Trying to catch up on the reading on the One Year Bible plan: I'm
two days behind. That's a point where it's easy enough to catch up but
another day or so becomes hard to catch up. The whole point of this for
me is not to read the Bible in bursts or even to get through the whole
thing in a year, but to develop the lifestyle habit of daily scripture
I'm in Exodus 30 now and the Lord is giving Moses a list
of very specific laws. In 30:17, he specifies how Aaron and the
priestly caste must wash their feet everytime they come into the
Tabernacle and gives the what else: "or they will die!" Then God makes
the law firm: "This is a permanent law for Aaron and his descendants,
to be observed from generation to generation."
I'm reading a special One Year Bible,
where all of the daily readings are grouped together. There's not too
much commentary and I tend to skip it but the editors did feel the need
to address the laws of the Old Testament head on and asked in one
sidebar "Do we need to follow these laws today?" The answer was yes and
no: "The moral law is still to be followed... The ceremonial laws no
longer need to be followed because of the final sacrifice for since has
been made by Jesus."
God very clearly says in Exodus that the
laws he's giving are permanent. I don't really read much wiggle room in
there. Priests need to wash their feet... and kill a certain number of
lamb every year... and splatter the sacrificial blood around the alter a certain
way and... I know Jesus is the new law, etc., but still it's kind of
funny how literal-interpretation Christians will shrug off a direct and
permanent order from God. It seems obvious that the religious
traditions in the Bible differ greatly, as do the modern lens we bring
to them and the two centuries of shifting Christian practices we've
brought to them.
Does anyone happen to know if there's any religious group still trying to follow the details of the Mosaic Law? I wonder close do certain Orthodox Jewish groups get?