Jeremiah chapter 7 proves that the law didn’t always exist

A common argument asserted by many law advocates is that the law (as given through Moses)  has always been in place. It was simply written down at Mount Sinai. However, this simply is incorrect. I have done many writing showing that the law was not and neither could have been in effect before the law was given at Mount Sinai through Moses.

In this study we will look at another proof that the law was not in effect before it was actually given through Moses. God himself states that he did not command sacrifices or burnt offerings when the Israelites came out of Egypt. (We will see that these sacrifices and offerings are in reference to sin). 

In Jeremiah chapter 7 we see God states to put away your burnt offerings and your sacrifices and that he did NOT speak to the fathers (of Judah) or command them of such, the day that he brought them out of Israel. 

Jeremiah 7:21 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Put your burnt offerings unto your sacrifices, and eat flesh. 22 For I spake not unto your fathers, nor commanded them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt offerings or sacrifices:

God did not command them concerning burnt offerings and sacrifices when they came out of Egypt. 

The most popular argument against this that I have come across is that the sacrifices and burnt offering of verse 21 actually refer to the child sacrifice described in verse 31 

Jeremiah 7:31 And they have built the high places of Tophet, which is in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire; which I commanded them not, neither came it into my heart.

It is asserted that the sacrifices that God did not command when he brought the Israelites out of Egypt was that of child sacrifice not of that of the law. 

On the face of it, without any investigation it would seem that this could be a possible answer. 

However what we shall see here is that just a small amount of investigation into the passage will show this to be a completely false argument that cannot be contextually supported and therefore fails. 

So to demonstrate this,  let’s just go back to the beginning of the chapter. We can see that Jeremiah was told to stand in the gate of the LORD’s  HOUSE and proclaim the word. The LORD’s house is the temple. 

Jeremiah 7:1 The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, 2 Stand in the gate of the LORD’S house, and proclaim there this word, and say, Hear the word of the LORD, all ye of Judah, that enter in at these gates to worship the LORD.

Judah is then told to amend their ways and their doings and they will be allowed to dwell in this place. 

 Jeremiah 7:3 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, Amend your ways and your doings, and I will cause you to dwell in this place.

They are then asked if they will steal, murder, and commit adultery, swear falsely, burn incense unto Baal and walk after other gods. ALL of which is condemned under the LAW. 

Jeremiah 7:8 Behold, ye trust in lying words, that cannot profit. 9 Will ye steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely, and burn incense unto Baal, and walk after other gods whom ye know not;

Judah was committing sins against the LAW. 

They are asked then will they stand before me(God)  in this HOUSE(the Temple) ….which is called by my (Gods)  name. This is the TEMPLE. So after they had committed the sins outlined in verses 8 and 9 they would then go to the temple, then say “we are delivered from these abominations. 

Jeremiah 7:  10And come and stand before me in this house, which is called by my name, and say, We are delivered to do all these abominations? 11Is this house, which is called by my name, become a den of robbers in your eyes? Behold, even I have seen it, saith the LORD.

The abominations that they had committed against the law. Their deliverance from such would be through sin sacrifice and burnt offerings as per the LAW.  Done in his HOUSE. So they were committing sins and then simply offering sin sacrifice for those sins all prescribed in the law.  

We are told multiple times that God did not want sacrifice 

Hosea 6:6 For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.

1 Samuel 15: 22 And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. 

Psalm 40:6 Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required.

God had NO desire in sacrifice for sin….

Hebrews 10:6 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.

In verse 21 Judah is told to eat their own sacrifices. The priest who offered the sacrifice would eat the sacrifice for sin ( the priest representing God) 

Leviticus 6:26 The priest that offereth it for sin shall eat it: in the holy place shall it be eaten, in the court of the tabernacle of the congregation.

God is stated as having been full of their sacrifices. 

Isaiah 1:11 To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats.

This is all part and parcel of the sacrifices as outlined in the law. 

In verse 30 Judah is again stated as having done abominations in the sight of God and that they have set their abominations IN THE HOUSE which is called by his name, to pollute it. Again this is the TEMPLE. 

Jeremiah 7:30 For the children of Judah have done evil in my sight, saith the LORD: they have set their abominations in the house which is called by my name, to pollute it.

Then we have verse 31 which starts with the word AND ……AND they have built high places of Tophet …..which is in the VALLEY OF THE SON OF HINNOM. It is here that they burnt their sons and daughters in the fire which God commanded them not. 

Jeremiah 7:31 And they have built the high places of Tophet, which is in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire; which I commanded them not, neither came it into my heart.

So in verse 30 they are stated as doing their abominations in the temple then in verse 31 they are described as “AND” (and introduces something in addition to) burning their sons and daughters in the valley of Hinnom.  They were not offering their children as sacrifice to the LORD in HIS house. They were doing this in the Valley of Hinnom. So this was something else they were doing as well as, but apart from, the abominations in the temple. God did not command this, ever, unlike the sin sacrifice which God did not command of the Isralites when they left Egypt,  but that God did command sin sacrifice under the law. God never commanded the Israelites to sacrifice their sons and daughters.  

So we see that the sacrifice referenced in verse 31 is not and neither can be connected to the sacrifices and burnt offering as referenced in verse 21. 

Sin sacrifice was not given to the fathers that came out of Egypt at the time they left Egypt but was later given through the law and so proving that the law was not in effect before we see it being given. 

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