It always amazes me when in discussion with “non-believers” (non Sabbath keepers) regarding the Ten Commandments, you will have to help them differentiate between God’s Law and what is called the “Mosaic Law”. They want to lump them all together, but the truth of the matter is, Moses did not write any law of his own creation:
“Behold, I have taught you statutes and judgments, even as the Lord my God commanded me, that ye should do so in the land whither ye go to possess it. Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.” Deut 4:5-6 (KJV)
They do not distinguish God wrote with His own finger what is called, “Ten Words” or how we know them as “Ten Commandments”. These were written on stone and kept “inside” the Ark of the Covenant. While Moses remained on the mount, God gave to him another set of laws: civil, diet and sacrificial and Moses himself wrote these, as dictated to him, on papyrus or skins, which were then placed “beside” the Ark of the Covenant. One demonstrated perpetuity, the other temporary meaning suitable for their time, (1) during their journey; (2) when they arrived in Canaan and; (3) until the Messiah should come and is crucified.
If you review Daniel:
“And He (Christ) shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week (three and one-half years of Christ’s ministry) He shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations He shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.” Dan 9:27 (KJV)
Notice, when Christ died, with Him also died the need for sacrifices and those laws written by Moses which dealt with regard to the sacrificial services. It explains why you and I do not have to kill sheep and oxen today. However, the dietary laws were still to be followed because it just makes good sense. Our stomachs are still the same as their stomachs and eating improper food such as crab, lobster, shrimp, which I, too, love along with pork products, again which I love would cause long-term problems in them as well as for us. There is no overriding God since He created us and knew what He’d given us for food. Secondly, the laws regarding civility are still regarded today. Most laws given Moses are still being practiced today in our governing. Nothing wrong with this, too.
However, the point I need to make is why people refer to these as well as the Ten Commandments as the “Mosaic Law”, when Moses was merely the communicant of them, for God. Let me ask you this question: If your pastor preaches, is he preaching God or himself? Is he giving, supposedly and I hope he is, the “Word of God” or the “word of (substitute his name)”, because if this is the case, I’d stay far and clear of him, or her. Moses received God’s instruction for our lives even for our time. What was good enough for the literal “Children of Israel” is just as good for the “spiritual” Children of Israel, such as we are called today. We may not have been born of Abraham’s seed, but that which was is still our God and we demonstrate our love and allegiance by doing what He has told them, now us.
March 16, 2016