Layman in the Legal Dictionary Is One who is not an ecclesiastic nor a clergyman.
This blog aims to explore the mindset a layman would have when introduced to law and associated legalities which will have a limiting effect on a layman's life.
While policy and lawmakers may look after various segments of a society, an individual may feel shortchanged when he finds himself on the wrong side or when the limitations imposed on one segment are far greater as compared to the advantages provided to another segment of society.
It may also be possible that in a layman's perspective, an act or law may not be needed at all.
This blog will try and bring out these perspectives from the layman's point of view. It is hoped that the blog will be useful to the readers and will bring out meaningful viewpoints.
In many churches a layman active in church work will preach the sermon. To the untrained eye, though, the line between the lab scientist and the layman can seem fuzzy. We must look seriously at outside of the box thinking, including layman thoughts in layman terms.
When I did my first read-through of the Old Testament, I was doing well up until the later chapters in Exodus dealing with the setting up of the Tent of Meeting. It was even worse having to read those chapters a second time as they were repeated directly afterwards (but with “build” changed to “they built”). It was the end of the second book and I already felt like I had crossed a desert with the Israelites. Then came Leviticus. Tons of what appeared to be meaningless and sometimes unfair laws. Things that I’d never seen practiced at church either as a kid or an adult. 27 chapters of crawling through the desert getting rules, regulations, and rituals piled on top of me. After surviving and making it to Numbers and through the rest of the Old Testament, I knew something had to change.
The Law of Moses is hard to understand as Christians. It is also just plain hard to read and difficult to concentrate on (much like the prophets). And so the next time, before I started reading the Law, I prayed hard for God to open up the Law to me. I remember I asked many times “Why do I have to read this?” To which the answer was always, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). I prayed that the Holy Spirit would open up the passages in the Law that I didn’t understand or that didn’t make sense in a modern context (which is basically all of it). I prayed a lot, because if I had to crawl through the desert of the Law one more time, I might not make it to the Promised Land.
And the Lord was faithful. Upon entering into the Law again, I was greeted with deeper meanings behind the passages than I had thought possible (indeed, the Law was the first part of the Bible that the Holy Spirit began to really open up for me). These lessons from the Spirit not only made the Law tolerable, but they also drove me to read more and deeper and to read the rest of the Word (including the New Testament) in the same manner. Now when Exodus or Leviticus comes up on my reading list, I get excited because I can proudly say that now, “I love the Law!”
What follows are a list of articles that deal with the Law (specifically regulations, rituals, or other formalities in Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy). Whenever I post a new Law-based article about what the Holy Spirit has taught me from this difficult part of the text, I will update this page with the new post. So check back often. As a note, I am a “salvation by faith not works” Christian, for Paul said in Ephesians 2:8-9, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith- and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God- not by works, so that no one can boast.” So when I say that I love the Law, I am not trying to suggest you can be saved through said Law, for salvation is found only through Jesus Christ. Anyway, here are the articles thus far. Enjoy and perhaps you can also learn to love the Law!
Although Removed from many places in America Today, God’s Laws Cannot be removed from the Bible nor from the hearts of men. Unknown Legal Person sent in this version of the simple rules provided by God to help men live in peace.
In is impossible to understand the grace of God without understanding the Law. How can we see that we are sinners in need unless we know the Law?
Here’s Unknown Legal Person E-Mail:
In middle Tennessee they translated the ‘King James’ into ‘Jackson County’ language….no joke (posted on the wall at Cross Trails Church in Gainesboro , TN ).
(1) Just one God
(2) Put nothin’ before God
(3) Watch yer mouth
(4) Git yourself to Sunday meetin’
(5) Honor yer Ma & Pa
(6) No killin’
(7) No foolin’ around with another fellow’s gal.
(8) Don’t take what ain’t yers
(9) No tellin’ tales or gossipin’
(10) Don’t be hankerin’ for yer buddy’s stuff
That’s it, plain an’ simple. Y’all have a nice day now ya hear!
How to Read the Bible in Layman's Terms Most Christians try to adhere to the teachings found in the Bible. The sheer volume and language of the text can appear intimidating to those unfamiliar with its content. Current modern translations make the Bible easy enough for anyone to understand. Additional basic tools such as a good commentary and dictionary help with any difficult words or concepts you might encounter.
Start reading in the New Testament. It might be tempting to start at the beginning when you've never read the Bible before. But people who do this often become discouraged after reading through the first two books (Genesis and Exodus) only to find themselves steeped in Jewish law for the next two books (Leviticus and Deuteronomy). In the New Testament, you will encounter the rich life of Jesus and work your way through the letters of the early church leaders. Here you will find instruction on how the church is supposed to function and basic Christian beliefs. After you have obtained a solid understanding of Christian living and doctrine, study the Old Testament, which provides a foundation for why the things in the New Testament took place. Reading the Bible in its entirety is important for a full contextual understanding.
Choose a Bible reading program to help you methodically work your way through the Bible. Such programs include Bible Pathways, Blue Letter Bible and Study Light. These tools not only contain Bible-reading schedules but commentary, archaeological notes and helpful notes as well.
Use a dictionary. A Bible dictionary is not necessary for those new to the book; a quality college-level dictionary will contain even difficult biblical words. However, because the meaning of words has changed over time, a Bible dictionary will come in handy as your reading skills progress.
Select a helpful commentary written in language you can understand. Several well-respected commentaries were written between 1700 and 1900. Language use has changed a great deal in this time. Read some sample texts and ask for recommendations from Bible teachers you respect before choosing to purchase one. There are many free commentary resources available online.
Consider using a study Bible. These specialized Bibles encapsulate all the above-mentioned tools into one; most contain maps, commentary notes, archaeological information, cross references to other verses about the same topic, a concordance where you can look up topics by key word and an abbreviated Bible dictionary. Visit a Christian bookstore to see a variety of study Bibles and choose one that best suits your reading style. There are specialized study Bibles that concentrate on the original Greek or archaeological aspects of the Bible. Student Bibles are also available for children and teens.
Keep a notebook with you while you read. Write down words to define or questions to ask your church leader. You can also keep track of thoughts or inspirations as you read.
When Jesus Christ died on the cross, there were two other men who died that day. And both had broken the eighth commandment, “Thou shalt not steal”. Jesus took one to heaven, but not the other. What made the difference? They both believed Christ existed, for they both talked to him, but only one of them trusted Christ for salvation. This was the one who recognized he was a sinner, and deserved the punishment of his crime, for he said, “we receive the due reward of our deeds….” He did not make excuses for his sins but looked to Jesus, the only one who could forgive him, and put his faith in Christ, and asked the Lord to save him. “And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:42-43) Say to Jesus, “Lord remember me, I want to come into your kingdom when I die. I ask you to save my soul, and please forgive all my sins. I ask you to live your life in me.”
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13)
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