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Eternal Truths of those CRAZY Old Testament Laws


Eternal Truths of those

CRAZY Old Testament Laws

An email was forwarded to me from a man who listed several points about the Word of God in a response to the claim by Dr. Laura that homosexuality is an abomination according to the Word of God. He addressed issues regarding the laws of the OT (Old Testament), in which he thought they were nonsensical. His point was to show the laws were absurd and therefore dismiss anything it may say about homosexuality. Many stumble at these issues so I felt it was important to talk about them. Here I address each of the topics he mentioned. I hope this brings some light though I realize there is much to learn.

Seeking with a mindset to truly know and not to lift ourselves above God allows us to be open to learn from Him. If we seek to know God as He is, then we will start to see the perfection in all His ways, and how all works together to teach us and instruct us. God is love. All He does is in love. As we seek to understand His truths with this mindset and trust the Holy Spirit to teach us, we see that is the case.

Before we get started a couple of points. The Word is written layer upon layer so that each passage holds layers of truth. It’s incredibly rich and deep, which makes seeking and learning an on going process. Second, those of the OT didn’t have the Holy Spirit to guide and to teach them, therefore they needed numerous external rules to live by. Third, the stories and events of the OT point to spiritual truths, eternal truths. The laws are symbolic and reminders of God’s truth. Each one pointed to a deeper spiritual truth, and those truths endure though many of the rules do not – as they were no longer need with the coming of Jesus and the anointing of the Holy Spirit.

God is God and we are not. We see a sliver. He sees eternity. He knows how all works together. We think we know better and we know best, we don’t. God knows our nature better than we do. He understood that the Israelites needed boundaries, rules, reminders of His truths to be constantly before them. He understood if you give people an inch they take a mile. God knows the human nature better than any. All the “rules” were for the Israelites protection and continuance of a nation. He needed to protect them because from that lineage Christ would come. At the manifestation of Jesus Christ not only was He the perfect fulfillment of the law but we are now able to receive the Holy Spirit to guide us so we didn’t need all those outward reminders. Further, God was building illustrations that taught eternal truths and many pointing to Christ. On with the issues …

Slavery Leviticus 25:44, Exodus 21:7

God allowed slavery for a reason to serve certain purposes. It caused history to play out in a certain way. We can’t understand the beginning from the end or the full purpose of its existence, because all we’ve know is history with it. Like today, our systems serve certain purposes though far from perfect. Some systems seem unfair, but that is our estimation. We aren’t qualified to judge, because we see only a sliver of time. We think we know what fair is. We haven’t a clue. We don’t see the beginning and the end. We don’t understand the fullness of our purpose here on earth. Ecc 3:11 We are trying to play God when we think we do.

In addition, the way the world is at any one time is to teach us spiritual truths and the “negative” teaches just as much as the positive, if not more so. Slavery in the physical taught us about slavery in the spiritual. If there was no slavery we would lack understanding. We can’t see the spiritual so the physical is there to teach us about it in a way we can understand.

The more important truth is we are all slaves either to God or to Satan. It’s the spiritual life that matters much more than the physical. The physical life is but a nit; the spiritual for eternity. We put far too much weight on the physical and not enough on the spiritual life. Many people today are slaves to greed, lust, and a whole host of things that are far worse than physical slavery. And it this internal slavery that Christ came to free us from. Freedom is an illusion to those who are slaves to this world.

Matthew 10:28 , 1 John 5:19, Titus 2:9, James 4:14

Animal sacrificesLev 1:9

Animal sacrifices pointed to Christ. God designed this world that life is to be given for life for there to be forgiveness; blood for blood. The sacrifice of the animals was to teach us about the seriousness of our sin – how it separates us from God and what is required for us to be reunited to Him – the life of another. For the Israelites, it was a constant reminder of their need for forgiveness and that it’s only life that can pay the price for sin.

With Christ, the eternal sacrifice, an animal sacrifice and having to do it over and over is no longer needed.

Further reading – Lesson in Sacrifice

To be continued ….

Author: Rachel

My passion is cultivating a deep relationship with God and helping others to do the same. I LOVE sharing with others insights that God has taught me and hearing what God has taught them... thus my blog, Stirring the Deep. My focus is on a relationship, not a religion. Life is in the relationship. I believe in a balance and unity of body, mind and spirit. I feel it's important to nurture all three for they all affect each other. I try to live in the present, where the Holy Spirit is. And I try to do all with the motive of love. I've come to believe life is a journey and not a destination. It isn't about perfection, is it about growth.

22 thoughts on “Eternal Truths of those CRAZY Old Testament Laws

  1. Rachel,

    Looking forward to your coverage of this topic. I cannot speak for anyone but myself, but The Law to me is dead, indeed.

    Now, The Ten Commandments, which predate The Law, are in full effect, literally. But I digress.

    As a New Covenant believer, the question of just ‘how much of The Old Covenant really applies to us?’ has been a long debate.

    I would encourage others, when they read The New Testament, to remember that it was written during the time of The New Covenant’s infancy, and there were a whole lotta Jews running about directly confronting the new Christians. If you read the letters in The NT through those eyes, they do make a bit more sense, in an historical aspect.

    Such as it is with The Old Covenant. Rest secure in The New Covenant, but read The Old Covenant and regard it with the eyes of an Israelite who was bound to it.

    My spiritual father passed this onto me:
    “In the Old, the New is concealed, and in the New, the Old is revealed.”

    Again, I am looking forward to the rest of what you have to say, Rachel! Yours is one of the few blogs about that makes any sense.

    Donald in Bethel, CT

    • Hi Donald – I really appreciate your thoughts on this – and I agree about the old covenant being dead. The Word is fascinating as you put it all together – how it fits so perfectly. There is much to be learned from it. I think people stumble in not understanding the nature of the Old Testament and why God who doesn’t change did what He did. Not that we can ever fully understand with our little brains – but if we seek there are truths God will show us that are amazing and teach us more about Him.

  2. Rachel,
    You said:
    “I think people stumble in not understanding the nature of the Old Testament and why God who doesn’t change did what He did.”

    I agree, totally! As a New Covenant believer, I look at The Old Covenant and even The Old Testament and wonder a great many things about the character of our Father. However, He never changes. His Holiness is without question and like Psalm 115:3 says, “God is in Heaven and pretty much does as He pleases. Period.” (paraphrase!)

    I did happen to write about the misconception that Jesus changed God somehow. Here is link. Enjoy!

    Like you said, it does boggle our finite and simple minds to consider the character of God as a whole. I simply have resigned myself to a place of full surrender and acceptance to His authority, and my life has been pretty darn easy-going since I did that. Go figure!

    Donald in Bethel, CT

  3. Thanks for tackling these issues Rachel. I think every Believer struggles with this at some point in their journey of Faith.

    Looking forward to the next part…

  4. Hey Rachel, thanks for sharing your thoughts on this. I was glad to see your subject matter since I have been rereading the OT and wonder too why God commanded some of the things He did when the NT begins such a different kind of covenant and way.

    There are a few Scriptures that have been floating around in my mind related to this subject. I’ll be praying over them and looking for connections. Some of the Scriptures are from David where this man after God’s own heart profusely speaks of his delight in God’s statutes, commandments, precepts, or testimonies – these words are sprinkled all over Psalm 119 and several others. Another Scripture includes the firm words from Jesus in Matthew chapter 5, where he says “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verilly I saw unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled…” (quoted 17-18 here but verses through 20 are all related). But Jesus reframed the law by saying that ALL the law and the prophets hang on the two great commandments to love God and our neighbor.

    You mention the issue of homosexuality at the beginning. I have at times mentioned a passage in Leviticus during discussions about homosexuality and wish I had stuck with the NT since it is covered there and since Christians are not bound by Jewish law but by the new covenant. But I know there are things we can learn from the laws laid out in the OT. For instance, another Scripture that has come to mind is the section of Acts where the disciples are deciding what to teach Gentiles to do in relation to Jewish law, and they decide (guided by the Holy Spirit) to tell groups of Gentiles that they do not have to take on the Jewish law to become Christians, but Paul did give them a brief list of things to remember, including “abstain from fornication.” Since fornication is not defined here, it seems safe/wise to look elsewhere in the Word, at things God has said, to help us understand what that means, like looking at related laws given in the OT.

    Thanks again for all the ideas to ponder and pray over. I’ll be anxious to see what else you have to say about this.

    • Hi Ruth – thanks for sharing your thoughts on this topic — I really appreciate and enjoy hearing what God has been sharing with you and look forward to getting your feedback on these different issues.

  5. Thanks Rachael for this recent blog. One of our son’s dropped a bombshell about what he thinks about homosexuality. Some of his siblings are in shock. It’s the belief about being born that way. He said he could be wrong, but for now that is his position. I look forward to your continued writing. Thank you for what you have written so far. Sincerely Linda

  6. Opps sorry about spelling your name wrong Rachel.

  7. Good afternoon. A ton of thoughts concerning this and I have to leave for work shortly, but here’s a few thoughts.

    Pastor Meyer once discussed how there are three elements to the law; moral, ceremonial, and judicial. The ceremonial aspects are no longer in play as to their performing. When the veil was rent in twain, it was the conclusion of that element. The moral aspects, however are very much still in play. Murder is every bit as sinful now as it was when Cain slew his brother. And likewise, laying with a member of the same sex is as wicked now as it was in the days of Sodom.

    The strange thing about homosexuality is how attitudes have changed since I was a youth. When I was growing up it was simply not accepted by many. Now an increasing number of people have bought into the “they are born that way” deception. Such are the times in which we live.

    Some of the ocmments above got me to thinking about the attitude that many have toward the old testament. I’ve heard comments where it’s viewed as harsh and uncaring. And yet it serves a very important aspect; to reveal the seriousness of sin and to point toward the messiah who would fulfill the law. Jesus become the perfect sacrifice for sin and is now “ever lives to make intercession for us.”

    Much can be learned from the law and the prophets as they place a different angle on scriptural principals, but in no way contradict the new testament. Several different authors over several generations and the thing is seemless.

    Awesome post. I wish that I had time to read through more slowly. Blessings always in Jesus name.


    • Hi Timbob – l like that approach to looking at the Old Testament. The more I seek and ask the more fascinating it becomes as you start to see the many layers of the Bible – there is so much to learn. Thanks for sharing your insights!

  8. Very good writing, Rachel, and very true to the Word. There were a lot of rules and regulations for the Isralites in the Old Testament because God was seperating his people from the rest of the world since the Messiah, Christ, would come from them. He was keeping them pure and healthy. But Jesus did not abolish the ten commandments, he was the fulfillment of them all.

    When we speak of our freedom in Christ, it is not a freedom to do whatever we please. Rather, it is a freedom over the power of sin! Sin no longer is our master! We now have the power to walk in the ways of Christ. I am always saddened when people use our freedom as an excuse for their sin.

    In I John, 3:6, God’s word tells us, “No one who lives in him (Christ) keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.” When we are saved, we have a new relationship to sin and thus should not sin as we did before. Certainly, we should never make excuse for sin.

    • Hi Marianne – good point about sin, and those who are truly seeking God don’t desire to sin but desire to walk in the ways of God (in His love and truth) because of their love for Him. To not want to be in sin and to turn from it is the evidence of a life in Him.

  9. I enjoyed reading your comments

  10. Hello Rachel
    Good topic..and a needed word for so many do struggle with the old and the new testaments.I thank God for Jesus and the new covenant for Jesus did for us all that we could never do to satisfy God on our behalf.Some Christians today are still trying to keep the law therefore living under bondage,if the old covenant had been good enough God would not have made a new one.So it’s by grace and the works of Jesus Christ that we live today,trusting in him who has fulfilled all of the law.Amen
    Have a fantastic day :D love you.

    • Hi Pat — Amen to that! When you read the OT – makes you understand more fully the gift of grace and what freedom it brings.

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