Shadow of Christ in the Law of Moses, The

Shadow of Christ in the Law of Moses, The

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Poythress, Vern S. | P&R Publishing

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Poythress demonstrates how the sacrifices, traditions, and penalties of the Law of Moses graphically foreshadow the work of Christ and his relationship with his people.

Table of Contents

Part I: UNDERSTANDING THE DIFFERENT ASPECTS OF THE LAW

The Challenge of the Law of Moses

  • Basic principles for interpreting the Old Testament

The Tabernacle of Moses,

  • Prefiguring God’s Presence through Christ
  • The tabernacle as a symbol of the Messiah
  • The tabernacle as a symbol of God’s dwelling with Israel
  • The tabernacle as a symbol of heaven
  • The furniture of the tabernacle
  • The multifaceted character of tabernacle symbolism
  • Practical lessons from the tabernacle
  • Guidelines for interpreting the revelation of the tabernacle

The Sacrifices, Prefiguring the Final Sacrifice of Christ

  • The necessity of holiness
  • Redemption from sin
  • The sequence of events in sacrifice
  • The types of sacrifices

The Priests and the People,

  • Prefiguring Christ’s Relation to His People
  • The mediatorial role of priests
  • Similarities of priests to the tabernacle
  • Later replications of the tabernacle
  • Pagan counterfeit worship
  • The people of Israel

General Principles for God’s Dwelling with Human Beings Prefiguring Union with Christ

  • The interaction of tabernacle, sacrifices and priests
  • Covenant

The Land of Palestine, the Promised Land

  • God’s promise of the land
  • The holiness of the land and its symbolic associations

The Law and Its Order

  • Prefiguring the Righteousness of Christ
  • The law as the sovereign treaty of the great King
  • The law articulating God’s order
  • The law expressing the way of life
  • New Testament application of laws of cleanliness
  • Order in personal relationships: the ten commandments

The Purposes of the Tabernacle the Law, and the Promised Land:Pointing Forward to Christ

  • The connections of tabernacle symbolism
  • The connections of the law
  • Moral and ceremonial aspects of the law
  • The tabernacle, the law, and the land as elementary and deep
  • The righteousness set forth in the law
  • Blessing and curse from the law
  • The interpretation of Mosaic law in Hebrews

The Punishments and Penalties of the Law Prefiguring the Destruction of Sin and Guilt through Christ

  • The righteousness of God’s punishments
  • Penal authority given to human beings
  • Simple examples of just recompense on earth: murder and theft
  • The significance of the injured party: God and human beings

Part II: UNDERSTANDING SPECIFIC PENALTIES OF THE LAW

The Principle of Penal Substitution

  • The operation of recompense in Deuteronomy 13
  • The significance of holy war: justice and purity
  • New Testament Applications
  • Applying Deut. 13:1-18 today
  • Punishment
  • Restoration

Principles of Justice for the Modern State

  • The nature of responsibilities of the state
  • Principles for just state punishments

Just Penalties for Many Crimes

  • Penalties for theft and accident
  • Repentant offenders
  • Penalties for murder, attempted murder, and manslaughter
  • Penalties for bodily injury
  • Penalties for verbal crimes
  • Penalties for profanation of the holy community
  • Penalties for violent usurpation of authority
  • Penalties for crimes against servants

Penalties for Sexual Crimes

  • Principles involved in understanding Mosaic sexual law
  • Penalties for fornication
  • Penalties for adultery
  • Penalties for sexual perversion
  • Alternatives to my position on sexual crimes

Deterrence and Rehabilitation

  • The use of the general principle of equivalence
  • The role of deterrence and rehabilitation
  • The deterrent value of my proposed punishments
  • The rehabilitative value of my proposed punishments

A Critique of Prisons

  • Does prison justly restore and punish?
  • Does prison effectively deter and rehabilitate?

Our Responsibilities Toward Imperfect States

  • Primary responsibilities
  • Earthly political responsibilities

Fulfillment of the Law in the Gospel According to Matthew

  • Matthew 1-4
  • Matthew 5-7
  • Matthew 5:17-20
  • Pentecost in Matthew
  • Obedience to the law in the Great Commission
  • The broader role of the Old Testament in the Great Commission
  • Christocentric interpretation

Appendix A: FALSE WORSHIP IN THE MODERN STATE

  • The point at issue: the God-given authority of civil government
  • State responsibilities concern offenses against human beings, not offenses against God
  • Is false worship an attack against other human beings?
  • Is false worship an attack against the state?
  • Practical reasoning
  • Objection 1: the possibility of renewal of holy war
  • Objection 2: false worship incites God’s anger against the whole society

Appendix B: Evaluating Theonomy

  • Major Concerns of Theonomists
  • Interpreting Old Testament Law
  • Old Testament penalties
  • The relation of this book to theonomy
  • Modifying the theses of theonomy
  • Possible objections
  • Some possible one-sidedness in theonomy
  • Theonomic stridency

Appendix C: Does the Greek Word Πληρόω Sometimes Mean “Confirm”?

  • The nature of the dispute
  • Analysis of possible examples of the sense “confirm”
  • Conclusion

BIBLIOGRAPHY


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