Spirit and Truth
So what are your thoughts on Leviticus 19:19, cross breeding and mingling seeds, and Deuteronomy 22:11, the mixing of fabrics? And what about all of the ceremonial laws of purification and the like?
Note that the Torah does not say it is wrong to cross bread within a species. Instead it says do not mate two different *kinds* of animals. God created animals to reproduce after their own kinds. There are some pretty clear logical reasons for not allowing the mixing of species. Mixing a bear and a shark to create a bearshark may sound like a cool idea, but this obviously would not work out well and the resulting creature would not *fit* into the world God created.
This is exactly what happened in the days of Noah. After the abduction and copulation, the resulting offspring were not compatible with creation. The Bible tells us that all flesh had become corrupted. While this explanation of the events of Genesis 6 might not be popular today, this is exactly how ancient authors, like Josephus, interpreted this passage.
Animals are not the only things that should not be mixed. The Torah talks about fabrics/clothing, crops/seeds, even our worship of God.
Ceremonial Laws of Purification
The Bible never defines “ceremonial” laws. Therefore I am not sure how to distinguish what law would be considered “ceremonial” over another. The Torah does describe many different instructions for cleansing and purification. Everything from cleansing a house from an infestation of mold to cleansing yourself after touching a corpse. Some of the instructions are for everyone and some are just for a Priest who serves in the very presence of God. I believe we need to take each instruction in the Torah very seriously and ask the Holy Spirit to guide us to obedience in Spirit and Truth.
Spirit and Truth
Every law in the Torah has an “advanced” and a “basic” application. (Think Spirit and Truth) For example, avoiding leaven(yeast) during the festival of Unleavened Bread should be taken literally, basic, and teaches us to remove man’s doctrines from our lives, advanced. See Matthew 16:1–12 to hear Jesus explain this.
If we ignore the basic application of any one of the instructions in the Torah, we will certainly misunderstand it’s advanced application. Consider the “Church” in general today, it does not honor the Sabbath and therefore will not properly understand the Sabbath rest still to come. The Church has ignored the instructions regarding mixing the profane worship of Baal with the worship of God. (more)
YESHUA/JESUS is the rock, the cornerstone, the foundation, the truth, the Word made flesh, the Torah. If you ignore any instruction the Father gave us He will deal harshly with you. Remember His warning in Matthew 5…
Don’t assume that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill(pleroo — fully teach). For I assure you: Until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or one stroke of a letter will pass from the law until all things are accomplished. Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commands and teaches people to do so will be called least in the kingdom of heaven. But whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
The bottom line here is that Jesus = Torah and Torah = Jesus, every single instruction. Whether we currently understand them or not, it should be our pleasure to seek out the advanced spiritual significance while we obey the basic instruction from a willing heart.