There is a disease among the peoples of religion, today. The festivals of the Jews are soon to march upon us one after the other and in quick succession; the feast of Trumpets, the feast of Tabernacles, the fasts. There are many in our ranks who say they think as the Scriptures teach, yet some are going to join the Jews in keeping their feasts and observing their fasts. I am afraid that some Christians may partake in the Jews transgressions, once they have done so, the message of Christ will have become useless for the remedy. There is a danger in keeping “days, and months, and times and years.” Galatians 4:10
The question of the hour is “what charge do they yet make?” That He called God His own Father and so made Himself equal to God is a liar?? It has been observed that they not only refute this truth, they even blot out the phrase “equal to God” from their writings and what it canotes, for they resolve to reject it even if they do not physically erase it!!
So many blessings from heaven came into their hands, they thrust them aside and were at great pains to reject them. The morning the Son of Justice arose from their own land, they began to thrust aside the rays of truth and stay sitting in darkness by selection, not debate. We, who were nurtured by darkness, drew the light to ourselves and were freed from the gloom of error. They, who were the race of men chosen to bring Light into the world have been broken off. Romans 11:17 We had no share in the “root and offspring of David,” but we did reap the fruit of godliness when they refused it. From their childhood they read the prophets, but they crucified Him whom the prophets had foretold! They are to be pitied, we have worshipped Him who the divine prophets told would come. Although those Jews had been called to the adoption of sons, they fell to kinship with dogs: we who were children of darkness received the strength, through God’s grace, to put aside the irrational nature which was ours and to rise to the honor of sons. It was Christ who said; “it is not fair to take the children’s bread and cast it to the dogs.” Matthew 15:27
When the order was changed: they became dogs, and we became the children. Philippians 3:2 You might want to see who and what changed? “but to as many as received Him, He gave the power of becoming sons of God.” John 1:10-12
Nothing is more miserable than those people who never failed to attack their own salvation!! When there was need to observe the Law, they trampled it under foot. Now, that the Law has ceased to bind, they obstinately strive to observe it, or something a facsimile of it written by men, called the Torah!! Stephen rails on them when he said: “you stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart, you do always resist the Holy Spirit”, not only be transgressing the Law but also by wishing to observe what you call a Law at the wrong time.!! Stephen was right, for they failed to take up the yoke of Christ, although it was sweet and had nothing about it which was either burdensome or oppressive. Matthew 11:28-30 They even went to the extreme when they cried out: “we have no king but Caesar.” They broke the yoke, they burst the bounds, they cast themselves against the kingdom of Heaven, and made themselves subject to the rule of men. Note with me how accurately the prophet hinted that their hearts were uncontrolled: “you set aside the yoke, broke it like untamed beasts.”Isaiah 9:4 Untamed beasts are not fit for honor!!
They say that they love God; Christ disagrees. “If you knew the Father, you would also know Me. But you neither love Me, nor do you know My Father.” How could they know the Father and crucify His Son?? Tell me, you that apologize for speaking the truth, if you saw man dragged through the streets to execution, would you not risk your life to stand in His defense? Do armies fight for their Commander?