Good morning brothers and sisters. I am getting more and more excited about the change and the move. I still don't know what that looks like. But I am still excited for what God is doing and like the prophets of old, I stand and watch. Still working and still doing what He has for me right now. But something came up not to long ago. A discussion was held about not studying the Old Testament for we are no longer under that law. We were under the New Law. And I could not deny that. We are under Jesus- the New Covenant. But I had to see what Jesus had to say about it. So of course I go to the Word of God. Matthew 5:17-20. 17- "Do not think that I come to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. Ok Jesus Himself said the Old Covenant is not destroyed. He came to fulfill it. In fulfilling the Law, He showed us we were to properly follow the Law. In fulfilling the Law, He fulfilled the sacrificial law, which is no more. He did that as a one and done. The sacrificing is not required because of the Perfect Lamb of God. But the moral law still holds true today. 18- For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. They had to follow it until Jesus fulfilled it all. The Law Old and New will not cease until it is all fulfilled. And then He gives us a warning. 19- Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever DOES and TEACHES them, he shall be called great in the kingdom heaven. What is the least of the commandments? Well it depends on you. To me, the most basic is do not lie. See in today's world we excuse the little white lie. We excuse leaving out some. If we can't tell the whole truth, then it is a lie. Plain and simple. If we can't follow that one then we are in trouble. But notice Jesus says we must do and teach the commandments. And then He makes a point to tell us about righteousness. It is kind of a jab at the Pharisees. In those days the Pharisees were the top dog. They were to have more righteousness than them. 20- For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds that righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. But we also know the Pharisees knew the Law, up and down, forward and backward. That still applies to us today. We are to know the written word of God. But how can we if we don't study it. So yes, we still study the Old Testament. Yes, we are still under the moral law. No, we are not under the sacrificial law. Because as we will see, Jesus uses the Ten Commandments but takes them a step further. Have a blessed day! Rise up child of God, rise up!
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