Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Old Testament

And when was the last time you offered a sacrifice at the Temple? By your own words you are ‘denying the Word of God’ because you are not doing this. The biblical nation of Israel of course no longer exists. With the fall of the temple in 70AD the ceremonial and civil laws of ancient Israel came to an end of course. And the entire New Testament makes it clear that those laws are not binding on Christians anyway. Sure the moral law carries through, eg the Ten Commandments. But go back and read Galatians or any other NT epistle on how Paul had to fight the Judaisers who wanted to drag the Christians back under the law. - a theologian and Bible college lecturer in response to statement that although we are not in Israel, the Old Testament teachings still apply

Sacrifices at the Temple were a ritual before Jesus had made the ultimate sacrifice. However, usury is not an act of repentance like sacrifices were. Usury is interest charged on a loan. Jesus spoke about giving up all of one's rights and possessions, as well as reprimanding the money changers in the Temple for they were misusing the temple. (Matthew 21:12-13)

Give back to them immediately their fields, vineyards, olive groves and houses, and also the interest you are charging them—one percent of the money, grain, new wine and olive oil.” (Nehemiah 5:11)

Do not take interest or any profit from them, but fear your God, so that they may continue to live among you. (Leviticus 25:36)