|On-Line Bible Lessons|
Pastor Ovid Need
Back to our dietary laws in Deut. 14. Let us point out that if these laws were done away with it would not be Acts 10 which did away with them. That is not all what is being taught to Peter there. Peter was called into question on this in Acts 11.
1. What did Peter say that the vision represented, 11:18? ____________________________
a. What was done away with in Col. 2:16? _____________________________________________
b. Why, v. 17? ________________________________________________________________
There is no doubt that to follow these dietary laws will cause us to be a healthier people than those who refuse to follow them will be. These dietary rules are just as valid for good health today as they were when the Lord gave them to His people here through Moses. Although we do not keep Israel's Sabbath, yet we do observe the Lord's day. To ignore the day of rest and these dietary rules will shorten our life considerably.
Deut. 14:2, God points out that His people are to be a holy people, separate from the world. As they separate from the world, they can expect longer life than the heathens around them. This is part of the judgments of the Lord which will bring long life and prosperity if obeyed, Deut. 7:12-15. If God's people eat like the heathens do then they can expect to have the same physical problems. In our day of rampant diseases, God's people had best live by His dietary laws if they expect to have His protection from these diseases. Obeying God's moral laws will protect from VD. Obeying His dietary laws will protect from these many other attacks upon the immune system which God has provided us with.
These clean and unclean are divided up into basic groups. The group which are carnivorous and those which are not for fowls. The group which have the split hoof and chew the cud and those who do not do/have both for land animals. The group in the water which have fins and scales and those which do not have both fins and scales.
Modern science has proven that this diet is best for our health. The Lord our God is con&SHY;cerned about our bodies: not only do we live there, but so does He. He is concerned about the to&SHY;tal man.
2. V. 21, He prohibits eating anything which dies of itself
and again has a reminder of what?
V. 21B contains a strange prohibition. From what I understand, milk mixed with meat prevents our bodies from accumulating the nutrition of the meat, but we really don't know what we have here in this verse. This is one of those things which we obey by faith.
In vv. 22-29 we have the law of the tithe given. Let's look at a summation from "The In&SHY;stitutes of Biblical Law," pg. 510. "--The tithe is required of all men (Lev. 27:30-32; I Cor. 9:12-14; Num. 18:21-28; Mal. 3:8-12; Prov. 3:9-10; 11:24; Matt. 23:23; Heb. 7:1-8.) The regular tithe, ten percent of one's income (Deut. 14:22), was then tithed to the priests who received ten percent of the tithe (Num. 18:21-28). Thus the church tithe was a fraction of the total tithe. The poor tithe, paid every other year (Deut. 14:28; Amos 4:4), alternated with the rejoicing tithe (Deut. 14:22-26) on each six-year cycle out of seven. Thus, the combined poor tithe and religious tithe averaged out to about 15 percent per year; some say 18 percent. Some of the regular tithe went for levitical service to worship and to music; much of it went to general social financing, i.e., to godly education and a number of other related services.
If this be true, when, then, is the failure to tithe held to be robbing God? The answer is very clear: without the tithe, a totalitarian state progressively develops to play god over society. With the tithe, the rule of society is restored to God through His ordained tax. A variety of agencies are created by the tithe to minister to the needs of godly society and to provide the needed social financing. ---Its social consequences have been ably described by Ewing: "If we were living in a theocracy, with the divine constitution, the tithe would cover everything, but at present we are living under man-made governments and man-made governments collect their own taxes. But the tithe still belongs to God. "Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's, and unto God the things that are God's" (Matt. 22:21; Mk. 12:17; Lk. 20:25; Rom. 13:1-8)". The extra tax exacted by governments of our day is the penalty we pay for not accepting God's rule over us nationally. Israel was told of this very thing when she demanded a king, to become like other nations, that he would misappropriate the tithe (I Sam. 8:11- 18)."
Another means of robbing God is for a church to fail to teach the importance of the tithe.
3. What did our Lord say concerning the poor, Mk. 14:7? ______________________________
a. This is a good example of the tithe. When the tithe is ignored,
leaving the church unable to take care of those of Deut. 14:29,
then who will provide for these people?
We need to realize there will always be the necessity of social spending. When the laws of God governing these areas are ignored, then the king (I Sam. 8) will step in and take these areas over and force the same people who refuse to tithe to pay for what they should be doing anyway only now there will be a tremendous waste as the king tries to meet this endless need (an endless need will require endless resources).
Movements against high taxes and misspent funds are striking at the fruit of a problem. The root is that God's people steal from God leaving those designated by God to take care of the so&SHY;cial needs unable to do so. Tax-revolt is not the final answer, never has been and never will be. The only answer is for God's people to be faithful in doing what they are required to do by God and recovering all these areas back under God's authority. We must render unto God the things that are His before we can expect God to bring about any change in "Caesar".
Many of those who cry the loudest against taxes will resist the hardest against tithing. Yet, the tithe is the beginning of the answer to reclaim all of these social areas for God. Because we have allowed ourselves to be so far removed from the answer, it will be necessary to sacrifice for several generations in order to reclaim these area for God.
4. One last point of this chapter. Notice v. 29A. They are
commanded to remember who? ________________________________________________________________________
a. Why? __________________________________________________________________________
b. How is this reflected in the NT, II Tim. 2:4? _________________________________
In I Tim. 5:17 Paul tells us that the godly pastor is worthy of double honor or double pay -- of double what the average pay would be in his church. Let us add, if the pastor isn't, get rid of him and find one that is.