By Ronald L. Dart
Those principles are basic to the message of the Bible, and but they're shockingly misunderstood and misapplied. a few take a literal method of biblical legislations and undertake customs that make no feel within the glossy international. Others imagine that the legislations has develop into beside the point or, even worse, that it's been abolished and nailed to the go. They carry this trust inspite of the apparent assertion through Jesus that the written legislations might stay so long as heaven and earth final. this implies that we have to discover a new means of taking a look at biblical legislations, person who is smart, that really is helping make existence paintings within the twenty first century. legislation is ready realizing God and his goal for guy. Covenant is heavily comparable since it is ready understanding God, individually, in detail, and approximately being in a dating with him. not anything is extra crucial to the Christian dating with God than the covenant we've with Jesus. during this covenant, you definitely hold his name-you are relatives, with all of the rights, privileges and tasks of a brother or a son. legislations & Covenant will untangle mysteries and convey uncomplicated, comprehensible insights. Ronald Dart will take you deeper into the observe of God than you have long past before-to the next good judgment of the legislation. he'll upload an enticing worldview that might make it not easy that you can placed this ebook down
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For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven (vv. 19-20 KJV). ” Jesus said that unless your righteousness goes beyond that, you’re not going to see the kingdom of heaven at all. What is expected of us is that we look beyond the statement, “you shall not muzzle the ox that treads out the corn,” and realize that we have an obligation, not merely to animals, but to men. We are required to be honest with workers, to pay them what they are due, to give them what is theirs.
I should do this even if I don’t know who the owner is. I should bring the animal home, water him and feed him, and when the owner is located, I should give it back to him. The dog we found, by the way, turned out to be a valuable bird dog, and was barely a year old. The law goes further than that. “You shall not see thy brother's ass or his ox fall down by the way, and hide thyself from them: thou shalt surely help him to lift them up again” (Deuteronomy 22:4). Here is a fellow in trouble, with a hurt animal, trying to get 43 LAW AND COVENANT the critter up again.
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess” (v. 25 KJV). I don’t know why the NIV changed “extortion” to “greed” for the Greek word harpage denotes pillage, extortion, ravening, spoiling. Jesus decried the custom of those Pharisees, who would tithe meticulously, while threatening some poor soul with exposure if he didn’t pay up. The practice was detestable, and yet these men, who appeared to be righteous, who were the pillars of the community, who flaunted symbols of righteousness, and with great sweeping gestures of generosity toward their fellow man, would turn and steal, lie, and cheat.