Normally its my comments and emails I get these days that prompt me to write a blog post. I can’t even read them all as I’m so busy with community but the ones I do read inspire a lot of thought.
Recently, a pastor named Ken Legg told me that we are dead to the law and pointed to Romans 7:4 to prove his point.
Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become DEAD TO THE LAW by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.
I get it, Ken. It says very clearly that we are dead to the law. But the context of the chapter is the law of adultery. Notice at the very beginning with verse 1, Paul states that HE IS SPEAKING TO THOSE WHO KNOW THE LAW. Those who know the Torah, Ken. Because if you are not familiar with Deut. 24 in the Torah, none of what Paul is saying is going to make sense to the readers of the letter.
Ken stated to me that we were once married to the law and Paul is saying that the marriage is over because of our adultery.
No Ken, we were never married to the law. WE WERE and ARE MARRIED TO HIM! Learn the Prophets.
8. And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, AND GIVEN HER A BILL OF DIVORCE; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also.
14. Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I AM MARRIED UNTO YOU.
You see, we were married to HIM! Not the law. And the law states that a husband can NEVER remarry his original wife once she has gone to be with another. The woman is only free from the law (singular) of adultery once the original husband dies. Guess who came to this earth, became flesh and died?
Now raised again and us being dead to our sins THROUGH REPENTANCE, and raised in newness of life, we can remarry our husband.
But for this “New Convenant” in this remarriage, it’s very clear about the law still existing AND it being written on
our hearts this time.
But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my TORAH(law) in their inward parts, and WRITE IT ON THEIR HEARTS; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my LAWS into their mind, and WRITE THEM ON THEIR HEARTS: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:
This is what Paul is referring to in Romans 7 and us being dead to the law of adultery which caused us to be scattered.
But He will again one day regather His awaiting bride with trimmed wicks in the lamps and garments without spot or wrinkle.
Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that it shall no more be said, The LORD liveth, that brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt; 15. But, The LORD liveth, that brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north, and from all the lands whither he had SCATTERED them: and I will bring them again into their land that I gave unto their fathers.
As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are SCATTERED; so will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been SCATTERED in the cloudy and dark day.
What did Messiah say?
But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
Even so, bring on this greater Exodus! 🙂