Showing posts from February 3, 2013

Day of Rest

What principle can we learn by understanding the Sabbath that was given to the people of Israel? When Moses was on Mt. Sinai before receiving the Ten Commandments he was challenged to "observe the Sabbath, because it is holy to you."(Exodus 31:14)It was holy or set apart specifically for the Israelite nation but does have benefit for us if we understand it: It was celebrated perpetually by the Israelites as an act of remembrance of the resting of God after six days of creation. It reminded them that if the infinite God rested after six days of work, shouldn't they as humans work six days and then rest one.It was an act of obedience to God because He told them to rest on the seventh day.It was a witness to all the nations around them, who saw it as just another day, that they were a special people. This separated them out from these nations.It was a healthy act which promoted the welfare of family, servants and animals, pro…

All Persons Created Equal

As the Israelites are being organized in the wilderness, God gave them specific directions in relation to a census of the people. He stated, "Each one [twenty years old or more] must pay the Lord a ransom for his life at the time he is counted." (Exodus 30:12)As they were counted they stepped from one group of people across into another group of people and on the way they were required to pay ten gerahs or half a shekel for their lives. Here is the most interesting of statements in relation to this action: "The rich are not to give more than a half shekel and the poor are not to give less when you make the offering to the Lord to atone for your lives." (Exodus 30:15) There was to be no partiality shown to either the rich or the poor. Because they were poor they were not allowed to give less and because they were rich they were not allowed to give more. All souls were recognized to be of the same value. Can we apply this principle to those around us; to see all souls …

The Sameness of God

Many today believe that God has changed over the generations since He revealed Himself to Moses and the people of Israel in the wilderness. They believe God has "grown" and "adjusted" since He wrote the Ten Commandments, but this is baloney. God has not change and never will change; He is still the same.
When Moses and Aaron and seventy-two other elders hiked up into Mt. Sinai they met God. "Under his feet was something like a pavement made of sapphire, clear as the sky itself. But God did not raise his hand against these leaders of the Israelites; they saw God, and they ate and drank." (Exodus 24:9-11)
This event took place around 1462 B.C. Now this brings to mind Revelation 4:6 written in 95 A.D. where John had a vision of heaven and God's throne. He writes, "Also before the throne there was what looked like a sea of glass, clear as crystal." 1,557 years have passed between the two passages where God's throne is revealed and the scene is…