God had just given Israel His commandments – and Israel couldn’t wait to break them! The Law He has made known is sure, making the child-like wise. This occurred at the beginning of the second year of the Exodus. We don’t even know how to begin being truly righteous. are all examples of offerings. 120 All Scripture References are cited in this lesson are from the New American Standard Bible. Always. The content of the parenthesis itself serves to emphasize some important point concerning the text that lies in between. Its principle of giving governs everything in the kingdom of God and is fundamental to godly prosperity. The law of sowing and reaping, for example, is a powerful force. God repeatedly smote Israel by the hand of their enemies because of their abominations. This whole body of law was given the name Torah. How many people have genuinely taken the initiative to seek after God? But look at Joshua’s words to them: 19 You will not be able to serve the Lord, for He is a holy God. The fact of the matter is this: Judaism – true Old Testament Judaism - does NOT, and NEVER DID, make man the author of his own righteousness or of his own salvation. 16 “You are not to testify falsely against your neighbor. He had seen the miraculous signs, the crucifixion, and the resurrected Christ. The gospel is not a promise of obedience made by men to God! Exodus 19 presents the preface to the Ten Commandments and to all the rest of the Law of Moses. After giving the revelation of the commandments and ordinances and the instructions for the tabernacle and priesthood, God called Moses to come up to the mountain to receive the two tablets with the Ten Commandments engraved by the finger of God. Let’s take a look. Until God has closed your mouth and shown you your helpless condition – your desperate need for a means of forgiveness and righteousness that can come only fro… Smitten of God, and afflicted. Jesus caps off His teaching about God’s standard of righteousness in verse 48 – one of the clearest and simplest statements in all of Scripture: “therefore you must be perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect.” The only kind of righteousness that passes muster with a holy God is His righteousness! The Law given to Moses at Sinai (Hebrew Halakhah le-Moshe mi-Sinai הלכה למשה מסיני) is a … 31 Do we then nullify the Law through faith? The Law He has made known is sure, making the child-like wise. 13 “You are not to commit murder. 4 Surely our griefs He Himself bore, Period! The Sacrificial Giver – David, who refused to give that which cost him nothing (2 Samuel 24:24). It was introduced in Genesis 3, and it has been driven home at every juncture of man’s dealings with God and God’s dealings with man. If Israel had been able to achieve a righteous standing before God through the keeping of the Law, then there would have been no need of a Savior. 19 Then they said to Moses, “Speak to us yourself and we will listen; but let not God speak to us, lest we die.” 20 And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid; for God has come in order to test you, and in order that the fear of Him may remain with you, so that you may not sin.” 21 So the people stood at a distance, while Moses approached the thick cloud where God was (Exodus 20:18-21). Moses interceded before God and appealed to God’s reputation among the nations (32:12) and to God’s unconditional covenant promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (32:13) as the basis for asking God to forbear with Israel and to continue to go up in their midst. 23:12; Deut. 16 And the glory of the Lord rested on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it for six days; and on the seventh day He called to Moses from the midst of the cloud. And to believers, I must say this. Following his wise counsel, that’s exactly the approach I’m going to take. They wanted to trust in a man – just like all the other nations. 15 “You are not to steal. Faith in the Word of God coupled with giving will always produce a harvest of prosperity. Kenneth Copeland Ministries' mission is to minister the Word of Faith, by teaching believers who they are in Christ Jesus; taking them from the milk of the Word to the meat, The gospel is the gift of eternal life given to people who are dead in their sins until God plucks them from the domain of darkness and plants them in the kingdom of His beloved Son, through faith in Jesus Christ! Here's the Biblical account upon which it's based. A Lasting Legacy: Choosing A Wife For Isaac (Gen. 24:1-67). On the contrary, we establish the Law (Romans 3:21-31). Look out for this as you read God’s Word. He made water to spring forth out of rocks in the middle of the desert so that they would not thirst. There is none righteous, not even one; Jesus made deliverance, healing, prosperity, abundance, and everything else we could ever need available to us, but to receive these things, we must understand the laws governing them. The vivid appeal of these memorials to the sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch of a child was to prompt them to ask their significance so that their parents could diligently explain the mighty and faithful acts of God in calling out a people for His own possession. He had walked with Jesus during His entire earthly ministry. He knew that once He brought them into the land, they would embrace the false gods of the Canaanites and would forsake their God. 27 Where then is boasting? And He can’t get that prosperity to you if you don’t have faith. 7 Remember, do not forget how you provoked the LORD your God to wrath in the wilderness; from the day that you left the land of Egypt until you arrived at this place, you have been rebellious against the LORD (Deuteronomy 9:4-7, emphasis mine). 17 “Then My anger will be kindled against them in that day, and I will forsake them and hide My face from them, and they shall be consumed, and many evils and troubles shall come upon them; so that they will say in that day, ‘Is it not because our God is not among us that these evils have come upon us?’ 18 “But I will surely hide My face in that day because of all the evil which they will do, for they will turn to other gods. 17 And Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain. 19 But it came about when the judge died, that they would turn back and act more corruptly than their fathers, in following other gods to serve them and bow down to them; they did not abandon their practices or their stubborn ways. We’ve seen a few Old Testament quotations from Paul’s writings, but were these few Old Testament passages enough to make it clear to men living in Old Testament times that they ultimately could not keep the Law – that the Law was given to prove them to be unholy? What is the Law of giving: The Law of giving says the more you give of yourself without expectation of return, the more that will come back to you. ח. Then, as soon as they had been delivered from one enemy, they went into an even more corrupt episode of infidelity toward God, and the cycle started again. Each of us has turned to his own way; 18 And all the people perceived the thunder and the lightning flashes and the sound of the trumpet and the mountain smoking; and when the people saw it, they trembled and stood at a distance. It was clear in every generation after God called out Abraham from among all the people of the world to be the father of a people for His own possession. system of rules that a particular country or community recognizes as regulating the actions of its members and may enforce by the imposition of penalties2 The Law of the Lord is perfect, giving new strength to the soul. It happens often in the church. 20 If you forsake the Lord and serve foreign gods, then He will turn and do you harm and consume you after He has done good to you (Joshua 24:19-20 – emphasis mine). To fall on Him (Isaiah 53:4-6). Need help? There is a concept about first fruits giving that is … There are hundreds of commands given to the Israelites, but the phrase “the law” refers specifically to the compilation of decrees found in the first five books of the Bible. Moses finally came to the conclusion that a tithing system was necessary for the nation of Israel. He then goes from the level of a man’s words to the level of a man’s innermost thoughts. The Mosaic Law of Tithing. And these writings are filled with God’s accusations against Israel – accusations of chronic faithlessness, spiritual adultery in the form of idolatry, hardened hearts, hypocritical adherence to ceremony while their hearts were filled with violence, injustice and callousness toward the widows, orphans and aliens – the downtrodden among them. In spite of their grumbling, God gave them a miraculous provision of manna – daily bread right out of heaven. It means that there was never any basis in Scripture for Israel to see themselves as righteous! The Bible also says God will give you more than you’ll need so that you can share the wealth and those people will give thanks to God who blessed you. [John 14:21, Bible, NKJV] "And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. 7 But as you abound in everything, in faith, utterance, knowledge, all earnestness, and in your love to us, see that you also abound in this grace. Many people expect similar return when they give away to someone; but this seldom happens. They treated the Law as a matter of external, outward behavior so they could convince themselves that they were meeting its standard. God relented, and, while He executed a painful judgment against Israel that day, He did not destroy them. But the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all That is precisely what Israel did with the Law of Moses. God made it very clear that Israel deserved to be wiped out on that day. The Bible has your answer, choose a topic below. The Bible very succinctly defines the basis for all laws as follow: James 2:8: “If ye fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself, ye do well.” Matthew 7:12: “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them: this is the law.” Matthew 22:36-40: (36) “Master, which is the greatest commandment in the law? There should have been no question for Israel that God was nothing like they were! After God’s miraculous deliverance of Israel from Egypt, He led them through the desert toward the Mountain of God, Mount Sinai. ז. He knows our motives, and His Word declares that, left to our own devices, we are useless sinners, consumed with ourselves. To do so, it must lower the bar – lower the standard required by the law.”. In every age and in every point of history at which man has been the recipient of God’s grace and forbearance, man has ultimately responded with a high hand, a stiff neck, and a rebellious heart. י. And man failed that standard utterly and completely. 19 “Now therefore write this song for yourselves, and teach it to the sons of Israel; put it on their lips, in order that this song may be a witness for Me against the sons of Israel. 21 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, “Go down, warn the people, lest they break through to the Lord to gaze, and many of them perish. 8 So they read from the Book of the Law of God, explaining it and giving insight, so that the people could understand what was being read. 'The Giving of the Law' hen the Israelites arrived at Mount Sinai, they encamped on the plain that stretches before it.Sinai must have been a tremendous sight. Once again, God was angry with Israel because of their faithlessness and rebellion, and He threatened again to destroy them and to start all over with Moses. The Israelites were admonished to remember their bondage on that day and to reconsecrate themselves to the Lord (Deu_16:12), but it does not yet commemorate the giving of the Law at Sinai or the birth of the national existence, in the Old Testament conception (Ex 19). In Romans 2, verse 6, Paul said that God …. It is also perfect, as God Himself is perfect. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed; 26 for the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the present time, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. We all know the story. He had been filled with the Holy Spirit and had been powerfully used by Christ to minister the gospel to others, yet he stumbled over the Law and had to be harshly rebuked by none other than the Apostle Paul as recorded in Galatians 2:11-21. At the commissioning of Joshua, the LORD says this to Moses. In verse 20 of Matthew 5, Jesus makes this stinging statement: “For I say to you, that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven.” So the question then becomes, “What kind of righteousness does God require?” Jesus goes directly to the Law. That’s okay, because that’s what was supposed to happen. 13 ‘No hand shall touch him, but he shall surely be stoned or shot through; whether beast or man, he shall not live.’ When the ram’s horn sounds a long blast, they shall come up to the mountain.’” 14 So Moses went down from the mountain to the people and consecrated the people, and they washed their garments. 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