Saturday, November 10, 2018

Daily Bible Reading - November 10, 2018

Today's Reading:

Titus 3

Jeremiah 17-18

Psalm 127

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Thoughts and Commentary on Today's Reading   

One of the most misunderstood parts of the Bible is Colossians 2:14. This passage is used to undermine and "do-away" with the Law of God:

Colossians 2:14 "Blotting out the handwriting of Ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to His Cross."

Colossians 2 mentions the that what was nailed to the Cross is the "handwriting of Ordinances". Since "ordinances" is a reference to God's Law and since the Law was written, it is assumed that the Law of God was nailed to the Cross.

But God's Law was never "against us", as is the handwriting of Ordinances, mentioned in Colossians 2:14.  In fact, the Bible tells us repeatedly, that the Law of God was given to bless mankind:
Psalm 1:1-3  "Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the Law of Yahweh; and in His Law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper." 
In today's reading from Jeremiah, we find a powerful key to correctly interpreting Colossians 2:14. It tells us of another handwriting, which has to do with God's Law. This handwriting isn't the Law itself, rather its the written record of sin. By Bible definition, sin is the transgression (breaking) of God's Law (1 John 3:4). Jeremiah's description of this handwritten record which is certainly "against us" is found in Jeremiah 17:
Jeremiah 17:1  "The sin of Judah is written with a pen of iron, and with the point of a diamond: it is graven upon the table of their heart, and upon the horns of your altars."
What handwriting is there relating to the Law? There are only two options:

– The writings of Moses (Torah)

But, Christ Himself said He had not come to do away with the Law of Moses, in fact, He stated that the tiniest part of the Law would not be done away with until Heaven and earth pass away - Matthew5:17-18

– The written record of our breaking of the Law

Sin is the breaking of the Law – 1 John 3:4

Just as Jeremiah explains, our sins (Law breaking) are written. Unless this record is wiped clean, by having been covered in the Blood of Christ (nailed to the Cross) this record is certainly against us. This is why many Bible versions translate Colossians 2:14 to plainly show that it is the record of our sins - not the Law itself - which Messiah nailed to His Cross:

What a wonderful Saviour we have! It was through His Death, that my sins are forgiven and cleansed! And it is because of His Death and Life that I am not only forgiven, but empowered to live according to the Will of God - which includes obedience to God's Law.

Daily Bible Reading - November 9, 2018

Today's Reading:

Titus 2

Jeremiah 15-16

Psalm 126

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Thoughts and Commentary on Today's Reading   

In Jeremiah we read God's promise to protect His people. He says He will make us into a "brasen wall" so strong that the enemy cannot prevail against us!

Jeremiah 15:20-21 "And I will make thee unto this people a fenced brasen wall: and they shall fight against thee, but they shall not prevail against thee: for I am with thee to save thee and to deliver thee, saith Yahweh. And I will deliver thee out of the hand of the wicked, and I will redeem thee out of the hand of the terrible."

This promise does not mean that our lives will be without suffering - in fact suffering is part of the package - but it does mean that Yahshua will have the victory in and through us!

Consider the powerful testimony of Brother Yun, the "Heavenly Man" from China. His story is a powerful example of how Yahweh uses His people - and makes them truly a "brasen wall"! Glory only to the Almighty!