3 Examples

Many times people say, that is not for us today because that was under the law and we are not under the law. But Gentiles were never under the law, ever. The law was given to Israel and only Israel. This matter came up when believing Pharisees ( religious Jews ) wanted Gentile believers to obey the law too. Peter, James and Paul state the Gentiles only have to do 4 things:

Acts 15:18-20 KJV  “Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world.
[19] Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God:
[20] But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.”

Later they add, they need to remember the poor.

You can read all about it in Acts 15. So Gentiles have never been “ordered” to keep the law or any part of the law except these 4 things. No, this is not about the law – technically. But it is about a principle which brings me to my title, 3 Examples. So there are 3 examples and then 3 questions. Can you answer the 3 questions? Let’s see.

Example 1: The Lord had respect unto Able and his offering but not Cain’s offering. Why? Firstfruits. Able brought of his firstfruits, Cain did not. (See Genesis 4:1-4 KJV).

Question 1: How did Able know about “firstfruits”? The principle of firstfruits was not taught until the law came by Moses, see Exodus 23 and Leviticus 2. So how did Able, hundreds of years earlier, know about firstfruits?

Example 2: Melchizedek, the high priest of God, comes to Abraham in Genesis 14:17-24. Abraham gives him tithes plural, more than one.

Question 2: How did Abraham know about tithes? The law was not given yet. Numbers 18:25,26 and Leviticus 27:30-34 , the law, mentions tithes. Even today people say tithing is under the law and I am not under the law. So how did Abraham know to tithe, before the law?

Example 3: How many animals did Noah take into the ark? If you say 2, you are wrong. Genesis 7 tells us.

Genesis 7:2 KJV  “Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female.”

You can not take the male and female of 7. Seven is an odd number and two an even number. So to take of the clean animals it would be seven, males and seven females, 14 of the clean animals. And the unclean, male and females are two. So two unclean males and two unclean females. Total? 18 of each kind.

Question 3: How did Noah know what the clean and unclean animals were? The distinction of clean and unclean was not made until the law came by Moses hundreds of years later in Leviticus 11?

So when people today say they should or should not do things because of the law, they miss the principles. They also miss the point that these three examples show God’s people doing the law before the law was ever given. Can you answer the three questions above?

Until next time.



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