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Questions for Law Doubters

 

          There are many who believe that the Law of God has been abolished.  For those who believe this, here are a few questions to consider.

  1. How long did God say His law would last?

    • Answer:  Forever (Ex. 12:14-17, Ex. 12:24, Ex. 27:21, Ex. 28:43, Ex. 29:28, Ex. 30:21, Ex. 31:16-17, Lev. 10:15, Lev. 16:29-31, Lev. 23:21, Lev. 23:31, Lev. 24:8, Deut. 5:29, Deut. 11:1, 2 Chron. 2:4, and many, many more).

  1. Why will we be keeping the feast of Tabernacles after Jesus returns if this law was abolished?

    • (Zech. 14:16) - Was this law abolished only for a short time and then reinstated?

  1. Why will God's people be keeping the Sabbath after the Messiah returns if the Sabbath law was abolished?

    • (Is. 66:23) - Maybe we should get used to keeping the Sabbath now, since we will when the Messiah returns.

  1. Why will God kill those who eat Pork after the Messiah returns if God abolished His dietary laws?

    • (Is. 66:17) - If it was really important to God to avoid pig before the Messiah came, and also after He returns, why not now?

  1. If pig was unhealthy before the Messiah died on the cross, how did the Messiah's death make a pig all of a sudden healthy?

    • (Lev. 11:7, Deut. 14:8) - Did God miraculously change the genetic make up of a pig so that it is now healthy?

  1. Why did the Apostle Paul practice God's feasts and Sabbath's after the Messiah ascended if these feasts were abolished?

    • (Acts 16:13, Acts 17:1-2, Acts 18:21, Acts 20:16) - Did Paul not realize at this time that God's Law had been abolished?

  1. Why did the Apostle Paul practice the sacrificial system after the Messiah ascended if the law was abolished?

    • (Acts 21:26, Acts 24:17) - Did Paul not realize that the sacrificial system was abolished?

  1. Why did the Apostles require the Gentiles to practice dietary laws such as not eating strangled meat and blood?

    • (Acts 15:19-20) - If we are supposed to practice some laws, but not others, how do we choose?

  1. Why was the Messiah following God's law and teaching others to follow it if He was going to get rid of the law after His resurrection?

    • (Matt. 5:17-19, Matt. 5:21, Matt. 5:27, Matt. 8:4, Matt. 12:11-12, Matt. 23:23, Mark 1:41-44, Mark 7:7-9, Mark 7:10-13, Mark 10:17-19, Luke 5:14, Luke 4:4, Luke 4:8, Luke 4:12, Luke 10:25-26, Luke 11:28, Luke 17:14, John 7:19-22, John 14:15, John 14:21)

  1. Many say we are to follow the 10 Commandments, but not the other commandments.  If this is true, then why did the Messiah say that "all the law and the prophets" hang on two great commandments, and then quote two commandments that are not part of the ten?

    • (Matt. 22:35-40, Deut. 6:5, Lev. 19:18)

  1. If the feasts of the LORD are a "shadow of good things to come" (Heb. 10:1), then why would the church not want to follow them?  After all, four of them were fulfilled at the Messiah's first coming, but three of them have yet to be fulfilled?  Besides, the feast of Pentecost shadowed the start of the church (Acts 2:1-8).

    • The Messiah has fulfilled all the Springs feasts (Passover, Unleavened Bread, Firstfruits and Pentecost), these foreshadowed His death, burial, resurrection, and the outpouring of His Spirit.

    • The Messiah has not fulfilled the Fall feasts (Feast of Trumpets, Day of Atonement, Feast of Tabernacles), these foreshadow the resurrection of the dead, judgment day, and the reign of the Messiah.

  1. When the Messiah said, "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God" (Matt. 4:4), wasn't the only "word .. of .. God" available to Him from the Old Testament?

    • If we are to follow "every word" from the Old Testament, doesn't that include God's law?

  1. If God is a God who "change[s] not" and is the "same yesterday, and to day, and for ever," then why does He change so much?  Why is He different today when compared to Moses' day?

    • (Mal 3:6, Heb. 13:8) - Did God lie?  Did God make a mistake?  Or could we possibly be wrong considering His law?

          These are some fair questions that ought to be answered.  The Messiah was our "example ... that [we] should follow His steps" (1 Pet. 2:21).  If He followed God's law, shouldn't we?   If the Messiah told us to practice even His "least commandments" (Matt. 5:19), shouldn't we practice them all?  I mean, which law did God make a mistake on?  Aren't they all good for us and aren't we better off practicing them?  It seems a bit arrogant for us, just because we might not understand one of His laws, to assume He is wrong and not follow it.  We should follow it even if we don't understand it and just maybe we will eventually learn and understand that law.  After all, "a good understanding have all they that do his commandments" (Psalm 111:10).  Maybe if we start "do[ing] His commandments" we will start to understand the benefit of practicing His commandments.  If the Messiah is going to rule as King during the Millenium, then which law will He rule with, the U.S. Code, the Law of Canada, or the Law of God?  If your answer is "the Law of God" then shouldn't we get prepared for the rule of the Messiah by practicing His law now? 


By Steve Siefken
 

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