Excellent post differentiating between God’s commandments and man-made regulations.
Deuteronomy 4:1-2 Hear now, O Israel, the decrees and laws I am about to teach you. Follow them so that you may live and go in and take possession of the land that the LORD, the God of your fathers, is giving you. Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the LORD your God that I give you.
It strikes me strongly that it didn’t take the Israelites long to violate what Moses says here, because they added a great deal to what he said to them from the Lord. It was all couched as “interpretation,” but it effectively amounted to a mountain of regulations that, as Peter said much later, “neither we nor our fathers have been able to bear.” (Acts 15:10) The purpose of God’s rules and regulations is always our good, to keep us from…
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