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Lev. 6:16-18 “And the rest of it Aaron and his sons shall eat. It shall be eaten unleavened in a holy place. In the court of the tent of meeting they shall eat it. It shall not be baked with leaven. I have given it as their portion of my food offerings. It is a thing most holy, like the sin offering and the guilt offering. Every male among the children of Aaron may eat of it, as decreed forever throughout your generations, from the Lord’s food offerings. Whatever touches them shall become holy.”

So which of Aaron’s descendants are currently eating the offerings as it was “decreed forever throughout your generations?” Did God mean for it to stop after Jesus, the perfect Sacrifice?  If He did, then why would He write the word “forever” in there?  And if He didn’t mean forever like WE understand forever, maybe we should find out more about the word forever.

Lev.10:8 The LORD then spoke to Aaron, saying,

9 “Do not drink wine or strong drink, neither you nor your sons with you, when you come into the tent of meeting, so that you will not die—it is a perpetual statute throughout your generations—
10 and so as to make a distinction between the holy and the profane, and between the unclean and the clean,
11 and so as to teach the sons of Israel all the statutes which the LORD has spoken to them through Moses.”

“Perpetual statute”

We are now priests of God…why does this not apply to us since it is a perpetual statute?

Lev. 16:34 “Now you shall have this as a permanent statute, to make atonement for the sons of Israel for all their sins once every year.” And just as the LORD had commanded Moses, so he did.”

Believers say Jesus is the atonement…I do too, because I realize that due to the NEW covenant, this PERPETUAL statute is no longer PERPETUAL.

Did God lie and say perpetual when He didn’t really mean it? NO!

Lev. 23:10 “Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘When you enter the land which I am going to give to you and reap its harvest, then you shall bring in the sheaf of the first fruits of your harvest to the priest.
11 ‘He shall wave the sheaf before the LORD for you to be accepted; on the day after the sabbath the priest shall wave it.
12 ‘Now on the day when you wave the sheaf, you shall offer a male lamb one year old without defect for a burnt offering to the LORD.
13 ‘Its grain offering shall then be two-tenths of an ephah of fine flour mixed with oil, an offering by fire to the LORD for a soothing aroma, with its drink offering, a fourth of a [fn]hin of wine.
14 ‘Until this same day, until you have brought in the offering of your God, you shall eat neither bread nor roasted grain nor new growth. It is to be a perpetual statute throughout your generations in all your dwelling places.”

Do we wave the sheaf & offer the male lamb…it is a perpetual statute in ALL your dwelling places.

Lev.23:29 “If there is any [fn]person who will not humble himself on this same day, he shall be cut off from his people.
30 “As for any person who does any work on this same day, that person I will destroy from among his people.
31 “You shall do no work at all. It is to be a perpetual statute throughout your generations in all your dwelling places.”

Are we cutting off people who are working on the Sabbath? NO!

Num. 19:20 ‘But the man who is unclean and does not purify himself from uncleanness, that person shall be cut off from the midst of the assembly, because he has defiled the sanctuary of the LORD; the water for impurity has not been sprinkled on him, he is unclean.
21 ‘So it shall be a perpetual statute for them. And he who sprinkles the water for impurity shall wash his clothes, and he who touches the water for impurity shall be unclean until evening.”

Again, are we cutting off people? It’s a perpetual statute.

Here’s the great description of the Word “forever” (olam): http://www.ancient-hebrew.org/27_eternity.html

GOD gets to define & redefine & make new. FAITH is how we please Him. Which takes more faith, not having a list of laws to keep and having to trust that the Person of God is good whether we understand His ways or not OR having a list of laws that we can check off.

In theory, we don’t even need a relationship with God to keep His laws. We have the list.

But, there is no substitute for a relationship.

Further, an infant never had a list of sins they broke, they haven’t broken even 1. Yet they are guilty before God. It’s not the list and which sin or how many, it’s our sinful disposition.

That is unfixable by laws, but entirely fixed by relationship.

Another problem with the Law being established “forever”…

Matt. 5:18 “For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not [fn]the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished….

Once heaven & earth pass away & all has been accomplished….then the Law can be done away with. Except, now we’re back at the same problem of that pesky word “forever.”

God said His word stands forever, his word is his law, and once all has been fulfilled & heaven & earth pass away (which we KNOW will happen Scripturally), now jots & tittles can fall away?

The truth is that our American or Western understanding of the word forever is “permanent irregardless of time & space, or eternal.” But a Hebrew writer using the word forever (olam) would be meaning this: beyond the knowable or foreseeable future, not implying eternal at all.

Again, God gets to define eternal; not us. So maybe we should examine what’s in Scripture as it really is and not as we would hope it to be. Test everything…

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5 responses »

  1. We don’t do these things God has commanded because we do not live in a Theocracy. There is not Temple. But one day in the future the Temple will be rebuilt and we will once again bring our sacrifices before God! Your understanding of scripture is not accurate. But keep studying it in the historical grammatical context and forget what you have been taught in church and it will be like reading it for the first time!

    • Agreed. Of the few, non-Levitical Priest, Temple-specific instructions remaining in this age, they are so easy and rewarding to follow. Feasts, Sabbath, 10 Commandments, being kind to strangers, respecting elders, giving to the poor, eating clean, caring for the widows and orphans–it is not hard and is a win-win blessing for believers. The Bible without man’s distortions literally took on whole new meaning. Faith in Yeshua brings the desire to want to obey Yahweh’s Word. It is that simple.

      • Ezekiel 40-48. It actually spells it out many times through these passages. Ezekiel 42:13 deals specifically with sin offerings returning.These prophecies are set in futuristic events, which shows they haven’t happened yet. We could throw them out if we wanted, but we would be guilty of taking and adding to the Word. It’s a prophecy set by God, which means IT WILL happen. In order or us to do these sacrifices, we will ned the Torah, (The Law) to properly sacrifice to God.

        Another thing to add is Ezekiel 44:15-24. Not only does this passage discuss the Sabbath days, the Feast days that need to be kept, but also the laws for priests, which are very similar to those laws set in Leviticus 10.

        Many people don’t research this on their own because of the lack of self sufficiency in Scripture. We get spoon fed from a pastor who tells us what he sees in scripture, rather than what scripture actually says.

  2. I think you mean the term “everlasting”. Why are you trying to define everlasting as something that is “unforeseeable in the future”? Ever lasting. Just think about the term for a second. Lasting forever. Not eternal. The difference between being everlasting and eternality is this: Eternity is without beginning and end. Everlasting means it has a beginning, but won’t end.

    Let’s use your definition for “forever” in terms of the Psalms. Psalm 136 says that God’s love endures forever. So does God’s love endure now but in the future it might not? Does it then change because of some circumstance? Or does God’s love endure for the rest of all time and space?

    If you believe that God’s love endures for all time and space, with no end, then you’re on the right track. But if you believe God’s love is not in that sense, then you’re already flawed in your thinking. David, one of the most influential Hebrew writers uses “olam” when discussing forever. Now its up to you to decide what he means by that. But be careful, let’s not think anything outside of God’s character.

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