How the Church transgresses against the Lord
Daniel 9:11 -
Yea, all Israel have transgressed thy law, even by departing, that they might not obey [hearken] thy voice [call aloud]; therefore the curse is poured upon us, and the oath [the curse] that is written in the law of Moses the servant of God, because we have sinned against him.
The hand that protected Israel from the time of Moses was the Lord and the one being who caused the maximum damages to Israel was none other than the Lord. About the former all would agree but about the later one many wonder how?
We read like in today's message because Israel transgressed the Commandment (Law) of God, the Lord bought curses on them and they suffered for them. These are the curses which are given in Deuteronomy - book of Moses. They were warned about these curses but yet they chose them by choosing to break the Commandments.
In today's message we read the people of God chose to transgress against the Lord and it is written how. In the English translations it is written 'transgressed' 'by departing' 'that they might not obey thy voice'. But when we get into Hebrew words (half of Daniel's book is in Aramaic and half in Hebrew) we get a better understanding of it.
The Hebrew word 'abar' translated as 'transgressed', means to 'pass over' or 'pass through' or 'alienate'. In English these terms would not be grouped together but the Hebrew word means to do it or do something thing showing as doing it but in reality not doing it.
The second word 'cuwr' translated as 'departed' means to 'turn aside' or 'remove'. Here too it really means to change or edit thus not fulfil it.
This message is for us today. If one truly understands the Word of God one would be amazed at what the Church is doing and what the Word of God asks of us is so far apart. The Church does many things which makes the people feel good and righteous but in reality they are either diverting from the Word or doing their own thing. I am not talking here of just the Catholic Church who can be easily identified but also the Believer Churches who call themselves Bible followers. The leaders blindly follow what their predecessors did without understanding or confirming with the Word. We saw this happening even during the time of Jesus. The Pharisees were followers of traditions and the Sadducees called themselves scriptures followers also did their own thing because they denied half of the scriptures and its understanding.
God is telling us He is not incapable to protect and provide for His people. But yet we see His people suffer like the Israelites did. They are destroyed at the hands of the heathens. It is in His mercy that He does not let them be totally consumed, but by them not abiding to His Word they have caused the curses to come over them.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, when your people walked in your ways not one of them died unnaturally. They battled the greatest enemies yet they were safe. No natural disaster harmed them but You took them through them all. Lord, your people today follow men more than You, or twist your Word and show themselves as keepers of your Word. They fool man but You are no man to be fooled. Lord, we pray they repent for their ways and walk according to your Word...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference ]
Deuteronomy 28:15 - But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee:
Deuteronomy 28:45 - Moreover all these curses shall come upon thee, and shall pursue thee, and overtake thee, till thou be destroyed; because thou hearkenedst not unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which he commanded thee:
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