A day off from school from a snow storm that would not give much pause to those of more mountainous regions. But I shall not complain of the wimpy Okies, after all, I have been relieved of a day of law school classes. Last semester just about killed me from the sheer amount of information I was reviewing and trying to keep in my head. This semester the amount has decreased, but the problem is how incredibly dry this semester’s classes are. Tell me if this doesn’t sound like a snore: Corporations Law, Debtor and Creditor Law, Administration Law, Agency Law, and Constitutional Law II. My rear fell asleep just from having to type it. How shall I ever endure?
We work again on Saturday at the temple. This will be our second go of it. It has been interesting for me to think about the administering of the temple, rather than just the receiving of the ordinances and that which takes place in the temple. This Tuesday, a couple from our ward received their endowments and were sealed right after. It was beautiful. There is a certain spirit that comes from it when it is for somebody live.
Here are a couple of thoughts as we have been reading. We have just completed Exodus and are plowing our way through Leviticus. Some of them are very interesting and fascinating, others just wear and you have to skim read.
“And thou shalt bring Aaron and his sons unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and wash them with water. And thou shalt put upon Aaron the holy garments, and anoint him, and sanctify him; that he may minister unto me in the priest’s office.” Exodus 40:12-13. “And Moses brought Aaron and his sons, and washed them with water. And he put upon him the coat, and girded him with the girdle, and clothed him with the robe, and put the ephod upon him, and he girded him with the curious girdle of the ephod, and bound it unto him therewith. And he put the breastplate upon him: also he put in the breastplate the Urim and Thummim. And he put the mitre upon his head; also upon the mitre, even upon his forefront, did he put the golden plate, the holy crown; as the Lord commanded Moses.” Leviticus 8:6-9.
So the sons of Aaron are to be presented at the tabernacle to be washed with water, anointed with oil, and clothed in the holy garments. All this to be done to sanctify him and that he may minister. So this is the line of Aaron, or descendants of Levi, that have this privilege. Why was this privilege confined only to the sons of Aaron in his time? Was it available to all before Moses and Aaron? When would it be restored to all worthy lines?
What exactly do all these emblems, or parts of clothing mean? What was their symbolism then, and how does that translate to you and me?
I guess the other question I have is what degree of the Mosaic Law was done away with? Nobody seems to argue that the 10 Commandments were done away with by Jesus Christ. Sure, the higher law technically is in force, but the lesser law, or the school master it was still pointed to the higher law. The whole Mosaic Law was pointing to that last a great blood sacrifice, namely the atonement of Jesus Christ.
“Therefore, it is expedient that there should be a great and last sacrifice, and then shall there be, or it is expedient there should be, a stop to the shedding of blood; then shall the law of Moses be fulfilled; yea, it shall be all fulfilled, every jot and tittle, and none shall have passed away.” Alma 34:13.
I always found the idea of the law being fulfilled, not passing away, to be an interesting though. It shall be fulfilled, but not pass away. Does that mean the spirit of the law still applies, but the actual outward ordinances done away. I believe that is precisely what is meant.
The whole Mosaic Law was not something that was new. It also was something that just disappeared overnight. “Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.” Galatians 3:24-25.
“Yea, and they did keep the law of Moses: for it was expedient that they should keep the law of Moses as yet, for it was not all fulfilled. But notwithstanding the law of Moses, they did look forward to the coming of Christ, considering that the law of Moses was a type of his coming, and believing that they must keep those outward performances until the time that he should be revealed unto them. Now they did not suppose that salvation came by the law of Moses: but the law of Moses did serve to strengthen their faith in Christ; and thus they did retain a hope through faith, unto eternal salvation, relying upon the spirit of prophecy, which spake of those things to come.” Alma 25:15-16 (Between 90-77 BC).
The Law of Moses is the underpinning, and outward manifestation of our current law. I would supplement your understanding of our law, a good study of the Law of Moses can be insightful. After all, it was a schoolmaster for thousands of years.
“Their anointing shall surely be an everlasting priesthood throughout their generations.” Exodus 40:15.