Are the Mosaic Laws for Today?


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acknowledged as “our God (Deut. 26:17)”120 – by our “loving Him (Deut. 6:5).”121 For in “being zealous for Him (Num. 25:11),”122 we are to avoid “all compacts and consulting with the devil (Lev. 20:6)”;123 all “slighting and despising God and His commands (Deut. 32:15)”;124 and all “the praise of…ourselves (Deut. 8:17).”125 The Second Commandment, the Catechism explains, requires the “keeping pure and entire [of] all such religious worship and ordinances as God hath instituted in His Word (Deut. 32:46)”126 – particularly “the reading, preaching, and hearing of the Word (Deut. 17:18-19)”127 and “the ministry and maintenance thereof (I Tim. 5:18 [which is itself quoting from Deut. 25:4]).”128 It also requires “swearing by the Name of God (Deut. 6:13),”129 and “removing all monuments of idolatry (Deut. 7:5).”130 And it forbids “all devising (Num. 15:39)”131 and “counselling (Deut. 13:6-8)”132 any religious worship not instituted by God Himself (Deut. 12:30)”133 – such as “tolerating a false religion (Deut. 13:6-12)”134 or such as “the making of any representation of God or of all or of any of the Three Persons [such as pictures supposedly of Jesus Christ] (Deut. 4:15-19)”135 and especially the “worshipping of it or [of] God in it or by it (Ex. 32:5).”136 It also prohibits “the making of any representation of feigned deities (Ex. 32:8)”137 and all “corrupting [of] the worship of God, adding to it, or taking from it (Deut. 4:2)”138 – such as “all neglect” of the sacrament of infant baptism “(Ex. 4:24-26).”139 For “God…(Ex. 20:5- 6)”140 has such a jealous and “fervent zeal for His Own worship (Ex. 34:13),”141 that He punishes various or “divers generations” of covenant-breakers – but blesses even more generations of covenant-keepers that “love Him and keep His Commandments…unto many generations (Deut. 5:29).”142