2 Timothy 4:3-4 “the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”
I have been looking at Galatians 3:24 and the whole Galatians, in fact I am getting the impressions that the Greeks in Galatia whom the apostle Paul wrote to was obsessed about traditions, particularly the old ordinances spoken of in Galatians 3:24 & Col2:14- 17. Some how they believe that these Jewish rituals could save them .These two pieces or scripture above are mostly abused and misused by many to suggest that we are no longer under the Moral Code the 10 commandment law . Well I agree and disagree at the same time.Let me clear it up by asking the question. WHAT LAW?
Now that I have you thinking you are probably asking was there more than one law given to Moses. Lets analyze the facts from the Bible of course
law number one
24And it came to pass, when Moses had made an end of writing the words of this law in a book, until they were finished,25That Moses commanded the Levites, which bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD, saying,26Take this book of the law, and put it in the side of the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, that it may be there for a witness against thee.
14Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;15And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made 16Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:17Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.
Note the Scripture above talks about hand writing, also note the law is against us.Note also the law was written in a book (scroll in those times) and was place in the side of the Ark of the covenant.
Law number two
1At that time the LORD said unto me, Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first, and come up unto me into the mount, and make thee an ark of wood. 2And I will write on the tables the words that were in the first tables which thou brakest, and thou shalt put them in the ark. 3And I made an ark of shittim wood, and hewed two tables of stone like unto the first, and went up into the mount, having the two tables in mine hand. 4And he wrote on the tables, according to the first writing, the ten commandments, which the LORD spake unto you in the mount out of the midst of the fire in the day of the assembly: and the LORD gave them unto me. 5And I turned myself and came down from the mount, and put the tables in the ark which I had made; and there they be, as the LORD commanded me.
18And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God.
In the two scripture immediate above notice what the law was written upon.It was written upon tables of stone. God wrote with his own fingers Exodus 31:18 (what else could write on stone ?).Notice where it was placed ,It was placed in the Ark, not in the side of the Ark which is another location.
Gods 10 commandment
Moses wrote from Gods dictation
God Wrote Himself then gave Moses
Moses wrote with hand and
God wrote with His Finger
Moses wrote in a book/scroll
God wrote on Tables of Stone
It was put in the side of
It was place inside the
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There is no doubt that Col 2:14-17 ,Galatians 4:10, and all of chapter 3 is talking about the law of Moses the ceremonial laws not Gods 10 Commandments. If in doubt lets look further in detail what is this ceremonial law.
Leviticus 23:4-5 These are the feasts of the LORD, even holy convocations, which you shall proclaim in their seasons. 5 In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the LORD'S Passover.
This part of the ceremonial law was a shadow of Jesus crucifixion and is called “Passover or Pesach.” These and all the following verses in Leviticus chapter 23 are NOT part of God’s eternal Ten Commandment law of love. As verse four says, “these are the many feasts of the Lord” that are not a law of love and were temporary as they represented the work that Christ would do at the cross through His death and resurrection. Love however is not temporary and will never be nailed to any cross.
The type was the Passover in Egypt where the blood of the lamb was smeared on the door posts. Jesus and the disciples ate the Passover meal (Matthew 26:18-20) of unleavened bread and wine in the early hours of this day (Exodus 12:18), which would have been our Thursday evening (the biblical day begins and ends at sunset). Jesus was crucified the afternoon of the 14th (Friday) at the time the Paschal lambs were being slain (Exodus 12:6). Passover is a shadow or type of the sacrifice of Jesus which is the antitype, the lamb of God, at the cross (1 Corinthians 5:7).
Leviticus 23:6-8 And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the LORD: seven days you must eat unleavened bread. 7 In the first day you shall have an holy convocation: you shall do no servile work therein. 8 But you shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD seven days: in the seventh day is an holy convocation: you shall do no servile work therein.
This part of the ceremonial law was a shadow of the time Jesus spent in the tomb on the seventh day Sabbath and is called the “Feast of Unleavened Bread.”
The Feast of Unleavened Bread was a type of the sinless nature of Jesus releasing us from the bondage of sin (if we have faith in His atoning death). Jesus is the sinless bread of life (John 6:32, 48-51) and leavened bread represented the corruption of sin in one’s life that Jesus overcomes (1 Corinthians 5:8). Putting away the sin in your life (leavened bread) and replacing it by accepting sinless Jesus Christ (unleavened bread) in its place is the Gospel Message symbolized in the Passover meal known today as the Lord's Supper or Communion. You participate in the Lord's Supper to remember the sacrifice that Jesus made for you at the cross (Luke 22:19). This was the time of year of the latter rain (March/April). On this day Israel began to eat from the old corn and the manna ended the following day (Joshua 5:11).
Leviticus 23:9-14 And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying, 10 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When you be come into the land which I give unto you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then you shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest unto the priest: 11 And he shall wave the sheaf before the LORD, to be accepted for you: on the morrow after the sabbath the priest shall wave it. 12 And you shall offer that day when you wave the sheaf an he lamb without blemish of the first year for a burnt offering unto the LORD. 13 And the meat offering thereof shall be two tenth deals of fine flour mingled with oil, an offering made by fire unto the LORD for a sweet savour: and the drink offering thereof shall be of wine, the fourth part of an hin. 14 And you shall eat neither bread, nor parched corn, nor green ears, until the selfsame day that you have brought an offering unto your God: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations in all your dwellings.
This part of the ceremonial law was a shadow of Jesus' resurrection from the tomb and is called "First Fruits." Note the meat offering and drink offering that Paul refers to at the start of the verse in Colossians 2:16
Ceremonial law is one that contain many ordinances ,these are burdensome rituals that are in many cases a bloody and dirty affair.In these rituals it is made plain how terrible sin is,if we see these rituals as the ancient Israel did we will get the point how bad sin really is.
Of course when we read all the verses Col 2:14-17,all of Galatians now with this added knowledge of what of which law its plain to see what these verses mean.Now that we know these were ceremonial laws what conclusions can we draw.
- Ceremonial law pointed to Christ Gal 3: 24 schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ Col 2:17. Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ --He was the sacrifice,the lamb slain.These laws pointed forward to the perfect sacrifice who did come.
- It is made plain why Mathew 27:51, Mark 15:38 says :And the veil of the temple was rent in twain by (God himself) from the top to the bottom.When Christ was crucified there was no need for blood sacrifices and the priest offering up these sacrifices.
- Notice the laws that were against us Christ came to remove .Adam and Eve after sin were to offer sacrifices after sin came in to the world (the transgression of the law the 10 commandments).
- Notice that these laws were added Galatians 3:19 because of transgression,transgression of what ?another law? yes !The 10 Commandments.
- A School master in Greek culture in Paul's time was a slave assign the duties of going everywhere with the child of the well-to- do family.He was called a tutor.The child would take orders from the slave who took orders from the child's father.So the Ceremonial laws,took there cue from the 10 commandments.But when Christ arrived at the scene the ceremonial laws were done away with no school master was necessary.
God's Word is the Truth.
For more information on the ceremonial laws see this site which adequately explains it all With Bible support of course.. http://www.ceremoniallaw.com/index.html