Hymn and Haw #2

Join me on a journey through time.  Back to a small town in the 1980’s.  Like many small towns, this one has more churches than stoplights.  One church, in particular, stands taller than the rest.   St.John’s United.  Open the ornate doors.  Climb the squeaky stairs, past the “no confetti” regulatory sign, into the sanctuary.  Red light from stained glass bathes the hardwood pews.  Take a seat.

The title of today’s sermon is: “Why Donald Trump likes his steaks well done”.  Please open your Bible to:  Samuel 14:32-33

From the New World Translation:

32 And the people began darting greedily at the spoil and taking sheep and cattle and calves and slaughtering them on the earth, and the people fell to eating along with the blood.  33 So they told Saul, saying: “Look! The people are sinning against Jehovah by eating along with the blood.” …

From the New Student Bible (NIV):

32 They pounced on the plunder and, taking sheep, cattle and calves, they butchered them on the gound and ate them, together with the blood.  33 Then someone said to Saul, “Look, the men are sinning against the LORD by eating meat that has blood in it.” …

That’s right folks.  Eating a medium rare steak is a sin.

18 thoughts on “Hymn and Haw #2

      1. By chaotic I mean people running around having … relations … with just anybody, regardless of whether they are your niece, aunt, mother-in-law, stepmother, or they are a mother and a daughter, etc. … In Lev. 19 it also forbids … um … animals. *goes off to take a shower*

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      2. Yes. The Law was not given until many thousands of years after Adam and Even and their immediate descendants. Although I suppose even in the first few generations after Adam and Eve, common sense might have dictated that you should not seduce, say, your father’s wife.

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  1. PS Regarding weird coincidences …. This week you started Hymn and Haw and started posting about Levitical law.
    On Sunday, just days before you started these posts, my pastor launched a sermon series on Leviticus. I kid you not. He began by saying that this summer, when he travels to the Gulf Coast, he is going to eat plenty of shrimp. He is not going to “detest their carcasses.”
    This must be what we call being stalked by a theme.

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      1. The Levitical laws are for the Old Covenant, which was there to prepare Israel – and the world – for the Messiah. When the Messiah came, the rules changed somewhat, though it took people some time to figure this out.

        New Testament Jewish Christians had a whole debate about whether, when Gentiles began to believe in Christ, they must then start obeying the whole Jewish law. Their shorthand for this was “becoming circumcised.”

        The entire book of Galatians is about this. So is Romans chapters 2 – 4. Both were written by Paul, with his brilliant legal mind. He argued strongly that Gentile Christians should not have to obey the ritual parts of the Law.

        There is also Mark 7:18 – 19: ‘”Are you so dull?” he asked. “Don’t you see that nothing that enters a man from the outside can make him unclean? For it doesn’t go into his heart but into his stomach, and then out of his body.” (In saying this, Jesus declared all foods clean.)’

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      2. Yes, exactly. Hebrews 10:1 – 18 explains how even in the Old Testament, God recognized that the temple / animal sacrifical system was not an adequate permanent solution. It was a “shadow of the good things that are coming.”

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      3. Please pardon me; if I may interject. The Old Testament has never changed and has never been replaced by the New Testament. Please refer to Matthew 5:17-18; Daniel 7:25; Malachi 3:6 There is no improved version of the bible: For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.

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      4. The NT is not a replacement nor an “improved” version, it’s a fulfillment. Themes, images, and symbols are sketched out beginning in Genesis, have rich layers of meaning added to them progressively, and finally, in the NT, there is a dramatic paradigm shift that keeps all these themes and symbols but also casts them in an entirely new light.

        Of course, to see any of that, you have to be willing to believe that it’s all one huge work of art. If you don’t accept that premise, then you won’t see the underlying unity in complexity, but only contradictions and nonsense.

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