Is God focused on perfection? And if so, is it physical, spiritual, or both? If you’ve read the laws in the first five books of the Bible, the five books of Moses, it does appear as if God was obsessed with physical perfection. Is that really true though? Can those obsessed with the ideas of a ‘master race’ be right? I think we may have missed the glaringly obvious.
How many times have you heard that The Ten Commandments deal with our relationship with God, and our relationship with our neighbor? If you live in the “Bible Belt,” it’s a lot. Now for the glaringly obvious. If the greatest laws of God’s kingdom, The Ten Commandments, deal with respect for God and respect for your fellow man, then wouldn’t the rest of God’s laws follow suit?
You see, the rest of the laws in the Books of Moses expand upon The Ten Commandments. So, we need to look at these laws within that framework.
Let’s not get into the sexual laws. These laws tend to anger people for the fact that God doesn’t like certain lifestyle choices, and I’m not getting into any fights. If you have a problem, take it up with God.
If we take God’s guidelines for the priestly line, you’ll notice a similar vein running through it. If you have pimples, you are either too young to be a temple priest, or you might be sick. Hunchbacks were either too old to be serving, or it was a bad back. Do you remember what was a t stake for a temple-priest? There was a lot of lifting, hauling, burning, cleaning, and otherwise strenuous labor. God’s guidelines had it so that only those in the prime of their lives, at the peak of their strength could be temple-priests. The others could always volunteer, but they wouldn’t risk their lives trying to haul slabs of beef and oxen around.
Even the fact that God advises women to stay in their father’s house until they are married, is a sign of respect. God is trying to tell women that there are some sneaky boys out there that will take advantage of a single woman.
Just remember that God is not a man. And, unlike men, God follows His own law. God wouldn’t tell us to not respect one person over another, and then do so Himself. He does things a certain way for our benefit, just like any loving Father would. Maybe it’s time we start viewing those laws in the proper manner. It’s like Momma and Daddy telling you to stay in the yard. Besides, Jesus brought His expansion to The Ten Commandments to an even higher standard. When you do things out of love for God and your fellow man, you do them with respect.
When you love someone, you will try to please them. God wants us to have a pleasant life. It’s time we start returning that love.