"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. (John 13:34)
A "commandment" is a very special thing within Scripture. I know that we sort of treat everything within Scripture as a commandment in view of the fact that all of God's Word must be obeyed, but in reality a commandment is a very specialized thing. A commandment is something God has specifically ascribed as a responsibility we must maintain in order to live in a covenant relationship with Him. In the Old Testament a covenant relationship not only meant keeping the core Ten Commandments initially given by the very hand of God Himself, but Jewish scholars will quickly point out that the Torah actually contains a total of 613 commandments which must all be maintained. Jesus summarized them all as loving God with all one's heart and loving one's neighbor as their self: "On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets". (Matthew 22:40) So how do we know for sure that Jesus was not merely giving us commandment number 614? Because from this point on, no one ever again quotes from the commandments of the first tablet; they only quote this new commandment as the fulfillment of the whole Law.
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By James Jacob Prasch
I have been to the Lubianka Subway Station in Moscow just outside of the imposing FSB (former KGB) Headquarters and surrounding government buildings. The place Muslims terrorists struck today killing dozens of people would be the equivalent of putting two bombs outside of the FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C.
"For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant. But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil. Therefore leaving the elementary teaching about the Christ, let us press on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of instruction about washings and laying on of hands, and the resurrection of the dead and eternal judgment." (Hebrews 5:12-6:2)
While recently studying Hebrews this particular passage was in no small way deeply disturbing. The writer of Hebrews provides a specific list described as "elementary principles" and "elementary teaching" for which he admonishes Christians, telling them they are falling far short of the "solid food" needed to attain spiritual maturity in Christ. This list disturbs me because so many Christians' exposure to God's Word has been so greatly minimized today that I would be elated if they actually knew these basics.
There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven"”
A time to love and a time to hate...
"” Ecclesiastes 3:1, 8a
We seem to live at a time where the world's notion of political correctness has been embraced to a large degree even by mainstream Evangelical Christianity. Like all deception it masquerades the simple biblical truth by over-emphasizing what might be a truth in and of itself to the point that the whole thing is actually a lie. Political correctness loves to deploy the facade of "love", "tolerance", and "kindness" to an extreme where anything it deems to be encroaching on these noble attributes is evidence of an unloving, intolerable, unkind spirit. But just as we must embrace God's Word to the degree that we no longer love according to the world's definition but according to the way God defines love, so too we must understand, "There is a time to love and a time to hate" "“ not as the world defines "hate", but according to how and what we are taught to hate in alignment with God's Word.
A reader submitted the following question:
Can you explain why the firstborn donkey should be redeemed with a lamb, or its neck broken?
"But every first offspring of a donkey you shall redeem with a lamb, but if you do not redeem it, then you shall break its neck; and every firstborn of man among your sons you shall redeem. (Exodus 13:13)
The prelude to the passion narratives in the Gospels show a John the Baptist who went straight against Herod, the consummate politician of his day for moral issues. Ã‚Â Jesus did the same.Ã‚Â Both also went against the Levitical clergy and the Sanhedrin in a non-partisan way be it the Sadducees or Pharisees. To them truth was truth, righteousness was righteousness, and sin was sin. According to the New Testament, their God is no respecter of persons. Ã‚Â Their priorities were never politically or financially motivated. In the climate that I grew up and in modern Americas today things have plainly changed.
An American "Joan of Arc" in the Making?
By J. Jacob Prasch
Political opinions in this article reflect the convictions of the author only. Moriel Ministries assumes no party political position and as a Judeo-Christian organization has absolutelyÃ‚Â no involvement in electoral politics. The purposes of this article are spiritual not political and the aim and intent is purely to Ã‚Â encourage prayer, nothing more.
In Sarah Palin most saved Christians see a fellow believer they want to trust. In her they see a wife and mother who is like their own saved Christian wife, mother, or sister. They see a Christian sister in faith just like the others in their church or home Bible study. We see her as the friendly girl next door type that we may remember from Sunday school or a Christian Youth group who married a fisherman after college and had a family.