Entry for March 14, 2008
Today’s Verse: Acts 15:10 “Now therefore why do you put God to the test by placing upon the neck of the disciples a yoke which neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear?” NASB
The Council at Jerusalem was meeting to decide if the Gentile males had to be circumcised in order to be proper Christians. Some converted Jews had come down to Antioch where Paul and Barnabas had been teaching and were causing, as granddaddy would say, a “ruckus”. Paul went to Jerusalem to get a consensus given that a great division was being created by this argument. Paul’s point in today’s verse is why should the Gentiles (that is us by the way) be forced to put themselves under the Law of the Old Covenant if they were Christians by salvation in Christ under the New Covenant? He says that no one was able to live in sinless perfection, save for Jesus, and they should not have the burden of the Law and its requirements, which none of them had been able to meet, put on the saved. Most of the letter we call Galatians is about the same subject (especially Chapter 5) . We, as New Covenant children of God are saved by the circumcision done on the heart in baptism, not by one done in the flesh (Colossians 2:10-12). Why look to the shadow when we can look to the reality itself? Men today are still attempting to add man-made rules and traditions to pure Christianity. If someone tells you we must do this or that and cannot show it to you in the Bible, you should ask why, just like Paul. If someone tells you that we just do things this way because that’s way we have always done it and cannot show where in the Bible the authority for such exists, you should ask why, just like Barnabas. God is loving and compassionate. He is particular about things like what must one do to be saved and how He desires to be worshipped. Spend some time in His word, seeking His wisdom and desire for your life yourself. Ask Him today to lead your thoughts as you seek His heart in His word.