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Monday, January 2nd, '18

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WHICH ONES?

"But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments". He said to him, "Which ones?" (Matthew 19:17,18 NKJV)

 

What a classic response! I doubt that you've ever said that? Jesus says to keep the commandments and the rich ruler replies, "Uh, which ones?" He wanted a multiple-choice salvation. He must have heard the Burger King ad that asks for ketchup, pickle and onion but hold the mayo, "have it your way". Pick and choose. It's the church-of-your-choice philosophy. Which of the Ten Suggestions do you like? Three, four and nine, those are good, scrap number five and eight. We become editors of the Word instead of doers (James 1:22) making the Ten Commandments the Ten Amendments according to personal taste and pleasure. One grade-schooler was quoting the commandments but misquoted the seventh saying, "Thou shalt not admit adultery". Just a couple letters can make quite a difference, eh?  Moses wrote, "You shall not add unto the word...neither shall you diminish anything from it..." (Deuteronomy 4:2) but the man in our story, like so many today, claim self-appointed power of veto, and like the president, sit at conscience's desk ready to ply their ink signatures to the document.

 

Which ones? Jesus said to keep them all. "Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal..." etc. Notice, the young man butted in before Jesus got to the Tenth Commandment, the one about coveting, because "he had great possessions" (vs 20). Know this; no one can be saved by keeping the commandments because no one is "good", except our one good God. That is inherent in the text (vs 17). The ruler replied, "All these things have I kept". He should have said, "All these things have I broken", because all have sinned and come short of the glory of God, and any good that he could have done in himself was "as filthy rags" (Isaiah 64:6).

 

The demands of Christ go beyond the keeping of a moral code. He told the young man, "If you will be perfect, go and sell what you have, and give to the poor, and take up your cross and follow me" (vs 21 and Mark 10:21). It was then that he "went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions". He had possessions, possessions had him, and he was had, I mean, really had!

 

Never had a man come to Jesus with more or left Jesus with less. He had a chip on his shoulder instead of a cross. He thought it not fair that God's law should be so intrusive. Rather than submit to the rulebook he wanted to write his own, "which ones?" Now let me ask, are we not guilty too at times of whittling the Ten down to a basic Five or Six? The Lite Beer commercial advertises, "Everything you want in a beer and less!" That is about what our churches have degenerated to. In order to stay competitive fundamentals are being slashed to accommodate larger crowds. For instance, I can see a day when ministers will preach on an 800-year Millennium, a six-percent instead of ten-percent tithe, a church service every third Sunday, and a smoother Seven Commandments, optional of course depending on the relativity of the situation. Jehudi has drawn his penknife and cut a few leaves out of the Book again. But you know, and I know, that mere citizens were not intended to take the Law into their own hands. The Lawgiver determines the giving of the Law and He decides "which ones". Our duty is to do, not dissect. And remember, we are not saved by the doing but being saved, we now have the power to do and that is what makes the difference. Which ones? All the ten, as well as the one about loving the Lord with all your soul, strength and mind, and the one about loving your neighbor as yourself. And if that doesn't keep you busy then you can sell what you have and give to the poor, then take up your cross and follow Him. When you get done with all that e-mail me and we'll see if there is anything else I've missed.


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