When I attended college, purchasing used textbooks was the best option for those on a financial budget. It was an excellent way to save and also a source of income for those who were sellers. The trend was to use the previous editions even if a newer, more costly edition had been published. Hopefully, being part of a study group where at least one person had the latest edition kept the rest of us up-to-date. Times were rough, so before my start date, I purchased used books at a low price. I was thrilled to approach my academic year with preparedness and have a little money left-over.
However, my joy was short-lived. I received the email with the syllabus for my science course that contained a warning. Within one year, new and updated theories were proven and introduced. The professor’s letter stated: To successfully pass this course, you must use the new 12th edition. Not only did I have to purchase the new book, but I was also the proud owner of an outdated book that decorated my bookshelf. From that experience, I learned the valuable lesson of not making premature decisions based on presumption or saving a few dollars.
At least we have one Book that will never change. We can be thankful that the Word of God, the Holy Bible, which includes the Old Testament and the New Testament, will never require updates. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. Matthew 5:18. Have you thought about why Jesus emphasized that not one aspect of the Law, God’s Holy Word, would ever change?
Do you believe that God is Omniscient? Yes, God knows everything from the beginning to the end. God was fully aware that Satan would use his cunning deception to create the concept of an “Old Covenant vs New Covenant” controversy to disallow the Old Testament. Regrettably, many 21st century Believers have fallen for the false teaching that the Old Testament is obsolete.
1 Joyful are people of integrity, who follow the instructions of the Lord.
2 Joyful are those who obey his laws and search for him with all their hearts.
3 They do not compromise with evil, and they walk only in his paths.
4 You have charged us to keep your commandments carefully. Psalm 119:1-4
Dear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God. For there are many false prophets in the world. 1 John 4:1
Staying close to God by praying and studying the Bible along with the guidance of the Holy Spirit keeps us in His presence, and prevents us from being deceived. The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him. Psalm 24:1. Satan counts on those who use self-interpretation to add or delete from the Bible. If you hear concepts that are not biblically supported, pray for the Holy Spirit to provide you with knowledge, wisdom, and spiritual discernment. Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. God is and always will be in control of this world! 2 Timothy 2:15
Modern society has suffered from the prevalence of misinformation, deception, embezzlements, scams, and ever-increasing crime for so long that many of us have become desensitized and have gradually embraced the concept of “this is just the way it is.” Because we have failed to obey God’s command: Therefore, come out from among unbelievers, and separate yourselves from them, says the LORD. Don’t touch their filthy things, and I will welcome you. 2 Corinthians 6:17, we have compromised God’s standards by applying worldly concepts to the Word of God.
False Teaching: The New Testament is not an updated version of the Bible intended to replace an outdated, Old Testament.
The New Testament is a fulfillment of the Old Testament; therefore, the entire Bible is complete and stands as God’s Word forever and ever. Amen. All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 2 Timothy 3:16
The Change: During the Old Testament times, God required the killing of a perfect Lamb to forgive sins (read Leviticus 5:7 for exceptions). These laws were known as the Ceremonial laws. In the Old Testament, the death of the lamb pointed to Jesus, the perfect Lamb of God who shed His blood to die for the Redemption of our sins. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16. Jesus’ death was required, or humanity would cease to exist.
The Plan of Salvation was fulfilled and guaranteed by Jesus’ death and resurrection. When Jesus comes again, those who are faithful will receive the reward of immortality in the New Heaven and the New Earth. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; Ephesians 1:7.
From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible was written by holy men inspired by God and provides us with all we need to know about God. Never would our God change, delete, or rearrange the scriptures. Only humanity under the influence of Satan would be so bold as to challenge the Word of God! Even so, remember that our Omniscient God always has the answer even before the problem or situation arises.
Fact check: God was fully aware that Satan would seek to change the 7th day, Saturday-Sabbath by proclaiming that it was only for the Jewish religion.
And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. 3 So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation. Genesis 2:2-3
I have not found any disclaimers or exceptions to Genesis 2:2-3 that support keeping 9 of the 10 commandments. Personally, I am not willing to take the chance of challenging the 7th-day Sabbath, because I desperately want my reward of Eternal life. Nothing is ever an after-thought with God. God has not abolished the Old Testament nor has He made updates to His commandments.
Fact check: The Ten Commandments are still valid today, including the specific command to “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it, you shall do no work: you, nor your Son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days, the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. Exodus 20:8-11
Fact check: God has given us the knowledge and wisdom to evolve into a modern-day society that could not include animal sacrifice to forgive sins. Hence, that is the only aspect of the forgiveness of sins that changed from the Old Testament biblical times to the 21st century. Jesus Christ is our High-Priest, who is in Heaven, acting on our behalf as our Intercessor. Just as we approach God through prayer, song, and praise with reverence, faith, and trust, those who lived in Old Testament times also enjoyed the privilege of worshiping God and being in His presence spiritually.
Before the Fall of Adam and Eve, they enjoyed face-to-face communion with God in their state of sinlessness and immortality. Genesis tells us that God created humanity to be in His presence. Disobedience to God, which is a grievous sin, changed the privilege of us physically being in the presence of God.
But the LORD God called out to the man, “Where are you?” “I heard Your voice in the garden,” he replied, “and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself.” Genesis 3:9-10. As a Heavenly Father, the Lord God visited Adam and Eve every day. Remember, they were the only two human beings in the Garden of Eden. Adam would have been very fearful if this was the first time God visited them. Adam expressed that his fear was because He knew that He was naked and did not want God to see his nakedness. God did not tell Adam and Eve that they would become naked if they ate from the forbidden tree. He said to them that they would die.
Did Adam and Eve understand that their nakedness was the result of their disobedience? The Lord God already was aware that Adam and Eve had sinned. The Omniscient God knew their exact location, 11 “Who told you that you were naked?” asked the LORD God. “Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?”…but asked the question so Adam would confess that He had disobeyed and sinned by eating from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Because of our sinfulness, many questions will remain unanswered. But one thing is for certain, from the beginning of the creation of human life, all have been given the privilege of being in the presence of God spiritually.
A trait that we are born with is curiosity. We always seek after the unknown. Now from a spiritual perspective, this is an excellent way to live, always seeking righteousness. The Nation of Israel was no different than we are. Recall that they lived in Egypt, a land filled with false idols that could be seen. Some things are consistent in the human race. The people in the Old Testament also had the desire to see God. I will cause all My goodness to pass before you,” the LORD replied, “and I will proclaim My name—the LORD—in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” But He added, “You cannot see My face, for no one can see Me and live.” Exodus 33:19-20
In our current state of sinfulness, we would suffer an immediate death from God’s Shekinah glory. “God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” John 4:24. Even so, please know that it does not take a church building for us to experience the presence of God. In our vehicles, prayer closets, outdoors in nature, anywhere and everywhere, we can worship and enjoy the presence of God. We are not required to have an earthly priest, minister, or pastor approach the throne of God on our behalf. As children of the Most-High God, we have the privilege to seek God for ourselves.
Have you ever prayed a silent prayer? God does not place physical stipulations or restrictions on worshiping Him. As long as we are truthful and possess a humble and contrite heart, we can enjoy God’s spiritual presence. Every person from Genesis to Revelation has received the opportunity to be in God’s presence, and I can assure you that being in His presence gives unspeakable joy.
One day soon, we will behold our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ face-to-face in all of His glory. Father, I want those You have given Me to be with Me where I am, that they may see the glory You gave Me because You loved Me before the foundation of the world. John 17:24
Preparing for Eternal life, one day at a time.
Bible Reading: Exodus 40:34-38
God, we thank you for the privilege of being in your presence any time we choose. You are our firm foundation in a world full of chaos. Thank you for loving and caring so much for us that you gave your only Son, Jesus, to die for us. Please guard us against the deceptions and the spiritual wickedness in high places. We will be careful to give you the praise, the honor, and the glory that you rightfully deserve. We ask this prayer in the Name of the Worthy Lamb, Jesus Christ. Amen.
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