This beautiful valley of Jezreel/Megiddo will never see an end-time battle
Last-edit: January 1 2018
In defence of the sidelined God Jehovah, Creator of the Universe and Father of Humanity
The whys and wherefores of The Law
All Law is inherently negative by being penalty oriented. The positive aspect of Law is simply an absence of penalties.
Old Testament Law was likewise negative, a temporary means to administer Israel's
But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away, 2 Corinthians 3:7 NKJV
The upshot of it is of course that the God of Israel and thus the universe, is viewed as a terrifyingly vengeful God with a deep-seated negative personality out to condemn and punish.
The subject here of course is the mosaic of all the commands, regulations, precepts, requirements, judgements and principles of the Law given SOLELY TO ISRAEL via messengers* -NEVER TO MANKIND- at Sinai, .
* angels - Acts 7:38, 53; Gal 3:19; Hebrews 2:2.
It beats me why I bother with this subject at all. None other generates such a profusion of opinions and verbiage than does law, especially the one mediated via Moses.
To understand law I need to understand that I am the very center of the universe, as are are all other human beings.
No, not the center of our own individual universe of opinion and circumstance, but THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE, God and all else quite distinct from the self.
All in-goings focus on the ‘I’ even as all out-goings radiate from it.
But it gets worse. Our body is not who we are. That is just a slave of the ‘I’ embedded in that piece of meat we delicately refer to as brain tissue, in order to sustain it and do its bidding!
Some of our language reflects that:
I have a headache, my leg hurts, I have lost an arm, my body, hair, skin, ovaries, nose, foot, testes or whatever part of the body that may be a part of us in the sense of ownership and part of the utilities the brain has access to. One could even say my brain since that simply refers to that piece of meat between our ears containing the person we are by virtue of the record it keeps, responds to and is behaviorally conditioned by. Its nerve tentacles, spread throughout the supporting body structure, ensure strict compliance with need and desire.
The basic laws governing survival and perpetuating our species are built in, as are the detrimental consequences for noncompliance. Obey or die individually or as a people!
First with our individual self. Keep breathing, eat, drink, defecate, urinate and control external temperature for individual survival. Moving around in the physical environs of earth calls for reasonableness, a measure of caution and listening to our fears while taking measured risks to reduce them to further contribute to survival.
Having now learned how to benefit ourselves for survival, time has come to apply the same standards in our relationship with others, as we expand our contact with and reach out into the universe we are the center of. Learning how to do things without harm to self and others as well as not making an issue of matters that have nothing to do with survival.
Adams's first relationship was with himself and his Creator and Father. Then there was His relationship with time and future prospects. On a human level he was alone until Jehovah gave him Eve as a companion.
As time progressed they would have been given advice on a whole host of relationship issues if they were to be happy survivors.
Farther down the road into an eternity of their own making through compliance, his progeny would have been told that settling on tectonic plate joints and other volatile regions would not be in their best interest, making sure they settled elsewhere, leaving these other less hospitable, special species-oriented and eco-climatic regions for wildlife they could visit to enjoy Jehovah's bounty, while given plenty of time to vacate these when plate adjustments or volcanic pressure relief valve activity became necessary.
After Adam decided not to be compliant, mankind's opportunity to go on living indefinitely
was temporarily put on hold. The resulting world* of that time before the deluge
were thus arranged by God to be without guidance and a body of law save that of natural
* Strong's #2889 kosmos, as used in 2 Peter 3:6 –order of things
The Cain incident* clearly illustrates the natural inclination of humans to punish
a murderer with death. It also shows that Cain was not in transgression, since there
was no law to transgress*. That is why God had issued the decree for Cain not to
be killed for what he had done.
* Genesis 4:1-16; *Romans 4:15
Although The Law was made entirely for Israel's benefit, it enslaved them into a
life of servitude*. This so-called Law of Moses was not for God's benefit. Sure,
while Israel's compliance pleased Him well, their failings or when He had to comply
with His side of the contract in consequence, certainly did not.
* Galatians 4:24-25
The law was not made to prove that Israel were unable to keep it due to having inherited default sin from Adam, as alleged by Jehovah's Witnesses and probably also the rest of the Christian establishment.
Because Israel were a relatively uneducated people, not able to understand the complex reasons for many of the commandments at the time, Jehovah just had to make these a because I said so issue that needed unquestioning obedience.
All the laws, rules and regulations were completely science based for protecting their individual and national health.
It allowed them to increase in number far in excess of their neighbors.
The only reasons for circumcision, isolating women during menstruation and after child birth were health related.
Living conditions, inadequate understanding of personal hygiene and a frequent insufficiency of water for needs other than food, drink and ritual usage, made these regulations imperative to their well being.
Chanced on in a Christian blog the other day.
There is no enigma! The Mosaic Law was the law of sin and death of Romans 8:2, by defining sin for the first time and prescribing penalties, even death, as well as the rewards of not only avoiding these, but also the attendant blessings that obedient Israel were assured to gain.
Nothing mysterious about that!
Please continue down the page for a glimpse of the law's purpose and the positive outcomes awaiting Israel, if only they obeyed:
Now how do I know this?
I did not, until I read this in a new covenant/testament document that is based on that former covenant/testament made exclusively with Israel as is the new one:
Galatians 3:18-19 For if the inheritance comes through obedience to Law, it no longer
comes because of a promise. But, as a matter of fact, God has granted it to Abraham
in fulfilment of a promise.
19 Why then was the Law given? It was imposed later on for the sake of defining sin, until the seed should come to whom God had made the promise; and its details were laid down by a mediator with the help of angels. Weymouth 1912 -emphasis added
Other translators waffle on inconclusively in an attempt to self-righteously dodge or circumvent the Israel-only law of sin and transgression issue in favour of having mankind as the transgressors.
They therefore generally phrase it with the ambiguous: it was added because of transgression without any indication that it was only added to the promise in connection with the seed of Abraham as in the previous verse, who was not Jesus, but were Israel in Jesus and represented by him in their journey in him from coming out of Egypt, via the Jordan, a life of obedience to the Law and execution.
The NWT quite correctly reads: 19 Why, then, the Law? It was added to make transgressions manifest, until the seed should arrive to whom the promise had been made; and it was transmitted through angels by the hand of a mediator. (Galatians 3:19)
This is what Paul had to say about the Mosaic Law in 1 Corinthians 15:56:
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law;
It is highly unfortunate, however, that the sin lovers of the guilt industry have connived to have contextually absurd cross-references emanating from this verse to Adam and Eve resisting God's good advice in Eden.
Here is Paul's God-inspirited good advice from Romans 3:20:
Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin. NKJV
and then there is Paul's further God-inspired good advice from Romans 7:12, 13:
So then, the Law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.
13 Therefore did that which is good become a cause of death for me? May it never be! Rather it was sin, in order that it might be shown to be sin by effecting my death through that which is good, that through the commandment sin might become utterly sinful. NKJV
and then there is Romans 4:15:
for the law worketh wrath; but where there is no law, neither is there transgression. ASV
for all the time before the Law sin was in the world; but sin is not set to one’s account when there is no law.
14 Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned in the manner in which Adam transgressed; who is a type of him who was to come. –– NOYES 1869
I used this translation because most use the ambiguous imputed.
Paul's tirade in Romans 7 was about the Mosaic Law of sin and death tempting him even against his natural inclinations to do otherwise. Paul would never have entertained any thoughts of having sex with animals or Grandma, if the Law had not mentioned that practice in a whole raft of practices that were to be avoided for longevity.
The law administered the death of a temporary Israel destined to die in the flesh to attain to the greater things of the promises, for flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom.
Why did God give Israel a Law that would tempt them?
The same as He warned them against associating with the other tribes in the region, to protect Israel from the filthy practices of these Gentile tribes so that Jehovah's flock could remain holy (clean) and separate.
Why, these tribes even sacrificed their own children to their Gods, also forbidden in the Law to protect Israel.
As per Romans 8:2+ Paul could now rejoice at the new found freedom after that law of sin and death was annulled and permanently removed through the death of the sacrificial sheep Jesus
That Law via Moses at MT Sinai, was in effect a law of servitude pictured by Hagar (Galatians 4:21-25) a law that had enslaved Israel into the servitude of sin and death while positively about the blessings that awaited then if they prove to be obedient:
While national laws have nothing positive to offer other than an absence of punishment for the obedient citizen, the law given to Israel by their alleged to be vengeful God Jehovah, Yahweh, will surprise all by the deliciously positive outcomes embedded in its texture:
(Leviticus 26:3-13) 3 “‘If you continue walking in my statutes and keeping my commandments and you carry them out, 4 I will give you showers of rain at their proper time, and the land will yield its produce, and the trees of the field will give their fruit. 5 Your threshing season will extend until your grape harvest, and the grape harvest will extend until the sowing season; and you will eat your bread to satisfaction and dwell in security in your land. 6 I will put peace in the land, and you will lie down with no one making you afraid; and I will rid the land of vicious wild animals, and a sword of war will not pass through your land. 7 You will certainly pursue your enemies, and they will fall before you by the sword. 8 Five of you will pursue 100, and 100 of you will pursue 10,000, and your enemies will fall before you by the sword.
9 “‘I will direct my favor to you and make you fruitful and multiply you, and I will keep my covenant with you. 10 While you are still eating the old produce of the preceding year, you will need to clear out the old to make way for the new. 11 And I will place my tabernacle in your midst, and I will not reject you. 12 I will walk among you and be your God, and you for your part will be my people. 13 I am Jehovah your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt to be their slaves no longer, and I broke the bars of your yoke and made you walk with heads held high.
(Deuteronomy 28:1-14) 28 “And if you will without fail listen to the voice of Jehovah your God by being careful to do all his commandments that I am commanding you today, Jehovah your God will certainly put you high above all other nations of the earth. 2 All these blessings will come upon you and overtake you, because you keep listening to the voice of Jehovah your God:
3 “Blessed you will be in the city, and blessed you will be in the field.
4 “Blessed will be your children and the fruit of your ground and the offspring of your livestock, your young cattle and sheep.
5 “Blessed will be your basket and your kneading bowl.
6 “Blessed you will be when you come in, and blessed you will be when you go out.
7 “Jehovah will cause your enemies who rise up against you to be defeated before you. They will attack you from one direction, but they will flee from you in seven different directions. 8 Jehovah will decree for you a blessing on your storehouses and every undertaking of yours, and he will certainly bless you in the land that Jehovah your God is giving you. 9 Jehovah will establish you as a holy people to himself, just as he swore to you, because you continue to keep the commandments of Jehovah your God and walk in his ways. 10 All the peoples of the earth will have to see that Jehovah’s name has been called upon you, and they will be afraid of you.
11 “Jehovah will make you overflow with many children and much livestock and fruitful ground in the land that Jehovah swore to your forefathers to give you. 12 Jehovah will open up to you his good storehouse, the heavens, to give your land rain in its season and to bless all that you do. You will lend to many nations, while you yourself will not need to borrow. 13 Jehovah will make you the head, and not the tail; and you will be on top, and not on the bottom, if you keep obeying the commandments of Jehovah your God that I am commanding you today to observe and to do. 14 You must not deviate from all the words that I am commanding you today, to the right or to the left, to walk after other gods to serve them.
The whole Bible is about Israel as the only means to give mankind back the original opportunity for living on earth indefinitely while looking as young and beautiful as intended, subject to the small print of cooperating with their Maker.
Though all law is about relationships, there is one very fundamental override:
Law becomes unnecessary when it has achieved its purpose as a trainer of attitudes.
The Law given to Israel was for them to make the earth and human society a better and more peaceful place. Israel failed miserably. They had law, but a wrong attitude. Right attitude does not require law, but acquiescence to good advice from the manufacturer and a clear recognition of natural consequences.
All of us wherever in the context of our lives politically, religiously or socially would by the very nature of the prevailing group standards not do any number of unacceptable things. It's just the done thing; wouldn't even remotely consider doing otherwise.
Think about the many things you just would not even consider doing in the context of you group and still be considered a ‘righteous’ person.
Ah, yes righteous! But by whose standards!
Why, the head of the tribal group, from individual family to the global political, commercial and religious entities.
Righteous? Yes, as in doing the right thing as defined by the governing standards of the group.
The dominant attitude of the group is entirely and untiringly religious, whatever the nature of the group/family.
In a family of thieves the measure of one's righteousness is directly proportional to the loot.
In cannibal tribes, young men are considered righteous and become Initiates after their first kill from another tribe and the subsequent feasting on the victim in a family setting with Ma, Pa or both proudly declaring: ‘That's my boy!’.
In some Christian circles, numbers of converts or time spent in doing whatever the demands of the group, coupled with all behavioural idiosyncrasies peculiar to their tribal mindset, determine the righteous measure of a person.
All tribal entities of whatever flavour apply their own measure of righteousness to judge those considered sinners in a variety of methods: shunning, beheading, removal of privileges, demoting, castrating, torture, lack of promotion, amputation, burning at the stake and whatever other fiendish means highly intelligent, mindless men have devised for those who have crossed the line in the tribal mind.
Jesus demonstrated the Law's righteousness of purpose to engender right attitudes in those to whom it applies, by who Jesus had become and by what he did, because all that he had ever learned had come from the Old Testament*, with the exception of some future matters beyond its scope that needed direct input from God via the holy spirit.
* or Hebrew Scriptures, depending on tribal mores.
In this manner then did Israel obey the Law perfectly in him after having already been unilaterally accorded repentance by Jehovah for them to be forgiven and redeemed.