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What is the Seal of God?

The Seal of God is a symbol of God's character. When we have a character that is like Christ with the commandments written on our hearts, we are sealed in our foreheads. In other words, when we love like Jesus, our minds are transformed and we think and act like Jesus!

Now which set of commandments are written on our hearts? There are two! There is the original set in Exodus 34 or Deuteronomy 5, but then there is another set of commandments and some changes that have taken place since.

The original set has the seal of God written into the Sabbath command. A legal document or a law always contains a seal with three key elements: the name of the lawgiver, the office they hold and their jurisdiction. The original law contains the seal with all three elements and reveals that God wants a relationship with us.

“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, or your servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy."

Sabbath was a special day that God created to be a blessing to mankind. In Mark 2:27 Jesus said Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. By the time Jesus started His ministry on earth, the Pharisees had made the Sabbath a terrible burden. Jesus showed that the day was not a curse, but a blessing. It was a day to be with friends and family and not have to work. However, if it was going to cause pain, Jesus showed that it was better to alleviate that pain. He showed this in the eating of grain and healing the cripple. He was accused of breaking the Sabbath, but He was actually embodying the Sabbath principal.

In heaven and in the Garden of Eden, Satan spread lies about God's character. In order for His creation to freely choose to love Him, God would need to develop a relationship with them and reveal His character. The Sabbath pointed out God's authority and jurisdiction, while also carving out a space in time that showed His character as a relational, loving and compassionate God.

The second set of commandments, does not contain the seal and the day of worship was changed from Sabbath to Sunday. The second commandment concerning idol worship was removed and the tenth commandment was split in two to make up the ten.

There is a recently growing argument about which day of the week is actually Sabbath, but Sabbath has stood the test of time, from creation until now. It is not only for the Jews, but for all mankind. Most Christians worship on Sunday, but God's law is not changeable. The seventh day of the week, is still called Sabbath in over 100 languages today.

Satan has worked very hard throughout history to confuse us about who God is and how His law actually operates. God's law is a natural law, like gravity. You can observe it, but you can't change it. We don't have to police it and it has natural consequences. If you drop an object, it falls. You don't have to threaten the object or force it. It will simply fall. This is how God's law operates. If you don't follow the commandments, your character is damaged and your conscience is seared. God warns us, but when you choose to ignore Him, He allows it. This is freedom and you cannot have love without freedom. However, He is the life-giver. He literally sustains our lives, the world and the universe. The natural consequence is that you will eventually die outside of that relationship.

Think about it this way. You have to breathe to stay alive. If you choose to put a plastic bag over your head and cut off your oxygen, that is your choice. However, you are going to die. I can warn you and tell you not to do it, but you choose to do it anyway. I am not killing you, I am just warning you. You are the one that is cutting yourself off from life giving oxygen. This is the law of respiration. It's a natural law with dire consequences.

If we think God's law is changeable, then we believe that God operates His government like humans do. We make up laws, then we police the laws and punish lawbreakers. The laws are made up and don't have real consequences. We imagine that God's law is arbitrary and He just imposes laws on us to exercise his power and control.

God's kingdom doesn't work this way. We develop a relationship with Him that causes us to love and respect Him and others. The law is then written on our hearts and we are transformed into His likeness. Imagine how our world would be if we all had this kind of a relationship with God. Everyone would be happy, there would be world peace and no one would go hungry. Communities would be secure and safe, jails would be empty and the police would be out of a job. This is what life in Heaven will by like and it will be a free choice of the inhabitants. Only those that choose to operate within this type of governance, will be happy there. Even though God is all powerful, he would never use His power to coerce or force us to operate within the confines of His law. He chooses to attract us and woo us with love.

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