Atonement Part 6

Kingwell By Kingwell, 2nd Nov 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3nlzq_ko/
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Moses listens attentively as God continues his discourse, giving particular consideration to the Ten Commandments but also exploring other provisions in the law.

Discourse Continues.

Moses listens attentively as God continues his discourse, giving particular consideration to the Ten Commandments but also exploring other provisions in the law. As we shall see some of them are very good while others make us wonder as the reasoning behind it. “Ye shall fear every man his mother and his father, and keep my Sabbaths. I am the Lord your God. Turn not unto Idols, nor make to yourself molten Gods” Leviticus 19:3-4. Here the word reverence might be a good substitute for fear as it doesn’t mean that one should be afraid of their parents but rather show respect and keeping the Sabbath was a very practical command since everyone needs a day of rest. Most religions of the day worshipped idols with the idol representing their God but the children of Jacob had been told that they were not to use idols in their worship. “When ye reap the harvest of your land, thou shalt not wholly reap the corners of thy field neither shalt thou gather the gleanings of thy harvest. And thou shalt not glean thy vineyard, neither shalt thou gather every grape of thy vineyard; thou shalt leave them for the poor and stranger” Leviticus 19: 9-10. This is interesting as it shows the compassionate side of a God who up until now has not been known for his benevolence.

Fairness in All Things.

“Ye shall not steal, neither deal falsely, neither lie one to another. And ye shall not swear by my name falsely, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God. I am the Lord. Thou shalt not defraud thy neighbour neither rob him. The wages of him that is hired shall not abide with thee all night until the morning. Thou shalt not curse the deaf nor put a stumbling block before the blind, but thou shalt fear thy God: I am the Lord” Leviticus 19: 11-14. Here God is being very precise, making sure that the people don’t twist his words. To pull a fast one on your neighbour, he reminds them is still stealing from him. Just because a deaf person can’t hear you, doesn’t mean that you should curse him and neither should you trip a blind person just because he cannot see who put the obstacle in his path. God seems to be able to read his people very well when he reminds employers not to keep their employees waiting for the money that they have earned. Perhaps today he would tell corporations that there can be no fine print in their contracts or lawyers that words cannot be taken out of context!

Sins of Commission and Omission.

“Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgement: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor nor honor the person of the mighty but in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbour. Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people; neither shalt thou stand against the blood of thy neighbour: I am the Lord” Leviticus 19: 15-16. Once again God is telling his people that they must treat the rich and poor alike when judging another. Some of us will remember that many years later Jesus told all that would listen to “judge not that ye be not judged” Matthew 7:1. Apparently people loved to gossip then as much as they do now, in any case God saw fit to reprimand them for it. It seems to be a lesson that few of us have learned well. To show that the sin of omission is as bad as the sin of commission, he also warns the people that they should not just stand by and watch when their neighbor's life is threatened.

Bear No Grudge.

“Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbor, and not suffer sin upon him. Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the Lord. Ye shall keep my statutes. Thou shalt not let thy cattle gender with a diverse kind: Thou shalt not sow thy field with mingled seed: neither shall a garment mingled of linen and woolen come upon thee” Leviticus 19: 17-19. To not hate is surely good advice as modern medicine has shown and although some may contend that God is speaking only of his own people, the children of Israel, this does not seem to be the case. In fact nowhere in the Old Testament are we told to hate our enemy – in fact quite the opposite is true! “If thou meet thine enemy’s ox or his as going astray, thou shalt surely bring it back to him again. If you see the ass of him that that hateth thee lying under his burden, and wouldest forbear to help him, thou shalt surely help him” Exodus 23:4-5 “ If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat, and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink” Proverbs 25:21. Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbeth” Proverbs 24: 17. The reason that many people think that the Old Testament tells us to hate our enemy comes from the teachings of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount found in the New Testament. “Ye have heard that it hath been said, thou shalt love thy neighbour and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, love your enemies” Matthew 5:43-44. Here Jesus must have been speaking of some other sayings or writings peculiar to the Jews and not the Old Testament as many assume. As we continue to examine Leviticus 19:17 we see that not only must we not hate our brother but we must be sure to correct him we know that he is doing something wrong, so that we will not be guilty of sinning along with him.
We now come to something that seems ridiculous by today’s standards. ”Neither shall a garment mingled of linen and woolen come upon thee” Leviticus 19:19. We are not given a reason for not wearing clothes with a blend of linen and wool but it may have had something to do with the way washing was done at the time and is certainly not a commandment that should concern us today. As we follow the teachings of the Old Testament, we will find many such sayings that are strange to the modern world and that reminds us that this was indeed a different culture in a far different time. A good reason to not take the Bible literally as some propose we must do.
TO BE CONTINUED See Part 7
See Part 1

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author avatar brendamarie
3rd Nov 2015 (#)

I love the part about fairness in all things. It make me wonder about all of these sale people!!

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author avatar Kingwell
3rd Nov 2015 (#)

Thanks brendamarie. It makes me wonder too. Blessings.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
3rd Nov 2015 (#)

What an eye opening posts in each one of them Kingwell, blessings.

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author avatar Kingwell
3rd Nov 2015 (#)

Thank you Fern. Blessings.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
3rd Nov 2015 (#)

"Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbeth” could be tough for most as we think of comeuppance.I take a view that everyone takes a different path and pay the price accordingly.

Thanks again for the enlightenment Kingwell and also your wise interpretation that resonates with my thinking of scriptures and beliefs.

We have moved on but the basic issues remain and also the fault lines. Few test our patience! siva

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author avatar Kingwell
3rd Nov 2015 (#)

Thank you Siva. Taking the high road is often difficult. Blessings.

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author avatar Retired
3rd Nov 2015 (#)

Very good job on this article. keep up the good work!!

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author avatar Kingwell
3rd Nov 2015 (#)

Thanks Jessica. Blessings.

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author avatar spirited
3rd Nov 2015 (#)

”Neither shall a garment mingled of linen and woolen come upon thee"

Interesting Kingwell.

We certainly like to taint the purity of God's creation even more now though, with all of our interferences, and manipulations.

Perhaps God was warning them about messing with his creation too much as we are doing now.

Purity only exists within the purity of the way he made things, not the way we mix things up, and so we lose something intangibly present in the pure form within the gaining somehow of our new mixture (of this "impure" creation of ours), I guess.

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author avatar Kingwell
3rd Nov 2015 (#)

Good thoughts spirited. Blessings.

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author avatar Susan Hauck
4th Nov 2015 (#)

Great article. I enjoyed reading it. I hope to read more!

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author avatar Kingwell
5th Nov 2015 (#)

Hi Susan, pleased that you are following. There are links to more of these posts. Blessings.

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author avatar Carol Roach
5th Nov 2015 (#)

the law of not mixing linen and wool is interesting, devoted jews still follow it.

http://www.beingjewish.com/mitzvos/shatnez.html

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author avatar Kingwell
5th Nov 2015 (#)

Interesting to know Carol. Thank you for commenting. Blessings.

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author avatar Shamarie
8th Nov 2015 (#)

Happy Sunday, Kingwell! And thanks for sharing another good post. "Fairness in All Things" really caught my attention...

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author avatar Kingwell
9th Nov 2015 (#)

Thank you Shamarie. Blessings.

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