An Unchanging God and an Unchanging Messiah

There are some things in which all mankind unites in disdain. Hypocrisy and, specifically, having different rules for some rather than others, are almost universally considered to be offenses against civilization. This is one of the easiest ways to spot injustice or a non-contrite heart. One of the biggest examples of this in recent memory is lawmakers pass laws that are binding on the people but then they exempt themselves. As the old saying goes, “if it is good for the goose then it is good for the gander”. Obversely, if is not good for the goose, then it is not good for the gander.

Whether we are raising children, working in our secular careers, or serving the flock, we absolutely need to judge and to be judged the same way on Monday as we are on Friday. Those who have raised children know full well their perspective on fairness. If the adults can eat in the living room, why not the kids? If one child gets to spend the night somewhere else, then why doesn’t the other? I am using children for the example because Yeshua told us to come to the Father just like children. That inherent sense of justice we know from the youngest age is a pure sense of justice and something we share with our Creator and His Son.

For I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that our fathers were all under the cloud and all passed through the sea; and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea; and all ate the same spiritual food; and all drank the same spiritual drink, for they were drinking from a spiritual rock which followed them; and the rock was Christ. 1 Cor 10:1-4

Paul is writing to the Corinthian congregation here and uses the phrase “our fathers”. This is an important distinction because Corinth was a gentile city with a congregation of believers predominately comprised of gentile converts – just like us. So Paul is indicating here that “our fathers” are indeed the Hebrews who marched in the wilderness for forty years because we are adopted children of Abraham through the blood of Messiah. And Paul goes on to identify the rock that Moses struck as being the Rock of our Salvation, Jesus Christ, Yeshua HaMashiach.

“For I, the LORD (Yahweh), do not change; therefore you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed. “From the days of your fathers you have turned aside from My statutes and have not kept them. Return to Me, and I will return to you,” says the LORD of hosts. “But you say, ‘How shall we return?’ Mal 3:6-7

Understand, brethren, that we are expected to live by the same standard as those who have come before us. Because if the Father and the Son can change, then we have no surety in what is expected of us. This would be injustice and we know that no deceit was found in Messiah. Israel was destroyed because of transgressions so does it make any sense that those exact same transgressions – breaking the Sabbath, bringing in pagan practices and calling them holy, and effectively turning our back on Torah is OK now but warranted the destruction and dispersion of the children of God yesterday? It is unthinkable.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8