Rightly dividing the Word of truth
This is part 46 in a series of 53 articles about RIGHTLY DIVIDING GOD’S WORD OF TRUTH. All scripture quoted will be from the King James Bible.
In part 46, we continue with more Bible CONTRASTS.
Special Abbreviations: (e.g.) meaning “for example” (ff.) meaning “following verse or following verses” (EP) meaning Earthly Program—(HP) meaning Heavenly Program
(EP) Genealogy Important: Through most of the Bible, ancestry was stressed, covering many entire chapters (e.g., I Chron. 1-9). God established “an everlasting covenant” with Abraham “and thy seed…in their generations” (Gen. 17:7). Aaron’s sons received the priesthood, but those whose “genealogy” was “not found…were… put from the priesthood” (Ex. 40:13-15; Ezra 2:62; Neh. 7:64). Only those “reckoned by genealogy among the Levites” could serve in the temple and receive benefits (II Chron. 31:16-19). “So, all Israel were reckoned by genealogies” to determine “their possessions” and positions (I Chron. 9:1,2,22). God told restored Israel to “be reckoned by genealogy” (Neh. 7:5). Jesus Christ’s earthly ministry was introduced by His genealogies (Matt. 1:1-17; Luke 3:23-38). The 144,000 end-time servants of God are descendants of specific “tribes…of Israel” (Rev. 7:3-8).
(HP) Genealogy Ignored: The Apostle Paul commands believers, “Neither give heed to…endless genealogies,” to “avoid…genealogies… for they are unprofitable and vain” (I Tim. 1:4; Titus 3:9). People today become “the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus”; moreover “there is neither Jew nor Greek” (Gal. 3:26-28). In Christ ancestry means nothing.
(EP) Men’s Traditions Void: In the Gospels “the tradition of the elders” was held by “all the Jews” (Mark 7:3). Religious leaders had added many rituals to God’s Word. But keeping such traditions was to “reject the commandment of God” (Mark 7:9). Such “commandments of men” were “making the Word of God of none effect” (Mark 7:7,13). Christ and His disciples “walk[ed] not…according to the tradition of the elders” (Matt. 15:2; Mark 7:5). Both Paul and Peter discard the traditions of their fathers (Gal. 1:14; I Pet. 1:18). But religious leaders and churches have continued to add non-Biblical traditions to God’s Word (such as Lent).
(HP) Paul’s Traditions Vital: The Apostle Paul commands believers to “hold the traditions which ye have been taught” in “our epistle” (II Thess. 2:15). To “withdraw yourselves from” one who “walketh not after the tradition which he received of us” (II Thess. 3:6). Paul praises believers who “keep the ordinances [traditions in the Greek text], as I delivered them to you” (I Cor. 11:2). He further commands, “those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do” (Phil. 4:9).
Earthly Promises were given to God’s people in other ages. For obedience, “God will set thee [Israel] on high above all nations of the earth” (Deut. 28:1). “The earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord” (Isa. 11:9). Messiah’s reign “shall execute judgment and justice in the earth” (Jer. 23:5). God’s people were repeatedly promised that “they shall inherit the earth” (Psa. 25:13; 37:9,11,22). While on earth, Jesus Christ taught, “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth” (Matt. 5:5). He also taught His disciples to pray: “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven” (Matt. 6:10).
To be continued