Alas, the Apologia is finished!

Posted by Rural Missourian on May 16th, 2007

Alas, the long in coming apologia on Missouri Wood’s use of mules as a Christian business is finished. Though it primarily focuses on the breeding and use of mules as it relates to Leviticus 19:19, the “smoking gun” passage most widely used by those that oppose such practices, it also addresses the many similar issues of God’s law that are all related to a far more difficult subject to master, rightly transitioning God’s law and its use from the Levitical priesthood of Aaron under the Old Covenant to the Melchizedek priesthood of Christ under the New Covenant. The New Testament identifies many such related issues of this reformational transition such as food, drink, clothing, feasts, sabbaths, holidays, washings, unclean nations, and other things that were all regulated by Old Covenant law that fell under the category of “fleshly ordinances” per Hebrews 9:9-10. Though the mule issue may not be your forte, I’ll bet one of these other related issues may be of concern to you or someone close to you.  It’s worth the read.

It didn’t take anymore time to write it than I expected and I did manage to keep to my limit of twenty pages, but the time used to write it was measured to me in very small increments spread between many other jobs of greater importance. I apologize for the many months it took. Stacey, this one is for you.

It is published in a PDF format so you can either read it on your computer or in hard copy after printing it off. Here is the link: An Apologia for the lawful breeding and use of Mules under the New Covenant. If you have problems opening or reading it, you can let me know by sending an e-mail to:

RuralMissourian[at]CRCRayville.org.

— The Missouri Rev

6 Responses

  1. Matt Davis Says:

    YEE HAW! Or is it HEE HAW!? Stacy and I have been going through it at our own paces and so far have very much enjoyed the read. We’ll hit you up with all the questions after we’re done.

    Matt

  2. Missouri Rev Says:

    It’s actually Gee Haw. I am expecting a few questions, as I did my best to keep it at 20 pages, which means there are likely some gaps. God bless and enjoy.

  3. Matt Davis Says:

    Just finished the apologia a few minutes ago. I really enjoyed it and was blessed by it. It does raise several questions, though, but they will have to wait cause I’m about to fall asleep on the keyboard. Thanks, Pastor Tom for the time and effort that you put into what I think is a great work.

    In Christ,

    Matt

  4. Matt Davis Says:

    Hey Pastor Tom,

    I wanted to post a couple of questions and/or statements about the apologia here to hopefully stir some dialogue.

    Stacy and I both greatly enjoyed reading your article and leaned a great deal from it. I think one of the greateds lessons learned is that the law is so much more difficult to keep than we could ever imagine… quite impossible, which you state. but you also say that the 10 Commandments are the Moral Law which is what we are to keep today. (paraphrased)

    My first questions are…

    1. Can anyone actually keep the 10 Commandments? and

    2. Isn’t the 4th commandment omitted in the New Testament?

    Our command is to be holy just as God is holy. Is this even possible?

    I guess what I am getting at here is that God knew we would not be able to keep all of His commands, but He gave them to us anyway so that we could know Him. Should we not strive to keep His law, not to attain holiness, but rather as a result of holiness?

    Again, thanks for the apologia as it has taught us much that we needed to be taught.

    In Christ,

    Matt & Stacy

  5. Missouri Rev Says:

    Hi Matt & Stacy, thanks for the great questions. The commandments of God are impossible to keep on our own, as the old man is contrary to them by nature (Rom. 8:7), but in Christ, we can keep them, as the Lord works in His people both to will and do according to His good pleasure . . . else the Lord could not command His people to be holy, as He is.

    The Ten Commandments are actually categories of the moral law of God. Take for instance the sixth commandment, Thou shall do no murder. Murder can take many forms, which includes the taking of a life through physical means. Kidnapping is also a form of murder, since it takes a man’s life from him and his family, which depends upon him. That is why it is a crime that requires capital punishment. Can we keep the law of God summed up in Ten Commandments? Yes, though not perfectly, which is why we have an Advocate, the Lord Jesus Christ, Who intercedes for us as our High Priest.

    No, the 4th commandment has not been omitted, though we are not to keep it according to the Levitical ordinances which were done away with the coming of Christ. It has, however, come into its full substance in the rest of Christ spoken of in Hebrews 4:8-9, “For if Joshua had given them rest, then He would not afterward have spoken of another day. There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.” We must remember that prior to his fall in the garden, Adam worked from a position of rest in the finished works of the first creation. When he fell he lost his rest in God and was required to labor by the sweat of his brow on ground cursed by Him. The sabbath ordinances of the Levitical law spoke as shadows and types to the rest that would come with the last Adam, Jesus Christ. Today, under the New Everlasting Covenant, we are once again to labor in Him from a position of rest in His finished works wrought on the cross. Like the rest prior to the fall of Adam, this substance Sabbath rest is 24/7, only now it is according to a new creation. Yet, the Lord Jesus Christ also reaffirmed the weekly sabbath rest meant for man (Mark 2:27), wherein he labors six days and rests one, along with those under his authority including his work animals. Only under the New Covenant, we rest the first day (the Lord’s Day) in commemoration of His resurrection on the first day of the week, instead of the seventh under the Mosaic covenant.

    Yes, we keep the commandments by God’s indwelling Spirit (Rom. 8:3-4) as a result of holiness wrought in us by God, as you say, and not to be holy.

    Thanks for dropping in.

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