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Helpful Tidbits for the Disciple's Life                                                                                 April 5, 2010

Hallelujah, Jesus Fulfilled the Law!
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Ten years ago I couldn't conceive of a Christian who didn't celebrate Easter. Today, it's commonplace for me. I'm actually one of those people who didn't think George Barna's Pagan Christianity went far enough; Barna and Viola neglected two of Christendom's most blatant pagan integrations: Easter and Christmas. And sorry, I'm not addressing either of these topics today. But if you'd like to search it out for yourself, start by looking up Ashtoreth and the Queen of Heaven in relation to Easter (Judg 2:12, 13) and Tammuz in relation to Christmas (Jer 10:3, 4).
But for those of you who did celebrate Easter (my family celebrates Passover [death] and Feast of Firstfruits [resurrection]), I do share something with you: the joy of knowing He is Risen! and that by his death and resurrection Jesus (I call him Yeshua) fulfilled the Law.

QUESTION/TOPIC IN FOCUS: What does it mean that Jesus fulfilled the Law?
Hallelujah, Jesus Fulfilled the Law!
Excerpted from Torah (Deuteronomy 24:1-4)
Church 3.0"If a man marries a woman who becomes displeasing to him because he finds something indecent about her, and he writes her a certificate of divorce, gives it to her and sends her from his house, and if after she leaves his house she becomes the wife of another man, and her second husband dislikes her and writes her a certificate of divorce, gives it to her and sends her from his house, or if he dies, then her first husband, who divorced her, is not allowed to marry her again after she has been defiled. That would be detestable in the eyes of the LORD. Do not bring sin upon the land the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance" (emphasis added).
My Reflections 
Stone rolled awayThe Apostle Paul was absolutely right: "And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins" (1 Cor 15:17, 18). While there's no doubt Jesus's blood permanently blotted out our sin, why is Jesus's resurrection so significant? Here's why: the Law stipulated that if a woman was sent away (exiled/divorced) by her first husband due to indecency (adultery/golden calf), should she ever want to leave her subsequent husbands (repentance) and return to her first husband, she could not.
Given these stipulations, we have a conundrum. Israel rejected her first husband (Yahweh) at Sinai and, as a result, God sent her away (Jer 3). Uh oh. What in the world is Israel (and any who would like to be grafted in - Rom 11), to do?
Well, I've got Good News! Not only did the Lamb's blood cover your sin, Jesus fulfilled the Law by resurrecting from the dead; as a new man! Remember, the Law states that an adulterous woman cannot remarry her first husband - that is "detestable." Marrying a new man, however, is not. Israel, then, is free to marry her first husband - because he has died and rose again!
Now, there's many more ways in which Jesus's life, death, and resurrection fulfilled the Law. But brevity is big with me, so I'll share more later. For now, however, rest assure of this fact: Jesus did not "come to abolish the Law or the Prophets...but to fulfill them" (Mt 5:17). Furthermore, anyone "who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven" (Mt 5:19).
Hope this was of some benefit to you.

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