having blotted out the handwriting in the ordinances that is against us, that was contrary to us, and he hath taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross;
Colossians 2:14 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Blotting out the hand-writing of ordinances - By the hand-writing of ordinances the apostle most evidently means the ceremonial law: this was against them, for they were bound to fulfill it; and it was contrary to them, as condemning them for their neglect and transgression of it. This law God himself has blotted out.
Blotting out the hand-writing is probably an allusion to Numbers 5:23, where the curses written in the book, in the case of the woman suspected of adultery, are directed to be blotted out with the bitter waters. And there can be little doubt of a farther allusion, viz., to the custom of discharging the writing from parchment by the application of such a fluid as the muriatic acid, which immediately dissolves those ferruginous calces which constitute the blackening principle of most inks. But the East India inks, being formed only of simple black, such as burnt ivory, or cork, and gum water, may be wiped clean off from the surface of the paper or parchment by the application of a wet sponge, so as to leave not one legible vestige remaining: this I have often proved.
Nailing it to his cross - When Christ was nailed to the cross, our obligation to fulfill these ordinances was done away. There may be another reference here to some ancient mode of annulling legal obligations, by nailing them to a post; but I do not recollect at present an instance or example. Antiquated laws are said to have been thus abrogated.
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Numbers 5:23 And the priest shall write these curses in a book, and he shall blot them out with the bitter water:
Nehemiah 4:5 And cover not their iniquity, and let not their sin be blotted out from before you...
Psalm 51:1,9 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your loving kindness...
Isaiah 43:25 I, even I, am he that blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and will not remember your sins.
Isaiah 44:22 I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, your transgressions, and, as a cloud, your sins: return to me; for I have redeemed you.
Acts 3:19 Repent you therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out...
Colossians 2:20 Why if you be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are you subject to ordinances,
Esther 3:12 Then were the king's scribes called on the thirteenth day of the first month...
Esther 8:8 Write you also for the Jews, as it likes you, in the king's name, and seal it with the king's ring...
Daniel 5:7,8 The king cried aloud to bring in the astrologers, the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers. And the king spoke...
Luke 1:6 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.
Galatians 4:1-4 Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differs nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all...
Ephesians 2:14-16 For he is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of partition between us...
Hebrews 7:18 For there is truly a cancellation of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof.
Hebrews 8:13 In that he said, A new covenant, he has made the first old. Now that which decays and waxes old is ready to vanish away.
Hebrews 9:9,10 Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices...
Hebrews 10:8,9 Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin you would not, neither had pleasure therein...
Isaiah 57:14 And shall say, Cast you up, cast you up, prepare the way, take up the stumbling block out of the way of my people.
2 Thessalonians 2:7 For the mystery of iniquity does already work: only he who now lets will let, until he be taken out of the way.
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