Ponderings: I've been thinking about the Law, then Anna posted about following the Law, but for the wrong reasons...and....:sigh: People frick things up, y'know?
Here's the deal: if you read Lev., and all the 613 Laws, and actually stop and THINK about what you just read...most of it is common courtesy. I mean, if my ox (or horse, or dog, or whatever) gets out and damages your property, then I need to reimburse you for it. If it hurts you (or a family member), then I need to pay the medical bills...if it kills you (or a family member) then I need to pay the funeral costs (of course!) and make restitution (and kill the ox, but that should go without saying. If I can't keep the damn thing on my property, then it needs to go, anyway). If I plot murder, my life should be forfeit (if I commit the crime, I mean - otherwise, we'd all be dead. Don't kid yourself, we've all had those little thoughts.......sinful though they are, we've all had 'em.)....if I find something that isn't mine, I should try to find the owner. This is all basic stuff that *I* learned in kindergarden......so why do people make such a fuss over it?
The dietary laws? Aren't that hard to keep. Avoid seafood and pork - those are the biggies (we don't normally eat reptiles or bugs. :ick:) The hardest part for me is ferreting out the "hidden" pork in stuff.......which is why I usually cook at home. (Summer is different - I do buy pre-packaged stuff for the kids' lunches. I try to read labels....but sometimes it sneaks by me.) I do the best I can, and beg forgiveness when I screw up.
The sacrifices? Were fulfilled in Messiah. So were the rituals - remember the scene at the cross, when the centurion stabbed Yeshua and blood AND water poured out? Yeah. THAT was Living Water, required to purify you after sacrificing. Believers are covered - we no longer need to do either blood or water purifications - it's RIGHT THERE, in Scripture.
The problem is that chrischuns say we're covered in the Blood, and that's that. (Nope - re-read Torah. You *need* to wash in Living Water). Messianics say yes, but we still need to perform mikvahs to cleanse us...........um. IF the Blood was sufficient to cover our sins, then the Water should be sufficient to cleanse us. You can't ignore the one and accept the other - they're both there, and they're BOTH important.
I tried to do a mikvah each month - even though it's not spelled out, Jews say a woman needs to do a mikvah to purify herself after her period. (Not by my understanding - Lev. says niddah is 7 days and you're done. Bleeding when NOT your normal niddah requires 14 days and a mikvah. So.....anyway, that's a minor quibble that's moot if you READ and remember about the Living Water) I kept forgetting, or not having time, or or or......and now I wonder if I should have looked into this sooner (thanks, Anna! You smacked me with it! :lol:) Usually, when something like that happens, I know I need to go digging.....I didn't, with this. (Partly because I didn't really see the spelling out of the need of a mikvah after niddah, but...)
Ali posted her thoughts.....and.....I don't really agree with her comparasion. Man's law can't be compared to Yah's Law....so comparing traffic laws to Torah simply doesn't work. You don't face Yah's anger just because you ran a red light at 2 AM with no traffic around. :wink:
It's.....a mess. I still need to think and pray thru my confusion...but...it's all mucked up. The whole point of being Torah-observant is to show that you love Messiah....it's not being legalistic. He wasn't....but he kept Torah. I'm trying...but I fail. :sigh: Still, it's something I'm working on.....because I want to.