In the other passage today the reason for the Sabbath is given. It is a sign: akin to circumcision, that this people are not like those around them but belong to God. However, the Jews walked all over the law, and they still do. They like precedent, regulation and reinterpretation. The ancient Jews wanted prophecy and oracles and pagan worship. God took the prophets away, and used the penalty clauses within the Law he had given them.
One thing I find amusing about Jewish law is that Jews seem to actually like the subject. I can’t tell if that’s something people feel like they’re supposed to say in the same way that people feel like they should claim to like school even if they actually hated it, but they certainly give the impression of being rather enthusiastic on the subject. Where the traditional practice of Chinese law can be summarized as “Please go away and leave us alone,” or “good people don’t need law,” the Jewish approach seems like “More laws, please.”
Perhaps the Rabbis don’t think the Curses in the law apply. Evolutionist X notes that the rabbis in legend told God the Almighty to buzz off because the majority of them interpreted law in one way — against the law.
Which brings us to today’s passage: we will be tested, and there will be a falling away.
7 “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write:
He who is holy, who is true, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, and who shuts and no one opens, says this:
8 ‘I know your deeds. Behold, I have put before you an open door which no one can shut, because you have a little power, and have kept My word, and have not denied My name. 9 Behold, I will cause those of the synagogue of Satan, who say that they are Jews and are not, but lie—I will make them come and bow down at your feet, and make them know that I have loved you. 10 Because you have kept the word of My perseverance, I also will keep you from the hour of testing, that hour which is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. 11 I am coming quickly; hold fast what you have, so that no one will take your crown. 12 He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he will not go out from it anymore; and I will write on him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God, and My new name. 13 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’
Therefore do not be shocked when the leaders of the church decide it is much better to join the synagogue of the damned and state that the church should follow the whims of the majority. That they will say that they are at peace now they love the world.
There will be a testing. Stand firm in the faith.
For you do not know when your witness will have a reward.