Thus Says YAHUWAH
The law of YAHUWAH [is] perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of YAHUWAH [is] sure, making wise the simple. Psalms 19:7 [KJV]
The Ten Commandments, The Statutes, & The Judgments
THE LAW OF YAHUWAH
The law of YAHUWAH [is] perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of YAHUWAH [is] sure, making wise the simple. Psalms 19:7 [KJV]
But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth [therein], he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. James 1:25 [KJV]
Wherefore the law [is] holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good. Romans 7:12 [KJV]
The word 'perfect' is defined by Merriam Webster as, "Having all the required or desirable elements, qualities, or characteristics, as good as it is possible to be. Flawless, faultless, etc."
The Free Dictionary defines 'perfect' as "Lacking nothing essential to the whole; complete of its nature or kind. Being without defect or blemish."
If words have meaning, this is it. The Law of Yahuwah is perfect. It is so because it is simply not possible to improve it or change it. It is immutable. Why? Because every single precept in it is the character of Yahuwah. He does not change and cannot change. HE IS PERFECT.
Elohim's law is his great standard of righteousness. This law is perfect in all its requirements; and Elohim calls upon us to obey it; for by it our cases will be decided in that day when the books of heaven are opened, and the deeds of all come up in review before the Judge of the universe.
E. G. White, 'Signs of the Times', February 11, 1897 par. 1
But there are, and ever have been, two classes in this world; and the question, What constitutes the difference between these two classes? is grave and important. One class love and fear Elohim; the other do not wish to retain him in their knowledge. One class render obedience to his law; the other disregard and disobey his requirements.
E. G. White, 'Signs of the Times';, February 11, 1897 par. 2
Those who are unwilling to obey Elohim's law declare that it is done away, that Elohim has abolished it. But if this law is perfect, why should Elohim abolish or change it? That which is perfect cannot be improved by any change. An attempt to remodel a perfect enactment only causes imperfection. "Till heaven and earth pass," declared Messiah, "one jot or one tittle shall in nowise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled."
E. G. White, 'Signs of the Times', February 11, 1897 par. 3
"The law of YAHUWAH is perfect," writes the psalmist, "converting the soul"; the testimony of YAHUWAH is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of YAHUWAH are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of YAHUWAH is pure, enlightening the eyes. . . . Moreover by them is thy servant warned, and in keeping of them there is great reward." How then does the Elohim of heaven look upon those who pour contempt upon his law? Let not the words spoken against the law of Elohim by those who refuse to obey it, be regarded as wise; for Elohim has said, "The wise in heart will receive commandments; but a prating fool shall fall."
The very same Yahuwshuah, who, veiled in the cloudy pillar, led the Hebrew hosts, is our leader. He who gave wise and righteous and good laws to Yisra'El has spoken to us as verily as to them. Our prosperity and happiness depend upon our unwavering obedience to the law of Elohim. Finite wisdom could not improve one precept of that holy law. Not one of those ten precepts can be broken without disloyalty to the Elohim of heaven. To keep every jot and tittle of the law is essential for our own happiness, and for the happiness of all connected with us. “Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.” Yet finite creatures will present to the people this holy, just, and good law as a yoke of bondage — a yoke which they cannot bear! It is the transgressor that can see no beauty in the law of Elohim.
The whole world will be judged by this law. It reaches even to the intents and purposes of the heart, and demands purity in the most secret thoughts, desires, and dispositions. It requires us to love Elohim supremely, and our neighbor as ourselves. Without the exercise of this love, the highest profession of faith is mere hypocrisy. Elohim claims, from every soul of the human family, perfect obedience to His law. “Whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” The least deviation from that law, by neglect, or willful transgression, is sin, and every sin exposes the sinner to the wrath of Elohim. The unrenewed heart will hate the restrictions of the law of Elohim, and will strive to throw off its holy claims. Our eternal welfare depends upon a proper understanding of the law of Elohim, a deep conviction of its holy character, and a ready obedience to its requirements. Men and women must be convicted of sin before they will feel their need of Messiah. . . . Those who trample under their feet the law of Elohim have rejected the only means to define to the transgressor what sin is. They are doing the work of the great deceiver.
The Master has sent to our world a message of warning, even the Third Angel's Message. All heaven is waiting to hear us vindicate Elohim's law, declaring it to be holy, just, and good. Where are those who will do this work? Elohim calls upon His people to gain a deeper insight into His plans and His law. His law is the transcript of His character. It is unchangeable; for Elohim will not alter the thing that has gone out of His lips. The Messiah has declared that the law is perfect; and with David we may say, "It is time for thee, YAHUWAH, to work: for they have made void thy law.
THE LAW OF YAHUWAH
THE MORAL LAW OF LIBERTY / The Ten Commandments
(Exod 20:1 [KJV])
And Elohim spake all these words, saying,
(Exod 20:2 [KJV])
I [am] יהוה your Elohim, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
(Exod 20:3 [KJV])
Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
(Exod 20:4 [KJV])
Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness [of any thing] that [is] in heaven above, or that [is] in the earth beneath, or that [is] in the water under the earth:
(Exod 20:5 [KJV])
Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I יהוה your Elohim, [am] a jealous El, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth [generation] of them that hate me;
(Exod 20:6 [KJV])
And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
(Exod 20:7 [KJV])
Thou shalt not take the name of יהוה your Elohim in vain; for I יהוה will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
(Exod 20:8 [KJV])
Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
(Exod 20:9 [KJV])
Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
(Exod 20:10 [KJV])
But the seventh day [is] the sabbath of יהוה your Elohim: [in it] thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that [is] within thy gates:
(Exod 20:11 [KJV])
For [in] six days יהוה made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them [is], and rested the seventh day: wherefore יהוה blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
(Exod 20:12 [KJV])
Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which יהוה your Elohim giveth thee.
(Exod 20:13 [KJV])
Thou shalt not kill.
(Exod 20:14 [KJV])
Thou shalt not commit adultery.
(Exod 20:15 [KJV])
Thou shalt not steal.
(Exod 20:16 [KJV])
Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
(Exod 20:17 [KJV])
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that [is] thy neighbor's.
Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
1John 3:4 KJV.
Teacher, which is the great command in the Torah?”
And יהושע said to him, “ ‘You shall love יהוה your Elohim with all your heart, and with all your being, and with all your mind.’
“This is the first and great command.
“And the second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’
“On these two commands hang all the Torah and the Prophets.
Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach [them], the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
For there is no respect of persons with Elohim. For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law; For not the hearers of the law [are] just before Elohim, but the doers of the law shall be justified."
Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before Elohim.
Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law [is] the knowledge of sin.
For sin shall not rule over you, for you are not under the law but under favor. What then? Shall we sin because we are not under Torah but under favor? Let it not be! Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves servants for obedience, you are servants of the one whom you obey, whether of sin to death, or of obedience to righteousness?"
Friend there are those who believe themselves to be nice, moral and decent, even civilized but who do not have the Savior's Holy Spirit in their hearts. They aim to achieve righteousness by their sense of decency and civilization. They are attempting an impossibility. The righteousness of man is as filthy rags in the eyes of the Holy One of Israel. Yashayahuw [Isaiah] 64:6. They are those who do the 'deeds of the law', by which no one can be justified. But those whose lives demonstrate a perfect obedience to the Ten Commandments due to the leadership of the Holy Spirit shall live because they are living by faith in the Son of Yahuwah whose death has been credited to them and whose sins have been washed away by His blood shed on Calvary's Cross.
"What shall we say then? [Is] the law sin? Elohim forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet."
Romans 7:7 KJV
"For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, Elohim sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:"
- Romans 8:3 KJV
Because the carnal mind [is] enmity against Elohim: for it is not subject to the law of Elohim, neither indeed can be.
- Romans 8:7 [KJV]
"Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if [there be] any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. Love worketh no ill to his neighbor: therefore love [is] the fulfilling of the law.
If ye fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself, ye do well: But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors. For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one [point], he is guilty of all. For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law. So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.
Not every one that saith unto me, Master, Master, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Many will say to me in that day, Master, Master, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
“I am the ‘Aleph’ and the ‘Taw’, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.
“Blessed are those doing His commands, so that the authority shall be theirs unto the tree of life, and to enter through the gates into the city.
What is the single title or condition for entry into heaven and partaking of eternal life? This was one of the questions our Saviour answered very clearly. Here is His answer:
... but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
What are we here in this world for? Why are we here?
"Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear Elohim, and keep his commandments: for this [is] the whole [duty] of man. For Elohim shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether [it be] good, or whether [it be] evil."
THE LAW OF YAHUWAH
a written law that is formally created by a government ; a written rule or regulation.
The Bible reveals Yahuwah's Ten Commandments, Statutes and Judgments. These are all laws targeted at different aspects of the lives of Elohim's people. The Ten Commandments at the Top and umbrella of everything else, revealing the height a mind led by the Holy Spirit can reach - sinlessness, and revealing what sin is. The Statutes are designed to explain the Ten commandments and guard them and the Judgments designed for deterrence or punishment in the event of transgression by man against man in some cases, by man against Elohim in others.
Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.
Ye shall therefore keep my statutes, and my judgments: which if a man do, he shall live in them: I [am] YAHUWAH.
- Leviticus 18:5 KJV
In every generation and in every land the true foundation for character building has been the same--the principles contained in the word of Elohim. The only safe and sure rule is to do what Elohim says. "The statutes of YAHUWAH are right," and "he that doeth these things shall never be moved." Psalm 19:8; 15:5. It was with the word of Elohim that the apostles met the false theories of their day, saying, "Other foundation can no man lay than that is laid." 1 Corinthians 3:11.
A Joyous Occasion.--The Scriptures state that both Yahuwshuah and His disciples were called to this marriage feast [at Cana]. Messiah has given Natsarim (Natsarene) no sanction to say when invited to a marriage, We ought not to be present on so joyous an occasion. By attending this feast Messiah taught that He would have us rejoice with those who do rejoice in the observance of His statutes.
The teaching which has become so wide-spread that the divine statutes are no longer binding upon men, is the same as idolatry in its effect upon the morals of the people. Those who seek to lessen the claims of Elohim's holy law are striking directly at the foundation of the government of families and nations. Religious parents, failing to walk in his statutes, do not command their household to keep the way of the Master.
In consequence of continual transgression, the moral law was repeated in awful grandeur from Sinai. Messiah gave to Mosheh religious precepts which were to govern everyday life. These statutes were explicitly given to guard the ten commandments. They were not shadowy types to pass away with the death of Messiah. They were to be binding upon men in every age as long as time should last. These commands were enforced by the power of the moral law, and they clearly and definitely explained that law
Leviticus 23:1 [TS98]
And יהוה spoke to Mosheh, saying,
(Leviticus 23:2 [TS98])
“Speak to the children of Yisra’ĕl, and say to them, ‘The appointed times of יהוה, which you are to proclaim as set-apart gatherings, My appointed times, are these:
THE WEEKLY, 7th DAY SABBATHLeviticus 23:3 TS98
‘Six days work is done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of rest, a set-apart gathering. You do no work, it is a Sabbath to יהוה in all your dwellings.
Leviticus 23:4 [TS98]
‘These are the appointed times of יהוה, set-apart gatherings which you are to proclaim at their appointed times.
PASSOVERLeviticus 23:5 [TS98]
‘In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month, between the evenings, is the Passover to יהוה.
Leviticus 23:6 [TS98]
‘And on the fifteenth day of this month is the Festival of Unleavened Bread to יהוה – seven days you eat unleavened bread.
Leviticus 23:7 [TS98]
‘On the first day you have a set-apart gathering, you do no servile work.
(Leviticus 23:8 [TS98])
‘And you shall bring an offering made by fire to יהוה for seven days. On the seventh day is a set-apart gathering, you do no servile work.’ ”
FIRST FRUITS(Leviticus 23:9 [TS98])
And יהוה spoke to Mosheh, saying,
(Leviticus 23:10 [TS98])
“Speak to the children of Yisra’ĕl, and you shall say to them, ‘When you come into the land which I give you, and shall reap its harvest, then you shall bring a sheaf of the first-fruits of your harvest to the priest.
(Leviticus 23:11 [TS98])
‘And he shall wave the sheaf before יהוה, for your acceptance. On the morrow after the Sabbath the priest waves it.
(Leviticus 23:12 [TS98])
‘And on that day when you wave the sheaf, you shall prepare a male lamb a year old, a perfect one, as a burnt offering to יהוה,
(Leviticus 23:13 [TS98])
and its grain offering: two-tenths of an ĕphah of fine flour mixed with oil, an offering made by fire to יהוה, a sweet fragrance, and its drink offering: one-fourth of a hin of wine.
(Leviticus 23:14 [TS98])
‘And you do not eat bread or roasted grain or fresh grain until the same day that you have brought an offering to your Elohim – a law forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings.
THE PENTECOST(Leviticus 23:15 [TS98])
‘And from the morrow after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering, you shall count for yourselves: seven completed Sabbaths.
(Leviticus 23:16 [TS98])
‘Until the morrow after the seventh Sabbath you count fifty days, then you shall bring a new grain offering to יהוה.
(Leviticus 23:17 [TS98])
‘Bring from your dwellings for a wave offering two [loaves of] bread, of two-tenths of an ĕphah of fine flour they are, baked with leaven, first-fruits to יהוה.
(Leviticus 23:18 [TS98])
‘And besides the bread, you shall bring seven lambs a year old, perfect ones, and one young bull and two rams. They are a burnt offering to יהוה, with their grain offering and their drink offerings, an offering made by fire for a sweet fragrance to יהוה.
(Leviticus 23:19 [TS98])
‘And you shall offer one male goat as a sin offering, and two male lambs a year old, as a peace offering.
(Leviticus 23:20 [TS98])
‘And the priest shall wave them, besides the bread of the first-fruits, as a wave offering before יהוה, besides the two lambs. They are set-apart to יהוה for the priest.
(Leviticus 23:21 [TS98])
‘And on this same day you shall proclaim a set-apart gathering for yourselves, you do no servile work on it – a law forever in all your dwellings throughout your generations.
(Leviticus 23:22 [TS98])
‘And when you reap the harvest of your land do not completely reap the corners of your field when you reap, and do not gather any gleaning from your harvest. Leave them for the poor and for the stranger. I am יהוה your Elohim.’ ”
(Leviticus 23:23 [TS98])
And יהוה spoke to Mosheh, saying,
FEAST OF TRUMPETS(Leviticus 23:24 [TS98])
THE LOUD CRY
“Speak to the children of Yisra’ĕl, saying, ‘In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you have a rest, a remembrance of blowing of trumpets, a set-apart gathering. (Leviticus 23:25 [TS98]) ‘You do no servile work, and you shall bring an offering made by fire to יהוה.’ ”
DAY OF ATONEMENT(Leviticus 23:26 [TS98])
And יהוה spoke to Mosheh, saying,
(Leviticus 23:27 [TS98])
“On the tenth day of this seventh month is the Day of Atonement. It shall be a set-apart gathering for you. And you shall afflict your beings, and shall bring an offering made by fire to יהוה.
(Leviticus 23:28 [TS98])
“And you do no work on that same day, for it is the Day of Atonement, to make atonement for you before יהוה your Elohim.
(Leviticus 23:29 [TS98])
“For any being who is not afflicted on that same day, he shall be cut off from his people.
(Leviticus 23:30 [TS98])
“And any being who does any work on that same day, that being I shall destroy from the midst of his people.
(Leviticus 23:31 [TS98])
“You do no work – a law forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings.
(Leviticus 23:32 [TS98])
‘It is a Sabbath of rest to you, and you shall afflict your beings. On the ninth day of the month at evening, from evening to evening, you observe your Sabbath.”
FEAST OF TABERNACLES(Leviticus 23:33 [TS98])
THE FINAL HARVEST
And יהוה spoke to Mosheh, saying,
(Leviticus 23:34 [TS98])
“Speak to the children of Yisra’ĕl, saying, ‘On the fifteenth day of this seventh month is the Festival of Booths for seven days to יהוה.
(Leviticus 23:35 [TS98])
‘On the first day is a set-apart gathering, you do no servile work.
(Leviticus 23:36 [TS98])
‘For seven days you bring an offering made by fire to יהוה. On the eighth day there shall be a set-apart gathering for you, and you shall bring an offering made by fire to יהוה. It is a closing festival, you do no servile work.
(Leviticus 23:37 [TS98])
‘These are the appointed times of יהוה which you proclaim as set-apart gatherings, to bring an offering made by fire to יהוה, a burnt offering and a grain offering, a slaughtering and drink offerings, as commanded for every day –
(Leviticus 23:38 [TS98])
besides the Sabbaths of יהוה, and besides your gifts, and besides all your vows, and besides all your voluntary offerings which you give to יהוה.
(Leviticus 23:39 [TS98])
‘On the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you gather in the fruit of the land, observe the festival of יהוה for seven days. On the first day is a rest, and on the eighth day a rest.
(Leviticus 23:40 [TS98])
‘And you shall take for yourselves on the first day the fruit of good trees, branches of palm trees, twigs of leafy trees, and willows of the stream, and shall rejoice before יהוה your Elohim for seven days.
(Leviticus 23:41 [TS98])
‘And you shall observe it as a festival to יהוה for seven days in the year – a law forever in your generations. Observe it in the seventh month.
(Leviticus 23:42 [TS98])
‘Dwell in booths for seven days; all who are native Yisra’ĕlites dwell in booths,
(Leviticus 23:43 [TS98])
so that your generations know that I made the children of Yisra’ĕl dwell in booths when I brought them out of the land of Mitsrayim. I am יהוה your Elohim.’ ”
(Leviticus 23:44 [TS98])
Thus did Mosheh speak of the appointed times of יהוה to the children of Yisra’ĕl. Leviticus 23:1-44 (TS98)
Beloved, do not fail to check out some of the Health Laws (Statutes) found in Leviticus chapter 11 and Deuteronomy chapter 14. They shall put you and your loved ones in very good stead.
YAHUWAH'S Ceremonial Law
The Ceremonial Law was the part of the Torah, that specified in great details every ritual sacrifice in the sacrificial system. The Sacrificial system was the object lesson, demonstrated day by day, all representing the coming Antitypical Sacrifice of the Son of Yahuwah. They included animal offerings, grain offerings, incense, oils, etc. Of these, the Bible looking forward to the death of Yahuwshuah on the Cross, said this:
And he Yahuwshuah shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, ...
The Ceremonial system ceased on Earth, but was transferred to Heaven. Everything that went on in the earthly sanctuary are still being done in Heaven today as we speak. The only difference and it is extremely important, is the cessation of the use of the blood of animals. The Savior's blood is in use right now in the Sanctuary in Heaven ministering redemption for us. After the Savior's sacrifice then, Humanity was no longer permitted to do certain things. Some of which may be discerned very clearly in the following biblical passage:
Yashayahuw (Isaiah) 66:1 [KJV] Thus saith YAHUWAH, The heaven [is] my throne, and the earth [is] my footstool: where [is] the house that ye build unto me? and where [is] the place of my rest?
Yashayahuw (Isaiah) 66:2 [KJV]
For all those [things] hath mine hand made, and all those [things] have been, saith YAHUWAH: but to this [man] will I look, [even] to [him that is] poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.
Yashayahuw (Isaiah) 66:3 [KJV]
He that killeth an ox [is as if] he slew a man; he that sacrificeth a lamb, [as if] he cut off a dog's neck; he that offereth an oblation, [as if he offered] swine's blood; he that burneth incense, [as if] he blessed an idol. Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations.
Yashayahuw (Isaiah) 66:4 [KJV]
I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose [that] in which I delighted not. Isa 66:1-4 (KJV)
Folks there's this thing which we have almost completely lost sight of and which on the authority of the Divine Word above, shall invariably, but avoidably, lead to the loss of many souls! There are only three reasons given in Scripture for the killing of animals:
SACRIFICIAL REASON FOR KILLING ANIMALS
After Adam's creation his food was defined by his Creator Yahuwshuah in this manner:
And Elohim said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which [is] upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which [is] the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
Adam and his family were to eat nothing but fruits, grains and nuts. But after the fall, vegetables were added to Adam's diet to enhance protein replacement as degradation and dying had taken hold of the human family.
...; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;
Following Adam's fall, the shedding of blood for the atonement of his sin became a life-long lesson he and his descendants must learn in preparation for the arrival of the promised seed (Genesis 3:15). But at this time, the slain animals were wholly burnt and never eaten. Their skin did also serve for clothing for the fallen race. Before the fall we needed no clothing. For the first 1500 years of human existence in this world , no man ate flesh of any kind.
Unto Adam also and to his wife did Yahuwah Elohim make coats of skins, and clothed them.
The sacrificial offerings were ordained by Elohim to be to man a perpetual reminder and a penitential acknowledgment of his sin and a confession of his faith in the promised Redeemer. They were intended to impress upon the fallen race the solemn truth that it was sin that caused death. To Adam, the offering of the first sacrifice was a most painful ceremony. His hand must be raised to take life, which only Elohim could give. It was the first time he had ever witnessed death, and he knew that had he been obedient to Elohim, there would have been no death of man or beast. As he slew the innocent victim, he trembled at the thought that his sin must shed the blood of the spotless Lamb of Elohim. This scene gave him a deeper and more vivid sense of the greatness of his transgression, which nothing but the death of Elohim's dear Son could expiate. And he marveled at the infinite goodness that would give such a ransom to save the guilty. A star of hope illumined the dark and terrible future and relieved it of its utter desolation.
NECESSITY: REASON FOR KILLING ANIMALS
There was the 'necessity' at the end of the global flood which destroyed all vegetation. When Noah and his co-survivors came off the Ark, there was nothing in the world they could eat except for what was in the Ark. And after over 150 days in the Ark while the flood raged, they had with the animals with them in the Ark, depleted their stock of food! For their survival until the replanting of the earth, Yahuwah said this to them:
(Gen 9:1 [KJV])
And Elohim blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.
(Gen 9:2 [KJV])
And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth [upon] the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered.
(Gen 9:3 [KJV])
Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.
(Gen 9:4 [KJV])
But flesh with the life thereof, [which is] the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.
(Gen 9:5 [KJV])
And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man's brother will I require the life of man.
(Gen 9:6 [KJV])
Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God [Elohim] made he man.
(Gen 9:7 [KJV])
And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein. Genesis 9:1-7 (KJV)
And Noah began [to be] an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard:
This necessity ended after the family replanted and reaped. Unfortunately the first thing recorded at the first harvest following the flood was Noah's getting drunk! It appeared that having tasted flesh foods, man would refuse to let go of flesh foods even when they are no longer required. But the consequence was the catastrophic reduction in human longevity from almost a thousand years of lifespan to just a hundred and below today!.
The second major aspect of the 'Necessity', was the need for the Sinner to partake of the 'sin offering'. This was developed at Sinai. And from Sinai, until the Cross, Man needed to eat animal flesh during the Sacrificial process. But when the Savior died on the Cross, the Flood and Sacrifice became eternal history. Thus the need for the Bible to warn that slaying animals after the Cross would be viewed by Heaven as 'Murder'. All who today are killing animals for food or partaking of the flesh as killed by another, are guilty of murder. And the blood of those animals shall be required at their hands.
(Lev 17:3 [KJV])
What man soever [there be] of the house of Israel, that killeth an ox, or lamb, or goat, in the camp, or that killeth [it] out of the camp,
(Lev 17:4 [KJV])
And bringeth it not unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, to offer an offering unto YAHUWAH before the tabernacle of YAHUWAH; blood shall be imputed unto that man; he hath shed blood; and that man shall be cut off from among his people:
The killing of any animal which has not been presented to Yahuwah at HIS Tabernacle, is expressly forbidden. We do not have any right or reason today to kill animals other than in self-defense. Think about this.
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