This call at the end of Malachi’s prophecy sounds legitimate from every perspective except one. We understand the progress of Israel undedr Mosaic law and it is not encouraging. We who read this thousands of years later can latch on to messages like this without thinking that they apply to a particular people at a particular time. What were they to remember? What do we remember? If we are looking for the Law of Moses we will find:
- A book, Josh 8:31
- A stone copy, Josh 8:32
- A king who followed it, 2Kgs. 23:25
- A book, Neh. 8:1
There is only one law that we can associate with statutes and judgments as here in Mal. 4:4 . This call can therefore not be a serious shout out to the wider community of people coming to faith in the God of the Bible.
Where would Gentile stakeholders find a place in this design? This call to the Israelites can only find answers in the life of those to whom it was given. Gentiles cannot remember a time when God gave them the Law of Moses, with the statutes and judgments.
What should we do with the Law since we are not required to follow Moses?
But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command [them] to keep the law of Moses. Acts. 15:5 And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter. Acts. 15:6 And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men [and] brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe. Acts. 15:7 And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as [he did] unto us; Acts. 15:8 And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith. Acts. 15:9 Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? Acts. 15:10 But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they. Acts. 15:11
What should we do with the statutes and judgments since we do not need to have any sign that says we belong?
Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, [Ye must] be circumcised, and keep the law: to whom we gave no [such] commandment:Acts. 15:24
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