Good Afternoon/Evening Birdies:)… aka Respected Readers in need of an afternoon/early evening snack -lol:) Thank You for reading (1)…okay, um, how can I simplify this somewhat complicated topic… okay, thinking I should include a quick opening statement/preface about the Mosaic Law…(which is a great study)…(Following preface will connect the next excerpted reading… that ties into previous post…THANKS for Your patience!:)
What do You already know about the Mosaic Law? What do You already know about Federal Laws of the United States? Comparative numbers to size and scope and reach and depth… The entire code… Mosaic Law has 600 laws…that’s it. Federal laws of the U.S. fill over 150,000 pages of legal books and every couple years more than 600 laws are being added…MOUNTAINOUS MAN-MADE LAWS!… yet, do any of us feel any safer or more secure?? Or dignified or respected?? Or feel FREE-er?!;) The Bible talks about the Law of Love written on hearts… that would compassionately govern important areas of life. Here, in the States, with all the rules and regulations filling all these legal books: are people full of honesty? and impartiality? Peace? security?! joy? Do we feel super-safer/protected?! Hmmm….
Quick term(s) to keep in mind:
“The Law that Jehovah God gave Israel through Moses in the wilderness of Sinai in 1513 B.C.E. The first five books of the Bible are often referred to as the Law.—Joshua 23:6, “Now you must be very courageous to observe and carry out all that is written in the book of the Law of Moses by never deviating from it to the right or to the left, ; Luke 24:44 “He then said to them: “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was yet with you, that all the things written about me in the Law of Moses and in the Prophets and Psalms must be fulfilled.” [excerpted New World Translation Glossary of Bible Terms]
“Why Did the Law Require Sacrifices?”….[excerpted: How Can You Have a Happy Life? Section 13]
“The soul of the flesh is in the blood, and I myself have put it upon the altar for you to make atonement for your souls.”
GOD made provision for individuals and for the nation as a whole to atone for their sins by means of sacrifices, or offerings. According to the Law, anyone committing a sin had to rectify the wrong and then present to Jehovah an appropriate offering. Various sins required specific offerings, and these provided a measure of relief from guilt.
Other important term to be familiar with… “Atonement”
In the Hebrew Scriptures, the concept was connected with sacrifices that were made to allow people to approach God and worship him. Under the Mosaic Law, sacrifices were made, particularly on the annual Day of Atonement, in order to effect reconciliation with God despite the sins of individuals and of the whole nation. Those sacrifices pointed to Jesus’ sacrifice, which completely atoned for mankind’s sins once for all time, giving people the opportunity to be reconciled to Jehovah.—Le 5:10 “He will handle the other one as a burnt offering according to the regular procedure; and the priest will make atonement for him for the sin that he has committed, and it will be forgiven him.”; 23:28; Col 1:20 “and through him to reconcile to himself all other things by making peace through the blood he shed on the torture stake,* whether the things on the earth or the things in the heavens.” ; Heb 9:12 “He entered into the holy place, not with the blood of goats and of young bulls, but with his own blood, once for all time, and obtained an everlasting deliverance*(Lit., “ransoming; redemption.”) for us.” [excerpted: New World Translation Glossary of Bible Terms]
On one day each year—Yom Kippur—the high priest entered the Most Holy of the temple with the blood of sacrifices made for his own sins and for those of the people. (Leviticus 16:11, 14, 15) This and the other ceremonies on that day gave everyone a feeling of relief from the accumulated burden of guilt for all the past year’s sins. Without pouring out the blood of the sacrificial animal, no forgiveness could take place “because it is the blood that makes atonement.”—Leviticus 16:30; 17:11.
Why does God not just forgive us outright?
Jehovah is willing to forgive “in a large way.” (Isaiah 55:7) But he will never rescind his moral laws. Since God respects his own perfect standards, he cannot simply ignore our imperfections and sins. “The Rock, perfect is his activity, for all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness, with whom there is no injustice; righteous and upright is he.”—Deuteronomy 32:4.
Ask yourself: ‘What would happen to society if the authorities just pardoned all criminals and released them from jail? What would happen to the entire universe if God suddenly rescinded his physical laws, such as the law of gravity?’ His moral laws are equally important. [excerpted: How Can You Have a Happy Life? Section 13]
Personally, it makes sense to me… within “any” relationship… yeah, we offend/disappoint one another “sin”… and need forgiveness… and basically, no forgiveness–no relationship…usually, when someone IS truly, genuinely, sorry for something that hurts someone (intentionally/unintentionally) — the offender tries to make amends in some (small or large) way, shape or form… it’s not just empty words. (And IF one truly forgives; they let it go and don’t hold onto anger/resentment nor hold it over the person say for years… constantly bringing the matter up. No account of injury is kept by true forgiveness.) Especially, within legal/contracted relationships (I.e. marriage, etc.)…respect is a requirement! And when you enter certain contracts/covenants… aka “legal” relationships… say personal and/or business… reality: each come with specific requirement(s) aka law(s)… of some sort or another between parties with expectations of fulfillment. (e.g., You agree to do a specific job, your boss expects specific work; you don’t work… you shape up/change work ethic or you get fired, eh?!) The Israelites were in a covenanted relationship with God/Creator… they of their own free will/willingly agreed to the full-terms/entire law…and benefitted by said terms immensely…(which is another post for another time).
Real repentance/real forgiveness/real justice/real fairness exhibited in any relationship i.e. human to human or human to God…requires more than mere empty/shallow/meaningless words… actions a necessary! Compassionate communication with compassionate cooperation = healthy (compassionate) relationship, huh?:)… (and, obviously, NOT! talking animal sacrifices…)
Please return Reader🙂 for…(3) will discuss…”So if no imperfect human could carry out the Law perfectly, what kind of sacrifice is needed to cover our sins?”
11/14/17 @ 7:36 p.m.