Picking and choosing

Something I, as a believer in the Bible and the means of salvation it proposes, is that we (believers) “pick and choose” which commands we get to follow. After much consideration, I must admit that I am indeed guilty as charged. I am allowed certain latitude, in this marvelous grace afforded to us by faith in Christ Jesus, to “work out (my) salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12).”

Let’s face it, depending on how you count, there are over 600 individual commands in the Law, the Torah, the first five books of Moses that deal with everything from diet to dress to business to even how to conduct marital relations. They are harsh, direct, but they all point to one thing: if you love the Lord God Jehovah, you will do them, you will live your life in accordance with those commands, IF (see how big it is) you are a Jew or, more specifically, an Israelite at that time.

I can say with reasonable certainty that 99% of the people reading this are not Jews, unless they just haven’t said anything, ’cause it’s really none of my business. Well, what does being Jewish have to do with anything? That is who THAT law was given to. Now, the Apostle Paul, in his letter to the Galatians, tells us what purpose the Law, the Torah, serves for those who aren’t Jewish: “the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ (3:24).” Most critics and skeptics overlook the history amongst which the law is scattered, most notably the story of the man who the New Testament makes a great deal of noise about: Abraham and the story of his justifying faith which came before laws and covenants (Genesis 15:6).

But what does that have to do with picking and choosing which laws we obey or not? It comes down to the question answered in Abraham’s example: do you believe God or not? Do you believe that God has the authority to make demands on your life, the life He gave you to begin with? Do you believe that God has the power to make a promise and deliver upon it? Do you believe that promise was fulfilled in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ? These are questions that have to be answered. Your answer determines if you have the right to “pick and choose”, or if you will ultimately stand in judgment based on the law you decided to let rule in your life, which is something that definitely bears consideration.

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