Old and New
Thu Aug 19, 2004 15:13
Jesus quoted and therefore used the Old Testament to show his disciples the portions he was fulfililing or to show the Pharisees the discrepencies of their agruments.
Jesus was well aware of what the Old Testament was about if the apostle Paul is right that Jesus had been a high priest after the order of Melchisedec (Hebrews chapter 5, 7).
"And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest
Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life."
"For there is verily a disannuling of the commandment going before the weakness and unprofitableness thereof.
For the law made nothing perfect, but the brining in of a better hope, by the which we draw nigh to God."
Heb. 7: 18-19
"By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament."
The Ten Commandments given Moses from Jehovah are the shadows of an enigma with many facets and colors depending on the angle of light in which they are viewed and displayed.
There is the law, which includes all the divers laws, ordinances ands judgements -- the matrix.
"All that openeth the matrix is mine." Exodus 34:19
Basically it is a law of retribution:
"Breach for breach, eye for eye, tooth for tgooth: as he hath caused a blemish in a man, so shall it be done to him again." Leviticus 24:19
This is the religion of all secular states. Retribution. Punishment. Public justice. The rule of law.
Then there is the soul of the law. (You don't see this)
Then the soul of the soul of the law (You don't see this either.)
You don't even get the law, only the show of the law.
And the Ten Commandments aren't actually ten (if you read the passages and count correctly).
So forget the tangled web of law. Look at the US Code or the IRS tax code and you will begin to understand what the law is about.
Jesus came to clean up this mess. It's simplified. It's direct. And it delivers salvation instead of citizenship:
Love others as yourself.
Sinners need the law.
Saints draw close to God.
Do likewise and live eternally alive in the presence of God.
Once you eat the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good & evil Satan appears to you as God.
Spit out that fruit.
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