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DocReits June 23, 2014 at 7:18 pm

Great topic Robert,

I agree wholeheartedly with everything you wrote and say Amen! I would like to make one clarification, if I may, for those who might be confused about your one statement under “Conclusion” which is confusing.

You write, “God gave the nation of Israel, the people He chose to represent Him, many more specific examples of how this Law was to be lived out.”.

Then you go on to list ceremonial Rules. While I understand your intent to draw a distinction between the two, I don’t believe you did.

The Law, as you well said, were(and are) the Ten Commandments. The Ninth Commandment states, a person shall not bear false witness against their neighbor. This has nothing to do with hand washing or setting the leper outside the camp.

The Law is still in force today. Breaking a ceremonial rule, like joining wool and linen in one’s clothing, had nothing to do with how the Ten Commandments were to be lived out.

Many have tasked Christians with defending our belief in the Ten Commandments while offering us a ceremonial rule as evidence(“proof”) that they(The Law…Ten Commandments) no longer apply to our present time. Many Christians do not know how to answer that challenge.

There is much confusion over this point, not only among unbelievers but unfortunately among believers. The Ten Commandments and ceremonial requirements are separate and distinct, neither being the outworking of the other.

On your larger point on the purpose of the Law, I agree. God ultimately loves us and gave us the Law to demonstrate to us our need for Him. It(the Law) is written upon all men’s hearts(Heb 10:16, Rom 2:15) and Christ will finally draw all men unto Him which are His(Jn 12:32).



Robert June 24, 2014 at 12:11 pm

Hi Doc,

Always good to hear from you. Your comments are spot on. I knew I would miss emphasizing something in my article, so I was counting on comments, such as yours, to fill in the empty spots. I can always count on your diligence, and I appreciate it…and you.

While I agree that the ceremonial (and civil) aspects of the Law are separate, they seem to be vitally linked. I believe that the ceremonial parts were basically object lessons, albeit very important ones, which illustrated other truths. For instance, we know that the sacrificing of the animals pointed to the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus. The ceremonial aspects of the Law, in my opinion, were (for Israel in their time and as an example for us today) practical examples, living parables if you will, of the principles God wants us to live by. For example, not joining two different kinds of cloth together may illustrate that we are to worship God only, not a mixture of God and anything else (the First Commandment).

Possibly the ceremonial laws pointed more toward our relationship with God (and spiritual truths), while the civil laws pointed more toward our relationships with each other. I’m just laying out my thoughts here. I’m sure further study on my part is needed.

You make some excellent points in your comment and it would be wise for anyone trying to understand the importance of the Ten Commandments to keep those comments in mind. One cannot go wrong by digging into the Bible, thinking deeply about it, and discussing it with others. There is much to ponder.

God bless you, Doc.

Yours in Christ,

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