Nitzavim 5768 – The Rules of the House

Deu 29:14 Neither with you only do I make this covenant and this oath;
Deu 29:15 But with him that standeth here with us this day before the LORD our God, and also with him that is not here with us this day:
Deu 29:16 (For ye know how we have dwelt in the land of Egypt; and how we came through the nations which ye passed by;
Deu 29:17 And ye have seen their abominations, and their idols, wood and stone, silver and gold, which were among them:)
Deu 29:18 Lest there should be among you man, or woman, or family, or tribe, whose heart turneth away this day from the LORD our God, to go and serve the gods of these nations; lest there should be among you a root that beareth gall and wormwood;
Deu 29:19 And it come to pass, when he heareth the words of this curse, that he bless himself in his heart, saying, I shall have peace, though I walk in the imagination of mine heart, to add drunkenness to thirst:
Deu 29:20 The LORD will not spare him, but then the anger of the LORD and his jealousy shall smoke against that man, and all the curses that are written in this book shall lie upon him, and the LORD shall blot out his name from under heaven.
Deu 29:21 And the LORD shall separate him unto evil out of all the tribes of Israel, according to all the curses of the covenant that are written in this book of the law:

If you want to live in God’s house, then you shouldlive by God’s rules. Or are only the physical descendants of Abraham to be counted as Abraham’s children? Paul said otherwise: “Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.” God said that he would not replace Israel when she strayed, but restore her. (“Or hath God assayed to go and take him a nation from the midst of another nation…?” Deu 4:34) Those of us who would join with Israel in serving God are notseparate nation or a replacement people. We are joined with Israel in covenant, for the covenants of the Messiah are with one nation only. We are “him that is not here with us this day.”

I am not saying that either redemption or perfection is by works. You are saved by your faith in God’s mercy. Yeshua covers your imperfections so that the Father sees you through his perfection. He knows that you will never be perfect on your own and doesn’t expect you to be. However, that is not a license to do whatever you want. How many times have you heard a self-professing Christian or “spiritual” person say, “I don’t have to follow all those rules. God knows my heart.” Unfortunately for those people, he does know their hearts. If you have heard God’s laws and still say you can live as you please, God will remove you from his people, subjecting you to all the curses brought by disobedience. Over and over again the apostles warned that licentiousness will destroy you. God didn’t give us his laws to enslave us, but to protect us from our lack of understanding and from our evil inclinations. Your heart and mind are to be conformed to God’s laws, not the other way around.

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