Sunday, November 27, 2016

We LOVE Thy LAW+ , O GOD !




ADVENT MEDITATIONS # 1
2016
JESUS CHRIST / Y'SHU+ the M'SHIKHA+
The Law Incarnate
...versus... 

"Now I'm saved; I can sin all I want to."  
GOD FORBID !


The Law of The LORD is good, for it reveals the character of The ELOHIM (GOD: The FATHER, HIS SON+, JESUS CHRIST / Y'SHU+ the M'SHIKHA+, and the blessed HOLY SPIRIT / RUACH ha KADOSH) . 
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The Law does so in concrete terms --- itemized and in minute detail oftentimes --- so that no-one can mistake the Character or  Will of GOD, the ELOHIM. The Law also reveals the great compassion and loving-kindness of GOD, The ELOHIM, for mankind.
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Thus, for example, we see the Law of Moses detailing the continued care of a widow who had no son to raise up the name of her dead husband. 
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Gleaners were instructed NOT to re-harvest every missed shock of grain or bough of olives in order to provide sustenance for the poor who were allowed to pick up the left-overs. 
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We see GOD's concern for the animals when treading out the corn... they are not to be muzzled and kept from taking a nip of the sweet-smelling grain. 
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The LORD shows His concern for the lowly beasts of burden when pulling a cart or plow; they are not to be un-equally yoked so that none does more than its share of the workload.
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HE even hears the lowing of the cow for her calf; thus, we are admonished NOT to boil a baby in the milk of its own mother. In other words, we do not feed a "baby" to the parent animal.   We recall we are not to thresh soft grains with hard grains, nor to sow a field with mingled seed.  
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Such loving care of man and animal and plant does The ELOHIM include for the ordering of how man is to live , an order that reveals HIS will and HIS good heart towards ALL HIS creation. 
The Law also detailed the animal sacrifices --- what they were, how they were to be sacrificed, and when
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The Law reveals WHY the sacrificial system was established in the first place... perhaps as early as the first slaying of animals ... to provide a Covering for sinful Adam and Eve. 
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[ Keep in mind that the Hebrew word used for "atonement " is  "Kippor" and KIPPOR and its various forms are somehow always translated as "atonement."  
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Unfortunately, "atonement" indicates a propitious sacrifice of appeasement  which is needed to appease an angry GOD. 
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However, KIPPOR  tells us The ELOHIM provided man a COVERING for sin out of HIS love and pity for mankind, who is helpless to deliver himself from the bondage of sin. It has NOTHING to do with “atonement” or appeasing an “angry god.”  That is what the pagans did !  
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We can thank Augustine of  Hippo,  John Calvin, and Martin Luther for planting the doctrine  of appeasement in their translations and promoting the confusion.  ]
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Hence, in no way is The Law seen as un-necessary to a serious-minded Follower of JESUS / Y'SHU+ the M'SHIKHA . The Law reveals the Wisdom of The ELOHIM and GOD'S love for mankind. 
 IN ORDER TO UNDERSTAND the First Advent of Our LORD and SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST / Y'SHU+ the M'SHIKHA+, we will see His+ relationship to us through The Law.  How does it all fit together ? 
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HE+ was born in the likeness of sinful flesh. HE+ was born under the Law. HE+ was dedicated to GOD under the Law and an offering for HIM+ was made following the tenets of The Law.  
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His parents were humble, righteous doers of the Law and did all things according to the Law.  He grew up under the Law and lived under the Law.  And HE+ died under the Law, becoming a curse for us. 
The LORD JESUS CHRIST / Y'SHU+ the M'SHIKHA+ was born to FULFILL the LAW. 
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HE+ became

The LAW INCARNATE

for us.
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Thus, we obey HIM+ with all the vigor  with which we obeyed The Old Law … for now, HE+ is THE LAW+ … a Living LAW+ that we can love as well as obey.
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We shall see how this happened , in these Advent Meditations during this season of preparation, the REMEMBRANCE of HIS+ first Coming to planet earth. 
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Let us pray:
O HOLY FATHER, we bless THEE and Thy Only-Begotten SON+ JESUS CHRIST / Y’SHU+ the M’SHIKHA, through The Blessed HOLY SPIRIT … for giving us The Old Law and now, THE Living LAW+ . 
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We LOVE Thy LAW+, O LORD. Help us not to grieve THEE+ with our disobedience to THEE+, O CHRIST / M’SHIKHA+. 
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We thank THEE+ for making a Way+ through Thy Sacrifice for us to come to The HOLY FATHER clean and full of love now for HIM and THEE+ … for now we see more clearly and love The ELOHIM more dearly. 
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In the Name of The FATHER,
Who created us;
And HIS HOLY SON+ JESUS / Y'SHU+
Who+ saves us;
And The Blessed HOLY SPIRIT / RUACH ha KADOSH,
Who sanctifies us. 

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