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I was asked if Christians (born
again believers) are expected
to obey the Ten Commandments. The Ten Commandments
were given to the Jews, and only the Jews!
20:1-2 And God spake all these
words, saying,  I am the Lord thy God,
which have brought thee out of the land
of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
5:1 And Moses called all Israel,
and said unto them, Hear, O Israel, the
statutes and judgments which I speak in
your ears this day, that ye may learn them,
and keep, and do them. (KJV)
both these verses, preceding the Ten Commandments,
it is very clear that God is speaking to
Israel! When we study the Bible, we must
be careful to distinguish between the commandments
given before Moses’ time, the commandments
given to Israel, and the commandments given
to the church. So very many people err in
this very important matter, and thus teach
falsely. 2 Tim. 2:15 Study to
shew thyself approved unto God, a workman
that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly
dividing the word of truth. [KJV]
of the Ten Commandments are repeated in
the church epistles, but there is NO place
telling us that we are to tithe, keep the
Sabbath or offer animal sacrifices. To quote
the Ten Commandments, and leave out the
introduction (verses above) is to misapply
Scripture, and when we do that, we are not
"rightly dividing the word of truth."
commandments for the church are as follows:
22:36-40 Master, which is the
great commandment in the law?  Jesus
said unto him, Thou
shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy
heart, and with all thy soul, and with all
thy mind.  This is the first and great
commandment.  And the second is like
unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as
thyself.  On these two commandments
hang all the law and the prophets. (KJV) What Jesus means is that these two
commandments cover the entire Old Testament.
John 3:23 And this is his commandment,
That we should believe on the name of his
Son Jesus Christ, and love one another,
as he gave us commandment. [KJV]
5:14 For all the law is fulfilled
in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love
thy neighbour as thyself. [KJV]
13:10 Love worketh no ill to
his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling
of the law. [KJV] So, actually, our
command from Jesus boils down to one word, LOVE!
cannot live by the Law. No one ever fulfilled
the Law except Jesus. And IF a person insists
on keeping the Ten Commandments, there are
actually well over 600 laws (ceremonial,
religious and civil) they must keep.
5:31 But as for thee, stand
thou here by me, and I will speak unto thee
all the commandments, and the statutes,
and the judgments, which thou shalt teach
them, that they may do them in the land
which I give them to possess it. [KJV]
And IF a person does not keep ALL the laws
of God, they are "cursed."
27:26 Cursed be he that confirmeth
not all the words of this law to do them.
And all the people shall say, Amen.
[KJV] ALL the words of the law!
3:10 For as many as are of the
works of the law are under the curse: for
it is written, Cursed is every one that
continueth not in all things which are written
in the book of the law to do them. [KJV] ALL things written in the book of
Law is like a chain. If
one link is broken, the whole chain is broken,
NONE of us can ever keep the Law! IF we
break one law, we have broken them all,
and then we are "cursed."
We as the Body of Christ (the TRUE church),
are not under the Law, we are under grace.
6:14 For sin shall not have
dominion over you: for ye are not under
the law, but under grace. [KJV] We as
believers, trust and accept what Jesus did
for us on the cross.
10:4 For Christ is the end of
the law for righteousness to every one that
believeth. [KJV] Christ fulfilled the
Law for us, and when we believe God, and
trust and accept Jesus and His Work on the
cross, the Father applies the righteousness
of Christ to us.
Cor. 1:30 But of him are ye in Christ
Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom,
and righteousness, and sanctification, and
3:27-28 Where is boasting then?
It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay:
but by the law of faith.  Therefore
we conclude that a man is justified by faith
without the deeds of the law. [KJV]
There is no way we can boast about anything
we have done to be accepted by God. Our
acquittal (justification) is NOT based on
any good deeds we do. It is based completely
on our faith. We are made right with God
through our faith, NOT by obeying the law.
2:21 I do not frustrate the
grace of God: for if righteousness come
by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.
[KJV] We must not, and cannot treat the
grace of God as meaningless. IF we could
be saved by keeping the law, then there
would not have been any need for Christ
3:11 But that no man is justified
by the law in the sight of God, it is evident:
for, The just shall live by faith. [KJV]
NO one can ever be right with God by trying
to keep the law. The Old Testament clearly
tells us this. Habakkuk 2:4 Behold,
his soul which is lifted up is not upright
in him: but the just shall live by his faith.
5:14 For all the law is fulfilled
in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love
thy neighbour as thyself. [KJV] The
entire Law can be summed up in one command:
"Love your neighbor as yourself."
Galatians 5:18 But if ye be led
of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
[KJV] IF you are led and directed by the
Holy Spirit, you are no longer subject to
Ephes. 2:15 Having abolished in
his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments
contained in ordinances; for to make in
himself of twain one new man, so making
peace; [KJV] When Jesus died on the
cross, He ended the whole system of Jewish
Law, with its commandments and rules, that
excluded the Gentiles (Rom.2:14). His purpose
was to create out of the two races one new
people (the church, born again believers)
in union with Himself, thus making peace.
Ten Commandments were valid UNTIL Jesus
all the prophets and the law prophesied
until John. [KJV] All the
prophets and Moses’ teachings were good
up to the time of John the Baptist.
law and the prophets were until John: since
that time the kingdom of God is preached,
and every man presseth into it. [KJV]
3:19 Wherefore then serveth
the law? It was added because of transgressions,
till the seed should come to whom the promise
was made; and it was ordained by angels
in the hand of a mediator. [KJV] Why
then was the Law given? To show people how
guilty they are. But this system of law
was to last only until the coming of Jesus,
to whom God’s Promise was made. God gave
His laws to angels to give to Moses, who
was the mediator between God and the people.
Since Jesus, He is the only Mediator we
YOU EXPLAIN THE SABBATH?
verb shabbath, meaning "to rest from
labour"), the day of rest. The day
of rest was first mentioned in Genesis 2:2.
"The Sabbath was made for man,"
as a day of rest and refreshment for the
body and of blessing to the soul. It is
referred to in connection with the gift
of manna to the children of Israel in the
wilderness (Exodus 16:23); and when the
law was given from Sinai (Exodus 20:11),
the people were solemnly charged to "remember
the sabbath day, to keep it holy."
In the Mosaic law strict regulations were
laid down regarding its observance (Exodus
35:2-3; Leviticus 23:3; 26:34). In later
times the Jews perverted the Sabbath by
their traditions. Our Lord rescued it from
their perversions, and recalled to them
its true nature and intent (Matthew 12:10-13;
Mark 2:27; Luke 13:10-17).
We know for
a fact that the first day of the week has
been observed as the day of rest since apostolic
times, and we can be sure of one thing,
the apostles would never would have done
it without the permission or authority of
the Lord. After His resurrection, which
took place on the first day of the week
(Matthew 28:1; Mark 16:2; Luke 24:1; John
20:1), we never find Christ meeting with
His disciples on the seventh day. But He
specifically honored the first day by manifesting
Himself to them on four separate occasions
(Matthew 28:9; Luke 24:34, 18-33; John 20:19-23).
Again, on the next first day of the week,
Jesus appeared to His disciples (John 20:26).
Some say that Christ's ascension took place
on the first day of the week. And there
can be no doubt that the descent of the
Holy Ghost at Pentecost was on that day
(Acts 2:1). Christ instituted a new day
to be observed by His people (the church)
known among them as the "Lord's
signifies a rest period
2:2-3 And on the seventh day God ended
his work which he had made; and he rested
on the seventh day from all his work which
he had made.  And God blessed the seventh
day, and sanctified it: because
that in it he had rested from all his
work which God created and made. [KJV]
20:8-11 Remember the sabbath day, to
keep it holy.  Six days shalt thou
labour, and do all thy work:  But
the seventh day is the sabbath of the
Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do
any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter,
thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor
thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within
thy gates:  For in six days the Lord
made heaven and earth, the sea, and all
that in them is, and rested the seventh
day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath
day, and hallowed it. [KJV]
31:12-17 And the Lord spake
unto Moses, saying,  Speak thou also
unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily
my sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a
sign between me and you throughout your
generations; that ye may know that I am
the Lord that doth sanctify you. 
Ye shall keep the sabbath therefore; for
it is holy unto you: every one that defileth
it shall surely be put to death: for whosoever
doeth any work therein, that soul shall
be cut off from among his people. 
Six days may work be done; but in the
seventh is the sabbath of rest, holy to
the Lord: whosoever doeth any work in
the sabbath day, he shall surely be put
to death.  Wherefore the children
of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe
the sabbath throughout their generations,
for a perpetual covenant.  It is a
sign between me and the children of Israel
for ever: for in six days the Lord made
heaven and earth, and on the seventh day
he rested, and was refreshed. [KJV]
The Sabbath was instituted for the nation Israel,
NOT any one else.
Verses 16 and 17 plainly
states: the children of Israel shall keep
the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout
their generations, for a perpetual covenant.
It is a sign between me
and the children of Israel for ever."
It states NOTHING about Gentiles or the
church keeping the Sabbath.
GOD ESTABLISHED A
25:1-7 And the
Lord spake unto Moses in mount Sinai,
saying,  Speak unto the children of
Israel, and say unto them, When ye come
into the land which I give you, then shall
the land keep a sabbath unto the Lord.
 Six years thou shalt sow thy field,
and six years thou shalt prune thy vineyard,
and gather in the fruit thereof;  But
in the seventh year shall be a sabbath
of rest unto the land, a sabbath for the
Lord: thou shalt neither sow thy field,
nor prune thy vineyard.  That which
groweth of its own accord of thy harvest
thou shalt not reap, neither gather the
grapes of thy vine undressed: for it is
a year of rest unto the land.  And
the sabbath of the land shall be meat
for you; for thee, and for thy servant,
and for thy maid, and for thy hired servant,
and for thy stranger that sojourneth
with thee,  And for thy cattle, and
for the beast that are in thy land, shall
all the increase thereof be meat. [KJV] If anyone other than a Jew insists on keeping the Sabbath, they
must also keep the Sabbath of the land. See: Ex. 23:11 Lev. 25:4 Deut. 15:1; 15:9;
31:10 2 Chron. 36:21 Neh. 10:31 Jer. 34:14
for the Sabbatical Year, one year in seven,
or the year of release.
thou shalt number seven sabbaths of years
unto thee, seven times seven years; and
the space of the seven sabbaths of years
shall be unto thee forty and nine years.
 Then shalt thou cause the trumpet
of the jubile to sound on the tenth day
of the seventh month, in the day of atonement
shall ye make the trumpet sound throughout
all your land.  And ye shall hallow
the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty
throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants
thereof: it shall be a jubile unto you;
and ye shall return every man unto his
possession, and ye shall return every
man unto his family.  A jubile shall
that fiftieth year be unto you: ye shall
not sow, neither reap that which groweth
of itself in it, nor gather the grapes
in it of thy vine undressed.  For
it is the jubile; it shall be holy unto
you: ye shall eat the increase thereof
out of the field.  In the year of
this jubile ye shall return every man
unto his possession.  And if thou
sell ought unto thy neighbour, or buyest
ought of thy neighbour's hand, ye shall
not oppress one another:  According
to the number of years after the jubile
thou shalt buy of thy neighbour, and according
unto the number of years of the fruits
he shall sell unto thee:  According
to the multitude of years thou
shalt increase the price thereof, and
according to the fewness of years thou
shalt diminish the price of it: for according
to the number of the years of
the fruits doth he sell unto thee. 
Ye shall not therefore oppress one another;
but thou shalt fear thy God: for I am
the Lord your God.  Wherefore ye shall
do my statutes, and keep my judgments,
and do them; and ye shall dwell in the
land in safety.  And the land shall
yield her fruit, and ye shall eat your
fill, and dwell therein in safety. 
And if ye shall say, What shall we eat
the seventh year? behold, we shall not
sow, nor gather in our increase: 
Then I will command my blessing upon you
in the sixth year, and it shall bring
forth fruit for three years.  And
ye shall sow the eighth year, and eat
yet of old fruit until the ninth year;
until her fruits come in ye shall eat
of the old store.  The land shall
not be sold for ever: for the land is
mine; for ye are strangers and sojourners
with me.  And in all the land of your
possession ye shall grant a redemption
for the land.  If thy brother be waxen
poor, and hath sold away some of his possession,
and if any of his kin come to redeem it,
then shall he redeem that which his brother
sold.  And if the man have none to
redeem it, and himself be able to redeem
it;  Then let him count the years
of the sale thereof, and restore the overplus
unto the man to whom he sold it; that
he may return unto his possession. 
But if he be not able to restore it to
him, then that which is sold shall remain
in the hand of him that hath bought
it until the year of jubile: and in the
jubile it shall go out, and he shall return
unto his possession.  And if a man sell a dwelling house in a walled
city, then he may redeem it within a whole
year after it is sold; within a full year
may he redeem it.  And if it be not
redeemed within the space of a full year,
then the house that is in the walled city
shall be established for ever to him that
bought it throughout his generations:
it shall not go out in the jubile. 
But the houses of the villages which have
no wall round about them shall be counted
as the fields of the country: they may
be redeemed, and they shall go out in
the jubile.  Notwithstanding the cities
of the Levites, and the houses of the
cities of their possession, may the Levites
redeem at any time.  And if a man
purchase of the Levites, then the house
that was sold, and the city of his possession,
shall go out in the year of jubile:
for the houses of the cities of the Levites
are their possession among the children
of Israel.  But the field of the suburbs
of their cities may not be sold; for it
is their perpetual possession.  And
if thy brother be waxen poor, and fallen
in decay with thee; then thou shalt relieve
him: yea, though he be a stranger, or
a sojourner; that he may live with thee.
 Take thou no usury of him, or increase:
but fear thy God; that thy brother may
live with thee.  Thou shalt not give
him thy money upon usury, nor lend him
thy victuals for increase.  I am the
Lord your God, which brought you forth
out of the land of Egypt, to give you
the land of Canaan, and to be your God.
 And if thy brother that dwelleth
by thee be waxen poor, and be sold unto
thee; thou shalt not compel him to serve
as a bondservant:  But as an hired
servant, and as a sojourner, he shall
be with thee, and shall serve thee unto
the year of jubile:  And then shall
he depart from thee, both he and his children
with him, and shall return unto his own
family, and unto the possession of his
fathers shall he return.  For they
are my servants, which I brought forth
out of the land of Egypt: they shall not
be sold as bondmen.  Thou shalt not
rule over him with rigour; but shalt fear
thy God.  Both thy bondmen, and thy
bondmaids, which thou shalt have, shall
be of the heathen that are round about
you; of them shall ye buy bondmen and
bondmaids.  Moreover of the children
of the strangers that do sojourn among
you, of them shall ye buy, and of their
families that are with you, which they
begat in your land: and they shall be
your possession.  And ye shall take
them as an inheritance for your children
after you, to inherit them for a possession;
they shall be your bondmen for ever: but
over your brethren the children of Israel,
ye shall not rule one over another with
rigour.  And if a sojourner or stranger
wax rich by thee, and thy brother that
dwelleth by him wax poor, and sell himself unto the stranger or sojourner by thee,
or to the stock of the stranger's family:
 After that he is sold he may be redeemed
again; one of his brethren may redeem
him:  Either his uncle, or his uncle's
son, may redeem him, or any that is nigh
of kin unto him of his family may redeem
him; or if he be able, he may redeem himself.
 And he shall reckon with him that
bought him from the year that he was sold
to him unto the year of jubile: and the
price of his sale shall be according unto
the number of years, according to the
time of an hired servant shall it be with
him.  If there be yet many years behind,
according unto them he shall give again
the price of his redemption out of the
money that he was bought for.  And
if there remain but few years unto the
year of jubile, then he shall count with
him, and according unto his years shall
he give him again the price of
his redemption.  And as a yearly hired
servant shall he be with him: and the
other shall not rule with rigour over
him in thy sight.  And if he be not
redeemed in these years, then he shall
go out in the year of jubile, both he,
and his children with him.  For unto
me the children of Israel are servants;
they are my servants whom I brought forth
out of the land of Egypt: I am the Lord
your God. [KJV]
The year of Jubilee started
with joyful shouts and the blast of trumpets;
it was a great semi-centennial festival
of the Hebrews. It
lasted for a year. During this year
the land was to be fallow, and the Israelites
were only permitted to gather the spontaneous
produce of the fields (Leviticus 25:11-12).
All property during that year reverted to
its original owner (Leviticus 25:13-34;
27:16-24), and all who were slaves were
set free (Lev. 25:39-54), and all debts
were cancelled. The jubilee year was celebrated
Israel. There is no record in Scripture
of the actual observance of this festival,
but there are numerous indirect references
(Isaiah 5:7-10; 61:1-2; Ezekiel 7:12-13;
Neh. 5:1-19; 2 Chron. 36:21) that it was
advantages of the jubilee year were many.
- 1. It prevented
the accumulation of land on the part
of a few wealthy ones at the expense
of the community at large.
- 2. No one
could be born to absolute poverty, since
every one had his hereditary land.
- 3. It prevented
inequalities which are produced by extremes
of riches and poverty, and which make
one man have control over another.
- 4. It did
away with slavery.
- 5. It gave
a fresh chance to those who were reduced
by adverse circumstances to begin again
their career of industry in the patrimony
which they had temporarily forfeited.
- 6. It periodically
corrected disorders which crept into
the state in the course of time, preventing
the division of the people into nobles
you know any Gentile or church member who
holds that Saturday is the Sabbath, who
celebrates either the Sabbatical year, or
the year of jubilee? I do not!
LAWS ON THE SABBATH
Commanded, to be kept. Leviticus 19:3,
Commanded to be sanctified. Exodus 20:8
Servants and cattle should be allowed
to rest upon. Exodus 20:10; Deut. 5:14
No manner of work to be done on. Exodus
20:10; Leviticus 23:3
No purchases to be made on. Neh. 10:31;
No burdens to be carried on. Neh. 13:19;
Divine worship to be celebrated on.
Ezekiel 46:3; Acts 16:13
The Scriptures to be read on. Acts 13:27;
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