God does not change but His methods of dealing with us do change as we mature. As an example, the law did not come until four hundred and thirty years after Abraham. Abraham was a man of faith and God rewarded him for it. But he sure was not a man of law. If he would have been alive about four hundred and fifty years later -- when people were judged by the law -- he would probably have been stoned for the way he treated his wife and lied to the kings.
But remember, there was no law and consequently no sin. You see, Abraham represented an age or period of time before there was any law. Therefore God dealt with him on the basis of his faith. He could not be judged by the law because there was no law.
In reference to the fact that there is no sin if there is no law -- also connect the thought that overcoming the law will remove us from the curse of death. I Cor. 15:55-58 says, "O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."
This indicates that death comes because of sin, and sin comes because of the law. Conversely, it might be interpreted that the law brings sin and sin brings death. Remembering that we are to seek immortality (Rom. 2:7) -- perhaps a clue to entering the state of immortality is to eliminate the cause of death which is sin and law. Since Jesus fulfilled the law and brought us four simple new ones we may find the process of entering immortality will involve our keeping Jesus' four commandments and not allowing our minds to condemn ourselves when we are led by the Holy Spirit to do things that are against the commandments of Moses.
I am presently convinced there is no authority for teaching the idea that the OT is to be divided into sections and that some of those sections are not to be followed and that some are to be used as law even now. Some have said there is a difference between the commands and the rituals. But I disagree. I cannot find any scriptural difference.
To get a little technical, the TORAH is the law and it includes the total of everything concerning it. The TSAVAH is the prime commandment and it includes the rituals and lots of other statutes, too -- including the Ten Commandments (words). The MISHPAT is the judgment. The CHOQ is the statute and decree. The MITSVAH is from the TSAvAh and is a commendment. The DABAR is a "word" and is used in the Ten Commandments (words) sometimes called DECALOG (or the 10 words). The EDAH is a testimony or witness and comes from the idea to duplicate. The CHUQQAH is a statute or ordinance or decreed limit. These are eight OT words that are used interchangeably in our translations.
Concerning the OT law; there is just no way to decide which ones to keep and which to throw out. In checking out the article which pleads with us to return to the law. I noticed that the author quoted some of the better commands (TSAVAH) such as apply to health, government and military ideas -- and I agree -- but there was no mention of the commands (TSAVAH) which are impossible to keep in our present society.
For example, give dead animal meat to a stranger and sell to alien but don't eat it yourself (Deut.14:21). I wouldn't want to give or sell bad meat to anyone. Also, offer no blemished sacrifice (Deut.17:1). Well, I don't intend to offer any sacrifice at all -blemished or not. How about stoning the wicked person (Deut.17:5)? I don't believe Jesus wants me to stone anybody. The commandment says if I take a beautiful woman captive in a battle I am to leave her alone for a month before having sexual intercourse with her (Deut. 21:10). When I was in the US Navy in the Korean War I never intended to keep that commandment by having sexual intercourse with any captive woman -- and my wife agreed!
How about the command that the son of your hated wife is to receive the greater inheritance if born before the son of your beloved wife? The only way I know how to keep that command is to engage in polygamy and I do not intend to keep that command. In fact, my government would prosecute me, my society would persecute me and my wife would execute me if I did keep it!
The command (TSAVAH) is to kill your stubborn, rebellious child. I'm glad that my parents didn't keep that one! The command (TSAVAH) says that a rapist must marry his victim if she is not engaged to another man (Deut, 22:28). I find it inconceivable that anyone would want to go back to the commandments of the OT.
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