Right to Retire

The Deuteronomy 10 lesson in the Torah Class was so striking to me that I had to quote a portion of it here. Tom Bradford, the teacher, has great insight and clear commentary on the Scriptures. This particular lesson was even better than the norm, in my opinion.

Here’s my “two cent” comments before I get to his. The lazy attitude of many modern “Christians” toward knowing their God is appalling. I submit that they know just the tiniest ABOUT Him, but they don’t really KNOW Him. And, many who claim to be His only “know” what they’ve been told or heard, but they dare not study His Book for themselves. They believe they have zero obligations in the matter. It’s cheap, easy, greasy grace. Sounds like a shallow, surface-level relationship at best. How would that go over with your spouse? Would he/she feel truly “loved” by someone who didn’t even try to get to know them, someone who felt they had no further obligation to their spouse after they said “I do”? It reminds me of a teacher I had as a youth. During school fundraisers, we would try to get him to buy his wife flowers or candy. His response has always stuck with me: “I already caught the train, why should I keep running?” That’s another example of what Tom is describing below.

The scripture being referenced is shown below, followed by his perceptive commentary.

So now, Isra’el, all that Adonai your God asks  [NOTE: other versions say “require” or “demand”] from you is to fear Adonai your God, follow all his ways, love him and serve Adonai your God with all your heart and all your being; to obey, for your own good, the mitzvot (commands) and regulations of Adonai which I am giving you today. ~~ Deuteronomy 10: 12-13

Do you wish only to be granted your salvation and then you float through the rest of your life carefree, done with the things of God, believing that your sins are covered anyway, so why worry about it? That is, do you truly believe that once you trust Yeshua our Messiah you have utterly no further obligations to Him and there will be no consequences for your decisions and actions, or inactions as the case may be? Have you decided that you can completely separate your knowledge of what He has done for you from your worship of Him and from the way you live your life? Let me say without hesitation or doubt, that precise implication is rife within the modern, especially modern evangelical, church. And it even brings into question whether any form of believer’s obedience to the written Word is actually legalism, and thus a bad thing. And I speak today in firm opposition to such an ungodly doctrine whose basis is nothing more than a desire to distance the Gentile church from the Hebrew Torah, and to make the life of a Christian seem as though from the moment of our salvation we have gained the right to retire from the duty to do any more than merely exist while we wait for heaven. Moses says “redeemed of Israel: you have things to do”. Modern Christianity says “redeemed of Christ: quit now and save your energy”. –Tom Bradford, Torah Class


2 thoughts on “Right to Retire

  1. It is sad to me that I thought I was loving YHVH by working in the church. Being on a worship team, teaching Sunday school, working nursery, even scrubbing toilets. That’s because that’s what I was taught! I am so glad that the great God of the universe opened my husband’s eyes & then mine to His whole truth!
    “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome.”
    1 John 5:3


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