Sunday, May 19, 2013

Feeling a Bit Radical This Morning...

I'm wondering who among us has actually read the blessings and curses for obeying God's commandments found in Deuteronomy 28?

I was reading them this morning and thought how absolutely horrifying the curses are...

25 The Lord will cause you to be defeated before your enemies.

28 The Lord will strike you with madness and blindness and confusion of mind, 29 and you shall grope at noonday, as the blind grope in darkness, and you shall not prosper in your ways. And you shall be only oppressed and robbed continually, and there shall be no one to help you. 30 You shall betroth a wife, but another man shall ravish her. You shall build a house, but you shall not dwell in it. You shall plant a vineyard, but you shall not enjoy its fruit.

32 Your sons and your daughters shall be given to another people, while your eyes look on and fail with longing for them all day long, but you shall be helpless. 33 A nation that you have not known shall eat up the fruit of your ground and of all your labors, and you shall be only oppressed and crushed continually, 34 so that you are driven mad by the sights that your eyes see.

36 The Lord will bring you and your king whom you set over you to a nation that neither you nor your fathers have known. And there you shall serve other gods of wood and stone.

45 All these curses shall come upon you and pursue you and overtake you till you are destroyed, because you did not obey the voice of the Lord your God, to keep his commandments and his statutes that he commanded you. 46 They shall be a sign and a wonder against you and your offspring forever.

...and sadly, how familiar some of them are because of things going on in America right now.

It made me think about how far the body of Christ has drifted from the early church, before so many changes were made to suit the church's anti-Semitic agenda.

I believe we need to quit hanging onto man-made denominational doctrines and traditions and return to biblical truth. I say "return" loosely because I don't believe the current generation was ever there to begin with.

God didn't do away with the Laws that He expected us to obey, and Jesus himself is clear about this in Matthew 5:17-20: “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. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven."

He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. As much as we'd like to think it, He hasn't changed.

Yes, we are saved only by belief in Jesus and His selfless work on the cross, but that grace his death provided doesn't release us from our obligation to obedience, and there are very real consequences for our disobedience, as Deuteronomy 28 points out.

For generations, we have pretty much embraced our own comfortable and familiar interpretations of what we should and should not obey in lieu of what Scripture actually says - because that's what we were taught to do and we wouldn't think of questioning it. That would be heresy!

It's no surprise to me at all the things happening to us now as a nation, given our apathy and blatant disobedience. We may say we love God, but do we love Him enough to find out what He has to say about our beloved traditions and doctrines? And do we love Him enough to abandon those beloved traditions and doctrines when we find they are wrong?

Don't take someone else's word for it (not even mine) and risk one day hearing "depart from me, I never knew you." Read the Bible and find out for yourself what's in there. It's good stuff.