Iniquity Raised Higher

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Ezra 9:6**…O my God, I am too ashamed and humiliated to lift up my face to You, my God, for our iniquities have risen higher than our heads, and our guilt has grown up to the heavens.

In 458 B.C., Ezra, a minister of God’s law led the second return of exiles from Babylon. He was highly valued and trusted by the King of Babylon, Artaxerxes. Upon returning, the temple had been completed and the country flourished. It seemed that many blessings and good works had been done. However, just as the reality of today’s world, there were great corruptions and massive abuses of God’s laws. When those in higher position as the leaders then and now fall astray in disobedience to our God, serious problems develop. Leading others in disobedience to the wishes of the Master seems right to man. However, human reasoning and excuses never justify disobeying God’s commandment to His People to not intermarry with the pagan nations. ** Deut. 7:3-4 **. “Nor shall you make marriage with them (pagans). You shall not give your daughter to their son, nor take their daughters for your son. For they will turn yours sons away from following ME to serve other gods; so the anger of the Lord will be aroused against you and destroy you suddenly.”

Since few pure blooded Jewish women were available in Judah since the return of the first exiles in 538 B.C., why not marry a local beautiful pagan woman. Many people will say they do not understand God’s reasoning to not intermarry since the entire world and cultures have now become assimilated and thoroughly mixed. Yet, this is the root problem; people simply cannot understand the higher power of our God.  God’s purpose for the Ordinances given to Moses was solely intended to keep the bloodline of His chosen pure so that the pure bloodline of King David would be maintained and recorded by genealogy from Abraham to captivity in Babylon as 14 generations, from Babylon captivity to King David with 14 generations, and 14 generations from King David to the birth of the Messiah Christ Jesus. (Matthew 1:1-17)

With the arrival and sacrifice of the Passover Lamb of God, Christ rescinded His Father God’s ordinances of daily sacrifice, sprinkling of blood, temple worship and other Law’s of Moses but the entire Royal Law (Ten Commandments) and other ordinances such as dietary laws remain and were never rescinded. The epistles of John were written about 95 A.D. about 25 years after destruction of the temple.  ** 1 John 2:3-4 **. He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.” Again, in Revelation 12:17, which was divinely inspired by Christ Jesus and shortly before His next return, the great dragon (Satan) is attempting to destroy the offspring of God’s adopted children that keep the commandments and express their love for the son of God, the Messiah, Christ Jesus. Again, in Revelation 22:14, we find:  Blessed are those who do His commandments that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. **. It should now become clear that the law of God written twice in stone by His own finger on Mount Sinai has never been abolished as many people believe who are veiled by the evil god of this world (Satan).

It should be noted that the fourth commandment (Sabbath Commandment) never had a reason to be repeated in the New Testament since Christ and all His disciples used the first 39 books of Bible (Old Testament) to preach the infallible truth of the Living Christ, the kingdom of God, and salvation. Throughout the New Testament, Jesus and His Apostles confirmed and obeyed all of the Ten Commandments. The book of Acts, written by the gentile Luke repeatedly described the Sabbath and annual Sabbaths of Leviticus 23 (Acts 13:14, 42, 44; 16:13, 17:2, 18: 4 and more). No Apostle, including Paul, questioned or considered annulling the eternal word of our God which will endure forever.

Hebrews 4:3-5**.For we who have believed do enter that rest, as He (God) has said: “So I swore in MY wrath, they shall not enter MY rest.” (Psalm 95:11) although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. (Genesis 2:2). Hebrews verse 6**.Since therefore it remains that some must enter it, and those to whom it was first preached (40 years in wilderness), did not enter because of disobedience.

Oh! What a disobedient world we live in today! In the world of today, credit card companies greedily punish when a payment which is one day late with exorbitant fees and continued punishment of increased fees and reporting your disobedience to the credit bureau. How much more will our loving Father in Heaven punish His disobedient children for not believing and following correctly His eternal words (The Bible)? The Bible repeatedly affirms we must labor in keeping the commandments of our Creator to live in the Kingdom of Peace. The Prince of Peace, the Messiah Christ Jesus preached these words in John 4:23-24; “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

May the God of Peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep (those that believe and keep the commandments), equip you with everything good for doing HIS will, and may HE work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever, Amen.

Will you be on the Honor Roll of our Creator and become justified by being faithful?