Mosaic Law

Are You Dead to the Law or a Slave to the Law?
by Ronald W Robey
(written May 23, 2019)

Romans 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

Galatians 3:24-26 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

The Law is the Schoolmaster that brings people to Christ. If you are a Jew under the Schoolmaster, you have not yet been brought to Christ.

Romans 10:4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.

2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

If you are a Jew under the Law, you have not yet been made righteous by Jesus Christ.

Romans 7:3-4 So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man. Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.

Are you dead to the Law or a slave to the Law? If you are either Jew or Gentile and married to Christ, you are dead to the Law and the Law is dead unto you.

Cursed With a Curse
by Ronald W Robey
If the Pastors who teach a monetary tithe requirement are right when they preach that “you are robbing God, and therefore you are cursed with a curse if you fail to tithe your monetary income to the House of God,” then we can come to no other conclusion than
a) the Patriarchs robbed God and were cursed with a curse;
b) the Prophets robbed God and were cursed with a curse;
c) the Apostles robbed God and were cursed with a curse; and,
d) Jesus Christ robbed God and was cursed with a curse.
After all…not one of these tithed their monetary income to either Tabernacle, Temple, Synagogue, or Church.
Silver, Current Money with the Merchant
by Ronald W Robey
Many, in their zeal to defend their monetary tithe teaching pastors, will be quick to state that “They didn’t have money in ancient Israel, so they tithed crops and livestock.”
But is that true? Were the ancient Israelites as destitute as so many want to portray them as being?
A careful study of the word of God will reveal to the reader that silver was the means of buying and selling from the time of Abraham and forward.
In Genesis 23, Abraham purchases the cave at Mach-Pelah from Ephron for 400 shekels of silver. Verse 16 of this chapter tells us that silver is the “current money of the merchant”.
In Genesis 37, Joseph is sold into slavery for twenty pieces of silver.
In Genesis 43, Joseph’s brethren took “double money” to Egypt to buy food. The word “money” in this chapter is translated from the Hebrew “keceph”. Keceph is defined as “silver.”
In Exodus 21, if a man’s ox injured another man’s slave, the owner of the ox was to pay the owner of the slave in silver.
In Exodus 30, every male between the age of 20 and 60 is required to pay an atonement offering of a half-shekel of silver annually,… whether they are rich or poor.
In Leviticus 27, many things dedicated to God can be redeemed (bought back) with silver. Even a portion of one’s crops tithe could be redeemed.
In Deuteronomy 14. the Feast tithe could be sold if it was too heavy, or if there was a chance of it spoiling before the Israelite reached the place of festivities. Upon reaching the place of festivities, the Israelites was to buy food as the Feast tithe and eat it with his family.
In Judges 9. Abimelech paid people silver to follow him.
In Judges 17, graven image purchased with 200 shekels of silver
In Jeremiah 32, The weeping prophet purchased land from his uncle Hanameel with 17 pieces of silver.
In Matthew 14, ointment might have been sold for three hundred pence. (denarius)
In Matthew 17, a coin taken from the mouth of a fish is not used to tithe, but to pay a Roman Tax.
In Luke 22, Jesus tells His Apostles to sell a garment and use the money… not to tithe… but to buy a sword.
In Matthew 20, parable speaks of workers agreeing to work for a penny.
Abram’s tithe to Melchizedek was of war spoils, not of his monetary income.
Israel’s tithe was of agricultural increase, not of their monetary income.
Israel’s monetary system, as proven by numerous verses referenced above, was silver and not agricultural increase.
There is nothing in the word of God that indicates anyone being required to tithe their monetary income to either Tabernacle, Temple, Synagogue or Church.
The Modern “Church” is Heading Toward Rejection
by Ronald W Robey

Argument: God said in His word that tithing is required. And Jesus said He did not come to destroy the Law.

Rebuttal: Yes, God’s word does say that tithes are required.
However, God’s word also says,
a) that the required tithe is to be agricultural, not monetary. (Lev. 27:30-33; Deut. 14:22-29; 26:12-17)
b) that the required tithe of the land is to be given to the physical descendants of Levi. (Num. 18:24-26; Heb. 7:5-9)
c) that the required tithe of the land is not to go to the House of God. (Num. 18:24-28; Neh. 10:37-38)
d) that an Aaronic Priest must be present at the giving of the tithe. (Num. 18:24-28; Neh. 10:37-38)
e) that the required tithe is to be observed only once one crosses the river Jordan and enters the Promised Land. (Deut. 12:1,10-11)
f) that the required tithe is to be given to widows, orphans and foreigners every third year. (Deut. 14:28-29)
Upon examining what the word of God says concerning God’s holy tithe, it is blatantly evident that today’s tither’s are NOT “obedient to God in the tithe at all.
a) Instead of obeying the command to tithe agricultural increase, they disobey God and attempt to pass off ten percent of their monetary income as His required tithe.
b) Instead of obeying God’s command to give His tithe to the sons of Levi, they disobey God and give what they say is God’s tithe to a pastor who isn’t even one of Levi’s descendants.
c) Instead of obeying God’s command to take His tithe to farming communities, they disobey God and take their “tithe” to their local church.
d) Instead of obeying God’s command to have Aaronic Priest present at the time of the giving of His tithe, they disobey God by giving what they say is God’s tithe without an Aaronic Priest present.
e) Instead of obeying God’s command that His tithe come from the Promised Land, they attempt to tithe from another geographical location in the world..
f) Instead of obeying God’s command to give the tithe to widows, orphans and foreigners every third yea, they disobey God and attempt to tithe to a man that God never authorized to receive tithes in His word.
In Hosea 4:6, God said:
Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
How long will they continue to reject what is written in God’s word before He decides to reject them as He did the Priest’s of Israel in Hosea’s day?
Acts 17:30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:
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The Foundation of Tithes Shaken
by Thomas Ellwook; 1722

“He says, “The Tenth belongs to God!” The Nine Parts as well as the Tenth; for the Fulness of the Earth is the Lords psal. xxiv. 1. not a part only; the Cattle on a thousand Hills are his, Psal, l. 10. not the Tithes of them only. That Scripture therefore, Prov. iii. 9. Honour the Lord with thy Substance, is misapplied by the Priest, and, as he restrains it to the Payment of Tithes, is not a binding Rule to Christians as well as Jews, Christians being no where commanded by God to pay Tithes, as the Jews expressly were. But the Christian doth then honour God with his Substance, when thankfully receiving the Goods of this World from the Hand of the Lord, he doth in God’s holy Fear so use them, as not to abuse them. 1 Cor. vii. 31 when both in eating and drinking, and whatsoever else he does, he does all to the Glory of God, according to the Exhortation of the Apostle Paul 1 Cor. x. 31.

‘Tis not to be doubted but that God, from Whose bounty and blessing all is received, might reserve to Himself what share He pleased; but what He might do is one thing, what He did another. That He ever did appropriate the Tenth part, I find not in Scripture expressed, excepting only in the time of the Levitical Priesthood, for which there was a particular reason.

He then chose the Jewish nation to be His peculiar people, which people being divided into twelve tribes, He separated one entire Tribe, the Tribe of Levi, to attend the Service of the Tabernacle. The Land of Canaan He divided amongst the other Eleven Tribes, but gave the Tribe of Levi no Inheritance amongst them, Numb. xviii. 20,23,24. Deut. x. 9 for they being wholly employed in that service could not have leisure to attend the plow, or other Rural occupations. Seeing therefore He had excluded them from a share of the Land (the manuring of which would have taken them off from the Service He had designed them to ) and that by this means their Brethren, the other Eleven Tribes, amongst whom their part was shared, did all fare so much the better, their Respective lots being so much the greater, He commanded the Eleven Tribes that had the Lands, to pay the Tithes of the increase thereof, out of which this Twelfth Tribe should be maintained. And while that Priesthood and Polity stood, which Tithes were suitable and appropriated to, this Tithing command was in force, and no longer. But that even God did reserve the tenth, or command the payment of Tithes to any, before the Constitution of the Levitical Priesthood, or since the Dissolution thereof, I nowhere read in Scripture. This is proper for the Asserters of the Divine Right of Tithes to prove, and indeed so absolutely necessary, that if they fail of this, all they can say beside will be too weak to bear their Title up. For in a matter of so great moment, it is not bare Conjectures or mere Suppositions, nor Probability neither, will serve the turn, but Positive Precept. The Levitical Priesthood was not left to such Incertainties.”

The above paragraphs are, for the most part, Scripturally and Doctrinally sound.  There is one discrepancy though,…

Much like how we today work at our jobs in shifts, the Levites worked in the Temple by courses. They were not all at the Temple at the same time.  Given the huge number of Levites in the land of Canaan, for all of them to work at the Temple at the same time would be an impossibility.

Example:  Employed in the Temple were four thousand porters. (doorkeepers)  Also employed in the Temple were four thousand musicians.  There were other job descriptions in the Temple as well.

But, let us look at the doorkeepers alone.  How many doors would have to be in the Temple in order for all musicians to never leave the Temple?  Were there really that many doors in the Temple?  Was there even enough room in the Temple for that many doors? or for four thousand Levites to be working at any given minute?

Now, add the porters.  The working room gets even more crampted, with eight thousand Levites on the grounds at all times,… if they never left the Temple.

Now, add the other job descriptions listed in 1 Chronicles 24-26.  There would be no room to work, much less to breathe, if each Levites never left  the Temple.

The Jewish Calendar consists of 354 days, as opposed of our 365 day calendar.  If we take those eight thousand workers of the Temple and divide by 354,  we can see a more logical numbers of these two classes of workers at the Temple on any given day.  The number is decreased to less than twenty-five porters and musicians at the Temple on any given day.

Again, factor in the other workers of the Temple.  It is easier to see that most of the time, the workers of the Temple were at home with their families.  The job descriptions of some workers only allowed them to work less than a week in any given year.

Clearly, being home most of their time, (in the forty-eight appointed cities in Canaan) the Levites worked some kind of trade to keep them occupied.

For this reason, we see the discrepancy in Thomas Ellwood’s article.

My answer to the seeming “carry-over” into the New Testament of nine of the original ten commandments written in the Old:

I call this “Obey the Law of the Land in Which You Live”

The Word of God assures us that we do not have to keep the Mosaic Law. (this would include the original 10 Commandments written by the finger of God, along with the remaining 603 Commandments given to Moses for the children of Israel at a later date) It was for Israel alone. (see Psalm 147:19-20 )

While some things in the Law seem to be repeated in the Pauline epistles, that does not mean we are to keep the Mosaic Law. That which is written in the epistles is in a completely different jurisdiction.

Let me give you an example. I was born in Tripoli, Libya, North Africa. There were laws there that my parents had to observe. When mother moved after my dad’s death, the laws of Tripoli did not follow her. We moved to an entirely new jurisdiction. If I stole something here, I would not be tried by the laws of Tripoli. I would, instead, be charged under the laws governing the geographical location in which I live.

Now, as long as I remain where I am, I will not be required to live by the Laws of Tripoli. However, if I should happen to move back to Tripoli, I will be subject to the laws of that geographical location. I will be in that jurisdiction.

It is the same regarding those ordinances of the Old Testament. If I choose to abide in the House of the Law, I am subject to, not just any law I choose to my liking, but to all the laws set forth for the residents thereof. If i choose to obey the tithe command, I must obey all other commands legislated for the citizens of that jurisdiction. This would include animal sacrifices, stoning of disobedient children, not wearing garments that have two different fabrics in the weave, a battlement on my roof, etc..

James said in Acts 21 that there is no command given for Gentiles to keep the Mosaic Law. Paul said in Romans 6 that we are not under the Law, but under Grace.

Paul further said in Romans 7 that it is comparable to adultery to go to the house of the Law when one is married to Jesus Christ. The Bible identifies the Church, (the Body of Beleivers) as the Bride of Christ. Galatians 3 states that it is foolish to subject ourselves to the Mosaic Law; for, when we do, we place ourselves under the curses associated with the Mosaic Law if we fail to keep the Law in its entirety.

Over and over, in more than the above examples, we are shown that we are not to go under that old system. Best to focus on Christ, and His finished Work and leave the Law for those who oppose Christ. The Law will be their judge, for they choose to live under its jurisdiction instead of under the merciful Grace of the Redeemer.