The law vs. Jesus

People usually don’t understand why the Law (of Moses) was given or that Jesus fulfilled it. Here is a great explanation, a path to insight. Read on…

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God made the law to show us just how sinful we were. We had no excuse for our actions once the law was given. But He made the law with Jesus in mind

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The Turning Of Job’s Captivity.

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Our text has in it three points very clearly. First, the Lord can soon turn His people’s captivity– “The Lord turned the captivity of Job.” Second, there is generally some point at which He does this–in Job’s case He turned his captivity when he prayed for his friends. And, third, Believers shall never be losers by God, for He gave Job twice as much as he had given him before.

Stellenbosch Studentewysheid

Dit was op Stellenbosch tussen studentevriende dat ek beide my Skepper en myself gevind en albei leer aanvaar en liefkry het.

WEES LIEF VIR JOUSELF
Selfveragting is iets wat regtig onmenslik en afbrekend kan wees. Mense wat dit doen, spandeer gewoonlik ook baie tyd by psigiaters en neem medikasie. Die medikasie mag soms newe-effekte hê en dan is daar ook vrae oor die metode en selfs wetenskap van behandeling. Dr Robert Clifford, wat in Somerset, Engeland gepraktiseer het weerskante van die Tweede Wereldoorlog, het geglo dat geen mens voltyds psigiatrie moes praktiseer nie en dat dit vir hom soms moeilik was om te onderskei tussen psigiater en pasiënt. Aldus Dr Robert Clifford, wat baie humoristiese werfjoernale geskryf het. Lekkerleesboeke, kyk in jou biblioteek.
Ewenwel, as mens jouself haat of jouself nie kan vergewe nie, kan jy jouself letterlik siek maak. Jy kan miserable voel, verval in hopeloosheid en dalk erger dinge aan jouself doen. Dit alles onnodig!
Uit eie ervaring weet ek tot watter nare dinge ek in staat is, tye dat ek my waardigheid verloor het, ens. Dit was juis so ‘n geleentheid wat gelei het na my eie ware wedergeboorte dekades gelede. Toe ek gedink het dat die see my nooit sou kon skoonwas nie; ek was reg! Dit was die bloed wat Jesus aan die vloekhout gestort het, wat my gesaniteer het. Seewater is baie te flou.
Dink bietjie hoe selfveragting werk. As jy dit begin analiseer em die boute en moere stapel op langs jou, sal jy gou besef dat dit trots is wat jou laat glo dat jy nie eens vir jouself goed genoeg is nie. Die ego dryf jou om te glo dat jy nie goed genoeg is nie en, as jy eers daaraan gehoor gee, sal die viand gedagtes in jou gemoed plaas om te wys hoe swak en sleg jy is. Jy raak onwetend jou eie viand maar jy kan ook jou eie beste vriend word. Afhangende of jy jouself lief genoeg kan kry om jouself te vergewe.
As lekeberader het ek met baie mense se harte en smarte te doene gekry. Een van die grootste probleme is soms die oordrewe godsdienskultuur waarin die person hom- of haarself bevind. Dit lei tot afgryslike (onnodige) skuldgevoelens. As diepgelowige het e kook mettertyd besef dat baie godsdienstige taboe’s eintlik uit wangodsdiens spruit en min met God of Sy Woord te doen het. Daar is meer as veertigduisend denominasies (soorte kerke) op aarde en elke liewe een het sy eie misplaaste wanopvattings.
Ek het grootgeword tussen niggies wat geglo het dat ‘n mens ‘n naald deur God se oog sou steek as jy op ‘n Sondag sou brei. Sulke snert wat mense glo – en Sondag is nie eens die Sabbat nie! Ook het ek gesien wat sommige niggies en nefies dan onder die kweperlaning gaan doen. Gelukkig was ek te klein om ingereken te word.
Mense het al gemoor, met dwelms gelol, seks buite die huwelik gaan geniet, bedrog gepleeg, gesteel en wat nog alles. Daarna haat hulle hulleself. Soveel keer het ek gevind dat veral vroue wat onkonvensionele seksstyle gaan prober het, agterna hulleself nie kon vergewe nie – selfs nie wanneer dit binne hulle eie huwelik plaasgevind het nie.
As jy en jou gade altwee in Jesus is, kan ek nie dink aan iets wat julle tweetjies kan doen wat julle van Hom sou skei nie. Christene, kry ‘n lewe!! En leef ons dan weer onder die Wet?
Ons kry almal versoekings; almal is net nie eerlik daaroor nie.
Meeste mense skinder. Dis die mees afbrekende ding en ewe veel sondig om daarna te luister; dis nie die skinderbek alleen wat sondig nie. Maar of jy nou die president se val veroorsaak het en of jy jou baba in ‘n puttoilet gelos of met jou buurvrou of buurman in die hooi gaan rol het, watter sonde is nou juis groter as Jesus se Genade? Watter sonde is die grootste? Sonde is sonde en dis juis waarvoor Jesus kom kantoor oopmaak het. Hy ruil ALLE sonde in vir vegiffenis. En as die Almagte Skepper jou vergewe, wis is jy beter as Hy om vir jouself vies te bly?
Of is jy groter/belangriker/beter as God self?

Jesus Opened The Door

So nobody comes to the Father except through Jesus. Simply because Jesus removed the curse, as He became it. He fulfilled the Law as He became it.

And, through redeeming sin, Jesus became The Way. He removed the barrier between man and God. This happened when the very thick veil, representing accumulated sin, tore in half. There was no more separation.

But Who is this Jesus?

– Isaiah calls Him our Everlasting Father. Chapter 9, verse 6.

– Jesus said: "Before Abraham was, I AM" This is significant.

– John 1 identifies Him as the Creator

– He could forgive sin.

All the above makes Him to be God. So many don’t see who He is. Sadly, so.

Horror!! Slaughtering Holy Cows on Sunday!!!

While Saturday, being the 7th day, has to be the Sabbath, we were deprived of all forms of fun on the 1st day of the week, Sunday.

No swimming. Too carnal?
No cycling, skating, playing cards or darts.
No dancing or drinking.
No pop music. Neil Diamond got thrown against my bedroom wall, being “from hell.” The very expensive double album cassette unravelled in long brown coils of magnetic tape. John Paul Young similary became Yesterday’s Hero when hitting that wall of death.

So the young went their own way, sinned by lighting up a BBQ, inserting a cassette and other things, necking their girlfriends, racing their cars and motorbikes, drinking brandy, or worse…..while the parents enjoyed listening to “Sunday music.”

Sunday music was classical music with sopranos singing about forbidden loves, fornication, adultery and all the things the young were now doing down by the river.

As they weren’t there to be noisy, the old folks were content with how the deemed Sabbath got spent. When a teenage girl started bulging, they ostracized her, not realising that they, the parents, were conducive to the disaster. Then they listened some more to Lanza’s inebriated drinking student days or a woman with a shrill voice reaching wuthering heights in ancient Latin.

What fools we are when we think that we can manipulate life and steer its course with legalistic religion?

I ditched all of that more than three decades ago. Jesus, I found to be all I needed.

Jesus fulfilled the Law

The Laws of Moses were given to teach the Israelites that they could never redeem themselves by obeying it. As no man is perfect enough to keep all its statutes.

For example, who goes out of the city, take a stick, dig a hole, crap in it and then stay outside of the city for as long as the Law subscribes? I haven’t seen anyone doing that over the past fifty-odd years. Get the point?

As, breaking one law is breaking all. Some really try very hard but nobody will ever get perfected through it. The Law only came very long after the people became rebellious and obstinate. But God is slow to anger and quick to forgive. Still, He gave the Law with one purpose only: to show the people their hard-wired imperfection.

So, people took the Law and made religion of it. Even when God came in the form of Jesus and fulfilled the Law, people still kept at it. As some found identity in the very Law that proves imperfection.

Jesus came, as predicted and documented through the ages, to redeem, to wash away sins. He is the Creator and had always existed. He didn’t only begin to exist at that first day of Sukkot about two thousand years ago. No, He only appeared in physical form by then.

But then Rome came and made a new religion out of Jesus and teaching things different to what He taught or His followers in Jerusalem taught. Rome taught a different, altered Gospel. And much of this also is part of Protestantism. Those shouting the loudest really are staunch followers of Rome.

A quasi religion was started and prophet became profit. Sadly so.

Teachings of Paul got taken out of context and new very rigid laws made. Even without authority or cause.

So, Jesus freed us from the yoke but we rush to put it on our backs again. Bear in mind that Eden was without the 635+ laws. The Lord walked with man and there was no division. This is what Jesus came to restore: direct access the Paradise way.

If only people could see this, shelve their religions and just started walking with our Lord. As we were created to do in the first place.

Amen.