Tuesday, 21 May 2019
Question of the day: Why do I love Psalm 19 so much?
Answer: Because it speaks in such glowing terms of the Law (Torah) of God. Enjoy this song! God has a righteous standard (called the Torah, Law). Without it, we don't even know we need grace.
There are those within orthodox Christianity (although they are getting closer and closer to the edge) who believe the law is done away in the age of grace. "After all," they say, "We have grace because we can't live up to (fully obey) the commandments of the Law."
This is so full of error it would take a book to explain it. When the New Testament was written, the only Scripture there was is the Hebrew Old Testament.
Rabbi Trail: Somebody please help me. I need a better word for the Christian Scriptures. "New Testament" makes it sound like we have replaced the old; same with the term "New Covenant." Even "Old Testament" makes it sound outdated, weak and decrepit. End RT.
All the Scriptures are one book. They all tell the same story. There is no inconsistency. Scholars try to point out inconsistencies, but don't fall for that. Their arguments can all be explained away.
Built into the story is the meta-narrative of the revelation of the mind of God. Since He alone is omniscient, He alone has all wisdom. The Bible is the revelation of His wisdom. Do you want to know what God is thinking? Since He is the same always, read what He wrote.
Rabbi Trail: Consider this; when this was written ... 2 Timothy 3:16-17 "All Scripture is inspired by God and useful for teaching, for reproof, for restoration, and for training in righteousness, so that the person belonging to God may be capable, fully equipped for every good deed ..." There was no New Testament.
All of the writings of the New Testament were written and complete by 120AD, but not formally canonized until about 250 years later (382AD) at the Council of Rome. Following that, these writings were reaffirmed many times over.
Jeremiah 29:11-13 "For I know the plans that I have in mind for you, declares Adonai, plans for shalom and not calamity—to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call on Me, and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me, when you will search for Me with all your heart."
Rabbi Michael Weiner,