifth commandment… and it also contains a promise. For this post I am only looking at the commandment, because the purpose of this series is to look at Christ and His obedience to the Ten Commandments.

There is no record of Christ ‘dishonouring’  His step-father, Joseph. Some have wondered about the way He spoke to His mother at the start of His ministry. (I cover this in Grow in Grace, book 2 in the Apostle John series, currently in revision and due for publication later this year.)

Excerpt

“Why did Jesus say ‘dear woman’ when he replied to his mother?” asked Giannis.

“It was Jesus’ normal, polite way of addressing women.”

“But she was his mother’” blurted out Lukas

“Our Saviour was beginning His ministry.’ John stated.  “The way He addressed her signalled a change in their relationship. He was no longer only her son, but the Messiah, the Son of Man. Besides, she did not take it as a rebuke. This was a time when what was prophesied over Him would start to unfold.”

 (Information source- Exegetical Commentary: Bible.org)

From this source, it seems that the possibility of Christ not honouring his mother can be cleared up.

However, Jesus had another Father… the One who sent Him to earth. What was Jesus attitude to Him?

“My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.” John 4: 34

“For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.” John 6:38

“And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things which please Him” John 8: 29

feet walking in sand

Throughout the gospels you will find similar statements Jesus makes about His obedience to the Father.

Does this commandment apply to children whose parents mistreat them?

Yes it does. It is one of the ‘Ten’, not one of the ceremonial laws. But there is an admonition to parents too.

“And you fathers (parents), do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the admonition of the Lord.” Ephesians 6: 4

Sadly, many parents have not been ‘brought up in the admonition of the Lord’.

Still, the commandment stands…

I found this on a site dealing with ‘honouring parents’ who are abusive.

There is no guilt in keeping one’s distance from abusive parents, as long as the separation is not motivated by vengeance. You can honor your parents from afar. Sadly, some parents do not value their children enough to maintain a relationship. The void left by a broken relationship should be filled by Christ rather than pining for a parental relationship that will never be.

Read more: http://www.gotquestions.org/honor-abusive-parent.html#ixzz2SCXVxDZf

There is another excellent (but long) article here… http://bible.org/seriespage/between-child-and-parent8211honoring-father-and-mother-exodus-2012

A closing comment on the subject from John Ritenbaugh in a Bibletools comment on Exodus 20: 12 http://www.bibletools.org/index.cfm/fuseaction/topical.show/rtd/cgg/id/609/honoring-parents.htm

Why does God want a person to honor his parents and other authority figures? First, the family is the basic building block of society. The stability of the family is essential to the stability of the community. The more respectful each family member is of other family members, especially of parents, the greater the degree of respect that will carry beyond the immediate family and into strengthening the community.

Much has been written, and much expected of the child, of any age, honouring the parent.

Praying

Our Saviour obeyed it, and if it is difficult for any of us, we need to pray, ask for help, guidance and direction. Sometimes that means talking to a trusted person outside the family, a minister or Christian counsellor. There is no use taking a Biblical question to an unbeliever.

On the surface, this seems such a simple command. In this post, I have lifted the stone and glanced at what sometimes lies beneath.

If you need help, please seek it.

Next time, we look at the sixth commandment,

Till then… tread softly, you may be treading on someone’s dream.

Susan