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In the Gates

Warning against Going Beyond

Deuteronomy 12.32

Everything that I command you, you shall be careful to do. You shall not add to it or take from it.’”

1 Corinthians 4.6; Revelation 22.18, 19

God cannot emphasize enough the importance of full, complete, and continuous obedience to His Law. Israel is to “be careful” to do so, reading the Law, studying and discussing it, looking to her elders and judges to explain and apply it, and dutifully keeping their steps within its path (Ps. 119.59, 60). In order to secure the further benefits and blessings of God’s covenant, Israel must not omit any part of the Law, even though it is difficult to understand or hard to bear. Nor must they add anything to it, thus presuming to improve on God’s revelation by their own wits.

Paul would tell the churches in his day the same thing – not to “go beyond” what was written in the Word of God, but to keep their obedience within the framework of divine revelation. And John warned any who would add to his words, the last of the apostolic generation, of judgment to come on those who presume to add their own words to God’s as of equal standing.

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T.M. Moore

T. M. Moore is principal of The Fellowship of Ailbe, a spiritual fellowship in the Celtic Christian tradition. He and his wife, Susie, make their home in the Champlain Valley of Vermont.
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