711. Creation / escape from Egypt is the reason for the Sabbath. [B, 42; H, 234]

EXO 20:11, For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
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DEU 5:15, And remember that thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt, and that the LORD thy God brought thee out thence through a mighty hand and by a stretched out arm: therefore the LORD thy God commanded thee to keep the sabbath day.

 

 

712. Working on the Sabbath is prohibited / allowed. [B, 43; H, 234-235]

EXO 31:15, Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD: whosoever doeth any work in the sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death.

NUM 15:32 And while the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man that gathered sticks upon the sabbath day. ... 36 And all the congregation brought him without the camp, and stoned him with stones, and he died; as the LORD commanded Moses.
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JOS 6:14 nd the second day they compassed the city once, and returned into the camp: so they did six days. 15 And it came to pass on the seventh day, that they rose early about the dawning of the day, and compassed the city after the same manner seven times: only on that day they compassed the city seven times.

MAT 12:1-8, At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the corn; and his disciples were an hungred, and began to pluck the ears of corn, and to eat. But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day. But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an hungred, and they that were with him; How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the shewbread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but only for the priests? Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless?

JOH 5:16-17, And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the sabbath day. But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.

 

 

713. You should / need not observe the sabbath. [B, 41; H, 234]

EXO 20:8, Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

ISA 56:2, Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it; that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil.
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ISA 1:13, Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting.

MAR 2:27-28, And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.

ROM 14:5, One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.

COL 2:16, Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:

 

 

714. Those who violate the Sabbath should be killed / shunned.

EXO 31:15, Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD: whosoever doeth any work in the sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death.
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EXO 31:14, Ye shall keep the sabbath therefore; for it is holy unto you: every one that defileth it shall surely be put to death: for whosoever doeth a ny work therein, that soul shall be cut off from among his people.

 

 

715. It is / is not wrong to make images. [B, 29; H, 226]

EXO 20:4-5, Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God ....

DEU 4:23 Take heed unto yourselves, lest ye forget the covenant of the LORD your God, which he made with you, and make you a graven image, or the likeness of any thing, which the LORD thy God hath forbidden thee.

DEU 27:15 Cursed be the man that maketh any graven or molten image, an abomination unto the LORD, the work of the hands of the craftsman, and putteth it in a secret place.
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EXO 25:18, And thou shalt make two cherubims of gold, of beaten work shalt thou make them, in the two ends of the mercy seat.

NUM 21:8, And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live. 9 And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.

1KIN 10:19 The throne had six steps, and the top of the throne was round behind: and there were stays on either side on the place of the seat, and two lions stood beside the stays. 20 And twelve lions stood there on the one side and on the other upon the six steps: there was not the like made in any kingdom.

 

 

716. God cursed / glorified the serpent.

GEN 3:14 And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: 15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
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NUM 21:8 And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live. 9 And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.

JOH 3:14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:

 

 

717. It is / is not wrong to lie. [B, 25]
(Do as I say, not as I do.)

EXO 20:16, Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
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1KIN 22:23, Now therefore, behold, the LORD hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these thy prophets, and the LORD hath spoken evil concerning thee.

 

 

718. It is / is not wrong to covet. [H, 249]

EXO 20:17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.
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1COR 12:31 But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.

1COR 14:39 Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.

 

 

719. It is / is not wrong to steal. [B, 24; H, 300]

EXO 20:15, Thou shalt not steal. (KJV)

[SEE ALSO: LEV 19:11-13; DEU 5:19; EPH 4:28]

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EXO 12:35 The people of Israel had also done as Moses told them, for they had asked of the Egyptians jewelry of silver and gold, and clothing; 36 and the LORD had given the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they let them have what they asked. Thus they despoiled the Egyptians. (OAB)

EZE 39:10, So that they shall take no wood out of the field, neither cut down any out of the forests; for they shall burn the weapons with fire: and they shall spoil those that spoiled them, and rob those that robbed them, saith the Lord GOD. (KJV)

2COR 11:7-8, Was it a sin for me to lower myself in order to elevate you by preaching the gospel of God to you free of charge? I robbed other churches by receiving support from them so as to serve you. (KJV)

 

 

720. The penalty for theft from a neighbor is double the loss / restitution.

EXO 22:7 If a man shall deliver unto his neighbour money or stuff to keep, and it be stolen but of the man's house; if the thief be found, let him pay double. 8 If the thief be not found, then the master of the house shall be brought unto the judges, to see whether he have put his hand unto his neighbour's goods. 9 For all manner of trespass, whether it be for ox, for ass, for sheep, for raiment, or for any manner of lost thing, which another challengeth to be his, the cause of both parties shall come before the judges; and whom the judges shall condemn, he shall pay double unto his neighbour.
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EXO 22:10 If a man deliver unto his neighbour an ass, or an ox, or a sheep, or any beast, to keep; and it die, or be hurt, or driven away, no man seeing it: 11 Then shall an oath of the LORD be between them both, that he hath not put his hand unto his neighbour's goods; and the owner of it shall accept thereof, and he shall not make it good. 12 And if it be stolen from him, he shall make restitution unto the owner thereof. 13 If it be torn in pieces, then let him bring it for witness, and he shall not make good that which was torn.

 

 

721. Do / do not defraud your neighbor.

EXO 3:21-22 ... when ye go, ye shall not go empty; but every woman shall borrow of her neighbor, and of her that sojourneth in her house, jewels of silver and jewels of gold, and raiment; and ye shall put them on your sons and upon your daughters; and ye shall spoil the Egyptians.
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LEV 19:13 Thou shalt not defraud thy neighbor, nether rob him.

1THE 4:6, That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified

 

 

722. Jesus' 6th commandment was Love thy neighbor / defraud not / not mentioned.

MAT 19:17-19, And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder[1], Thou shalt not commit adultery[2], Thou shalt not steal[3], Thou shalt not bear false witness[4], Honour thy father and thy mother[5]: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself * [6].

* See LEV 19:18, "... thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself...." It was not one of the 10 commandments. - p.b.

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MAR 10:19, Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery[1], Do not kill[2], Do not steal[3], Do not bear false witness[4], Defraud not** [5], Honour thy father and mother[6].

** See LEV 19:13, "Thou shalt not defraud thy neighbour, ...." It was not one of the 10 commandments. - p.b.

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LUK 18:20, Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery[1], Do not kill[2], Do not steal[3], Do not bear false witness[4], Honour thy father and thy mother***[5]. 21 And he said, All these have I kept from my youth up.

***Jesus mentioned only five commandments in LUK 18. - p.b.

 

 

723. Leaven is good / bad. [M, 331-332]

MAT 13:33 Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.

[SEE ALSO: LUK 13:20-21]

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LEV 10:12 And Moses spake unto Aaron, and unto Eleazar and unto Ithamar, his sons that were left, Take the meat offering that remaineth of the offerings of the LORD made by fire, and eat it without leaven beside the altar: for it is most holy:

1COR 5:6-8 Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? 7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: 8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

[SEE ALSO:MAR 8:15, LUK 12:1]

 

 

724. It is / is not wrong to eat flying creeping things. [H, 246]

DEU 14:19, And every creeping thing that flieth is unclean unto you: they shall not be eaten.
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LEV 11:20-25, All fowls that creep, going upon all four, shall be an abomination unto you. Yet these may ye eat of every flying creeping thing that goeth upon all four, who have legs above their feet, to leap withal upon the earth; Even these of them ye may eat; the locust after his kind, and the bald locust after his kind, and the beetle after his kind, and the grasshopper after his kind. But all other flying creeping things, who have four feet, shall be an abomination unto you. And for these ye shall be unclean: whosoever toucheth the carcase of them shall be unclean until the even. And whosoever beareth ought of the carcase of them shall wash his clothes, and be unclean until the even.

 

 

725. Jesus said the law cannot fail / there are no animals unclean to eat.

LUK 16:17, And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail.
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MAR 7:14-15, And when he had called all the people unto him, he said unto them, Hearken unto me every one of you, and understand: There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man.

 

 

726. Eating of blood and fat is prohibited / allowed.

LEV 3:17, It shall be a perpetual statute for your generations throughout all your dwellings, that ye eat neither fat nor blood.
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MAT 15:11, Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.

MAT 26:27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; 28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

COL 2:20-22, Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, (Touch not; taste not; handle not; Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?

 

 

727. Drinking alcohol is / is not acceptable. [B, 53; H, 251]

DEU 14:26, And thou shalt bestow that money for whatsoever thy soul lusteth after, for oxen, or for sheep, or for wine, or for strong drink, or for whatsoever thy soul desireth: and thou shalt eat there before the LORD thy God, and thou shalt rejoice, thou, and thine household,

JOH 2:7-9, Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim. And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it. When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom,

[SEE ALSO: PSA 104:14-15; PRO 31:6-7; 1TIM 5:23]

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HOS 4:11, Whoredom and wine and new wine take away the heart.

ROM 14:21, It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak.

[SEE ALSO: PRO 20:1, 23:29-32.]

 

 

728. Food and drink are / are not to be judged.

ROM 14:21, It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak.
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COL 2:16, Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:

 

 

729. It is always / sometimes wrong to eat food offered to idols. [H, 249]

ACT 15:28, It is the decision of the Holy Spirit and of us not to place on you any burden beyond these necessities, 29 namely, to abstain from meat sacrificed to idols, from blood, from meats of strangled animals, and from unlawful marriage. If you keep free of these, you will be doing what is right. (NAB)

1COR 10:20 But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils. 21 Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of devils. (KJV)
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ROM 14:14, I know and am convinced in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself; still, it is unclean for someone who thinks it unclean. ... 20 ... Everything is indeed clean, but it is wrong for anyone to become a stumbling block by eating; 21 it is good not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything that causes your brother to stumble. ... 23 But whoever has doubts is condemned if he eats, because this is not from faith; for whatever is not from faith is sin. (NAB)

 

 

730. You should / need not be circumcised. [B, 40; H, 260]

GEN 17:11, And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt me and you.
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GAL 5:2, Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing.

 

 

731. Circumcision was required / ignored for forty years. [H, 260]

GEN 17:14 And the uncircumcised man child whose flesh of his foreskin is not circumcised, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken my covenant.
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JOS 5:5 Now all the people that came out were circumcised: but all the people that were born in the wilderness by the way as they came forth out of Egypt, them they had not circumcised. ... 7 And their children, whom he raised up in their stead, them Joshua circumcised: for they were uncircumcised, because they had not circumcised them by the way.

 

 

732. Circumcision is / is not necessary. [H, 260]

ACT 16:1 Then came he to Derbe and Lystra: and, behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timotheus, the son of a certain woman, which was a Jewess, and believed; but his father was a Greek: ... 3 Him would Paul have to go forth with him; and took and circumcised him because of the Jews which were in those quarters: for they knew all that his father was a Greek.
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GAL 2:3 But neither Titus, who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised: 4 And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage:

 

 

733. God does / does not approve of slavery. [B, 30; H, 298, 302]

GEN 17:13, He that is born in thy house, and he that is bought with thy money, must needs be circumcised: and my covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant. (KJV)

COL 3:22, Slaves, obey your human masters in everything, not only when being watched, as currying favor, but in simplicity of heart, fearing the Lord. (NAB)

[SEE ALSO: GEN 9:25; EXO 21:2; LEV 25:45; JOE 3:8; LUK 12:47]

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MAT 23:10, Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ. (KJV)

ISA 58:6, Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? (KJV)

[SEE ALSO: EXO 22:21]

 

 

734. Hebrew slaves are permitted / prohibited. [H, 303]

EXO 21:2, If thou buy an Hebrew servant, six years he shall serve: and in the seventh he shall go out free for nothing. ... 7 And if a man sell his daughter to be a maidservant, she shall not go out as the menservants do.
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LEV 25:39, And if thy brother that dwelleth by thee be waxen poor, and be sold unto thee; thou shalt not compel him to serve as a bondservant: 40 But as an hired servant, and as a sojourner, he shall be with thee, and shall serve thee unto the year of jubile: ... 46 And ye shall take them as an inheritance for your children after you, to inherit them for a possession; they shall be your bondmen for ever: but over your brethren the children of Israel, ye shall not rule one over another with rigour.

 

 

735. Slaves should not desire their freedom / be slaves of men.

1COR7:21, Were you a slave when you were called? Don't let it trouble you although if you can gain your freedom, do so. 22 For he who was a slave when he was called by the Lord is the Lord's freedman; similarly, he who was a free man when he was called is Christ's slave.
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1COR 7:23 Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men.

 

 

736. Slaves should be emancipated in the seventh / fiftieth year of servitude. [H, 303]

DEU 15:12, And if thy brother, an Hebrew man, or an Hebrew woman, be sold unto thee, and serve thee six years; then in the seventh year thou shalt let him go free from thee.
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LEV 25:10, And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubile unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family.

 

 

737. Maid-servants are / are not to be emancipated. [H, 304]

DEU 15:12, And if thy brother, an Hebrew man, or an Hebrew woman, be sold unto thee, and serve thee six years; then in the seventh year thou shalt let him go free from thee.
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EXO 21:7, And if a man sell his daughter to be a maidservant, she shall not go out as the menservants do.

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