How did Noah know what was clean and unclean? Did he guess?
Christendom believes only two of unclean showed up and seven pair of the clean, however that doesn’t answer the specificity of God telling Noah to ‘take.’
When combined with the dozens of other Torah specific commands obeyed throughout Genesis the glaring conclusion is that Noah knew exactly what the Almighty told him because he had the Torah, handed down from his father’s.
Clearly, the Torah was in, even before, Gan Eden, and it is God’s instructions for righteous living to all mankind.
This week begins the annual cycle through Leviticus with the first Torah portion, Vayikra, Lev. 1:1-6:7.
As we were reading chapters 4 and 5 this morning, I was again reminded of the gravity of intentional sin and and our propensity to justify with ‘cheap grace’ the lusts of our heart because we do not understand the Law.
First off, let me begin by saying that Scripture has very little to say about intentional sin. In fact, willful sin or intentional sin is regarded as high treason against the covenant. Leviticus opens with a number of explanations about proper sacrifice and peace offerings. Interestingly, over and over the phrase, ‘sins unintentionally,’ or something very similar appears in many of these instructions.