The Mosaic Law - Stage 4
The Mosaic Law
as seen within Stage 7
The Omission of Love
Reversal - Double-Bind; the "Killing of what one professes to love" ... our "neighbor."
The Fourth Commandment
"The Fourth Commandment sanctified the weekly day of rest as a Sabbath, and passed it down as one of the strongest institutions of mankind." (Durant, Vol. 1, Chap. XII, p. 332.)
The Fourth Commandment
The First Meaning
"Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: but the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day; wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it." (Exodus 20:8)
The Second Meaning
The first meaning is the "milk" statement of the Fourth Commandment; the "meat" is contained in what was left out. The Holy Sabbath was "Instituted to commemorate God's seventh day of rest at the Creation, and also the redemption from Egyptian bondage. On the Sabbath the daily sacrifices were doubled." (The sacredness of the number 7 is also mentioned here; see LDS Bible Dictionary, "Sabbath," p. 764-5.) However, the most meaningful reason for observing the Sabbath is the ritual Feast of the Passover which "was instituted to commemorate the passing over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt when Yahwah (God) smote the firstborn of the Egyptians, and more generally, the redemption from Egypt." (LDS Bible Dictionary, "Feasts," p. 672; Ex. 12:27; 13:15.)
The Word "Sabbath" and its Meaning
"The Hebrew word "Sabbath, in its original Akkadian form (shabattu) meant "day of rest of the heart." (The Story of Language, Mario Pei, p. 236.) The meaning of the word "shab," obs. obscure origin, to get rid of; get (a person out of the way), is found in the Compact Edition Oxford English Dictionary, p. 2758 (583). "Firstborn" in Hebrew means: firstborn; hence chief:--eldest (son)...(Strong's Hebrew Dictionary, #1060). These meanings certainly fit the need for the rest and the healing of the heart from the pain and anguish the Egyptians and Hebrews both would have felt over the slaughter of all the firstborn sons of the Egyptians. "In the light of the humane and spiritual teachings of the N. T. the fact cannot and need not be hidden that today one is appalled at such a program of ruthless slaughter." (Professor Lindsay B. Longacre, p. 298, The Abingdon Bible Commentary.)
The Israelites Feast of the Passover, the slaying and the eating of the firstborn lamb without blemish, was in propitiation, an atoning sacrifice, for the price paid for their freedom, their redemption from bondage; it was to expiate the guilt of all the Israelites who benefited from the slaughter of all the firstborn sons in Egypt.
Connections with Mormonism
The slaying of the firstborn sons of Egypt (Stage 4) and the sacrifice of the "Father's" firstborn son in the flesh ("the lamb of God"), were later linked together; Jesus, the one son, was to be the last son sacrificed in propitiation for the many that were killed, commemorating "the beginning and the end" of blood sacrifice. The Feasting on the sacrificed lamb of the Passover by the Jews is the basis for the bread and water (flesh and blood) sacrament of the Latter Day Saint "Israelites" of the Mormon Church, commemorated every seventh day, on the Sabbath, which today is now Sunday; (anciently, the Sabbath was on Saturday). In Mormonism (as well as Christianity) the price paid for freedom from Egypt ... the death of all the Egyptian firstborn sons ... is not generally emphasized, only the sacrifice of Jesus, the one son of Yahwah (in the flesh), is given emphasis.
The Israelites having been released from their bondage under Pharoah, were then able to "rest from their labors" of servitude to him. Yahwah, in that respect, rested also from the "labors" of His war and attacks against Pharoah.
The Double-Bind - Yahwah and Pharaoh
The double-bind in this tragedy was between Yahwah and Pharaoh. Pharaoh was commanded to let the children of Israel go; he was told the punishment, if he did not comply, was that all of the firstborn male children in Egypt would be killed, including his own eldest (firstborn) son. However, Yahwah made sure that Pharaoh would have no choice in the matter, but would be damned; "And the Lord (Yahwah) said unto Moses, Pharaoh shall not hearken unto you; that my wonders may be multiplied in the land of Egypt. And Moses and Aaron did all these wonders before Pharaoh: and the Lord hardened Pharaoh's heart, so that he would not let the children of Israel go out of his land." (Ex. 7:3-4,13; 9:12; 10:1,20,27; 11:9-10; 14:4,8,17. Other examples; Deut. 2:30; Joshua 11:20)
If Pharaoh chose not to say "yes" to Yahwah's demand, he was damned; all firstborn sons in Egypt would be killed.
If Pharoah chose to say "yes" to Yahwah, he had the promise that the sons of Egypt would be spared, but it would be against himself.
Yahwah took away the means for Pharaoh to say yes to what He wanted him to do (by "hardening his heart"), and hence, no matter which he chose, "Yes" or "No," Pharaoh would lose and Yahwah would win. ("Heads, I win ... Tails, you lose.")
Joseph Smith's same Mind-Set and use of the Double-Bind
D&C 132: Verse 64. Yahwah, through Joseph, speaks to Emma.
"And again, verily, verily, I say unto you, if any man have a wife, who holds the keys of this power, and he teaches unto her the law of my priesthood, as pertaining to these things (plural wives), then shall she believe and administer unto him, or she shall be destroyed, saith the Lord your God; for I will destroy her; for I will magnify my name upon all those who receive and abide in my law."
"Therefore, it shall be lawful in me, if she receive not this law, for him to receive all things whatsoever I, the Lord God, will give unto him, because she did not believe and administer unto him according to my word; and she then becomes the transgressor; and he is exempt from the law of Sarah, who administered unto Abraham according to the law when I commanded Abraham to take Hagar to wife."
(V. 64) If Emma chose to believe in plural wives, and the "Law of Sarah" ... and against their original contract; (the law of monogamy, under which she married Joseph in 1827) ... she will NOT "be destroyed" by God.
(She would be "choosing" against her Self ... to avoid being destroyed.)
(V. 65) If Emma chose not to believe in plural wives, she becomes the "transgressor;" God will destroy her, and Joseph will be free to take plural wives without her consent.
(This would be for the Binder; he would be exempt from "the law," and she would be doubly punished by the addition of being the "transgressor." As the transgressor, she, in Jahwah's terms, would have "hardened her heart" ... the result of the Double-Bind in which she was placed, which was caused by Joseph's (Yahwah's) Double-Bind.)
Plus, Joseph would also be "magnified" (as Yahwah's wonders were "multiplied") by his use of the Double-Bind. Either way Emma chose she would lose and Joseph would win.
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This Double-Bind Mind-Set in Mormon Marriages Today
(An example from the essay The Painting)
Yahwah, as the Binder-Husband
Stage 2. The Binder's (Yahwah's) "Yes" Agreement (promise) with the Bound to Jointly sell a very Valuable Painting.
Stage 3. The Binder's (Yahwah's) "Yes, but, ... I have more important things to do; besides, I don't care about things."
Stage 4. The Double-Bind
If the Bound-Wife didn't take the full responsibility of selling the painting, the Bound would be "guilty" of keeping Him away from more important things, and would be "selfish."
If the Bound-Wife did take full responsibility, she would be "guilty" of being "mercenary," because she "cared about things." (Again, the label of "selfish" would be applied.)
(The Bound-Wife is damned if she is obedient and damned if she is not obedient to the Binder.)
In addition, the necessary information, the means, needed by the Bound to take over the responsibility of complying to the Binder's demand was withheld. (See: My Awakening - The Painting.)
Yahwah and Mormonism
The bondage to Yahwah's theocracy is the same as the bondage to Mormonism's theocracy; in the latter, it is, "Ye are bound when ye do what I say, but when ye do not what I say, ye have no promise." The "promise" in Mormonism, is the same as Yahwah's promise to Pharaoh; it is never fulfilled; it is withheld ... the means are taken away. The "promise" is made (2); the "conditions" reduce the "promise" (3); the double-bind reverses and eliminates the "Promise" (4), and the Bound promisee is blamed for having chosen the results of the double-bind ... as was Pharoah, when he, instead of Yahwah, was blamed for the hardening his "deceitful heart" (this was Yahwah's deceit projected to Pharoah. (Ex. 8:29; 9:34-5: ... "And the heart of Pharaoh was hardened, neither would he let the children of Israel go; as the Lord had spoken by Moses.")
In this Mormon statement, "Ye are bound when ye do what I say,....." you are asked to obey two opposite commands. The first is what Yahwah says, i.e., He implies that there is a choice and that the promise is real; the other is Yahwah's demand for absolute obedience. It is a contradiction in terms, choice VS no-choice; plus, it is impossible to obey either one when the means to comply to His demands have been taken away. The means to unravel this conundrum is the individual's own perceptions and rational mind which Yahwah's and Mormonism's use of The Pattern destroys.
The fourth Commandment contains the means by which Yahwah created His New World Order and everything in it, and at the same time, is the continuing means by which it is kept alive ... the Double-Bind.
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The Fifth Commandment
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