No one saw my last post because I didn’t tag it…oh well.
Yesterday a friend came over for lunch. Before she came, I bathed the meeting in prayer and asked Yahweh to bless it and that His Spirit would move. Well, without even planning it, the conversation started with talking about Hebrew roots and Torah. Cool, huh? Praise Yahweh for moving in such a way that I did not even expect.
Moreover, she was receptive to every thing I had to say. I told her about some of the Pagan aspects of modern Christian worship and practice, and she was appalled. She couldn’t understand why those changes had been made in the first place, and her heart to love and worship Yahweh in a pure way was just a joy to me.
And she was even excited to borrow and watch Finger of God, by Darren Wilson. So many people are skeptical of the material. “Why would God give someone gold teeth? Why gem stones?” As if the silliness of it would detract from the reality. Yahweh moves in the way He moves because He loves us. Period. Anyway, it was refreshing that she was eager to watch. Unfortunately, she didn’t have time to watch it with me, but we will discuss it at a later date. Yay!
The one part of the conversation that was not smooth, was when she was talking about how the Israelites abused the ritual offering system, simply offering an animal every time they sinned. That didn’t sound right to me, but I didn’t know why. All I could say was that it would be a waste of their income to kill an animal every time they sinned. But praise Yahweh, He gave me the answer later last night.
I was watching the Torahclass.com lesson of the introduction to Leviticus, part two. I learned an important lesson about sin, that Yahweh categorizes sin as unintentional and intentional. Only unintentional sins were covered by the ritual offerings. There was no atonement for intentional sins. If you sinned intentionally you were executed or outcast, forced to live out the rest of your days under the “curse of the Law.”
So in answer to my friend, the Hebrews could not have abused the offering system. If they sinned intentionally they were doomed. The Hebrews must have been exhausted, trying to keep themselves from intentional sin. But that’s the beauty of what Yeshua did.
Of course Yeshua fulfilled the Levitical offering system, that much was obvious to Paul. But more than that, He “redeemed us from the curse of the law.” (Galatians 3) Indeed, they were no longer a slave to sin. Although that phrase is usually interpreted to mean a slave to sinning, it actually refers to the punishment of intentional sin. We are free from being enslaved to the punishment of our sins. Furthermore, Yeshua is also the Passover lamb, which means that we are saved from eternal death. (Tom Bradford, Torah Class teacher, talks about that more in the lesson, linked above.)
The sad thing is, as Tom points out, modern believers generally commit intentional sins. We know that what we do is wrong when we do it. Does having freedom from punishment also give us the right to break the Law? If not, then why do we have a body dedicated to doing what they want and justifying it with the Word, rather than a body dedicated to following the Word?
Pray that Yahweh would restore pure worship.