EvanJ (16 Nov 2010)
"levitical law"

Thanks Lewis Brackett (12 Nov 2010)  for your entry on the  levitical law   -  Am I seeing it right?????
I become more aware of God’s truth of the law after remembering covenants which God drew up with individuals and his people.
Covenants:  Edenic,  Adamic, Noahic, Abrahamic … to name a few.  We know that when God made His covenant with Abraham He could swear by no other greater than Himself.  Because He knew that Abraham’s descendants would not keep the covenant He took both sides.  Breaking a covenant brought consequences together with a curse upon the guilty to suffer as the animals did.  Abraham’s fleshly seed tried to keep the sacrificial part and legalistic rituals.  Priests, prophets and people despised God’s covenant.  Because of their continual distancing themselves from God, regardless of what He said, the covenant was broken for we read what He said in the book of Zechariah Ch.11 and the   And I took my staff, …, and cut it asunder, that I might break my covenant which I had made with all the people.  And it was broken in that day … and said …. give [me] my price; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty [pieces] of silver.  And the LORD said unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was prised (set) …. And I took the thirty [pieces] of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of the LORD.”
God broke the covenant and paid the price at Calvary.  Once the covenant was broken, because of Israel’s reluctance to hear and obey Him, He gave them what they wanted:  (useless) shepherds because we read that He told them :  I will raise up a shepherd in the land, [which] shall not visit those that be cut off, neither shall seek the young one, nor heal that that is broken, nor feed that that standeth still: but he shall eat the flesh of the fat, and tear their claws in pieces.    Woe to the idol shepherd that leaveth the flock! the sword [shall be] upon his arm, and upon his right eye: his arm shall be clean dried up, and his right eye shall be utterly darkened.”   Are these still on the scene?  Only one SHEPHERD would seek, heal, feed the sheep and die for them.  We see the prediction of the Great Shepherd - Jesus Christ.  Chapter 13  …In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness. ….”
From the time of Malachi till the Messiah came, 400 years of silence had elapsed.  The O.T. Covenants prepared us for the fulfillment at the cross.  Only at the cross do we find out that the New Covenant has been established.  We are not under any other covenants.  Paul tells us very clearly in Galatians that it is all Christ by faith and not the works of the law that gives us salvation.   By the works of the law, no flesh is justified.  Depending on the works of the law brings a curse because we cannot keep it.  The temple with its sacrifices was gone by 70 AD
Abraham was justified by faith.  Salvation is by faith, we know.  Are we of faith or not?  Are we not the children of God because of the shed blood of Christ?  (John 6:29) “This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.” Jesus said.   He didn’t say that the work of God was to return to the rituals and sacrifices.  Our walk in the Spirit is in:   believing obedience.  
Does this make sense?  Did Jesus the Anointed, true Lamb of  God, die to tell me to return to the law?  God wanted a relationship and supplies it.  Sin causes us to make an effort to pay for fellowship or to have substitutes. Fear to hear God brought a desire for a king, rituals, worship aids or whatevers (burdens).   The warning is for us.  There are mixed teachings so we need to discern and to learn to hear from God ourselves.  The Bible and the Holy Spirit are available to teach and apply God’s Word.  Looking unto Jesus ^