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MemberAugust 17, 2020 at 3:52 pm
I used to see things the way you do sis. I mean we still see things mostly the same but when it comes to people not being to keep the law before MessiYah’s time I don’t think that is truly the case. I think that is something we learned from the church that just isn’t true. For example, when talking about John the Baptists parents before him or Yahushua were even born. It says,
5 There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth.
6 And they were both righteous before God, WALKING IN ALL THE COMMANDMENTS AND ORDINANCES of the Lord blameless.
7 And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years.
It says that they were blameless when it came to ALL of the commandments and ordinances.
I also don’t think it was because the Israelites couldn’t keep the law that was actually the problem. It seems to me that the problem was the same as ours is today, which is, unbelief or a lack of faith. Look at what this says,
7 Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice,
8 Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness:
9 When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years.
10 Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways.
11 So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.)
12 TAKE HEED, BRETHREN, LEST THERE BE IN ANY OF YOU AN EVIL HEART OF UNBELIEF, in departing from the living God.
13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
14 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;
15 While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.
16 For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses.
17 But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness?
18 And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not?
19 SO WE SEE THAT THEY COULD NOT ENTER IN BECAUSE OF UNBELIEF.
We see here that it was not because of breaking the law that they were not permitted into the promised land but rather it was because they didn’t believe. So, it seems to me that it is unbelief that causes us to sin and 1 John 3:4 says, “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for SIN IS THE TRANSGRESSION OF THE LAW.” He said in Hebrews 3:12 to be aware unless you have an evil heart of unbelief. Then in verse 13 for us to warn each other daily unless our hearts become hardened through the deceitfulness of sin (transgressing the law). He said that our hearts will become hardened in unbelief through the deceitfulness of sin i.e. Transgression of law. And it ends by reiterating that those Israelites did not get to inter into the land not because they couldn’t keep the law but because of their unbelief.
And when I first was awakened about 10 years ago, I too thought that the so-called Old Testament had a different message than the so-called New Testament until I read this.
1 Let us therefore fear, lest a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.
2 For UNTO US WAS THE GOSPEL PREACHED, AS WELL AS UNTO THEM: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.
When I read this, I had to re-examine what I thought the New Testament was saying. It says that the same gospel that Yahushua and the Apostles preached is the same gospel that was preached to those in the so-called Old Testament. The only difference is that those in the Old Testament did not mix it with faith. So, if it is the same gospel now as it was then then it has to be same law now as it was then. So, the problem wasn’t that the people couldn’t keep the law. No, the problem was that the people didn’t believe in the Most High and that He would keep His covenant with them.