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I just like the way our Lord, "daily bears our burdens".

Psalm 68:19 Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens.
Selah

I think the word Selah means pause and reflect. So let us pause and reflect on this.

The 10 commandments is the basic laws in all of society. Yet, human as we are, we cannot completely follow it, which makes all of us sinners. However, Jesus says, "If ye love me, keep my commandments." Why would others then say that the 10 commandments have already been abolished when He even says, "I come not to destroy the law but to fulfill".

Lito,

Good questions. Some have come up before, but some people may have missed them or joined the blog late. Of course, repetition helps the learning process :)

The commandments or the "Law" pointed out sin. There were blessings associated with keeping the Law, and curses (punishments) associated with breaking the Law. Sacrifices were prescribed to make atonements for sin of breaking the Law. As you point out - there would be a lot of sacrifices :)

To be accurate the full passage from scripture is:

Matt 5:17
"Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them." NIV

Jesus came to fulfill the prophets words of a Coming Messiah. So how did Jesus fulfil the law? For this I defer to the Believer's Comementary which explains it better than I would in a post:

"The law had attached to it the penalty of death (Gal. 3:10); and to break one command was to be guilty of all (Jas. 2:10). Since people had broken the law, they were under the curse of death. God’s righteousness and holiness demanded that the penalty be paid. It was for this reason that Jesus came into the world: to pay the penalty by His death. He died as a Substitute for guilty lawbreakers, even though He Himself was sinless. He did not wave the law aside; rather He met the full demands of the law by fulfilling its strict requirements in His life and in His death. Thus, the gospel does not overthrow the law; it upholds the law and shows how the law’s demands have been fully satisfied by Christ’s redemptive work."
---- MacDonald, W., & Farstad, A. 1997, c1995. Believer's Bible Commentary : Old and New Testaments . Thomas Nelson: Nashville

So what changed after the Crucifixion and Resurrection. By becoming followers of Christ we no longer have to worry about the curses of the Law or making atoning sacrifices. Christ made that final all encompassing sacrifice for us.

Now the commandments are written in our regenerated hearts, and if we love Jesus we will obey them.

"Yet, while the Christian is not under the law, that doesn’t mean he is lawless. He is bound by a stronger chain than law because he is under the law of Christ (1 Cor. 9:21). His behavior is molded, not by fear of punishment, but by a loving desire to please his Savior. Christ has become his rule of life (John 13:15; 15:12; Eph. 5:1, 2; 1 Jn. 2:6; 3:16)." - ibid.

Specifically, nine of the ten commandments are mentioned in the New Testament. Not as law, but as training in righteousness for the childen of God.

1John 2:6
"Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did." NIV

Jesus walked "sinless". Because of the war between flesh and "regenerated" spirit we will still sin. But it will not affect our salvation, and it will not affect our fellowship with God - if we pray, confess, and ask for restoration of fellowship.

However we still must TRY to walk sinless, even more importantly we should want to walk this way because of He who abides in us.

Matt 11:19
"But wisdom is proved right by her actions." NIV

Luke 7:35
"But wisdom is proved right by all her children." NIV

Chip got me thinking on this: In the Greek text these two verses are exactly the same, but translated differently.

Nonetheless, it was discussed a while back where a school of thought substittutes Jesus' name for wisdom in "Proverbs".

What if you do that here:

'But Jesus is proved right by his actions'

'But Jesus is proved right by all his children'

[Note: Don't get bogged down on "her" in original translation. Gk. "autos" can be his, hers, its. It is pronoun in agreement with noun it refers to in sentence. Wisdom was feminine so it was "hers", Jesus is masculine so it would be "his" in above.]

John The Baptist

Just read:

John's Problem with Jesus
(Luke 7:18-35)
By: Bob Deffinbaugh , Th.M.

at the link Mike provided above.

I would highly reccomend taking the time to go through his commentary.

In the conclusion, there are some thoughts that we should all take to heart, including me (maybe especially me :)

[late post from yesterday]

Luke 6:39-49

HOW CAN WE KNOW IF WE ARE GENUINE CHRISTIANS?

By checking your eye, heart, and ears.

If the "woe" people (Pharisees???) are still in the crowd then Jesus is perhaps giving some warnings here:

Eyes

You shouldn't be following someone blind to God's Word, be taught by someone blind to God's Word.

To those who are blind to God's Word - you need to clear your vision before you begin to correct another.

Why do I think it may be the Pharisees Jesus is alluding to:

"Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind; and if a blind man guides a blind man, both will fall into a pit" (Matt. 15:13-19).

Also in vs. 42 Jesus uses the word Hypocrite- which he has used before in describing the Pharisees.
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Heart

If your heart is right with God - you have accepted His plan for Salvation - you will bear good fruit.

Again the Pharisees rejected Christ - and Israel was a spiritual wasteland (in general) before Christ's arrival.
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Ears

Hear the Word of God and act on it.

The Pharisees heard the Word of God, but they did not act accordingly.
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This is the first time I have considered that these verses may be directed as warnings against the Pharisees. In the past I have just regarded them as general teachings.

Credit goes to Ron Ritchie and this sermon:
http://www.pbc.org/library/files/html/4133.html

[late post from yesterday]

Luke 7

The Faith of the Centurion

Missed this before in previous readings. The elders came to Jesus.

"This man deserves to have you do this, because he loves our nation and has built our synagogue."

They want Jesus to heal based on what this man has done, and how he loves Israel. Jesus goes - but there is no indication that He will heal the servant. God does not save people from (eternal) death based on "works" or love shown to others.

In fact the healing occcurs after word is sent: the centurion does not feel worthy to have Him in his home, nor be in Jesus' presence - but the centurion does believe Jesus has the power and authority to save his servant from death.

This is the faith God is looking for in people - God wants individuals to know we are not worthy to be in His presence (as sinners), but believe that through the Cross and Ressurection - Jesus has the power to save us from (eternal) death.

How GRAND! Notice it is through the spoken word, just like Moses second time at the water-giving rock, just like our salvation is through the spoken word:
Rom 10:9
"That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved."
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Luke 7:10
"When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following him, he said, "I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel." NIV

Of all people the nation of Israel should be embracing, humbling themselves, and acknowledging the power and authority of the Messiah.

Some believe they are not worthy (Peter earlier), some acknowledge Jesus' power and authority, but the whole package - it takes a few Gentiles to show Israel true faith.


Deuteronomy 5;
(30-31 "Go ahead and tell them to go home to their tents. But you, you stay here with me so I can tell you every commandment and all the rules and regulations that you must teach them so they'll know how to live in the land that I'm giving them as their own.")

reminds me when these commnities displace people from one area to another no rehab nothing on how to live in a better way. All the city does is send them a letter getting as many volunteers as they can. Then the rest they pick them up and move this family who was living probably in a 1 bedroom into a townhome, Regentrification)?? Umm it's sad - well they need to take a look at how it can be done. Move them but get them into a meeting or rehab so they are taught how to live and take care of the property. Give them the rules and regulations so they know how to live in land they will soon call their own. I really don't know why that struck me but it did..lol

Reading over those tablets, the 10 Commandments, I have broken every one, if not in action, in my heart! (to hate, is to murder). My pastor used to say the laws are there first and foremost to show us we are indeed sinners. Some ppl dont think they are sinners, i've heard, "oh, i dont consider myself a sinner, i dont go out with a chainsaw and murder ppl". Well, yes, that would be sinful, but we have all broken many if not all, at least in our hearts. If you have broken just one God equates that has having broken them all.

These verses stood out for me:
Det. 5:15: "with a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm"......His love endures forever, sing praise, sing praise, forever God is faithful, forever God is strong, forever God is with us. forever...' great song!
Deut 6:5: "You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength...You shall bind them as a sign"
Deut 6:18 "And you shall do what is right and good in the sight of the LORD, that it may be well with you"

I read the link "John's problem with Jesus"...it kinda was harsh on John, where what I read in Luke was I perceived something different, so u know me, i pulled out my trusty study Bible:

"John evidently kept apprised of Christ's ministry-even after his imprisonment-through disciples who acted as messengers for him.
7:19 ARE YOU THE COMING ONE? "John was not the sort of man who vacillated. We are not to think that his faith was failing or that he had lost confidence in Christ. but with so many unexpected turn of events-John in prison, Christ encountering nonbelief and hostility-John wanted reassurance from Christ himself. That is precisely what Jesus gave him.
7:22 GO AND TELL JOHN "John's disciples were to go and report that Jesus was doing precisely what scripture foretold of the Messiah--even though the scheme of prophetic fulfillment was not unfolding quite the way John the baptist had envisioned it.
7:23 HE WHO IS NOT OFFENDED "This was not meant as a rebuke for John the Baptist, but as an encouragement for him".

Proverbs, to save a life is more to win souls, to lead others to Christ. Giving to charities and contributing to someone's physical needs is very important, I think true Christians will feel that call on their life, to give and help others. One org. I know of is Christian Children's Fund. I prefer not to say what I give or do because i want this to be for the Lord only, not seeking man's praise.
But i think MORE important then any physical need is aiding someone to receiving Christ. Not that we can save them, but to direct them to the One who CAN save them....Jesus Christ!

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