Dispensationalism III - Lesson 4

  1. THE DISPENSATION OF THE LAW (Exodus 24:1-8) (Continued)
    1. Purposes of the Law
      1. To define God’s standard of righteousness (Deuteronomy 4:8; Deuteronomy 6:24-25; Psalm 19:7; Romans 7:12, 14)
      2. To offer temporal purification for the Jews (Hebrews 9:13-14)
        1. Israel, as a nation, had a special relationship with God (Deuteronomy 4:7; Deuteronomy 5:26; Psalm 147:19-20)
        2. God would meet with Israel and their priests in a special way (Exodus 25:21-22; Exodus 29:42-44; Exodus 30:6, 36; Numbers 17:4 [thou (singular)…you (plural)]; cp. Exodus 20:18-21; Exodus 33:7)
        3. God was to dwell among them (Exodus 25:8; Exodus 29:45-46; Leviticus 26:11-12)
        4. As such, there was a great danger of defiling God’s tabernacle among them (Leviticus 15:31; Numbers 19:11-13, 20)
        5. This explains the special significance of the commands for Israel to be holy (Leviticus 11:44-45; Leviticus 19:1-2)
        6. The sacrificial system allowed them to cleanse themselves from their filthiness so that God could continue to dwell among them (Leviticus 1:1-4; Leviticus 4:35; Leviticus 16:30; Hebrews 9:13-14)
        7. They needed the sacrifices so that God would “accept” them (Ezekiel 20:40-41; Ezekiel 43:27)
      3. To provide a source of earthly blessing
        1. The blessing (Leviticus 26:3-13; Deuteronomy 28:1-14)
        2. The blessing required potential cursing as its opposite
      4. To typify the elements of salvation (like the sacrificial death of Christ)
        1. The typical elements (Colossians 2:16-17; Hebrews 8:4-5; Hebrews 9:6-10; Hebrews 10:1)
        2. The blindness of Israel (2 Corinthians 3:6-16)
      5. To reveal sin in its total sinfulness (Romans 3:20; Romans 5:12-14; Romans 7:7, 12)
David Reagan

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 23:17

Let not thine heart envy sinners: but be thou in the fear of the LORD all the day long.