Old Covenant Punishments in a New Covenant World

I don’t know what the deal is, but I’ve gotten like SIX new subscribers in the past week and a half.  ((Maybe I should get sick more often?!))  Some of them scare me, like “GetReadyNow”.  Is that a survivalist who’s found my site, a CERT person who Googled CERT-type stuff and found me, or a “The Kingdom of Heaven is at Hand” kinda person?  It could even be an assassin who has been hired to silence me for my thought crimes spread around the Internet from this location.  Get Ready Now – we’re coming to get you.  That…. ((twitch))… is… my paranoia shining through…  ((twitch, twitch))

Anyhow, one of the newbies asked me a question, and it’s probably a good thing, because I think I covered the answer in a comment somewhere once, but I never actually WROTE about it, and it really should be on my sidebar under ‘Messianic Judaism’.  So we’re going to nail it today.  And the question was, in the Old Testament, the Bible says the disobedient child should be stoned.  The fornicating woman should be killed for her indiscretions.  So if the Old Testament is still applicable today, wouldn’t DEATH still be the punishment for disobedient children, fornicating teens and adulterous husbands and wives?

And my answer is going to shock the socks off you, because it’s YES.

Now before you go and freak out, bear with me a minute, because I’m going to explain it to you, and then you’re going to go “Ohhhhhhh!” and everything will be okay.  But we need to lay some groundwork, first.  I don’t just give opinion, that’s not Truth.  But this shouldn’t be too long or painful for you.

First, let’s look at a few of the laws.  Remember there are over 600 laws in the Old Testament, most of which require DEATH in the punishment.  Usually it’s the sacrifice of an animal, like a cow, a goat, a dove or something like that.  For example, here’s the one about breaking your vow (lying) by reneging your neighbor, Lev 6:5-7:

Or all that about which he hath sworn falsely; he shall even restore it in the principal, and shall add the fifth part more thereto,and give it unto him to whom it appertaineth, in the day of his trespass offering. And he shall bring his trespass offering unto the LORD, a ram without blemish out of the flock, with thy estimation, for a trespass offering, unto the priest:  And the priest shall make an atonement for him before the LORD: and it shall be forgiven him for any thing of all that he hath done in trespassing therein.

In that case, the dude that won’t pay up has to not only pay, but now give extra, AND take a male goat to the tabernacle to be sacrificed for his sin.  The ram would die to cover the sin, in that case.  But in some instances, it’s the person who’s required to be put to death, depending on the trespass (sin/crime).  Here are two back-to-back examples from Lev 20: 9-10:

For every one that curseth his father or his mother shall be surely put to death: he hath cursed his father or his mother; his bloodshallbe upon him. And the man that committeth adultery withanother man’s wife,evenhe that committeth adultery with his neighbor’s wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.

Well, the world would certainly be a heckuva lot less crowded if we followed this.  “But nobody sacrifices anything according to the Old Testament anymore, and this stuff doesn’t apply to us now.”, you say.   WRONG!!!  And here’s the proof in the Romans 6:23:

For thewagesofsinis death; but the giftof Godis eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Hey, you know that verse!  In the New Testament – in ROMANS, which (btw) is AFTER Christ’s death and resurrection, the wages of sin is STILL death!  Can you believe it!?   And what does Paul refer to when he says ‘sin’?  Well, the New Testament wasn’t written yet, so he’s referring to what the OLD TESTAMENT (“The Law”) defines as sin/trespasses.  Yeeeeeeeah.  Sin is STILL punishable by death, it MUST be paid for with the shedding of blood.  Even today, people.  You diss yo’ mama, and you’ve committed a sin, and it IS punishable by death.  Jesus Himself attests to this fact with His own confirmation of it in Matthew 5:17-18 (AND Luke 16:17):

“ThinknotthatIamcometodestroythelaw,ortheprophets:Iamnotcometodestroy,buttofulfill.  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.”

Did you catch that?  Until heaven and earth pass (perish), not ONE PART of The Law (the Old Testament) shall pass – till ALL be fulfilled.  Has heaven and earth passed away?  Have all the promises been fulfilled?  NO!  So that means The Law is STILL in effect.  That means Yah still demands blood to pay for sins.  Period.

Heeeeere’s where you go “ah!”   Because what did Christ do on the cross?  He shed His blood for the sins of mankind.  What sins did that include?  Check out Hebrews 10:10 –

By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christonceforall.

The blood of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross was for ALL of our sins for ALL people for ALL time.  No, the Old Testament is not over with.  Yes, there is still death required to pay for your sins.  But it’s PAID FOR already… *IF* you confess the Lord, Messiah Yeshua.  If you accept this Truth and believe that He truly did what I’m saying He did… if you commit your life to Him and make Him your Savior and Lord and the driving force of your life, then you’re paid in full – past, present and future.  Does that mean you don’t give a crap and do whatever you want – sleep with your girlfriend, tell your parents where to go, and all sorts of other not-so-moral stuff?  NO, because that’s NOT committing yourself to the Lord – He has specific guidelines (The Law) and expects us to live according to a higher standard.  Blow Him off and you’re not exactly committed to Him, are you?  ((It’s the faith-works coin, can’t have one side without the other.))

But after giving your life to Him, His blood covers you.  That’s the beauty of Passover… remember the Israelites in Egypt, and Yah told them that if they smeared the blood of a spotless lamb on the doorpost of their house, when the Angel of Death came, they would not be touched by him.  It was an illustration (a real-life one) of what Christ was going to do several thousands of years later… and if we apply the blood of Christ – the Lamb of God – to the ‘doorpost’ of our ‘hearts’, we will have eternal life – the promise of Heaven and Yah’s presence, crowns and mansions, joy and eternal security and peace.  I’m good with that!

Anyhow, back to the point.  The Old Testament wasn’t just a bunch of bullshit rules that were nullified when Christ came.  It’s ALL still very applicable.  Yah is unchanging, His ways are constant, He is holy, and requires us to be set apart and to live according to His precepts.  Even Christ said, “If you love Me, keep My commandments.”  (John 14:15 and John 15:10)   What were His commandments?  Remember, the New Testament wasn’t around during Christ’s life… it was the OLD TESTAMENT that He was telling people to obey.  So if you love Messiah, you keep The Law.  Which requires blood to pay for sins… and you DO that – with the shed blood of Christ, which covers all sins, in His once-for-all sacrifice.

Hope that clears it up for you.

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