When studying the Torah, it is important to keep in mind that there are three aspects to God’s HOLY instructions we need to keep in mind.
First, there is no doubt that the teachings of the TORAH reflect a divine utopia, the way things should be if we lived in a PERFECT world and the way things will be when Messiah returns to rule.
Second, the teachings of the Torah are also very down-to-earth and practical.
They are the perfect guide for a living a fulfilling life here and now while we reside on this planet.
Point blank, these laws worked and were effective for everyday living.
Third, YHWH’s teachings and commandments reflect the ancient Middle Eastern culture from which they were born out of.
So, yes you are going to find some commandments dealing with specific cultural and political realities such as the commandment to not boil a kid in its mother’s milk which was an ancient Canaanite practice.
It is this three-fold aspect you need to keep in mind when studying Torah.
Can you now see why it is a mistake for Christians to conclude that the instructions in the Torah are not for today because they are “a shadow and type” pointing to Messiah.
Yes it is true that they were a shadow and type but its also equally true that the laws were designed to be obeyed and if obeyed would yield much fruit in one’s ordinary everyday life.
The Law is BOTH spiritual and practical.
In the Torah where it says countless times “ye shall be forgiven”, that’s exactly what it means!
And I’m not talking about some inferior kind of forgiveness compared to the New Testament.
I’m talking about REAL atonement and REAL forgiveness.
What’s going to be real exciting about the Book of Numbers is that we’re going to see many of the rituals we studied in Leviticus come to life!
We’ll see people become ritually impure and then after performing the proper rituals in the proper manner, we’ll see them restored.