Hi folks, I am back with another article, which God has enlightened me with. This time it’s about the Law of Moses in the Old Testament.
You see looking at the whole picture (Old and New Testament), I can say that the purpose of the Law was to show how useless it was for people to try and lead perfect lives even after they had received instructions from God himself. You see the worst penalty for disobedience of the Law was death. Let me quote some scripture for you to show you from my Old Testament to show you the same.
9 The Lord gave the following regulations. Anyone who curses his father or his mother shall be put to death; he is responsible for his own death.
10 If a man commits adultery with the wife of a fellow-Israelite, both he and the woman shall be put to death.
27 “Any man or woman who consults the spirits of the dead shall be stoned to death; any person who does this is responsible for his own death.”
“Whoever hits someone and kills him is to be put to death
“Whoever hits his father or his mother is to be put to death.
“Whoever kidnaps someone, either to sell him or to keep him as a slave, is to be put to death.
“Whoever curses his father or his mother is to be put to death.
Now we all know that the God we have is a good God full of compassion and mercy. Here is one more piece of scripture from my Old Testament to show you what I am saying.
The Lord is merciful and good; our God is compassionate.
Now the question we need to ask ourselves is that why would such a good God place such as Law which is a choice of life with him or death?
You see God wanted to show us that we cannot lead prefect lives even if he told us how to do so. Well the Law was perfect and whoever could do all that the Law instructed would be perfect in the eyes of God. Here is some supporting scripture again from my Old Testament.
The Law of the Lord The law of the Lord is perfect; it gives new strength. The commands of the Lord are trustworthy, giving wisdom to those who lack it.
The Law of the Lord Happy are those whose lives are faultless, who live according to the law of the Lord.
But the thing, each and every one of us right from the beginning have fallen to sin, there is no one who has been able to live a perfect life in the eyes of the Law. I have mentioned some supporting scripture from my Old Testament.
2 Chronicles 6:36
36“If they sin against you— for there is no one who does not sin—and you are angry with them and give them to an enemy, so that they are carried away captive to a land far or near,
Now I need to move to my New Testament to show you what Jesus said about the Law.
17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.
My friends, I would like to quote some more scripture to show you when the Law (Scripture) was fulfilled (accomplished). I will be quoting the last moments of Jesus on the cross from my New Testament, John 19:28-30.
28After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst.
29Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth.
30When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.
Note: John 19:28 All things were now accomplished. The Law of Moses was fulfilled when Jesus died on the cross. That death penalty for all sin as per the Law was what Jesus took upon himself and so the man who was Jesus gave his life for us all but Jesus just as he was fully man he was also fully God and so his sacrifice was pure because he was without sin & because he is God he lived even after death, as that was his Father’s will.
I would like to render some more supporting scripture where Jesus and the Law of Moses are concerned. I will be quoting John 8:3-11 from my New Testament.
3 The teachers of the Law and the Pharisees brought in a woman who had been caught committing adultery, and they made her stand before them all. 4 “Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery. 5 In our Law Moses commanded that such a woman must be stoned to death. Now, what do you say?”
6They said this to trap Jesus, so that they could accuse him. But he bent over and wrote on the ground with his finger.
7 As they stood there asking him questions, he straightened himself up and said to them, “Whichever one of you has committed no sin may throw the first stone at her.” 8 Then he bent over again and wrote on the ground. 9 When they heard this, they all left, one by one, the older ones first. Jesus was left alone, with the woman still standing there. 10 He straightened himself up and said to her, “Where are they? Is there no one left to condemn you?”
11 “No one, sir,” she answered.
“Well, then,” Jesus said, “I do not condemn you either. Go, but do not sin again.
You can see that Jesus saved this woman’s life from being taken according to the Law. She was condemned to die but Jesus saved her and that is exactly what Jesus came to earth for, to save sinners & we are all sinners. One more quotation from my New Testament to show you I am talking from my Bible.
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
So what can we take home to our hearts from all this? Well now that you know that Jesus has fulfilled the Law, we must understand that we are saved through GRACE that is we are saved because God is so good that he paid the price of our sins with his own life. You know there is nothing we can do to EARN ETERNAL LIFE be it fasting, praying, alms giving, visiting holy places… nothing. I’ll quote some supporting scripture from my Old Testament.
7 A person can never redeem himself;
he cannot pay God the price for his life,
8 because the payment for a human life is too great.
What he could pay would never be enough
9 to keep him from the grave,
to let him live for ever.
You see, all this (fasting, praying, alms giving, visiting holy places etc) is good but it cannot hide our sins because it will be like sweeping and hiding the dirt under the carpet. We can do a lot of good but what about the sin in our lives? I would like to quote some supporting scripture for this from my Old Testament.
“Now, mortal man, tell the Israelites that when someone good sins, the good he has done will not save him. If an evil person stops doing evil, he won’t be punished, and if a good person starts sinning, his life will not be spared.
God gives us eternal life because he is so good that he came as man and died to pay the price of our sins. So the bottom line is that we are saved through GRACE because God is so good and loving and not because we are deserving, one last piece of supporting scripture from my New Testament.
23for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,
So my friend to be saved (that is to have eternal life) all we need to do is believe in what God has done for us.
9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.