It is indeed awesome how God has chosen to reveal His ways to us!!!
He follows a pattern that starts in Exodus 20 when He handed down the 10 Words (what gentiles call the “10 Commandments”) to Moses at Mount Sinai.
And then building upon those 10 Words as the unshakeable foundation, God patiently and lovingly gives us more detailed commands that give us an ever more defined and clearer picture of how we are to live.
Think of the 10 Words of God as being the primary colors the Lord begins painting with.
Afterwards, he adds hue and tone via the remaining 603 laws.
He first establishes the foundational principles in a few Words, and then gradually at a pace we can absorb without being overwhelmed, God introduces the finer nuances of His rulings including a deeper understanding of their application and meaning.
Now in the beginning, His teachings seem to be comprised of just a bunch of do’s and don’ts…clear cut mechanical commands that seem to only be applicable to our physical lifestyles here on earth.
However, later on, God begins to add some things that seem odd, unfamiliar and unrelated to our life here on this planet, such as the rulings pertaining to CLEAN and UNCLEAN.
These laws don’t really seem to be connected to fair and just behavior among men, do they?
Rather, these type of rulings and their accompanying rituals are a good indication that God’s TORAH encompasses far more than just practical advice for living, but are also a reflection of the truths in the heavens.
The TORAH extends far beyond mere regulations governing biological life, human culture, and civil structure.
When Yeshua arrived on the scene about 13 centuries later, He explained that the TORAH was just a peek of the world to come.
Yeshua taught us that there was a greater spiritual component to the TORAH that far exceeded a simple legal system that meted punishment for the Lawbreakers.
CONNECTING THIS TEACHING TO THE NEW TESTAMENT
“Don’t think that I have come to
abolish the Torah or the Prophets.
I have come not to abolish but to complete.
I tell you that until heaven and earth pass away,
not so much as a yud or a stroke
will pass from the Torah
— not until everything that must happen has happened.
So whoever disobeys the least of these mitzvot and
teaches others to do so will be called
the least in the Kingdom of Heaven.
But whoever obeys them and so teaches
will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven.”