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Fine Points Of God's Law

Immediately after the Israelites were given The Ten Commandments in codified form (they were already aware of them e.g. instructions for the Sabbath were given to them before they reached Mount Sinai, when the LORD gave them manna: "16:26 Six days ye shall gather it; but on the seventh day, which is the sabbath, in it there shall be none" Exodus 16:26 KJV; see also The Ten Commandments Before Sinai?), they were also given specific examples of the application of The Ten Commandments to their daily lives. Centuries later, at the time of Christ's coming, the religious leadership of Judah had replaced the principle of the fine points of God's Law with fine points of their own traditions - which violated God's Law (see the Fact Finder question below to understand when and why it began after the return from the Babylonian exile).

"7:6 He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.

7:7 Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. 7:8 For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.

7:9 And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition." (Mark 7:6-9 KJV)

A Way Of Life

At Mount Sinai, the Israelites were given lessons of how to apply God's Law in their daily lives. Can you identify under which of The Two Great Commandments and under which of The Ten Commandments these examples belong?

The Ten Commandments

"20:22 And the LORD said unto Moses, Thus thou shalt say unto the children of Israel, Ye have seen that I have talked with you from heaven. 20:23 Ye shall not make with me gods of silver, neither shall ye make unto you gods of gold." (Exodus 20:22-23 KJV)

"21:12 He that smiteth a man, so that he die, shall be surely put to death. 21:13 And if a man lie not in wait, but God deliver him into his hand; then I will appoint thee a place whither he shall flee. 21:14 But if a man come presumptuously upon his neighbour, to slay him with guile; thou shalt take him from mine altar, that he may die." (Exodus 21:12-14 KJV)

21:15 And he that smiteth his father, or his mother, shall be surely put to death." (Exodus 21:15 KJV)

21:16 And he that stealeth a man, and selleth him, or if he be found in his hand, he shall surely be put to death." (Exodus 21:16 KJV)

21:17 And he that curseth his father, or his mother, shall surely be put to death." (Exodus 21:17 KJV)

22:1 If a man shall steal an ox, or a sheep, and kill it, or sell it; he shall restore five oxen for an ox, and four sheep for a sheep.

22:2 If a thief be found breaking up, and be smitten that he die, there shall no blood be shed for him. 22:3 If the sun be risen upon him, there shall be blood shed for him; for he should make full restitution; if he have nothing, then he shall be sold for his theft." (Exodus 22:1-3 KJV)

"22:16 And if a man entice a maid that is not betrothed, and lie with her, he shall surely endow her to be his wife. 22:17 If her father utterly refuse to give her unto him, he shall pay money according to the dowry of virgins." (Exodus 22:16-17 KJV)

"22:22 Ye shall not afflict any widow, or fatherless child. 22:23 If thou afflict them in any wise, and they cry at all unto me, I will surely hear their cry; 22:24 And my wrath shall wax hot, and I will kill you with the sword; and your wives shall be widows, and your children fatherless." (Exodus 22:22-24 KJV)

"23:1 Thou shalt not raise a false report: put not thine hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness." (Exodus 23:1 KJV)

Fact Finder: When did the religious leadership of Judah begin to replace the fine points of God's Law with the fine points of their own traditions, many of which violated God's Law?
See Did Jesus Break The Law?


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