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The Decrees in the Age of the Law

Next, let’s see God’s work in the Age of the Law.

IV The Decrees in the Age of the Law:

1. The Ten Commandments

2. The Principle for Building the Altar

3. The Decrees Concerning Treating Servants

4. The Decrees Concerning Stealing and Compensation

5. Observe Sabbath Year and the Three Feasts

6. The Decrees Concerning the Sabbath Day

7. The Decrees Concerning Offering Sacrifices

(1) Offering the Burnt Offering

(2) Offering the Meal Offering

(3) Offering the Peace Offering

(4) Offering the Sin Offering

(5) Offering the Trespass Offering

(6) The Decrees Concerning Priests Offering Sacrifices (for Aaron and his sons to observe)

1) Priests Offering the Burnt Offering

2) Priests Offering the Meal Offering

3) Priests Offering the Sin Offering

4) Priests Offering the Trespass Offering

5) Priests Offering the Peace Offering

8. The Decrees Concerning Priests Eating Sacrifices

9. The Clean and the Unclean Animals (edible and inedible)

10. The Decrees Concerning the Cleansing of Women After Childbirth

11. The Standard for Examining Leprosy

12. The Decrees Concerning the Healing of the Leper

13. The Decrees Concerning the Cleansing of an Infected House

14. The Decrees Concerning the Sicknesses Such as an Issue of Blood

15. The Day of Atonement Shall Be Kept Once Every Year

16. The Rules of Slaying Oxen and Sheep

17. Do Not Walk in the Gentiles’ Customs (do not have sexual relations with close relatives, and so on)

18. The Decrees for People to Observe (“You shall be holy: for I the LORD your God am holy.”)

19. He Who Offers His Children to Molech Shall Be Put to Death

20. The Decrees Concerning Punishment for Fornicators

21. The Rules for Priests to Observe (the rules for them to do things and conduct themselves in their daily life, the rules for eating sacred offerings, the rules for offering sacrifices, and so on)

22. The Feasts to Be Kept (the Sabbath, the Passover, the Pentecost, the Day of Atonement, and so on)

23. Other Decrees (the lighting of the lamps, the year of jubilee, the redeeming of the fields, the taking of a vow, the offering of a tenth, and so on)

People of law offer sacrifices

The Decrees in the Age of the Law Are the Testament to God’s Guiding All Mankind

You have seen all these decrees and principles in the Age of the Law, haven’t you? The range of these decrees is wide, right? First, the Ten Commandments, then the decrees concerning how to build the altar and so on, then the sayings about keeping the Sabbath and the three feasts, and then the decrees concerning offering sacrifices. How many kinds of offerings can you find there are? There is the burnt offering, the meal offering, the peace offering, the sin offering, and so on. Next are the decrees regarding priests offering sacrifices, which include offering the burnt offering, the meal offering, and all the other kinds of offerings. The eighth item is the decrees concerning priests eating sacrifices. What follows are the decrees men should keep in their life. Here, there are regulations for many aspects of man’s life, such as, the decrees concerning what men can eat and what men cannot, the decrees concerning the cleansing of women after childbirth, and the decrees concerning the healing of the leper. In these decrees, God even spoke about such things as sickness and the rules concerning slaying oxen and sheep. Oxen and sheep were created by God, and you should slay them as God told you. God’s words are definitely reasonable, and it will surely not be wrong to act according to God’s regulations, which will surely be beneficial to man. Moreover, God gave sayings about feasts and rules that should be kept, such as the Sabbath, the Passover, and so on. Let’s look at the last item—Other Decrees: the lighting of the lamps, the year of jubilee, the redeeming of the fields, the taking of a vow, the offering of a tenth, and so on. The aspects of these decrees covered a wide range, didn’t they? First, they covered the matter of offering sacrifices, then stealing, compensation, keeping Sabbath, and all the other details in life. That is to say, when God began his management plan and formally did his work, he set many decrees for men to observe. These decrees were for men to have a normal human life on earth, which could not do without God or God’s leading. God first told men how to build God’s altar and set up his altar, then told them how to offer sacrifices, and made rules on how to live their life, what they should heed and keep in their life, and what they should do and what they should not do. God made rules for men in everything. He used these regulations, decrees, and principles to regulate men’s conduct and lead men’s life, leading men into God’s laws and to the presence of God’s altar, and leading them to live an orderly, regulated, and moderate life among all things God created for them. God first set some boundaries for men with these simple decrees and principles, so that men could have a normal life of worshiping God and a normal human life on earth. These were some specific contents in God’s beginning his six-thousand-year management plan. These decrees and regulations cover a wide range in content and are the specific items of God’s leading mankind in the Age of the Law. They are what the men early in the Age of the Law must accept and observe, are the record of the work God did in the Age of the Law, and are the testament to God’s leading and guiding all mankind.

Mankind Can Never Leave God’s Teaching and Supply

In these decrees, it can be seen that God’s attitude toward his work, his management, and mankind was serious, conscientious, careful, and responsible. He did the work he wanted to do among mankind exactly according to his steps, and told men what he wanted to tell exactly and unreservedly, causing them to see that they could not leave God’s leading and that what God did and said was so important to them. No matter what men were like in the next age, in a word, God did these simple works in the Age of the Law in the beginning. In God’s eyes, men of that age had a very vague and obscure concept of God, the world, and mankind. Even if they had some thoughts and plans in their consciousness, they were not clear and not right. So, mankind could not leave God’s teaching and supply to them. Mankind in the beginning knew nothing, and God had to begin to teach them from the shallowest and most basic principles for their existence and the decrees they must have in their life and work these things into their heart little by little, and through these regulations of words and through these decrees, let them gradually know God, gradually comprehend and understand God’s leading, and have a basic concept of the relationship between God and man. Only after these results were achieved could God do the work little by little that he wanted to do in the future. So, these decrees and God’s work in the Age of the Law were the most basic things in God’s work of saving mankind and the initial work in God’s management plan. Although before the work of the Age of the Law, God had also said some words to Adam and Eve, or their sons, yet those commands and teachings were not issued to them item by item in such a systemic and specific way, and they were not recorded in words and did not form decrees. This was because at that time God’s plan had not yet been advanced to that stage. God had to lead them to that stage before he could begin to talk about these decrees of the Age of the Law and require them to carry out these decrees of the Age of the Law. This course was necessary, and this result was also certain. These simple regulations and decrees let men see the steps of God’s management work and see God’s wisdom expressed in his management plan. God knew with what content and by what means he should start his work, by what means he should continue it, and by what means he should conclude it, so that he could gain a group of people who can testify him and who can be of one heart and one mind with him. He knew what men had within and what men lacked within, knew what he should supply to them and how to lead them, and also knew what men should do and what they should not do. Men were just like a puppet. Although they did not understand God’s will, they, in spite of themselves, have still been led until now by the steps of God’s management work. In God’s heart, he is never unclear about anything he does, and there is a perfectly clear and explicit plan in his heart. He does the work he wants to do from the shallower to the deeper according to his steps and his plan. Although God did not foretell the next works to men, his works that followed still advanced and were carried out strictly according to his plan. This was the manifestation of what God has and is and was God’s authority. No matter what stage of work he does according to his management plan, his disposition and substance represent himself, which is absolutely true. No matter in what age and in which stage of work, there will never be any change in what kind of people he loves, what kind of people he hates, his disposition, and what he has and is. Although men see that the decrees and principles God made in the work of the Age of the Law are very shallow and simple today and are easy for men to understand and do, in them there is still contained God’s wisdom, God’s disposition, and what God has and is. This is because in these seemingly simple decrees, there are expressed God’s responsibility and concern for mankind and expressed God’s substance of being very delicate in his mind, so that men can truly realize the fact that God rules over all things and all things are governed in God’s hand. No matter how much knowledge mankind has grasped, and how many doctrines and mysteries mankind has understood, in God’s eyes none of them can substitute for his supply and leading for mankind. Mankind can never leave God’s guidance or God’s personal work. This is the inseparable relationship between God and mankind. No matter whether God gives you a commandment or a decree or whether God supplies you with the truth for you to understand his will, whatever God does, his purpose is to lead men to head for a beautiful tomorrow. All the words God expressed and the works God did are one aspect of the manifestation of God’s substance and one aspect of the manifestation of his disposition and wisdom, and are an indispensable step in his management plan. This cannot be neglected! Whatever God does, there is God’s will in it. God is not afraid that men may make this or that comment on him or have any notion or view of him. He only does his work and continues his management according to his management plan, without being restricted by any person, matter, or thing.

A Selected Passage from “God’s Work, God’s Disposition, and God Godself (2)”
in A Continuation of The Word Appears in the Flesh

God’s Authority

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