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God's Ways are for Everyone --- both Jew and non-Jew

by Bill Wong 

 

 

 

God made His ways known to Moses and Israel.  He is the same God who removes our sins as far as the east is from the west:

 

Psalm 103:

7        He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel.

8        The LORD is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.

9        He will not always strive with us, Nor will He keep His anger forever.

10      He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor punished us according to our iniquities.

11      For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;

12      As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.             (NKJV)


 

These ways are righteous and create a wise, understanding, and great people who have a heart for God. These ways were to prompt all nations and peoples to know and follow God and His ways:

 

Deuteronomy 4:

5        "See, I have taught you statutes and judgments just as the LORD my God commanded me,

         that you should do thus in the land where you are entering to possess it.

6        "So keep and do them, for that is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples

         who will hear all these statutes and say, 'Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.'

7        "For what great nation is there that has a god so near to it as is the LORD our God whenever we call on Him?

8        "Or what great nation is there that has statutes and judgments as righteous as this

        whole law which I am setting before you today?     (NASB) 

 

 

God and His only-begotten son never change:

 

Malachi 3:

6       "For I, the LORD, do not change; therefore you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed.   (NASB) 

 

Hebrews 13:

8        Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.   (NKJV) 

 

 

What does this mean?  It means:  

 

If God's ways were given to Israel for the entire world to model after and God never changes, then the ways taught to Israel are meant for all peoples, both Jew and non-Jew, forever. God and His ways are eternal and they are meant for everyone.  It applied in the past, applies now and will apply forevermore.  Please note that the real name of Jesus is Hebrew: Yeshua‘ – or Yahushua‘ / Yahusha‘; see the article: ‘The Name of God and Messiah’.

 

 

An example can be seen in the Feast of Tabernacles.  All nations were to celebrate this feast in the past.  All nations will celebrate this feast in the future when Christ returns: 

 

Zechariah 14:

2        For I will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem; The city shall be taken,

       The houses rifled, And the women ravished. Half of the city shall go into captivity,

       But the remnant of the people shall not be cut off from the city.

3        Then the LORD will go forth And fight against those nations, As He fights in the day of battle.

4        And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, Which faces Jerusalem on the east.

       And the Mount of Olives shall be split in two, From east to west, Making a very large valley;

       Half of the mountain shall move toward the north And half of it toward the south.

 

16      And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations which came against

       Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles.

17      And it shall be that whichever of the families of the earth do not come up to Jerusalem to worship the King,

        the LORD of hosts, on them there will be no rain.

18      If the family of Egypt will not come up and enter in, they shall have no rain;

        they shall receive the plague with which the LORD strikes the nations who do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles.

19      This shall be the punishment of Egypt and the punishment of all the nations that do not come up to

        keep the Feast of Tabernacles.   (NKJV)

 

 

Since God and His ways are eternal and meant for all (and we see they were in the past and will in the future), this means we are supposed to observe the Feast of Tabernacles now.

 

 

And again, regarding the Sabbath, Jesus said He is the Lord of the Sabbath:

 

Luke 6:

5         And He said to them, "The Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath."   (NKJV) 

 

 

We know Jesus does not change and the Sabbath is the only day of the week that God sanctified since the 7th day of creation after God worked for 6 days:

 

Genesis 2:

1        Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished.

2        And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done,

        and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.

3       Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work

       which God had created and made.   (NKJV)

 

 

The 7th day Sabbath has been in effect since creation week. That is why God said in His 10 Commandments that we must remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy:

 

Exodus 20:

8        "Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

9        "Six days you shall labor and do all your work,

10      but the seventh day is a sabbath of the LORD your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter,

        your male or your female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you.

11      "For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them,

        and rested on the seventh day; therefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day and made it holy.   (NASB)

 

 

Will the Sabbath last forever?  God's ways are eternal and the Sabbath is the 4th of the 10 Commandments; yes - the Sabbath is forever.  And we see yet again, that it is for all peoples, both Jew and non-Jew:

 

Matthew 5:

18     "For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away,

        not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished.   (NASB)

 

Isaiah 66:

22      "For just as the new heavens and the new earth Which I make will endure before Me," declares the LORD,

       "So your offspring and your name will endure.

23     "And it shall be from new moon to new moon And from sabbath to sabbath,

        All mankind will come to bow down before Me," says the LORD.   (NASB) 

 

 

Indeed, the Lord Jesus, the Lord of the Sabbath, said that the Sabbath was specifically made for man:

 

Mark 2:

27       And He said to them, "The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.   (NKJV)

 

 

Notice that He did not say it was made for Jews, but He said it was made for all mankind.

 

 

Again, we must remember that the Sabbath is God’s Sabbath that He gave to all mankind, and they are not a “Jewish” Sabbath:

 

Leviticus 23:

3        'Six days shall work be done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, a holy convocation.

        You shall do no work on it; it is the Sabbath of the LORD in all your dwellings.        (NKJV)

 

 

There is no escaping the fact when God sends His son Jesus to return and establish God's Kingdom and reign as King over all nations (instead of the first time as our atonement), God makes it abundantly clear that His holy days – the weekly Sabbath and the annual feast days, will play pivotal roles and have and will always exist --- applying to everyone.  They are God's ways and not "Jewish" ways and are meant for everyone, both Jew and non-Jew. 

 

It is evident God's ways were observed in the past by all of God's people --- both Jews and non-Jews who seek to know and live God's ways.  It is evident for all eternity that Jews and non-Jews will observe God's ways. 

 

God’s Law is for everyone – both Jew and non-Jew, forever. God did not, cannot change His commandments He gave to us all; any supposed change is not from God, but men:

 

Ecclesiastes 3:

14   I know that whatever God does, It shall be forever. Nothing can be added to it, And nothing taken from it.

     God does it, that men should fear before Him.   (NKJV)

 

 

So why then are so many people now not following the eternal God's ways which were given to Moses? 

 

It is because of longstanding traditions of men.  Most people have been deceived into obeying men and not God, but this is not what the Bible tells us we should do:

 

Acts 5:

29   Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men. (AKJV)

 

 

Jews are taught by their teachers and traditions that Jesus is not the Messiah. 

 

Non-Jews are taught by their teachers and traditions that the Law of God or the Old Testament writings are only for Jews (much of which came from anti-Semitism). 

 

Both views are wrong; it is not an "either/or" situation, but it is both together forming a perfect whole. 

 

 

Sin is the transgression of God's law:

 

1 John 3: 

4        Whoever commits sin transgresses also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

5        And you know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.

6        Whoever stays in him sins not: whoever sins has not seen him, neither known him.      (AKJV)

 

 

We are told to imitate Jesus:

 

1 John 2:

3        By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments.

4        The one who says, "I have come to know Him," and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him;

5        but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him:

6        the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.          (NASB) 

 

 

We all know that Jesus died for our sins.  If we are to obey God's Word to imitate Christ, then we cannot continue to sin/break God's law.  To continue to break God's law is to trample on the blood that Christ shed for us.

 

The same God who never changes and makes His ways known to Israel for all the nations to imitate is the same God who casts our sins away as far as the east is from the west.  Our God is holy and cannot abide by sin.  Our God is love who in His mercy and compassion has provided atonement for us. 

 

Many believers today say they have faith and accept the atonement of God's only-begotten son Jesus.  But these same believers neglect God's commandments --- and therefore continue to sin against Him and taint the blood of Christ.  We cannot just accept one of those things while at the same time ignore the other.  To do that is to deny God's truth and truly knowing Him.  To choose one and ignore the other is willing ignorance and hypocrisy.

 

We cannot just decide for ourselves and accept only the God who casts our sins as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12), but at the same time completely gloss over and ignore the fact that He is the same God who let us know who He is by giving us His ways through Moses (Psalm 103:7).

 

We cannot ignore the truth that the Almighty God who made His ways known to Israel for the nations to imitate is the same God who casts our sins as far as the east is from the west and commands us to imitate Christ.

 

 

Did Christ sin and transgress God's law?  No, He did not.  And neither should we.

 

 

If all peoples are to walk in God's ways given to Israel to gain godly wisdom, understanding and righteousness, and all peoples are to walk as Jesus did and Jesus never transgressed God's law, then what is the inevitable conclusion?

 

We know what it is:

 

To be a holy and loving child of God is to be like Christ, who is sinless.  This means we must be walking by God's ways – the same ways He gave to Israel for all nations to model after. This means ---

 

  • We must not continue to sin and transgress the law of God, but we must live them.

 

  

 

Please also see the articles ‘We are One Israel’, 'Sabbath is a Gift', 'The Word of God: the Way, the Truth and the Life', and others in this section.

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