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So. We're working our way thru Leviticus right now - we just "finished" Lev. 21. There were some things in Lev. 19 and 20 that have been percolating in my head, so I figured I'd share. Let *others* have the same fun I am! :wink:

Lev. 19 brought up Paul :wink: 2 Cor 6:14 "Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?"....this isn't new theology. It refers directly to Deut. 22:10 which says you are not to yoke a donkey and an ox together to plow your field. He took it from the physical to the Spiritual; the basis of this is in Lev. 19:19.....in which we are instructed to NOT mix things improperly, because it results in confusion. Thing is, if you don't have a good knowledge of Torah, you'd think Paul was making it up....which leads back to our previous discussion of Paul. :lol: (And...this leads to how the church is all messed up, because they are encouraging improper mixing.....most churches are pro-abortion and pro-gay, for example. Both of which are unclean in God's eyes, which is what the church should be concerned with...NOT with what the world is concerned with. But that's another discussion for another time.)

In Lev. 20, TorahClass says about "image of God" and "in God's name" as meaning that we are to embody God's attributes, His characteristics. It means that we are to come to people in love, mercy, forgiveness, discernment, righteousness, truthfulness and judging right from wrong. It means that when the Bible says Believers are to come to people in the name of Christ, it doesn't mean we have to have a symbol stitched on our shirt pocket (the fish, or the cross), or we have to display a Christian bumper sticker on our car, etc. We are supposed to act in a way that reflects God's characteristics, NOT to behave in a way that reflects something else.

This is a DEEP concept, and it's one I'm still working on. Do I agree? Yes - but that makes it harder for me to deal with all the "fundies" that I live near, because.......:sigh: Sunday-only Christians are NOT good ambassadors, am I right? :sigh:

Lev. 20 also brought up the death penalty....God says that to kill a person who violates God's holiness ordinances is actually to preserve holiness. When we justly execute a murderer in accordance with God's laws, two things have been accomplished: God's justice has been served, and the person who had a propensity to wantonly take life is no longer a threat. Man has decided that the death penalty is inhumane, and we should incarcerate murderers and either keep them for life or hope that they rehabilitate. I'll let the reader decided how well that's working out for us.....

This has been a good study for us, because the kids are learning a LOT, we are having great discussions, and my faith, at least, is growing. I like that it's not JUST Torah; Mr. Bradford goes into just about all of the rest of the Bible, tying it all in. It's deep - and it's hard for someone enmeshed in church doctrine to recognize just what's WRONG with the church today. I'm still finding stuff I need to root out, but it's good.

Anyway, that's where my mind is at the moment. Need to run - my Brambleberry order should be in soon, and I have soap to make!

Date: 2014-07-25 06:16 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
The more I spend time in my Bible - OT as well as NT - the more I catch the common threads. -H

~ali Re: death Penelty

Date: 2014-07-25 06:27 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
The death penalty only applies to a homogeneous community. Every one agrees to the rules - every one agrees to the penalties. We can not expect people outside the camp to be held to the same level as those inside the camp. And >that< is where it gets tricky for me - I can only hold people accountable for the level of knowledge or maturity they have. And if people do not want to be a part of Yah's camp...I can't force them to join my club. I can't force them to stop stealing or killing or blaspheming the name...The only power I have as a believer to the unbeliever is to be a good example of love justice and mercy. We have an obligations to let the tares grow until the harvest is ripe so we don't tear up the wheat before it is ready.

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