Penalty of the Law


This is the forth post in a series, for the previous post please click HERE.

At this point I feel confident in asserting Biblically that there was no separation between the Mosaic Law and the Ten Commandments. They are all one and the same. If the Ten Commandments as a whole unit given by Moses stand today then the whole law of Moses stands right along with it.  This means that if the law was not fulfilled on the cross we are biblically bound to put to death anyone for not observing the Sabbath correctly.

He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses Heb 10:28 KJV

“Ye shall keep the sabbath therefore; for it is holy unto you: every one that defileth it shall surely be put to death: for whosoever doeth any work therein, that soul shall be cut off from among his people.” Exo 31:14 KJV

And while the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man that gathered sticks upon the sabbath day.   And they that found him gathering sticks brought him unto Moses and Aaron, and unto all the congregation.    And they put him in ward, because it was not declared what should be done to him.    And the Lord said unto Moses, The man shall be surely put to death: all the congregation shall stone him with stones without the camp.    And all the congregation brought him without the camp, and stoned him with stones, and he died; as the Lord commanded Moses. Num 15:32-36 KJV

I never saw any Adventists actually follow these laws related to the Sabbath.  They will pay close attention to the Sabbath laws that say not to cook or to boil a pot and things of that nature, but when it comes to the Biblical enforcement of the law they stop.  I have never heard a good theological explanation on this from any SDA.

This is especially complicated by the fact that the death penalty itself is not condemned by SDA.  They would still support the government in putting a serial killer to death.  Murder is one of the ten commandments, why do the punishments for that still exist but those for the Sabbath do not?  Its a fair question and the reason SDA cannot reconcile this in a lucid manner is the fact that they don’t recognize the Biblical teaching that the Old Covenant is simply obsolete for New Covenant Christians.

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4 Responses to Penalty of the Law

  1. david andre davison says:

    I don’t think many people understand that there were 613 mitsvah or commandments. Most believe there are only the “Ten Commandments” and the “Law of Moses.”


  2. Patricia says:

    Please brother,the bible clearly says of two categories of law, the law of God( the ten commandments) and the law of Moses written by Moses himself which can be called the civil law. The law of God was kept in the Ark of the covenant and the latter was outside the box.
    The covenant God makes with israel in Exodus 34 doesnt concern the 10 commandments, He tells them what to do,and if they do the promises attached to it,and He says This is the covenant i Have made with Israel. God makes very many covenants in the old testament with His people, it is so ashaming that yoy read your bible upside down. Read it correctly
    according to the law of Moses,you break the law you are stoned to death.
    According to the law of God you transgress His law you are subject to eternal death and it doesnt need a witness


    • Armchair Theologian says:

      Summary of the New Covenant in Relation to the Ten Commandments:

      Ten Commandments are on Tablets of Stone:

      Deuteronomy 4:14 NKJV

      So He declared to you His covenant which He commanded you to perform, the Ten Commandments; and He wrote them on two tablets of stone…

      The Tablets of Stone = Old Covenant

      I Kings 8:9, 21 NKJV

      Nothing was in the ark except the two tablets of stone which Moses put there at Horeb, when the Lord made a  covenant with the children of Israel, when they came out of the land of Egypt. And there I have made a place for the ark, in which is  the covenant of the Lord which He made with our fathers, when He brought them out of the land of Egypt.”

      Hebrews 9:1, 4 NKJV

      Then indeed, even the first covenant had ordinances of divine service and the earthly sanctuary. which had the golden censer and the ark of the covenant overlaid on all sides with gold, in which were  the golden pot that had the manna, Aaron’s rod that budded, and the tablets of the covenant;

      The Old Covenant = Obsolete

      Hebrews 8:7, 13 NKJV

      For if that first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second. In that He says, “A new covenant ,” He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.


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