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The Lord has obliterated those things which men would worship in and about Jerusalem

by John Vega on Monday, May 30, 2011 at 6:20am

" Men and women may study the will of God with profit. Let young men and young women, while the dew of youth is upon them, begin to study the word of God, which expresses his will. The steps of Christ are certainly marked out in the word. Go where they can be found today. Do not seek to go back to the land where Christ's feet trod ages ago. Christ says: "He that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life." We can know far more of Christ by following him step by step in the work of redemption, seeking the lost and the perishing, than by journeying to old Jerusalem. Christ has taken his people into his church. He has swept away every ceremony of the ancient type. He has given no liberty to restore these rites, or to substitute anything that will recall the old literal sacrifices. The Lord requires of his people spiritual sacrifices alone. Everything pertaining to his worship is placed under the superintendence of his Holy Spirit. Jesus said that the Father would send the Holy Spirit in his name to teach his disciples all things, and to bring all things unto their remembrance that he had said unto them. The curse rests upon Jerusalem. The Lord has obliterated those things which men would worship in and about Jerusalem, yet many hold in reverence literal objects in Palestine, while they neglect to behold Jesus as their advocate in the heaven of heavens." {RH, February 25, 1896 par. 8}

1. He sent messengers to prepare for his arrival. Unlike the twelve who were sent out to preach and to heal, these emissaries are a sort of advance party of scouts who prepare places of hospitality for the guests.

2. What is so significant about Jerusalem? Very simply, it was in Jerusalem that Jesus was to die for the salvation of men and be received up, that is ascend into heaven. It was in Jerusalem that He secured salvation for man through His death, resurrection, and ascension.

3. Jesus was rejected by Samaritans, Why? Because He was heading for Jerusalem, going to a place they despised. The Jews were unacceptable to them; therefore, they would have nothing to do with Jesus if He were going to minister in Jerusalem. Jerusalem had its own worship and priests, and the Samaritans had theirs. If Jesus would be theirs alone, they would gladly receive Him; if not, then He was not welcomed in their circles.

4. Fire to fall from heaven: A clear reference in 2 kg 1: 10 when Elijah threatens fire to fall on his enemies and then delivers on the promise. James and John went to practice similar vengeance on their opponents. Jesus teaches lesson on tolerance. Abraham Lincoln once asked about his cordiality with enemies noted “Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends”

5. Jesus rebuking the disciples: Jesus is deriving a lesson for all the Christians ‘You do not know of what spirit you are and these’ and we should not forget his words ‘for the son of man did not come to destroy souls but to save them’. James and John were guilty of the very same error that the Samaritans had just committed. They were full of bitterness, wrath and vengeance, reacting against the Jews and Jesus. They wanted to destroy the Samaritans because the Samaritans were not willing to worship and live as James and John wished.

Jesus has vested the disciples with power and no doubt about it, but James and John ran the risk of misusing their power. Their plea might apparently sound justified but Jesus taught them that end cannot justify the means. Samaritans have rejected Jesus but they have reasons for that. People with power should not decide the fate of the powerless. Let us leave all the judgment to God and start practicing Charity which alone is expected from us the Christians.

The Preacher’s Outline and the Sermon Bible
The International Commentary on the NT
Sacra Pagina Series
William Barclay’s Commentary.
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    • Salomon Mendoza Sounds like that contradicts the "Every statute restored.." commet.
      9 hours ago · · 1 person
    • Peter Holman Duh?! How is you singled out here? Trophy!
      4 hours ago ·
    • John Vega

      yes, I agree, at a quick glance it does appear to the unfamiliar student of the subject of the statutes to contradict the concept of "In the time of the end, every divine institution is to be restored."

      but upon a more careful read of the passage we see that only the words "rites" and "ceremonie" are used and in another quote we have a clarification of what rights and ceremonies she was speaking of.

      Notice and read carefully the LAST sentence in the paragraph below and you will see that the "rites and ceremonies" she mentions are direct references to the "sacrificial offerings".

      "The Jews had always prided themselves upon their divinely appointed services, and many of those who had been converted to the faith of Christ still felt that since God had once clearly outlined the Hebrew manner of worship, it was improbable that He would ever authorize a change in any of its specifications. They insisted that the Jewish laws and ceremonies should be incorporated into the rites of the Christian religion. They were slow to discern that all the sacrificial offerings had but prefigured the death of the Son of God, in which type met antitype, and after which the rites and ceremonies of the Mosaic dispensation were no longer binding." {AA 189.3}

      so we must be very careful not to throw the baby (sabbath, new moon and feast days=Yahuwah's feast days) out with the bath water (animal sacrifices).

      Especially when we have very unambiguous quotes such as this one.

      "In the days of Christ these feasts were attended by vast multitudes of people from all lands, and had they been kept as God intended, in the spirit of true worship, the light of truth might through them have been given to all nations of the world. {PH130 10.1}

      With those who lived at a distance from the tabernacle, more than a month of every year must have been occupied in attendance upon these holy convocations. The Lord saw that these gatherings were necessary for the spiritual life of His people. They needed to turn away from their worldly cares, to commune with God, and to contemplate unseen realities. {PH130 10.2}

      If the children of Israel needed the benefit of these holy convocations in their time, how much more do we need them in these last days of peril and conflict? And if the people of the world then needed the light which God has committed to his church, how much more do they need it now?" {PH130 10.3}

      and this one

      "Christians who extol Christ, but array themselves against the law governing the Jewish church, array Christ against Christ." {RH, May 6, 1875 par. 16}

      Again. we have the example of the apostle Paul who is documented in the Scripture as well as in Ellen White's writings as keeping Passover with his Philippian coverts who were gentiles and not Jews.

      " At Philippi Paul tarried to keep the Passover. Only Luke remained with him, the other members of the company passing on to Troas to await him there. The Philippians were the most loving and truehearted of the apostle's converts, and during the eight days of the feast he enjoyed peaceful and happy communion with them." {AA 390.4}

      Then Paul later wrote the Philippians and exhorted them to continue to follow the great example he had left them with.

      Phil 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things [are] honest, whatsoever things [are] just, whatsoever things [are] pure, whatsoever things [are] lovely, whatsoever things [are] of good report; if [there be] any virtue, and if [there be] any praise, think on these things.
      4:9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

      Don't you believe that it is high time that we advantage ourselves of these wonderful opportunities to gather and worship our King and Redeemer and encourage one another in the narrow path?!

      What do we have to loose by obeying Yahuwah and following in the footsteps of Yahshua and the apostles after the cross? Why do we hesitate so at the plain command to "keep the feasts" 1Cor 5:8? are we afraid of being blessed and encouraged in the narrow path that has been trodden by our spiritual ancestors? We need to be set free from fear of religious bigots that have hindered the path of the righteous for too long!!!! all fear of obeying god is of the Devil and his dark angels.

      "But beware of rejecting that which is truth. The great danger with our people has been that of depending upon men, and making flesh their arm. Those who have not been in the habit of searching the Bible for themselves, or weighing evidence, have confidence in the leading men, and accept the decisions they make, and thus many will reject the very messages Elohim sends to his people, if these leading brethren do not accept them." {GW92 126.4} m/about-us.html

      38 minutes ago ·

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