Exodus 23 – 25
What about lying
Yesterday we covered the Ten Commandments, and today’s reading begins with a bit about false testimony. The interesting thing is that, while lying is wrong, the Ten Commandments actually don’t cover lying as a general rule. The ninth Commandment (eighth in Catholic theology) doesn’t simply say lying is wrong, it says to bear “false witness against your neighbour” is wrong. So one could ask why this brand of lying deserves a special place. While all deceit has adverse consequences, even if we don’t see them straight away, lying about people opens them up to prosecution and persecution. Lies affect trust, when you lie, people are less likely to trust you, but when you lie about someone else, it can be them whose trustworthiness you’re affecting, and they could end up with irreparable damage to their lives.
We’re into the instructions for the Sanctuary, and I could have a lot to say about adventist theology here, but I’m not going to. I’m simply going to point one thing out. As we go on we’ll find very explicit instructions as to how it should be built. The interesting thing is the last verse from today’s text, which reveals that Moses was to build something that he had seen, there was a pattern. This, among other things, reveals how important the Sanctuary was, and perhaps still is, to understanding certain aspects of theology. It is in this Sanctuary that the ceremonies that reveal the plan of salvation and judgment were played out. So while the rest of Exodus may seem a bit boring, read carefully, and try to understand the Sanctuary and it’s ceremonies, and how they fit into what you understand about God’s plan. If you’re struggling, then ask in the comments thread, and stick to this plan, in many months time, we’ll arrive at the New Testament book of Hebrews, which is really enlightening as to the connections between the priests’ work and Christ’s work.
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