Sunday, January 10, 2010

Ezekiel 20:25

Ezekiel 20:25 (New American Standard Bible)
I also gave them statutes that were not good and ordinances by which they could not live
Eh? What's going on here? This is one of those 'thus sayth the Lord' passages. So here it appears that God himself is saying that he gave the Israelites laws that were 'not good' and impossible to live by...?

Can God give bad laws? More importantly, did God give bad laws, and if so, which of the 613 laws are the bad ones?

And all this is just the run up to verse 26 that implies that one of the bad laws involved human infant sacrifice:
I let them become defiled through their gifts — the sacrifice of every firstborn — that I might fill them with horror so they would know that I am the LORD.
So many questions here...???


Anonymous said...

I would think that in the context (idolatry) that the statutes God gave them which were not good would be the commandments to adorn the tabernacle/temple with cherubim.

It led to angel worship. ("voluntariy humility and worshiping of angels...")

Ricky Carvel said...

So the doubt continues.

God gave laws that he later repented of...?