The Right Perspective of the Law and the Old Testament
1 Timothy 1:8 (GNB) We know that the Law is good if it is used as it should be used.
Hebrews 10:1 (LB) The old system of Jewish laws gave only a dim foretaste of the good things Christ would do for us. The sacrifices under the old system were repeated again and again, year after year, but even so they could never save those who lived under their rules.
Galatians 3:24-25 (GNB) And so the Law was in charge of us until Christ came, in order that we might then be put right with God through faith. Now that the time for faith is here, the Law is no longer in charge of us.
There is nothing wrong with the Law and the Old Testament. The problem is the perspective many people have about it. So many people still see and value the Law God gave to Moses in a way that God did not intend it to be seen and valued. This wrong perspective about the Law has put a veil over the hearts of many people, 2 Cor. 3:14.
God never intended for the Law to save or make anybody perfect. In Galatians 3:19 (GNB), the Bible says, “what, then, was the purpose of the Law? It was added in order to show what wrongdoing is, and it was meant to last until the coming of Abraham’s descendant, to whom the promise was made…” Romans 3:20 (GNB) says, “For no one is put right in God’s sight by doing what the Law requires; what the Law does is to make us know that we have sinned.” The Law actually made people more conscious of their sins (Heb. 10:2-3) and it even made people fall into sin. The Bible says, “… sin gets its power form the Law”, 1 Cor. 15:56b (GNB). IN Romans 7:5 (GNB) Apostle Paul said sinful desires are stirred up by the Law. The Law and its sacrifices were just a shadow of Christ, Heb. 10:1. God gave the Law to show men that they were sinners (Rom. 3:19) and to point and show men their need for Christ. The Bible says, “So let no one make rules about what you eat or drink or about holy days or the New Moon Festival or the Sabbath. All such things are only a shadow of things in the future; the reality is Christ”, Col. 2:16-17. Hebrews 10:4 says, “for it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins”. But John 1:29 says, “The next day John saw Jesus coming towards him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” Halleluyah!
Dear Father, my faith is not in the Law or my abilities. My faith is in Jesus. Thank you for sending Jesus to save me and make me righteous.
Bible in one year reading plan: Exodus 7-8, Matthew 15:1-20.