Thanks for raising the level of discussion, friends. Let's keep the bar high.
I’m going to proceed assuming that we have all reached the realization that, at least as judged by our own actions, we believe that not all commands are necessarily binding on us today.
But before we discuss ways to discern which ones are binding, which ones might not be, and which ones are certainly not, we need to revisit our approach concerning Biblical examples in a similar manner.
Would you say that when the Bible gives an example, that example would then be binding on us today?
Surely you wouldn’t answer “Yes”, would you? Did you learn nothing from the previous post? ; )
One way to illustrate this concept is to consider the Lord’s Supper.
Someone once asked the following:
“Which of these nine examples of details concerning the Lord’s Supper are binding? It was eaten (1) at night, (2) upstairs, (3) in midweek, (4) during another meal, (5) with no women present, and there was (6) one loaf (7) of unleavened bread, and (8) one cup (9) of Passover wine which could not have been fresh grape juice at that season. Which exemplified details are binding?” (Free in Christ, Cecil Hook, Chapter 2)
Actually, you could add a good number of additional details to that list, but the point is clear enough.
Examples are great. Examples show us one way of doing something. Following examples is “safe” (until you remember that Jesus had some not-so-good things to say about playing it “safe” in a parable once, so on second thought maybe “safe” isn’t quite the goal…).
But examples aren’t necessarily binding.