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Wordwise Insight, Issue #099
November 14, 2012


BIBLE INSIGHTS (and Reader Q & A): Is God's standard different today than it was in Old Testament times?

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God' Standard

(God's standard--different in Old Testament and New?)

QUESTIONS: How did the Old Testament people express their faith in the LORD? How are believers or Christians today supposed to express their faith in the LORD? Have the standards changed?

ANSWER: Those are excellent questions. The short answer is that God's moral standard is eternal. It doesn't change, because it reflects the character of our changeless God. And as a general principle, faith is expressed to God--before the cross, and after--by obedience to His Word. As the Bible says, "By faith Abraham obeyed" (Heb. 11:8).

Contrast that with what is said of Israel, poised to go in and conquer the Land of Canaan at God's command: "Likewise, when the LORD sent you from Kadesh Barnea, saying, ‘Go up and possess the land which I have given you,’ then you rebelled against the commandment of the LORD your God, and you did not believe Him nor obey His voice" (Deut. 9:23).

Take that link between faith and obedience as a basic starting point, and I think you'll see an answer to your questions. Whatever the specifics revealed for a particular time, that was to be the response. If Adam and Eve had fully believed and trusted God, they would have obeyed His command not to eat of the forbidden fruit (Gen. 2:17).

As far as the practical details of what's to be believed and obeyed, people can only act on what they know. By faith Noah believed God about the coming deluge, and so he obeyed the Lord's command and built the ark (Heb. 11:7). But these early saints didn't know about Christ, and what He would do on Calvary--or saw these things off in the future only very dimly.

At that stage of things we have God's commands regarding animal sacrifices. We know that an animal cannot die for the ...

For the rest of this article, click on God's Standard.


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I have developed a blog that is called Wordwise Hymns. As the title suggests, it is about hymns, and church music in general.

But as many of you will know, a blog is especially designed to facilitate a conversation on its particular subject. Readers can easily post comments about what they see, and I'm able to reply. I hope you will take part in the discussion!

Through 2010, almanac entries dealt with what happened in hymn history on each day of the year. Beginning in 2011, I hope to analyze hymns from a biblical standpoint, linking to the material that has come before.

My hope is that the blog will add to the value of the website and this newsletter, and promote some profitable exchanges on the subject of sacred music.

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