Archives For weird verses in Old Testament

This is part 2 of the old covenant Q&A asked via text messages following my March 1st sermon: (You can read Part 1 here)

 

Q: Why did the Council at Jerusalem (in Acts 15) choose a few commands from the law that Gentile believers had to follow?  Do those laws still apply to us & why?

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This past Sunday, my sermon was about the old covenant the Israelites made with God in Exodus 19-24.  I asked for people to text in questions they had throughout the sermon and I attempted to answer them at the end of the teaching.  Due to time restraints, we only got through two questions, so I promised I’d answer the rest online.  Below is a video of the sermon followed by all of the questions that were sent in, including the two I already answered verbally in the sermon’s Q&A time:

 

Q: Do we still need to obey the Ten Commandments?

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My post yesterday about how Jeremiah 29:11 is not a promise to us and needs to understood within its original context raised some good questions relating to the Old Testament and how we are to navigate which promises in the Bible are for us, and what to do with the ones that aren’t.

I went ahead and added this into yesterday’s post after hearing the questions raised, but I thought it would be better served for more readers to include it in a fresh post as well:

Applying Jeremiah 29:11 like God was promising it to you as an individual would be like if your friend was on the phone with the cable company and you’re upstairs, unaware of the conversation.  Continue Reading…

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

You’ll find Jeremiah 29:11 in many places.  I once wore it on a bracelet as a teenager.  It was on a poster on our children’s ministry door at church.  My wife had it on our fridge for years, written on an index card.  It’s one of the most memorized and cross-stiched verses of all time!

It’s also one of the most taken out of context verses of all time… Continue Reading…

We’ve been discussing the weird laws found in the Old Testament and how these laws / promises no longer apply to us as Christians.  We then discussed why the Old Testament is still very much God’s Word to us though.  The next logical question to ask is why these weird laws ever existed in the first place?

Jesus and Paul help us out with this, telling us that the basis of every one of the Old Testament laws was to love one another.  This is the eternal meaning found behind every strange law in the Old Testament.  I can stand up behind a pulpit and preach a sermon using the verses that tell us not to eat lobster, not to mix clothing fibers, and not to get tattoos, and preach a moving, God-inspired, authoritative sermon, with the takeaway being we need to be a light to the world and the way to do this is to love another.  In fact, I did this once.  It was riveting, people were burning their polyester and picketing outside of Red Lobster, it was beautiful.  Ok they weren’t, but that’s funny to think about. Continue Reading…