Exodus 35 – 37
Not much to say here, since this is all simply following the instructions for the Tabernacle that have already been given.
The main issue in today’s reading is the keeping of the Sabbath. People who weren’t keeping the Sabbath would be put to death, and that’s not likely to make anyone feel good (especially those not keeping it). Since breaking the Commandments of God is punishable by death (Romans 6:23) this isn’t really surprising. As I’ve stated before, the sentence hasn’t changed, and an sin is still punishable by death, the key difference is who gets to administer the punishment. The Old Testament sits as an example, many breaches in the covenant are punished immediately, showing what is to happen. Repentance is available and thus God will punish at judgment, thus there is no need for people to administer immediate punishment. This is a good thing, since people get carried away, which is also something to be born in mind (look at what happened to Jesus, he was punished for non-crimes). So in the spirit of the sermon on the mount, judgment no longer sits with people (Matthew 7:1), and belongs entirely to God.
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