THE CUP

Many have this mistaken notion, since God gave the “law”, inclusive of the Ten Commandment Law as well as the “sacrificial, civil, dietary and dress” laws, known as the “Mosaic Law”, two and distinct separate laws as indicated by: (1) God spoke and wrote on two tablets of stone,  (2) spoke the other which Moses wrote, on papyrus, and (3) the Ten Commandments were kept “inside” the Ark of the Covenant whereas the other law(s) were kept “outside” the Ark, demonstrating the two and distinctness of the “laws” of God, and not Moses.  Some have this mistaken notion since it was done on Mt. Sinai, and to the Jewish nation/church, it was given ONLY to them and to none other.  This is a grave, meaning fatal, eternally fatal mistake and it needs to be corrected.  The obvious question, then, would be, “Why did God give it to them and only them?”  The answer:  Who else was around?

Who else was around at that time?  The answer is easy.  Well, we can begin with the Asian people, today called “Chinese” were around.  Then we had the Egyptians who obviously were around.  The Babylonians were around.  The sons of Canaan were around.  The children of Japheth, the “isles” meaning, later to be called, “Gentiles” were around, so why only the Israelites?  Remember God’s promise to Abraham?  In fact, why Abraham?  Of course you remember Abraham was selected from his father’s sons because he was the only one who was worshiping God properly and not in any pagan manner nor according to the traditions of his father.  In fact, God told him to leave the environment and he would be blessed.  What was this blessing?

“Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee. And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee. And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.  And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.” (Gen. 17:5-8 KJV)

God did not make the covenant, the “promise” with any other nation because they were corrupted in their worship of pagan gods.  Their “cup” if you will, was filling, and because of it, the Israelites, due to Abraham, through Isaac, the son of promise, and through Jacob, their direct father, God blessed them by giving to them, as a nation, as His church, the rules and regulations whereby they were to live their lives AND be a witness to those other nations what could be theirs IF they would be willing to leave the false religions alone.  Some did make the decision and were saved along with Israel and in fact became Israel, just as we today become “spiritual” Israel when we accept God’s Laws into our lives and give up the traditions and false religions of man, given to them by satan.

So, the other nations could not receive God’s Law, as a people, but they could receive them as individuals.  There is another “cup” mentioned in Scripture, especially in the Book of Revelation.  The false church will have a “cup” filled with the abominations which God just simply hate.  One of those is disregarding His Law which determined how He wants His people to worship Him.  The Fourth Commandment.  My goodness, doesn’t God have the right and prerogative to determine how He wants to be served?  Do we have the right or privilege to worship Him the way we WANT to do it despite what He has asked us to do?  No, we don’t.  And if we continue doing so, soon our “cup”, too, will be filled and there will be no hope for us, at all!  Then we will be the recipients of another “cup”, one you or I will definitely not enjoy because it will be filled with His indignation and punishment and there is no respite, no chance of salvation.

Whose cup will you choose?

March 12, 2017

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