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Should we keep all the 600 laws of the OT?

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Speaker 1

Wendy. This was a different Wendy than me. I was wondering if we’re to keep all ten of the Commandments, but worship on Sunday, why keep the Commandments commandment at all? Why not all the laws in the Bible over 600 to keep okay, so why aren’t we keeping all the Commandments of the Bible and why are we keeping most Commandments but not all of them?

Speaker 2

Sure. That’s a really great question, Wendy. I really appreciate you asking that. First of all, I just want to say that to establish there’s like kind of different parts of the question I want to first answer. So you’re saying we keep all the Commandments, but we worship Sunday, which is not one of the ten Commandments. The fourth commandment says that in Exodus 28 versus eight through eleven, Exodus 20 versus eight through eleven. Just to be clear, it says, remember the Sabbath day to keep it Holy, six days, shelter at work and do all day labor. The 7th day is the Sabbath until the Lord thy God. So it’s the 7th day Sabbath and it’s very specific that God bless the 7th day. You see that in Genesis two, two and three at creation that God blessed the 7th day and hallowed it, made it Holy. So there’s no biblical grounds to worship on Sunday. Therefore, it’s best to keep God’s written law that he wrote in stone with his own finger, which is the 7th day Sabbath. That’s what I would say. As far as the Sunday worship goes, I believe that my brothers and sisters who worship Sunday are genuine believers and they have right to the tree of life as well.

Speaker 2

I’m not saying you can’t. I’m not discriminating against any denomination, but I think when you learn more truth, I think it’s best to follow it and practice it to the best of your knowledge. The second thing is God’s law is still binding, the law being the ten Commandments. Now this is kind of the confusing part when it comes to the New Testament. It says law in different places and it’s the same word commandment law in the Greek. But based on the context you kind of know, is this talking about the law of Moses or the law of God? And those are two different things because the law of God are the ten Commandments that he wrote, like I said, in stone with his finger, and God says I change and I’m the Lord, I change not. But there was a law that Moses wrote and those are the 600 laws I believe that you’re talking about that you can’t like if you have a servant and if they run away, like how you deal with them, if you have an Ox and it kills, your Ox kills somebody because if you didn’t restrain them, what’s the punishment for that?

Speaker 2

There’s all these different laws in the Old Testament that are like I said, they’re written by the book of Moses or called the book of Moses, and they were handwritten laws by him. And you read that in Deuteronomy 31, if you want to pull it up really quick, 31, verse nine, just kind of so that you kind of have a jumping off point. So I’m not just making this up because I know the Old Testament tends to be a little bit confusing because there’s all these different things going on. It’s like, well, what is God saying now? Is this for us now? Is this not for us now? A lot of things like these ceremonies and different Sabbath days every seven years, you took a Sabbath on your land, so you’re not supposed to grow any crops every seven years, and the 50 year of Jubilee, things like that. So in Deuteronomy 31, verse nine, it says, and Moses wrote this law and delivered it to the priest. So there is a law that Moses wrote. Those are the 600 laws. And again, you go down to verse 26, and it says, just so that this is very clear, take this book of the law and put it on the side of the Ark.

Speaker 2

So in the Ark in the sanctuary, the God’s law on the two pieces of stone, the Ten Commandments are placed inside of the Ark. Now, Moses law was handwritten on a scroll or paper, and it was placed outside of the Ark on the side of it. It says in verse 26, take this book of the law and put it on the side of the Ark of the Covenant of the Lord your God, that it may be there for a witness against thee. So the law of Moses was against you. God’s law is for you, just like it says in Psalm 19, I believe, verse eight, it says, the law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul. So the law of God is different than the law of Moses. The law of God is a blessing. The law of Moses, honestly, was kind of a curse. And then as far as why don’t we keep those 600 laws? You see that in Colossians, chapter two. I think we went into this actually last week a little bit. Colossians, two verses nine to 14, just to get some context. And that just kind of explains the book of the law of Moses.

Speaker 2

That’s what was written, that’s what was nailed to the cross. So if you look in verse nine talking about Jesus to all of the fullness of the Godhead bodily so, talking all about Jesus that were buried with him in his baptism were raised by true faith in the operation of God. But you get down to verse 14, because the big thing that the Jews were pressing the New Testament Christians to do is practice the law of Moses. Part of that was one of the 600 laws was the practice of circumcision. And that was one of the laws of Moses. It’s not mandatory anymore. To be in Israel or be one of God’s people. So anyways, in verse 14, though, Colossians 214, it says blotting out the handwriting like we just read in June 31 of ordinances that was against us. Again, it’s the law of Moses the 600 laws which was contrary to us and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross. So very clear. This is talking about those 600 laws of Moses and the Old Testament that he wrote that was contingent on the Israelites being faithful to God in all these ceremonies.

Speaker 2

So that’s what people call it, the ceremonial law. However, God’s law, the ten Commandments written by God by his finger in stone placed inside the Ark of the Covenant that law is still binding and Jesus confirms that Matthew 517 that says heaven Earth shall pass away, but nothing basically in this law shall pass away till heaven and Earth to all be fulfilled. So it’s talking about not just now, but until the end of time. God’s law does not go away. So I hope that was kind of concise. That took a while.

Speaker 1

Thank you so much.

Speaker 2

Did we touch on this a little bit? Was it last week talking about the way these things maybe weren’t even eliminated, but now we found a new way that they’re even fulfilled in a larger way. A greater way. Amen.

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