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Understanding How to Keep the Sabbath Holy! The Fourth Commandment!

(Ver 1.3)  This is now “Part 3” of a series of lessons on Understanding the Purpose of the Law.  If you have not read this series from the beginning I would suggest that you go and start your reading with “Part 1” first.  What is the Sabbath?  Today’s lesson is a response to a readers question about keeping the Sabbath Holy.  To many traditional Jewish people the Sabbath is a day of rest on Saturday.  To many Christians it is a day of worship on Sunday.   To many Muslims it is a Holy Day on Friday.  So what are we to do as Christians on this day?  Are Christians supposed to view the Sabbath like Jews or Muslims?   This is a potentially controversial subject, because many view this subject using extremes.  This is traditionally the downfall of the Jewish people.  They were so consumed with their attempts to please God that they invented pages of rules to make sure that no one ever violated God’s law to keep the Sabbath Holy.   However, Jesus said “Your traditions make the Word of God null and void” (Matthew 15:6, Mark 7:13).  If you read the Gospels closely you should see that the main reason why the Jews crucified Jesus, was for the Sabbath conflict that existed between Jesus and their self imposed Sabbath rule violations.  They refused to believe a man was from God who would violate their traditional Sabbath rituals.   Jesus was criticized more for doing things on the Sabbath than anything else that He did.  Of course Jesus purposely violated their rules to demonstrate the Law Giver was standing before them.  Jesus was not required to keep their rules, they were required to keep His rules and they were doing a very poor job at that.   In Luke 6 Jesus is standing before the scribes and the Pharisees and they are watching him closely to see if He was going to violate their Sabbath rules so that they could accuse Him.  Jesus turned to them, looked at them and asked them a very direct question.  Jesus asked “Is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath or to do evil on the Sabbath?”  You can clearly see Jesus was making a point that they could not answer.  Jesus was saying that their definition of work was NOT His definition of work.  You can also see that Jesus infers that doing “Good” was more important than their idea of a law of not working.  Jesus confronted this issue with the Jews repeatedly and revealed to them many new things that they refused to see:

Luk 13:15  The Lord then answered him, and said, Thou hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering?

Here Jesus calls the Jews hypocrites because of their Sabbath rules.  You can clearly see that giving your farm animal some water was a good thing that was acceptable in the eyes of God even if this could be considered to be work by many people.  So is doing Good a job or work?  Not according to God!  Jesus clearly calls religious people who think their external rules are the solution for keeping God’s law hypocrites.   Yet people in some churches today still have this same attitude.

Luk 6:2  And certain of the Pharisees said unto them, Why do ye that which is not lawful to do on the sabbath days?

So the Jews were consumed by trying to obey the letter of the law and they failed to recognize the one that gave them the law was standing before them speaking to them.  So what was Jesus’ response to this question?

Luk 6:3  And Jesus answering them said, Have ye not read so much as this, what David did, when himself was an hungred, and they which were with him;

You see the Pharisees saw the disciples of Jesus going through a corn field and picking ears of corn to eat and according to the Jewish rules this was a violation of the Law of Moses.  Anyone can clearly see that this is obviously a laborious task to pick corn in a field.  I do not know if you can read sarcasm or not, but that was a sarcastic remark I just made.  Of course it wasn’t really work it was just their idea of what the Law of Moses said.  To the disciples they were hungry and saw food and went and got it.  It is really not that complicated and Jesus told them, “Didn’t you read what David did”? 

Luk 6:4  How he went into the house of God, and did take and eat the shewbread, and gave also to them that were with him; which it is not lawful to eat but for the priests alone?

Jesus looking at the Pharisees told them that David violated the law and entered into the temple to eat that which was reserved for only the priests of God and David also gave to the others that were with him.  It is funny that God, who was standing before them, did not strike David dead for violating this law, did He?  Normally, if even a priest entered into a Holy place with sin they fell down dead and had to be dragged out with a rope that was tied around their ankle.  So obviously God’s view of things is different than man’s view of things, aren’t they?

Luk 6:5  And he said unto them, That the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.

So God’s point is that He is the one that gave the law of the Sabbath, He is still Lord of the Sabbath and only He determines what is acceptable to do and not you.  In other words you are not God so do not pretend to be God and make rules up that define what is acceptable on a Sabbath and what is not acceptable on a Sabbath.  This is what got the Jews in the major hot water that they were in and we have some Christians in the world today trying to do the same.

Here is the other side to the problem of trying to keep the Sabbath Holy today as a Christian.  God says in the Bible that “NO FLESH shall be justified by keeping the LAW” (Acts 13:39).   If keeping the Sabbath Holy is the fourth commandment and it is impossible for any man to be justified by keeping it then what are we to do as Christians?  That is a really good question.  I believe that we should be doing what Jesus did.  If Jesus did anything on the Sabbath, we should be doing the exact same things.  Jesus spent a lot of time going about teaching and preaching the Word of God and healing those that were oppressed of the devil.  According to the Bible this was God doing Good in our world (Acts 10:38)!  So doing GOOD is what the church should be doing on the Sabbath and every other day of the week.  So everywhere you go and in everything that you do it should be in making an effort to do good for someone that needs good to be done to them or for them in the world.  This is what I believe the Bible teaches us about the keeping of the Sabbath.   I’ll give you an example, one day I was walking through a mall with my uncle and my son.  We came upon a little boy that was crying alone in the middle of the mall.  We could have kept walking but I decided to stop and asked him what the matter was.  It seems that the child had gotten lost from his mother and was scared because he couldn’t find her.  So I called to the nearest store clerk and asked them to call mall security to help find the mother.  The young child was eventually reunited and there was a happy ending.  So what if I had not decided to do this good deed?   I could have hoped that someone else would have come along and done it.  Or a bad man could have potentially come along and taken advantage of the situation and this child could have never been heard from again.  So what would you have done?  What is your definition of doing good?  Jesus gave us an example of doing good in the story of the Good Samaritan.  You can see in this story that some passed by the wounded man that was hurt and kept going.  Those that passed by were a “Priest” and a “Levite” two religious zealots who would not be willing to lift a finger on the Sabbath to help even a hurt man.  But, Jesus said the Samaritan came by and helped this man and made an concerted effort to do something good for him.  Jesus praised the Samaritan and put down the priest and Levite.  Who was justified in the eyes of God that day?  It certainly was not the Jewish religious leaders? 

Today we have many people in churches trying to do what the Jewish religious leaders did and they are looking for ways to accuse other Christians of violating their Sabbath rules.  However, the Bible says “I am Holy so you be Holy” (1 Peter 1:16).  So observe what Holy God does on the Sabbath and then do likewise.  Be led by the Spirit of God to do good and you will see that God may praise you someday as being a Good Samaritan also.  If you disagree you should take it up with God and not me, for I did not write the Bible.  God Bless!

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A New Commandment I Give Unto You!

(Ver 1.2)  This is Part 2 in a series of Bible lessons on the subject of Understanding the Purpose of the Law of Moses.  I covered a lot of new information about the Law already and I do not think that I will review any of what I have already covered.  Therefore, if you did not read the first lesson,  I would suggest that you go back and start your study with “Part 1“.  I will say that in my last lesson I introduced you to the fact that the Law was a positive thing given to us by God.  In other words I believe that the law was an intentional good thing designed for the benefit of the entire human race.  Without laws we would not know or understand sin, guilt, punishment, consequences, to name a few things that the knowledge of the law teaches us.  Laws give us guidelines, structure, organization and meaning or definition to what is right and what is wrong.  Without laws we would live in a world of full of nothing but chaos.   This would be a type of world where everyone would be doing what was right in their own eyes while ignoring the effects to what their actions did to those all around them.  Today’s lesson will be an introduction to another brand new concpet.  Are Christians in the church today under the Old Law, or under no law or under any new New Law?  Many today believe that we are noy under any law and that is not actually what the Bible says.  They base this belief on verses like Romans 6:15 which is an example of taking one truth and attempting to make it the only truth.  This is just an example of not finding the complete truth of God’s Word on a given subject.  Many are guilty of this and it is an easy trap to fall into.   Just because we are not under the Law of the Old Testament does not mean that we are not under any New Law.  That is the primary subject of the rest of my lesson today.

What is the difference between what is old and what is new? New sometimes can be a relative term. Is it new to you or is it new just because no one else has ever possessed it before you? New to me is definitely stated not to be the old. Old to me is definitely stated not to be the new. I view this concept in the same terms like the Old Covenant versus the New Covenant which are totally separate and distinct covenants of God. Both the Old and New Covenants bare a resemblance of characteristics and features, but they are totally and completely not the same.  That was my introduction to the Law of the New Covenant.  Let me now take you to some important verses in the New Testament and discuss this New Law of God.

Gal 4:4  But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,

So I asked you a question in my last blog on this subject, did God put Satan under the law?  This verse in Galatians is very clearly a clue into the answer to that question.  Why was Jesus Christ born a man under the law of Moses?   Jesus’ physical mother was a virgin woman named Mary, a direct descendant of David the King of Israel.  We know that Jesus is therefore a natural born Jew from the tribe of Judah, by birth. Therefore, God in the Flesh being born under the Law is now bound to all of these laws, commandments, and statutes written in the O.T..   Exactly why did God do this?  The God that was outside of the Law and who gave the law has now placed Himself under the law that He gave.  That means whatever the law requires applies to everything that God can do and can’t do.  Those are pretty strong words aren’t they?  Why would God put any limitations upon Himself?  Obviously God gave the law, so He must have designed the law to serve a specific purpose that would help Him to accomplish something of greater value.  What was that something that God needed accomplished that only the creation of Law could do?  You should really think about things like this and search for them in the Bible to see if you can find them.  What you should take away from this verse in Galatians 4:4 is, if it was necessary for God to be born under the law of Moses, then it would be necessary for Satan to be put under the same law also.  As I tried to teach in the first lesson, that laws only apply to those that are under them.  No law is ever applicable to anyone not under the authority of that law.

Jesus made the statement that “I did not come to do away with the law, but I came to fulfill it” (Mat 5:17).  So what did Jesus do while he was in the flesh walking under the law to fulfill the law?  What did he accomplish to fulfill all of the Mosiac law?  Was it just the fact that he did not commit any sin?  Was this the fulfillment of the law?  I do not think that is the entire picture of what that actually means.  Did you notice that Jesus died on the cross?  So being sinless under the law did not save Him, did it?  We know from other scripture that the Bible says that “No flesh will be justified by God, for keeping the law” (Gal 2:16).  So was Jesus in the flesh?  Yes, then He was not justified or saved by keeping the law either.  This is not what made Jesus righteous or justifed Him.  We can discover some valuable clues by searching the scriptures and finding out God’s definition of what this means to fulfill the law:

Gal 5:14  For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

We can begin to understand what the fulfillment of the law was in the eyes of God by reading this verse in Galatians.  God tells us that all of the law is fulfilled in just one word.  What was that word?  That word was Love!  This of course is not a human kind of love, but it is a God kind of love and that is totally different.   Humans love Coke, pie, hamburgers because they make them feel good or do something good for them.  That is not the God kind of love.   God does not love us because we do something good to Him or for Him.  Bible, love is not a feeling or even an emotional state.  Love is a choice to do the right thing for others even when you do not feel like it.

Rom 13:10  Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

Here we have another witness to the fact that God says the law of Moses is fulfilled by the single isolated word of Love!  To do the right thing for your neighbor means that you do not steal from them, you do not hurt them, you do not lie to them, you do not covet or lust for what they possess, and on and on we could go.   Clealry God is defining a new definition for what the fulfillment of the Law represents to us.

Rom 13:9  For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

All of the law of Moses is summed up into the word “Love”.  We can only comprehend the rest of the law by understanding what Love is in the eyes of God.  This is why Jesus makes this statement in the Gospels:

Joh 13:34  A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

If the Law was a negative thing God would be wanting to get rid of it.  However, we have discovered that the law is a positive and good thing and that is why Jesus gives us a New Law.  You do understand that we are still under the law being in the church right now?   It is not the Law of Moses, but it is the Law of Jesus.  Jesus initiated a New Covenant in His own shed blood and in doing so, He established a New Law.  This New Law is significantly less complicated than the old law while at the same time including all of the Old Law in the single statement.  It is amazing how complex the laws created  by our government are.  I believe the Health Care bill was a very thick stack of papers that are still being argued over to what they mean.  Would you say that more laws are better than less laws or are fewer laws better than many laws?   According to God less is better.  God replaces a thick book of written laws with a single statement and calls it better.  God is not opposed to the law, it is more what the law is intended to do and its purpose that God is most concerned with.  By Jesus giving us the Law of Love, we are now required to follow ONLY one rule.  When faced with a problem in the natural we should always stop and ask, “What would Love do with that?”   Did you notice that Jesus said you must love like I have loved you?  In other words we are not to love people like we love a can of Coke.   I do hope that you understand this profound concept.

Rom 3:31  Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.

God says that by walking in the New Commandment of Love we now establish the law.  Isn’t that an interesting concept?   What all of Natural Israel was unable to do, God says that we are capable of doing.  Why is that?  For one thing we have God on the inside of us helping us to do it.  Plus we are not worried about hundreds or thousands of rules, because God has simplified it down to just One Rule!  That just makes it easier to follow doesn’t it?

If you would like to continue to read this series on understanding the Law you can go to “Part 3“.

Understanding The Bible Definition and Purpose of the Law of Moses! PT 1

(Ver 1.3)  This is Part 1 in a series of Bible lessons on Understanding the Purpose for the Law.  Why was it necessary for God to give Moses the Old Testament Law?  The reason for these spiritual rules of do’s and don’ts are critical for Christians to understand.  While Christians do not rely on keeping the law to be saved, they should still be intimately familiar with what they mean and the underlying reasons for God giving them to the natural nation of Israel.  God says my People are destroyed for a lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6), so the more we learn and understand the less likely we are to being destroyed in this world.  So let’s learn about the O.T. Law and determine what it is and why it was given using the Bible:

Gal 2:16  Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

God declares a truth about the law that is essential to understand.  The O.T. law is based upon “Works”.  Works is man’s attempt to do something that they think pleases God by doing without something that they really want to do.  I hope you understand what I just said.  Every religion in the world is “works” based.   Man trying to achieve a state of self sacrifice in order to appear pious or worthy in the eyes of God.   In some religions men beat themselves with whips and chains until they bleed.  They think through this self inflicted pain and suffering that they have achieved favor with God.  They have been deceived into stupidity and foolishness.   This religion also teaches that life is like a balance scale and the good deeds that you do will be weighed against your bad deeds and if the good deeds outweighs the bad, you have earned your salvation.   This is just another example of Satan’s deception.  In Galatians 2:16, we see works being contrasted with true Christianity.  True Christianity is based upon Faith in Jesus Christ and what He has done and provided for us.  That is completely different than the law of works and the works of the law.  This verse clearly tells us that nobody will make it to heaven based upon their works.  That is not good news for natural Israel or the other religions of the world.

Rom 3:20  Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

We can clearly see one of the primary reasons that God gave the law.  God declares that No flesh will be saved by obeying the law.  So we immediately discover that the law was not given to save us.  We can take this reason off of the list of potential reasons for the law.  Then God says that by the law is the knowledge of sin.  What does that tell you?  Before the law was given into the world, no one really knew what sin was.  It was only because the Bible said “Thou shalt not commit murder” that you would know that this is not an acceptable thing to do.  To know that there is a law that has consequences for doing something and then to do it anyway is the act of a fool.  However, to do something that is still not right, but there is no law against it is still sin, but yet God said how would you know it.  So one of the primary reasons for God giving the law is to teach everyone what sin is and that these sins have consequences.  With the Law comes the Knowledge of Sin!

Rom 7:7  What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.

Here is another witness to what I just said.  This verse clearly tells us the same thing and gives us another example.  By God saying “thou shalt not covet”, we know it is a sin to lust after what our neighbor owns or possesses.  So the Law is not an evil, bad or negative thing, but a good thing.  It helps us to learn and know what is good and what is evil.  The law helps to guide us into what are the right things to do.

Rom 7:12  Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.

So the Bible again confirms what I just said about the law.  The law is Holy, the law is good and just.  The law is a positive thing meant to teach us the difference between right and wrong.  God gave us the law to show us that we cannot make up our own rules and think that we are good in our own sight.  That is exactly what most people in the world do, they reason in their own minds what is good and what is right and they follow their own desires and God says that is wrong.

Rom 4:15  Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression.

The word “transgression” means violation.  If you get arrested in our world, it is usually because you violated some law that was passed by the lawmakers of the city, state or federal governments.   So again we see a principle being established for why the law was necessary.  Without law there is no “violation” being committed.    People in the world usually pass laws to make people stop something that is potentially harmful or hurtful to themselves or others.  For example, driving too fast in a car can cause loss of life and property.  So people have developed laws to limit the speeds that cars can go in certain areas.  The speed limit varies depending on where the area is located, like it is slower in front of school zones.  If you are caught speeding you are charged and if found guilty, you pay fines and there are consequences such as points on your license.    So without laws, people could go 100 MPH through a school zone and cause great damage and loss of life and there would be nothing that the government could do to them.  This is a key lesson of why God gave the law, so take note of it.

Rom 5:13  For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.

Without laws in the world (physical, natural, spiritual and governments), the world would be in a state of chaos.  Everybody doing whatever they felt like, whenever they wanted to, to whoever they wanted to and there would be no consequences legally speaking that they would ever be faced with.   I do think that without law we would also see a vigilante retribution being enacted and people would be forced to come up with their own definition of justice.   But, Romans 5:13 informs us that sin has been in the world, before the law existed.  But, then it says that these sins would not be charged to their account without the existence of the law.  When you read and learn verses from the Bible like these you should automatically think how do these apply to me?  How does this apply to Israel?  How do these apply to Satan?  How do they apply to all of the other spiritual entities in God’s spiritual realm?  If you do not think in these terms you will miss out on what God is trying to teach you.  Let me ask you a question and get you to thinking.  If it is as the Bible says and Satan was found with sin in him from the beginning, what can God do about this, if there is no law against it?  I believe you can start to understand the problem that God had.  Legally speaking there is nothing that God can do with Satan, unless he is put under the law.  That is an amazing thing to consider and probably a key reason for why the law was given.  Learn to think while you read and to ask questions and you will learn so much more than just reading it.  I’ll get into this more later.

Rom 7:14  For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.

This is an interesting twist and is highly informative.  God tells us that the law applies to the spiritual realm and not just the natural realm.  We know that God gave Moses the law on Mt Sinai and that it was written down in the natural realm by a man.  But, think about it, God is a Spirit and the words that He spoke to Moses came from the spiritual realm.  God is clearly telling us that these words found in the law apply to all spiritual beings, including God himself, the angels, you and I and Satan and his demons.

Gal 3:10  For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.

Here is a very scary statement about the O.T. Law.  God says that anyone under the law is under a curse, if they do not obey all of the law.  Do you know of anyone that has obeyed all of the law?  For one thing I do not think you know all of the law and the other thing is you certainly can’t do it all consistently, I do not believe anyone on earth is capable of it.   The law is more than following 10 simple commandments, the O.T. law is 5 large books of rules, commandments, instructions, and it is vastly not understood even by the Jews who read it every day.  I may be wrong but I believe that this is one of the reasons for God giving the law, to show man that he is incapable of making a perfect score.  It is impossible to bowl a perfect score in the game of life playing according to the rules of the “works of the law”.   I assume natural Israel has not yet gotten the news yet, they must still think they are able to save themselves.

Jas 2:10  For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.

Here is a second witness to the reality that man is required to keep all of the law.  If any man offends or violates a single commandment, this verse in James says that he is found guilty of violating every commandment.  I am certainly glad that is not the way our courts work.  We would have to have everybody in a prison cell and there would be no free people in the world.  If you drove your car too fast you could be sentenced to life in prison.   That is what God says about his law in the O.T.   Too many times people like to rate and compare sins.  This sin is bigger, or greater than another.  This sin is just a little one and that isn’t as bad as doing this or that.  But, God says every sin is equal, there are no big ones, and no small ones.   These are very tough rules to follow.  In fact they are impossible for man to follow.

Gal 3:24  Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

So God says that the Law was designed to be a teaching tool for mankind.  An instrument that was intended to point them to Christ.  Is this the way the nation of Israel views the law?  Obviously not!  Is this the way you should view the O.T. law, absolutely.  You should use it as a teacher who is pointing you to a savior, the Messiah.

1Ti 1:9  Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient,for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,

God tells us who the law was given for.  To me every human would potentially qualify, but also this sounds more like Satan’s resume than anything else.  You do realize that this is why our government passes laws, don’t you?  If nobody did bad things you wouldn’t need any laws against doing them.  So we pass laws to keep people from doing stupid, foolish things.  This is another one of the key purposes of the O.T. law.  Because, there are bad, evil people in the world, because there is a bad, evil spiritual force in the world, God was forced to enact spiritual laws.  I hope you are getting what I am saying.

Let’s review briefly what we have learned so far and make a list of the key items concerning what the Bible says about the law:

  1. Sin will  always Sin with or without the existence of Law.
  2. God’s Law is a Positive Thing that Helps us to see.
  3. The Law is Works Based.  Obeying the Law is man’s attempt at earning Salvation.
  4. No Flesh can achieve Righteousness by the O.T. Law.
  5. Therefore, no one can be saved by observing the O.T. Law.
  6. However, Sin is not put on your account, if there is No law.
  7. Without the Law, no one knows what Sin Is.
  8. Without the existence of the Law there is no legal consequences for Sin.
  9. If you violate even one Law you are guilty of violating EVERY Laws!
  10. The Law given in the natural realm is Applicable in the Spiritual Realm.
  11. The Law was designed to teach us we need a savior and to point us to Christ.
  12. The Law was given because of the evil that existed prior to the law.

That was a quick synopsis of the information we have learned from the few verses about the law.  We start to begin to understand what the law is and why it was given by understanding these verses.  There is of course much more to learn about the law.  There is different types of laws.  Human laws, laws of nature, laws of science, and spiritual laws, just to name a few types of laws.  Let’s continue this lesson with another verse found in Romans:

Rom 3:19  Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.

This is one of the most outstanding and revealing verses in the Bible about the Law of Moses.  It reveals some hidden spiritual principles that are critical for Christians to understand.  The principle is given to us that the law only applies to them that are under the law.  In other words Mexico cannot pass a law that affects me, because I live in the USA.  Now, if I go to visit Mexico, then I am under that law system, but as long as I stay in the USA, nothing they do can affect me personally.  That is what Romans 3:19 is saying.  God tells us that the law is only effective over those that are under that system of spiritual government.  USA laws do not affect Chinese citizens or companies unless they come to America.  Think about that and ask the questions that I asked you to think about earlier.  Does the O.T. law affect you?  Does the O.T. law affect the natural Jews?  Does the O.T. law affect Satan or any other spiritual entity?  Is God bound by the Laws of the O.T.?  These are all important questions to consider.  You see if Satan is not under the O.T. law, then there is still no punishment for his sins that God can convict him of in any heavenly court.  You need to consider these questions and determine, did God somehow put Satan under the Law in order to convict him of his sins?  If you do not realize that God is a legal minded God who does everything in a fair and just way, you do not know God very well.  God will not throw Satan into hell without him being found guilty and being convicted for his crimes of sin.  If God did this, then he would be more like a foreign country that throws people into prison because they just don’t like the way they look.  Think about the character of God and realize that God is the supreme judge of all spiritual matters.  In the heavenly judicial system, there must be laws that can convict someone like Satan or God would be unjust.  God says in Romans 3:9 that the law was given, so that every mouth could be stopped.  You see if Satan was unjustly accused of God, he has a legal defense against such actions.  However, if Satan is under the law and can see clearly that he is in violation and guilty, he no longer has a defense against such charges.

I think I will end this lesson on that note.  I hope and pray that you learned something that was of benefit to your walk with Christ.  I’ll try to continue this lesson in a future blog.

If you would like to continue reading this lesson, you can go to “Part 2“.