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Offline Derek1955

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Touch me not...
« on: September 03, 2020, 08:55:14 AM »

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In Proverbs 8:17 we are counselled: 'I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me' and a perfect example of that proverb is Mary, who went to seek Jesus very early in the morning and while it was still dark. And what joy must have flowed through her whole being when Jesus spoke her name and yet Christ told her gently but firmly, touch Me not for I am not yet ascended to the Father...

We see the reason for His words in Leviticus 23:9-11, 14 when:  The LORD said to Moses, Speak to the Israelites and say to them: When you enter the land I am going to give you and you reap its harvest, bring to the priest a sheaf of the first grain you harvest. He is to wave the sheaf before the LORD so it will be accepted on your behalf; the priest is to wave it on the day after the Sabbath. You must not eat any bread, or roasted or new grain, until the very day you bring this offering to your God. This is to be a lasting ordinance for the generations to come, wherever you live.

Throughout Old Testament times the first sheaf of corn was always a reason for joy but before anyone was permitted to partake of its goodness and grace, it had to be 'waved' before the Lord.  Similarly Jesus Christ is the full and final representation of the First-fruit of them that slept and no one was allowed to partake of Him or touch Him until He had ascended and presented Himself as the First-fruit offering to the Father.

Mary was not allowed to cling to her once fleshly Christ for He had now risen from the dead and by so doing had broken the power of death for all who believe in Him. Jesus was to be glorified and to take His place at the right hand of the Father so that He could give abundant life to all who believe in Him. Jesus gave Mary her mission: 'go to My brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto My Father, and your Father; and to My God, and your God.'

Never before had the Lord Jesus called His followers, 'My Brethren'. With His glorious resurrection came a new dispensation which was for them to go into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature and this we read in Matthew 28:18-20 Then Jesus came to them and said, all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.

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Re: Touch me not...
« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2020, 01:04:40 PM »
Thank you for bringing the truth concerning the waving of the firstfruits to light, @Derek1955

I would like to consider to feasts of Leviticus 23, and what they foreshadow,

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« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2020, 03:07:51 PM »
Hi Chris
The words spoken to Moses were spoken to the children of Israel.  (Leviticus 23:1) Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, concerning the feasts of the Lord, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts.  Christ, or so it seems has turned this on its head when He said in  Mark 2:27 that the Sabbath was made for man and not man for the Sabbath

The sabbath was given to ensure that mankind has the correct kind of life - both physically and spiritually. The body needs rest, but even more than that, the mind needs to be energized. It needs to be filled with the Word of God and to be energized by fellowship with God and with others.

It is not necessary to subjugate all aspects of life either spiritually or physically to the laws as outlined in Leviticus 23:1, especially the two great commandments of loving God and loving people.  Beware of any religious group whose doctrine in any way forbids or excuses obedience to the two great Commandments.  When a slavish following of any group opposing obedience to those commandments then to follow their doctrine is wrong.  Everything given to us by God is to help our journey into His Kingdom and if it hinders, then it should be ignored.

In Matthew 15:6 we see another example where Jesus says to the Pharisees Corban payment is wrong in that it allowed a son to say to his parents 'with what I may have profited to you has been given to the Temple' as it negated the fifth of God's Ten Commandments, namely to Honor your father and your mother.

Never allow anything to get in the way of honouring those two Great Commandments, namely, to Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and most important commandment. The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. Those two great commandments, we are told by Jesus sums up the whole of the Law and the Prophets.  There is absolutely nothing else required in our lives to enable us to spend eternity with God.

Forever in Christ
Derek

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