Balance of the Law.

We are called to do what Daniel did, to interpret the spiritual nature of God’s Law for a sin-loving world. God has numbered our days and weighed us in the balance of His Law. Salvation is only through repentance and trust in the Savior.

Daniel 5:26 This is the interpretation of each word. Mene: God has numbered your kingdom, and finished it; 27 Tekel: You have been weighed in the balances, and found wanting…

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4 Responses to Balance of the Law.

  1. Dotty Dannelly says:

    This really stirred up a huge debate. I’m from a Catholic upbringing, however I truly got saved in 2007. My sister sent this to me. ??????? Not even sure how to respond.

    According to the world-renowned patristics scholar, Johannes Quasten: “The principal aim of the whole writing [Protoevangelium of James] is to prove the perpetual and inviolate virginity of Mary before, in, and after the birth of Christ” (Patrology, 1:120–1).
    To begin with, the Protoevangelium records that when Mary’s birth was prophesied, her mother, St. Anne, vowed that she would devote the child to the service of the Lord, as Samuel had been by his mother (1 Sam. 1:11). Mary would thus serve the Lord at the Temple, as women had for centuries (1 Sam. 2:22), and as Anna the prophetess did at the time of Jesus’ birth (Luke 2:36–37). A life of continual, devoted service to the Lord at the Temple meant that Mary would not be able to live the ordinary life of a child-rearing mother. Rather, she was vowed to a life of perpetual virginity.
    However, due to considerations of ceremonial cleanliness, it was eventually necessary for Mary, a consecrated “virgin of the Lord,” to have a guardian or protector who would respect her vow of virginity. Thus, according to the Protoevangelium, Joseph, an elderly widower who already had children, was chosen to be her spouse. (This would also explain why Joseph was apparently dead by the time of Jesus’ adult ministry, since he does not appear during it in the gospels, and since Mary is entrusted to John, rather than to her husband Joseph, at the crucifixion).
    According to the Protoevangelium, Joseph was required to regard Mary’s vow of virginity with the utmost respect. The gravity of his responsibility as the guardian of a virgin was indicated by the fact that, when she was discovered to be with child, he had to answer to the Temple authorities, who thought him guilty of defiling a virgin of the Lord. Mary was also accused of having forsaken the Lord by breaking her vow. Keeping this in mind, it is an incredible insult to the Blessed Virgin to say that she broke her vow by bearing children other than her Lord and God, who was conceived through the power of the Holy Spirit.
    The perpetual virginity of Mary has always been reconciled with the biblical references to Christ’s brethren through a proper understanding of the meaning of the term “brethren.” The understanding that the brethren of the Lord were Jesus’ stepbrothers (children of Joseph) rather than half-brothers (children of Mary) was the most common one until the time of Jerome (fourth century). It was Jerome who introduced the possibility that Christ’s brethren were actually his cousins, since in Jewish idiom cousins were also referred to as “brethren.” The Catholic Church allows the faithful to hold either view, since both are compatible with the reality of Mary’s perpetual virginity.

    • Bea Blessed says:

      Although I cannot confirm any of the historical data about Mary, I have to say that I agree with the idea of true chastity and purity that Catholics still hold dear in their dogma. Also, I like that Catholics have preserved the idea of God choosing someone who is chaste to serve Him. Honoring chastity is all too rare. Too often today chastity is scorned as something only a naive person would value, when the fact is, God looks for those who are pure of heart.

      You have to have some understanding of God before you can treasure what it means to walk in His ways. Walking in God’s ways means your heart is in the ways of righteousness, not wickedness.

      I agree that it’s an incredible insult to say that Mary forsook the Lord. Therefore, I would have to side with Catholics in the basic idea of what God would uphold as worthy of respect: truly honoring God your entire life, and never varying.

  2. Bea Blessed says:

    You have been found wanting!

    If more humans would examine this comment, and see it as coming directly from God into their hearts, maybe they would begin to understand something.

    God has numbered your kingdom and finished it.

    Nothing could be truer than that.

    The Bible can really shed light on humans. Their continual turning away from God’s wisdom does not come with an eternal reward. Humans always insist that they are right. Only God can be right. And so … humans have been found wanting and their kingdom is finished.

    In simple terms, for those who missed the obvious: Humans love their temporal world, which passes away. Therefore they have had their reward already. Even more explicitly: Eternity is not for disobedient humans.

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