Some recent musings….
Yesterday evening I was test driving my new toy from Messianic Jewish Family Bible. (I’ll review it after having more time, but I did shed tears of joy as I read their story and vision. Limited reservations at this point, but they might be assuaged.)
I was selecting and reading random texts and considering the phrasing to gain insight into the minds of the translators when I thought to look at Genesis 2:2-3, in light of recent debate/discussion about the ‘seventh day’ on this blog. The MJFB’s Tree of Life Version renders the verses,
God completed – on the seventh day – His work that He made, and He ceased – on the seventh day – from all His work that He made. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, for on it He ceased from all His work that God created for the purpose of preparing.
The phrase – “and sanctified it” – lept off the page. Immediately a question popped into my head, “Can God ‘unsanctify’ something He has already ‘sanctified?’
I stared at the ceiling pondering and Jeremiah, my 15 year old asked what I was thinking. (They know the look when wheels are turning…)
“Can God ‘unsanctify’ something He has already sanctified?,” I mused. “By that I mean, can He profane, or make common, something that He has set apart as holy?”
Almost immediately Jeremiah retorted, “No, because that would make Him a liar.”
“How so?” I pressed.
“Because, He would have to go back on His Word.”
“Exactly,” I was proud. He is learning. We midrashed it a bit leading to more thoughts…
This morning the thoughts again crossed my mind and I pondered
Numbers 15:32-36 (TLV)
32 While Bnei-Ysrael were in the wilderness, they found a man gathering wood on the Shabbat. 33 Those who found him gathering wood brought him to Moses, Aaron and the entire assembly. 34 They kept him under arrest, not being clear what was to be done to him. 35Adonai said to Moses, “The man has to die; the whole assembly is to stone him with stones outside the camp.” 36 So the whole assembly took him outside the camp. They stoned him with stones. He died just as Adonai commanded Moses.
IF, big ‘if,’ God changed the day to the first/eighth day, as Christendom errantly teaches, would God not need to then apologize to this poor soul for putting him to death for breaking a standard that wasn’t really permanent? Seriously.
I remember when my family was just making this transition to Shabbat and I had a protracted debate with an area pastor. I asserted that God did not and indeed can not change the day. To do so would be to deny Himself. The pastor countered that God can do anything He wants and can change the rules anytime He wants.
I was aghast!
A God that can ‘willy-nilly’ change the rules at any time can’t be trusted and is nothing more than a schizophrenic psycho. Imagine: EVERY promise in Scripture is subject to change!
If His Word reveals His character and His Word is unchanging, then His character is unchanging and therefore altogether trustworthy.
I would ask again, ‘Can God ‘unsanctify’ that which He has ‘sanctified?’ Can He ‘profane’ that which He has called ‘holy?’ Can He make ‘common’ that which He has called ‘set-apart?’
“For I, the Lord, do not change; therefore you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed.”