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Then and Now

Controversy swirls around the Law of G-d in the Original Testament these days. Many believers have been taught that the Law has been done away with, and grace has taken its place. But as Pastor Mark brought out in his Torah teaching, the Law has not changed. It is still good, and it still applies today.

Let’s look at the Law about sin. G-d clearly laid out for us 10 commandments that teach us about sin. Have the commandments been done away with? Yeshua said the following: Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets. I have not come to abolish them, but to fulfill them. (To “fulfill” in this case means to teach them correctly.) For I tell you truly, until heaven and earth pass away, not a single jot, not a stroke of a pen, will disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. So then, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do likewise will be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever practices and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.…Matthew 5:17-19

But what if we do sin? In the Original Testament G-d is proclaiming His attributes, and He says that He keeps mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin.  And in Numbers 5:5-7 G-d says that if any man commits sin, they should confess their sin and make restitution. Clearly, we are being shown that back then, confession of sin was necessary, and the G-d of mercy did forgive. He was there forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin back then, just as He does now.

Yeshua Himself proclaims the law will never be done away with, and if we do sin, breaking one of His laws, we have an advocate. He tells us clearly, “ If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate before the Father— Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He Himself is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.…I John 1:9;2:1-2

 

We serve a G-d that does not change. He is the same yesterday, today and forever.

Whether then or now, if we confess our sins, He if faithful and just to forgive!

He is the Lamb slain before the foundation of the world.

He forgave then and He forgives now.