Category Archives: Ritual Law

RUDIMENTS OF THE WORLD

The new Messianic Age dawned in Jesus Christ, and therefore, calendrical rituals and other Levitical regulations belong to the old order.

In his letter to the Galatians, the Apostle Paul chided Christians for their desire “to return to bondage to the weak and beggarly rudiments” of the world, including calendrical observations. Since believers now live in the era of fulfillment, any resort to outmoded rituals is wholly inappropriate.

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JESUS CONFRONTS TRADITIONS

SYNOPSIS – Jesus undermined the religious rationale for dietary restrictions. With the arrival of the Son of Man, old rituals lose their religious relevance – Mark 7:1-23

Jerusalem was the geographical center of the religious and political opposition to Jesus – Most specifically, the Temple. From this point forward in the gospel of Mark, Jesus experiences increasing conflict with the Jewish religious authorities, especially from the Pharisees, scribes, and the representatives of the high priest.

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TWO WOMEN RESTORED TO WHOLENESS

SYNOPSIS – Jesus healed two women and restored both to states of ritual purity – Mark 5:21-43

The gospel of Mark presents two separate but related stories about women in need of healing and cleansing that are “sandwiched” together for emphasis. The common theme is that of a woman in need of physical healing and restoration to a state of ritual purity – (Mark 5:21-43).

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Jesus and Food Purity Laws

SYNOPSIS:  According to the gospel of Mark, Jesus overturned the logic behind religious-based dietary restrictions – Mark 7:20-23.

variety of vegetables

At one point, Jesus came into conflict with the Jews from Jerusalem about eating food with unwashed hands. They believed doing so rendered a person “common” or “unclean,” that is, ritually impure.  The conclusion Jesus pronounced at the end of this story undermines the religious logic behind such food laws (Matthew 15:1-20Mark 7:1-23 [See also, ‘Paul on Food and Calendrical Regulations’]). Continue reading Jesus and Food Purity Laws

Jesus and Jewish Tradition

SYNOPSIS:  The gospel of Mark presents five incidents in which Jesus experienced opposition from religious leaders for deviating from their traditions – Mark 2:1-3:6.

close up of a book in hebrew

Jesus did not reject the Mosaic Law but, instead, many of the interpretations added to it by the Scribes and rabbinical authorities, especially practices related to ritual purity and Sabbath regulations. As the “Son of Man,” the Messiah, he was not bound by human traditions and regulations – His authority was superior to the traditions of the “Scribes and Pharisees,” even to the rituals of the Temple. Continue reading Jesus and Jewish Tradition