by Darla Noble
For the law was given through Moses. Grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ.
God gave the Law to Moses and the Israelites for many reasons.
The law provided health and hygiene safety measures, set up a fair and just judicial system, provided a code of ethics and moral standards, provided boundaries (both tangible and intangible), and to prove that without a Savior Redeemer, we cannot possibly enter into the presence of God. Our sin is too high and too impossible on our own.
Often, however, people choose to acknowledge only that last reason—our need for a Savior. Now while I would certainly not argue that this is the most important reason, it isn’t the only reason. And since God saw fit to include these other elements, we need to give them the attention and obedience they deserve.
Jesus was adamant in saying He didn’t come to abolish the Law, but to fulfill it; meaning He was (and still is) the Redeemer Savior; taking away the need for sacrifices.
But the health/hygiene, judicial, and moral and ethical aspects of the Law remained in place. Murder, incest, greed, adultery, stealing, cheating…all of these things are still wrong.
We are still bound to the obedience of God’s Word and Law. But praise God we have been given the gift of eternal life with God and Jesus because of God’s grace. He removed the barriers between Him and us that were impossible for us to break through on our own.
So don’t discount the Law as anything. Know that much of it carries forward into the New Testament and the doctrine of the Church.
Just be prayerfully wise; being careful to know that you are saved because of God’s grace through faithful obedience and worship.
Thank You for your Son, Jesus.
Thank You for the gift of salvation.
Help me honor that gift by being obedient and faithful to your commands.
In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.