Someone on another message board has made a very long list of supposed contradictions. I have been wittling away at his list, posting my rebuttles, using the KJV. Here is one, for example:
EX 12:13 The Israelites have to mark their houses with blood in order for God to see which houses they occupy and "pass over" them.
PR 15:3, JE 16:17, 23:24-25, HE 4:13 God is everywhere. He sees everything. Nothing is hidden from God.
Just how, pray tell, is this a contradiction? Or an error? (I cut some out here)
God uses symbols all throughout the Bible. God uses symbols to keep certain truths prominent in our minds. God uses rituals to keep certain truths prominent in our mind. Such as the Lord's Supper- "This do in rememberance of me."
Perhaps the blood of the lambs on the doorposts have an extremely significant meaning? Perhaps He asked the Isrealites to do this for THEIR own good, for THEIR memory's sake? Perhaps the act of applying the blood to the doorpost was a "faith without works is dead" thing? If they believed the Lord, then they would act on it by applying the blood. Our faith is shown by our works, and applying the blood to the doorposts demonstrated their faith, their righteousness, their sonship, if you will. See, this was a form of the gospel- the blood on the doorposts foreshadowed the blood of The Lamb, Jesus Christ, being applied to the hearts of men and women who receive Him as Savior.
God obviously asked that the blood be applied to the doorposts for His children's sake, and not at all for His own- unless you want to say this was His way of establishing between Himself and the Isrealites who among them were truly 'saved', righteous people.
And here is another one, which I haven't fully replied to yet... I believe I know how this is resolved, but I would really like some more feedback.
EX 20:5, 34:7, NU 14:18, DT 5:9, IS 14:21-22 Children are to suffer for their parent's sins.
DT 24:16, EZ 18:19-20 Children are not to suffer for their parent's sins.
EZ 18:19 Yet say ye, Why? doth not the son bear the iniquity of the father? When the son hath done that which is lawful and right, and hath kept all my statutes, and hath done them, he shall surely live.
20The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.
Deuteronomy 24:16 The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers: every man shall be put to death for his own sin.
5Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; ***********
EX 34:7Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.
Numbers 14:18 The LORD is longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation.
DT 5: 9Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me,
Isaiah 14:22For I will rise up against them, saith the LORD of hosts, and cut off from Babylon the name, and remnant, and son, and nephew, saith the LORD.
Let's see if anyone else sees what I see. Anyone care to comment?