Through years of intensive Bible studies, I came to the conclusion that Seventh-day Adventist doctrines were incorrect. I had to follow God and my conscience, so I had my name removed from the SDA church in 2010. Here are some of the things I've learned along the way. I pray you will have the courage to check things out for yourself. Don't take my word on it. Study for yourself!
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Monday, February 13, 2012
Jesus fulfilled the Law & the Prophets - Part 5 - Luke 1-8
Luke 1:1 & 4 - "Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us...so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught." By showing how Jesus fulfilled the Scriptures (the Old Testament - the Law & the Prophets), we can be certain that He was the promised Messiah!
Luke 1:6 - "Both of them were upright in the sight of God, observing all of the Lord's commandments and regulations blamelessly." And yet the Bible teaches us that ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. So even those who manage to keep God's commands perfectly still fall short!
Luke 2:22-24 - "When the time of their purification according to the Law of Moses had been completed, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, "Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord"), and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: "a pair of doves or two young pigeons." From this one passage, it is clear that the Law of the Lord is more than just the 10 Commandments and the "rest" of the law is also considered to be the Law of the Lord. The two are one in the same and are used interchangeably. This passages quotes from Ex. 13:2 & 12 and Lev. 12:8. When the Bible speaks of "the law" it is not divided up into the 10 Commandments vs. the "rest" of the law. It is just one law - the law that God gave through Moses to the Children of Israel which included the 10 Commandments but also included 603 additional laws for 613 total commands.
Luke 2:21-24 & 27 & 39 - we are told that Jesus was born "under the law", and here we see how He fulfilled some specific requirements of the law. If we are to follow Jesus' example in everything, should we manditorily circumcise our children and offer sacrifices?
Luke 2:41-43 - Jesus attended the Feast of the Passover. Should we, too, if we are following His customs?
Luke 3:4-6 - fulfillment of Is. 40:3-5
Luke 4:4 - quotes from Deut. 8:3
Luke 4:8 - quotes from Deut. 6:13
Luke 4:10-11 - quotes from Psalm 91:11-12
Luke 4:12 - quotes from Deut. 6:16
Luke 4:18-19 - fulfillment of Is. 61:1-2
Luke 4:21 - "and he began by saying to them, 'Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.'"
Luke 4:24-27 - Jesus compares Elijah's time to their current time
Luke 5:14 - Jesus told the man He had just healed to offer the sacrifices that Moses had commanded (the commands were from God through Moses). Since Jesus was under the law, He kept the whole law.
Luke 6:1-5 - Jesus compares the breaking of the Sabbath to the breaking of ceremonial laws (eating the consecrated temple bread).