Hold the Phone
Clearly stated; the parameters of the Book of the Covenant (BotC) are Ex.19:5 (consistent with the law of first mention) to Ex.24:8 (consistent with the law of last mention including the given name at v:7). Also clearly stated; the parameters of the Book of the Law (BotL) are Ex.24:12 (consistent with the law of first mention) to Dt.31:26 (consistent with the law of last mention including the given name at v:26).
Now let’s deal with the law side of the ‘Rightly Dividing’ point. Some of you may want to ask; ‘hold the phone’ – how can you say that Ex.24:12 is the start of the Book of the Law? There is no Levitical Priesthood at this point either. Which would both be a valid question and statement.
We have to account for and understand a few points. One being as stated; the law of first mention and the law of last mention. Another is realizing that Ex.24:12 is the 4th call up on the Mount that turns out to be the start of the infamous 40 days and 40 nights. With the Book of the Covenant already having been Blood Ratified; decisively meaning that nothing can be added or taken away (Gal.3:15). The Ex.24:12 statement includes ‘come up here; I will give you … a law … I have written’ – Not that we’ve agreed to. YHWH understands and abides by Law including the Law of a sealed ratified no plus no minus covenant. That’s why we can trust Him. By the same token YHWH knowing the end from the beginning, knew what the Israelites would do – Make a Golden Calf that would break the covenant and at that in less than 40 days (Ex.32). Note – Aaron himself made the Gold Calf, then lied about it. He also was no longer eligible to be a Melchizedek Priest.
The point is that from Ex.24:12 to Ex.32:1, the people had no idea what Moses was doing, where he was, what he was getting, or how long he’d be. Ex.24:12 to Ex.32:1 takes in the complete 40 days and 40 nights. Moses was getting an instruction that would double as a damage control back-up plan i.e. Plan ‘B’. It isn’t till Ex.27:21 that Aaron and his son’s are even mentioned. Paul makes a defining statement at Heb.7:11;
Heb 7:11 ‘If .. perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, for under it the people received the law..’
Now I can make my point – to do so I must ask the question; ‘in Hebrew thought, when does life begin? – at Birth or Conception?’ Conception – right? Ex.24:12 is the conception point of the ‘Law’ (post-covenant) that brought the Levitical Priesthood that the people had no idea about until Moses came down the mountain, but by then they had already breached the Covenant with the Golden Calf (Ex.32), and were now under the Levitical priesthood provision. Israel no longer would be; because of their covenant breach, a nation of (Melchizedek) priests (Ex.19:5-6); They would now (post covenant breach) be a nation with Levite priests (Ex.40:13-15/Num.3:12 / 8:16-19) – the Levitical Priesthood was born.
So Paul’s cryptic assessment at Heb.7:11 is correct. I do realize there are those that dispute Paul being the writer of the New Testament chapter called ‘Hebrews’. I have no doubt that Paul; whether the actual writer or not was the originating author of ‘Hebrews’. Whether pen written by Paul or a student, contemporary, disciple or scribe of Paul; Hebrews agrees so very closely with the rest of Paul’s New Testament evidences of Torah; dispute virtually evaporates. Those that discount or out right reject Paul, have to discount or out right reject his claim that he was taught the Gospel by Yahshua (Gal.1:11-12). They do so at their own peril (2Ths.2:10-12).
2Ptr.3:15 And account that the longsuffering of YHWH is salvation; even as **our beloved brother Paul** also according to the **wisdom given to him** has written to you; :16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things **hard to be understood**, which they that are unlearned and unstable **twist**, as they **do also the other scriptures**, unto their own destruction.
It is taught in wilderness survival training, that there are 2 main reasons why people get and stay lost. 1] No remembered awareness – (forgetting the meadow, hill, boulder, tree-stand, river-fork, etc. you passed). 2] Disregarding those things that would indicate direction – (sun-rise, sun-set, moon-rise, star pattern, river-flow, compass setting, etc.). It is identically the same with the Bible, there are 2 main reasons why people biblically get and stay lost. 1] No remembered awareness (Jms.1:25); and 2] Disregarding those things that would indicate direction (2Ptr.3:16/1Tm.1:7).