Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Sunday, May 12, 2024

Opus 2024-111: Emily Leviticus Post

I continue to think about the Law given in the Pentateuch.

I am wondering if the original purpose of the Mosaic law was more a book of etiquette, instead of a penal code.  When Moses brought Israel out of Egypt, they had been so saturated in the pagan culture that they had no sense of how to live a moral and upright life.  The law was given as instructions on civil living in order that they could have liberty and be able to reach their potential.

This is a different issue than the Law.  It would be education instead of salvation.  Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.  He was given a promise from God.  God called Abraham out of paganism.  He established a covenant with him.  The concept of the chosen people follows down through that line until they all end up in Egypt where they eventually became slaves.  Up until that time there was very little instruction that God gave them in how they should live or relate to each other.  They were essentially monotheists of a sort in a polytheist culture.  They had much to learn.

They did not learn it in Egypt.  The flow of culture went the other way if anything.  God gave Moses the Law.  Moses passed it on.  The learning began.  Although the lessons were to be followed as individuals, the covenant was with a people.  It was painful.

Much of what is lumped with “the Law” is related to the period in Jewish history that had a temple and a priesthood.  That is in limbo.  The ethical and theological points are still something we need to learn and apply, even as we are saved by grace through faith.

That is how I am working right now.  The thought process will continue.

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