Why Don Christians Follow Old Testament Ceremonial Laws?
In a small town in Texas people entering the city limits in cars must honk their horn so that those on horses would not be startled. That’s the law. Sounds ridiculous doesn’t it? But it isn’t difficult to see that at one time it might have served a very valuable purpose. When a Christian looks back at the Old Testament, some of the laws seem pretty ridiculous. For example, how could God ever require people not to eat pork, or to work on Saturdays? Of course, God’s laws are never ridiculous. But it is true that many of them served a purpose only for a limited time. So why did God give all of those ceremonial laws of the Old Testament to the Israelites? One of the purposes for giving them those laws is one of his purposes whenever he gives laws. Whenever God reveals his will to human beings, one of the things he wants them to realize is that they are sinful. God’s laws set the bar for us. They tell us how God wants us to live. And inevitably they lead us to realize that we haven’t measur