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A preacher approached me in Swanee, Tennessee, some years ago and asked me if it were true that I practiced the Law of Moses. I replied that it was true, and was then asked if I practiced the sacrificial laws.
Perceiving his craftiness in asking this forked question, I asked him if he practiced the Levitical Priesthood in Tennessee. He emphatically denied that he did any such thing, and proceeded to preach me a fire-and-brimstone sermon about Christ crucified, and how Jesus did away with the sacrificial laws and the Law of Moses.
Seeing that the man was a Christian in distress over doctrine, I apologized for my outrageous suggestion that HE might be a practitioner of the sacrificial system of Tennessee, explaining that I had heard that the people of Tennessee practiced the Levitical Priesthood, sacrifices, and heave offerings under another name, calling it instead "The Judicial System."
As he stared at me for a few minutes, as if I had just pronounced that I was 'Mork from Ork', I asked him it they had State Highway Patrolmen in Tennessee. He admitted that they did. I then asked if they had Police, Lawyers, Judges, Courts, Courthouses, Court- rooms with Bars and Benches, and Fines for Criminal Activities.
Once they make up the Judicial System of the State of Tennessee. I looked at him and said that they had told me the truth in far-off Idaho, that the people of Tennessee were a religious lot. Once more he gave me that strange look and asked how the Judicial System was religious, and so I told him this story:
You drive down the road at 80 mph and the policeman, ever vigilant and looking for crimes, sees you and roars off in hot pursuit. When he catches up to you he asks you for your driver's license, and notes that it does not give you permission to drive at 80 mph.
He then arrests you and takes you to the nearest jail from where you are brought before the Judge sitting on the Pecan behind the Bar, in the Court- room which is in the Courthouse.
You are stood beside your Lawyer who is before the Bench and Behind the Bar, to enter a plea of guilty, which makes you a Criminal. The Judge gives you a Fine to pay, and assesses Court costs. If you do not like this you can appeal to the Supreme Court. This is called the Judicial System, or the Civil Service.
In olden times this system was called the Levitical Priesthood, and worked in the same way that your Judicial System does.
The Policeman of today is the High Priest's servant, who was constantly looking for Sin. Sin is the transgression of the Law (I John 3:4). When the High Priest's servant uncovers your Sin he arrests you and puts you in the Ward in the Temple, which we today call the Jail in the Courthouse.
The Courthouse is designed like a Temple, and sits in the town square, where the High Priest conducts the Temple sacrifices in the Holy Place called the Courtroom. You, of course, will recognize the High Priest in the Holy Place by his long black robes. The High Priest (Judge) sits behind the Altar (Bench), which is behind the Veil to the Holy Place (the Bar).
To pass this Veil, and approach the High priest requires an Intercessor (Lawyer) who will help you in your prayer to the High Priest in you plea about your Sin (Crime). When you pray that you are guilty of this Sin, you become a Sinner (Criminal). The High Priest then imposes a sacrifice of 1 ram of the first year, which is called the Sin Offering (Fine). He also imposes a Heave Offering (Court Costs) of 2 turtle doves.
If you think you got a raw deal you can go to Moses through the Aaronic Priesthood in the Holy of Holies (Appealing to the Supreme Court). This system of law is called the Levitical Priesthood, better known today as the Civil Service, or the Judicial System.
So I close by chiding this Christian preacher a little, by reminding him that he practices the sacrificial system of the State of Tennessee every time he goes into Court.
Tennessee is a Sovereign. A Sovereign makes Law. A Lawmaker is God. To violate this Law is a Sin. Sin requires a sacrifice as a matter of Law, whether it be Civil Law or Common Law. People who practice the religion of the United States make sacrifices to their God, either voluntarily or involuntarily.