MOSE’S COVENANT MADE OBSOLETE
“Moreover, if the code which administers death and which was engraved in letters in stones came about in a glory, so that the sons of Israel could not gaze intently at the face of Moses because of the glory of his face, a glory that was to be done away with..”
“For if the code administering condemnation was glorious, much more does the administering of righteousness abound with glory.”
2Corinthians 3:7 & 3:9
Below are the passages that CLEARLY demonstrate that the laws of Moses.. that consisted of many condemnations.. were superceded by the new.. and therefore better.. teachings of Christ.. there-bye making the ancient teaching of Moses obsolete.
In fact the entire Ten Commandments can be simply summed up by the rule of treating others as we would wish to be treated ourselves..
In reality.. all those meaningless rules that have issued forth from those who hold power in the church have no value.. whatsoever.
I have spent many a long hour debating this point with many a good Christian.. and their theologians.. and the question that brings closure to any argument is..
Which rule performs better.. the ten commandments.. that consist of thou shalt nots.. or the golden rule of treating each other as we would wish to be treated ourselves.. ?
And.. the answer.. I believe.. should be obvious.
In fact.. Moses himself.. sums up the ten commandments thus...
"You must not take vengeance nor have a grudge against the sons of your people; and you must love your fellow as yourself."
End of debate.. !
MOSES COVENANT MADE OBSOLETE - THE EVIDENCE
"If, then, perfection were really through the priesthood, for with it as a feature the people were given the Law, what further need would there be for another priest to arise. For since the priesthood is being changed, THERE COMES TO BE OF NECESSITY A CHANGE ALSO OF THE LAW. For the man respecting whom these things are said has been a member of another tribe, from which no one has officiated at the altar.
And it is still more abundantly clear that there arises another priest, who has become such, NOT ACCORDING TO THE LAW OF A COMMANDMENT DEPENDING UPON THE FLESH, but according to the power of an indestructible life, for in witness it is said: "You are a priest forever according to the manner of Melchizedek."
"For says he: "See that you make all things after their pattern that was shown to you in the mountain." But now Jesus has obtained a more excellent public service, so that he is the mediator of a correspondingly better covenant, which has been legally established upon better promises."
"Certainly, then, THERE OCCURS A SETTING ASIDE OF THE PROCEDING COMMANDMENT ON ACCOUNT OF ITS WEAKNESS AND INEFFECTIVENESS. FOR THE LAW MADE NOTHING PERFECT, but the bringing in besides of a better hope did, through which we are drawing near to God.
FOR IF THE FIRST COVENANT HAD BEEN FAULTLESS, NO PLACE WOULD HAVE BEEN SOUGHT FOR THE SECOND."
"In his saying "a new covenant" HE HAS MADE THE FORMER ONE OBSOLETE AND GROWING OLD IS NEAR TO VANISHING AWAY."
"But their mental powers were dulled. For to this present day the same veil remains uplifted at the reading of the old covenant, BECAUSE IT IS DONE AWAY WITH BY MEANS OF CHRIST. In fact, down till today whenever Moses is read, a veil lies upon their hearts. But when there is a turning to God, the veil is taken away."
A SYMBOLIC DRAMA & THE TWO COVENANTS
INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM - VRS - SLAVERY (. . Meaning slavery to the ill-conceived ideas of men)
"But I could wish to be present with you just now and to speak in a different way, because I am perplexed over you. Tell me, You who want to be under law, Do you not hear the Law?
For example, it is written that Abraham acquired two sons, one by the servant girl and one by the free woman; but the one by the servant girl was actually born in the manner of flesh, the other by the free woman through a promise.
THESE THING STAND FOR A SYMBOLIC DRAMA; for these women mean two covenants, the one from Mount Sinai, which brings forth children for slavery, and which is Hagar. Now this Hagar means Sinai, a mountain in Arabia, and she corresponds with the Jerusalem today, for she is in slavery with her children. But the Jerusalem above is free, and she is our mother. For it is written: "Be glad, you barren woman who does not give birth; break out and cry aloud, you woman who does not have childbirth pains; for the children of the desolate woman are more numerous than those of her who has the husband."
Now we, brothers, are children belonging to the promise the same as Isaac was. BUT JUST AS THE ONE BORN IN THE MANNER OF THE FLESH BEGAN PERSECUTING THE ONE BORN IN THE MANNER OF THE SPIRIT, so also now. Nevertheless, what does the Scripture say? "Drive out the servant girl and her son, for by no means shall the son of the servant girl be an heir with the son of the free woman."
Wherefore, brothers, we are children, not of a servant girl, but of the free woman. FOR SUCH FREEDOM CHRIST SET US FREE. Therefore stand fast, and do not let yourselves be confined again in a yoke of slavery."
"But this word I did express in command upon them, saying: "Obey my voice, and I will become your God, and you yourselves will become my people; and you must walk in all the way that I shall command you, in order that it may go well with you."' But they did not listen, neither did they incline their ear, but they went walking in the counsels in the stubbornness of their bad heart, SO THAT THEY BECAME BACKWARD IN DIRECTION AND NOT FORWARD,"
This humorous letter to Dr Laura points to some very good reasons why the covenant of Moses had to be left in the past.