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Moses Ceremonial Law vs. God's Law

Discussion in 'Seventh-day Adventist Church DIR' started by reddogs, Jul 25, 2019.

  1. reddogs

    reddogs Active Member

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    Most Protestants seem to make the broad-stroke assumption that Christ nailed the Ten Commandments to the cross and, as such, believe they are not part of the New Covenant. But there is most certainly a difference between the ceremonial laws of Moses and the Decalogue. Let's look at this comparison by my friend palehorse and see if there are two different laws or not:

    We have Moses' Ceremonial Law first and then God's Law:

    Called "the law of Moses"
    LUKE 2:22 And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord.

    Called "the Law of the Lord"
    ISA. 5:24 Therefore as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away the law of the LORD of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel

    Ceremonial Law:
    Called "Law contained in ordinances"
    EPH. 2:15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace.

    God's Law:
    Called "the Royal law"
    JAMES 2:8 If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:

    Ceremonial Law:
    Written by Moses in a book
    2 CHRON. 35:12 And they removed the burnt offerings, that they might give according to the divisions of the families of the people, to offer unto the LORD, as it is written in the book of Moses. And so did they with the oxen.

    God's Law:
    Written by God on stone
    EXO. 31:18 And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God.
    EXO. 32:16 And the tables were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God, graven upon the tables.

    Ceremonial Law:
    Moses law was placed in the side of the ark
    DEUT. 31:26 Take this book of the law, and put it in the side of the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, that it may be there for a witness against thee.

    God's Law:
    Gods law was placed inside the ark
    EXO. 40:20 And he took and put the testimony into the ark, and set the staves on the ark, and put the mercy seat above upon the ark:

    Ceremonial Law:
    Ceremonial law ended at the cross
    EPH. 2:15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace.
    (there are no ordinances found in the 10 Commandments)

    God's Law:
    God's Law will stand forever
    LUKE 16:17 And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail.
    (has heaven and earth passed away yet?)

    Ceremonial Law:
    Ceremonial law added because of sin
    GAL. 3:19 Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.
    (and the seed did come to do away with Moses' law - Christ)

    God's Law:
    God's Law points out sin
    ROM. 7:7 What shall we say then? is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.
    ROM. 3:20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
    (This is particularly significant because it shows that NO ONE IS SAVED by the law - that isn't it's purpose. It's purpose is to point out when we are sinning, that's all it does. And when we are found to be sinning then we go to Christ, repent, and Christ covers those sins with His blood - that's how the whole thing works.)

    Ceremonial Law:
    Ceremonial law contrary to us, against us
    COL. 2:14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross.

    God's Law:
    Gods Law is not grievous (i.e.- not against us)
    1 JOHN 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

    Ceremonial Law:
    Judges no man
    COL. 2:14-16 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:

    God's Law:
    Judges all men
    JAM. 2:10-12 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.(simply means they are all equally serious) For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law. So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.

    Ceremonial Law:
    Carnal
    HEB. 7:16 Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life.

    God's Law:
    Spiritual
    ROM. 7:14 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.

    Ceremonial Law:
    Made nothing perfect
    HEB. 7:19 For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God.

    God's Law:
    Is Perfect
    PSALMS 19:7 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.

    So, the big question is:
    Did Jesus completely do away with the law?
    Matthew 5:17-19 - Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven."

    Did the apostles understand this too?
    Romans 3:31 - Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.
    Romans 6:15 - What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.

    Moses' sacrificial law was the temporary, ceremonial law of the Old Testament. It regulated the priesthood, sacrifices, rituals, meat and drink offerings, etc., all of which foreshadowed the cross. This law was added "till the seed should come," and that seed was Christ (Galatians 3:16, 19). The ritual and ceremony of Moses' law pointed forward to Christ's sacrifice. When He died, this law came to an end, but the Ten Commandments (God's law) "stand fast for ever and ever." Psalm 111:7,8.
     
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    Yes, but the whole sacrificial system that the ceremonial law pointed to has now been done away now that Christ has come. The plan of salvation has always been the same, and Christ has always been the center of it. When humanity fell, the sacrificial system was immediately established, which represented Christ. The foundation has always been the same, Jesus Christ and Him crucified, and Him resurrected. Now we as Christians, spiritual Israel, point back to the sacrifice which has already been made, Christ.
     
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    Yes, the whole world hinged on this that Christ was crucified and risen since the beginning of the world. But, I don't think that what was needed for salvation has always been the same thing.
     
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