This meditation deals with what comes as a huge revelation to the religious person trying to win favour with God by following [using] a set of rules. A sneak preview will be Isaiah 28:9-18 with Acts 13:39; Rom 3:20-22,28; 4:14-25; 5:1-2,8-11; 7:4,6,10; 10:1-4; Gal 5:4,18; and Heb 7:12,18,19,22-25; 8:13. But alas, perhaps the milk must first be digested before tackling the meat (Heb 5:11-6:3)? This meditation also tries to reiterate warnings by great followers of God who could show mighty results and who were not mere motivational speakers like we see and hear too much of today (1 Cor 4:20). Hopefully the discovery is what is meant by the freedom in Jesus Christ and Holy Spirit operating in the re-born Christian, i.e. the freedom in God’s grace given a hint of in Jn 1:17; 8:32,36; Gal 3:10-14; 5:1,13; even Rom 8:21. Of course this grace of God does not imply ungodliness! This is expanded on in the meditation “The Gospel”; and please consider the meditation “God is Love” as well.
A footnote in the Amplified Bible, p1044, observes: “There is a curious passage in the Talmud [the body of Jewish civil and religious law] which says that Moses gave six hundred injunctions to the Israelites. As these commands might prove too numerous to commit to memory, David brought them down to eleven in Ps 15. Isaiah reduced these eleven to six in [his] chapter 33:15. Micah (6:8) further reduced them to three; and Isaiah (56:1) once more brought them down to two. These two Amos (5:4) reduced to one. However, lest it might be supposed from this that God could be found only in fulfillment of the law, Habakkuk (2:4 KJV) said, “The just shall live by his faith” – (William H. SaulEzek, The Romance of the Hebrew Language).” May this author point here to the Pharisees that, in an attempt to ridicule Jesus (Mt 22:34-36), found Jesus’ reply (Mt 22:37-40) reiterated Dt 6:5-7; and just as the footnote quoted above, certainly points to Rom 1:17 and Gal 3:11 as well.
In the Amplified Bible, we read in the introduction to Deuteronomy (from the Greek word meaning “second law giving” and the name given to this book by the Septuagint [Greek Old Testament] translators), that Moses in fact summarizes the essence of Israel’s religion “Not law, but covenant” as the basic idea in the relationship initiated by God with Israel and, as we later discover, all followers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Mt 21:42-45; Eph 3:1-7). The Love God bestowed on their forefathers the patriarchs (bearing Jn 3:16 in mind), was manifested in the Israelite’s’ deliverance from Egypt and their sustenance throughout the wilderness wanderings. Sadly they missed the heart and salvation plan of God (Jn 6:32-36, 48-50; Heb 4:2). Moses’ primary concern was that they should respond with a wholehearted love toward God for this was the only way in which they could continue to enjoy God’s favor and blessing and hence we read Scriptures such as Rom 1:17; 3:20,28; 7:4,6,10; or Gal 5:4,18.
Please take care not to be self-righteous and filled with pride, for this is exactly what the Law points out! This is the trap that the religious (self-righteous minded) ironically are blinded to – self-righteousness! Carefully consider for now, just 2 Cor 3:10-18; Acts 7:53 (vv 17-53); Mt 11:25-26. Observe that God hates false teachings and the haughtiness that comes with it, it is an abomination to Him, and is to be expected of God [Truth] – Prov 8:13; 11:20-21; 16:5,18; 12:22; 21:4; Is 5:18-21; Hos 4:4-11 (Jm 4:4); Mt 5:3; 1 Pet 5:5-6. Observe especially, 1 Cor 10:12 with Jn 16:9 and 1 Jn 2:4.
From this discussion on Law, the aim is to grasp the following precepts from The Bible as the Word of God:
- The law cannot save anyone, and therefore neither keeps anyone saved (Rom 3:20,28; Gal 3:1-29).
- The Law was given for a certain time period only, for a certain purpose, for a certain people (Gal 3:19; Heb 7:12; 9:10-14; even Gen 49:10 with Heb 7:1-8:13).
- The law are not rules how to save yourself, but proof that you cannot save yourself [from yourself]! This is why we all need(ed) a Savior. And there is only [can/could only be] one. His name is Jesus Christ (Phil 3:9).
- Law demonstrates self-righteous mindsets. Jesus pointed out that, when law is used as compensation, it reflects His Spirit of Love, grace, mercy and forgiveness; but when applied as retaliation, it reveals self-righteousness as an ugly aspect of pride. For example, if you think “an eye for an eye” or “tooth for a tooth” is a teaching that you should retaliate, you’re dead wrong! It means the opposite, hence the difficulty of a self-righteous person to understand Mt 5:38-41. Observe that if you think of the other person first, reasoning that if you plan on doing something mean or damaging to another, that you should be prepared to have that done to you as well before you go ahead. Do you see the meaning is rather to demonstrate Love in compensation? Jesus summarized this in Mt 7:12. Consider also 1 Cor 6:1-10; even Jn 3:3; Eph 5:5-8; or Mt 6:12,14-15; 7:15-23; even 1 Cor 13:1-13 with 1 Jn 4:8…
Note. As far as observance to The Sabbath is concerned (as for example Seventh Day Adventists also do), are you invited to urgently consider paragraph 5:22 in the meditation “Apparent Controversies in The Bible” pp 18-21/33. (A peek at Lk 4:40-41 reveals at least two facts about those Jews that religiously observed their Sabbath. One is that their Sabbath prevented them from getting healed until it was done, i.e.18:00; the other that demons were driven out from them despite just having obeyed their Sabbath). A great revelation [rude awakening, sobering shock] awaits those still trapped [steeped] in religion and self-righteousness (Rom 10:1-4; Heb 7:15-19,22; 8:1-13) . The grace of God in Jesus Christ’s finished work is also discussed in the meditation “The Gospel”. Read it?
At least Heb 7:12, 19,25; 8:13,11-15 should get the attention of those who choose to obstinately stick to the Old, and in effect then reject the New Testament – ironically, while thinking they are purists! (Rom 10:1-4; Heb 5:11-6:6). Note that a Testament implies an inheritance, not works, to obtain its benefits.
So then, let’s move on to examine this. Please read the Scripture references, they are there for you to read from your Bible yourself as part of your relationship with God – 2 Tim 3:15-17 (Try a KJV or Amplified).
Slowly and carefully [prayerfully, Jm 1:5-8]; contemplate Acts 2:36-40; 7:51-55; 8:12-17; 9:17-20; 10:33-38, 42-48.
Now try to explain Rom 3:20,28; 6:14; 7:4,6,10; 8:1-4; 9:31-33; Gal 5:4,18? Or Gal 2:16; 3:11 (3:2-11,12,14,23; 3:24-26; 5:5,22); or Eph 2:8. let’s examine this carefully and openly. But do not proceed without reading and pondering these scriptures quoted here first!!!
There are numerous similar Scriptures, so let’s selah, shall we?
Most “Christians” (1 Jn 2:4; Rom 8:14) are in for the shock of their lives, but about to be free from themselves finally (Jn 8:31-32,36), when they prayerfully (Jm 1:5) loose the same peels from their eyes as Paul (Saul, the ex-Pharisee [Acts 7:58; 22:20-26], doctor in law – when re-born) did when he discovered to his horror what self-righteousness is hidden in Law; that “The 10 Commandments” were “of God” but not = God [not how to win favor with God – Rom 3:20,28]!!! We should pay attention to key verses such as even just Gen 15:6 and 49:10 in the OT and Rom 1:16-17; Heb 9:8-15; 10:12-14 in the NT. Have you contemplated Jn 1:17; 9:28; Rom 3:20,28; 7:4,6,10; 8:104; 9:31-33; Gal 5:4,18 or Gal 2:16,19; 3:10,13 or Phil 3:9? You should, for it is clear from these scriptures alone that the Law [10 commandments] was one way – for a specific purpose and a specific time and a specific people – and Jesus Christ another (Jn 14:6; Acts 4:12). On the mount of transfiguration (Mt 17:3-8; Lk 9:30-35) Moses represented the Law and Elijah the prophets. In Mt 17:5b and Lk 9:35b God said we should follow Jesus, not Moses, Elijah or the self (Phil 3:9-10); so does Heb 1:1-4!!!…
Confused? Shocked? Bear Rom 10:1-4 (Ampl) in mind and please read this meditation with an open heart in its entirety.
Considering just three practical examples that we were given in The Bible, should raise suspicion of someone trying to obtain righteousness through Law (to obtain righteousness by themselves). Consider the following:
1. The rich man claiming to have been following The Law [perfectly] since his childhood; could not give his self-serving lifestyle up and follow the Lord Jesus Christ! – Mt 19:16-23. Contemplate Mt 7:12; 22:37-40; 10:35-39 and 16:24-25 with Rom 3;20,21,28; 7:4,6,10; Gal 5:4,18. Gal 3 tells us that if The Law can/could not save you, how can it keep you saved by trying to follow it? It continues to show law opposes grace! Seriously contemplate Jn 1:17,45 with Jn 9:28; and especially Jn 5:37-39. This should become clearer further on. Remember that mere cognizance of facts does not make you a follower yet, there has to be results proving that your thought-life and lifestyle is that of the One you are supposedly following (1 Jn 2:4; Jm 2:19-20). Selah.
2. The pious Jews could not obtain wholeness (healing) from God on their Sabbath, they had to wait until 18:00 (the end of their Sabbath) to be healed – Lk 4:40. Verse 41 continues by telling us that demons came out of many of those who had just obeyed their Sabbath! See also Mt 10:8; 2 Tim 3:1-4; and against Judaizing teachers, Gal 1:6-9;4:17-30. Verse 31 says those born-again knows Gal 5:18!… (The Sabbath is discussed in the meditation “Apparent controversies in The Bible”).
3. Despite Jesus having explained that the Old and the New cannot be mixed in Mk 2:21-22 (Heb 8:13), He was being accused of trespassing the Law on their Sabbath (Mk 2:23-24). They apparently missed Jesus’ reply in Mk 2:25-26; but even more so in Mk 2:27-28… to this day. We will consider this in context.
4. Note in Mt 12:9 that Jesus went into their synagogue; and that God does not desire sacrifices (Ps 40:6-8)! This is in fact referring to mere externalism [religion] as opposed to a genuine relationship; hence scriptures such as Mt 5:23-24,27-28; 15:8-9; Mk 7:6; also Heb 4:2,6;11:6 and Lk 17:20-21 with Eph 5:5-7. Now consider Heb 10:5-17, 26-31; Acts 7:48 (Is 66:1-2) and Jn 1:17; 4:24; Rom 8:14. Even Ps 50:16-17. Yes, Is 29:13; 66:3-4; Mt 12:1-7 and Mk 7:6-15 is saying that the acts of the hypocrite’s worship are as abominable to God as if they were offered to idols! Have you ever seriously contemplated Mt 12:6-8; 15:8-9 with Rom 10:9-10?
And don’t scoff at Jesus’ warning in Mt 7:21-23 or think it does not apply to anyone claiming to be [a] Christian…
Note at 1 Jn 2:4. The word “Commands” in 1 Jn 2:4 is not “[The ten] Commandments”. The word “commands” here is from G1785 (ἐντολή – entolē), from G 1722 and G 5056 that, in context, means the Divine expression, Christ. It refers to the logos – the precepts and teachings of Jesus Christ (Jn 1:14), the motive and the spiritual position or state that is meant to lead us to a life in Christ with the result and purpose that God has in mind for us. 1 Jn 2:4 does not instruct Christians to follow the ten commandments of Moses (Acts 13:39; Rom 3:20; Gal 5:4,18, Jn 9:28; and so on). This is discussed further in this meditation, also others such as “Mixing Old and New”, “The Gospel”, etc.
PAUSE here and READ [CONTEMPLATE] the following Scriptures. If they baffle you, you have to admit that you still do not SEE how to reconcile your perception with the Word of God (Jn 3:3)! First, carefully and honestly hear the following: Ex 32:9; 33:3,5; 34:9 (Rom 8:14-17); Is 63:10; Jer 6:10; 9:26; Acts 7:51; 1 Thess 2:12-20; Acts 26:18 with 1 Thess 2:18; Rom 3:20; 7:4,6; Gal 5:4,18; 1 Pet 1:18.
Now see that Moses did NOT lead the Israelites out of the desert, they kept circling the mountain where they received The 10 Commandments, for 40 years. Caleb and Joshua led them into the promised land. Joshua was a foreshadow of Jesus Christ [Joshua the Messiah]. The promise was made to Abraham and his Seed 430 years before the 10 commandments were given unto them (in the desert, Rom 9). Gal 3:16 explains that this promise was to Abraham and Jesus Christ, not Abraham (the Chaldean) and Israelites/Jews! It means that Jesus Christ was to be the fulfillment of something that humans in themselves could not achieve. This is to be saved from the futile attempts at self-righteousness. Try Phil 3:9, penned by this very doctor in Law, Paul (as was Gal 3).
The promise God made was fulfilled in Jesus Christ. We are to follow Jesus Christ, not Moses (Jn 1:17; 9:28; 14:6). Observe at this point, how many “Christian” preachers will read Gal 3:29 and then take you to Dt 28, reading you the blessings and perhaps even omitting its corresponding curses. Have you not noticed that Dt 28 was written by Moses and that you were supposed to have referred to the promise made to Abraham and his Seed (Jesus Christ), and if in this Christ, that you then would inherit [not work for] the promise made to Abraham? What was this promise? Basically, that God would send us His Savior, Himself, in Jesus Christ!!! More about this later. Now why do you suppose, could you not see the difference [even in spelling] between Moses and Abraham? Could it be noted in 2 Cor 3:13-15 (1 Cor 3:11)? Perplexed? Shocked? Amazed? Please read on and be blessed
Note that, on the mount of transfiguration, Moses (representing Law) and Elijah (representing prophets) were standing next to Jesus Christ; and that God the Father said we are to follow [listen to, trust] Him – Jesus Christ!
The purpose of the law was to point out to a “stiff-necked” and “hard-headed” people (Scriptures in second paragraph above) that self-righteousness can only kill. We need God’s grace and righteousness, and we need His guidance daily, like water and “bread” [food; Life – Jn 6]. The communion is supposed to remind us of this fact.
Note at Rom 7:10. The reader will later perhaps better grasp why Uzzah was killed when he even touched the arc of the covenant (merely wanted to prevent it from falling)? This does not mean LAW had to stay up! – there is no mercy [grace] in Law (Eccl 3:3 with Rom 7:10; Heb 8:13)! If you approach God under Law [self-attempts at self-righteousness], you will not make the grade (Rom 3:20,23)! Jesus represented us and is the grade! In Jesus Christ alone, can we approach God directly, even be called children of God (Jn 1:12; Phil 3:9). Now take special notice of Jn 1:17; 9:28; Lk 9:62. And be blessed in Jesus’ Name! It might have new meaning to you to see that Jesus’ Name is the name above all names, and that all knees will bow before Jesus Christ – not Moses! And certainly not your de-nominational teacher/institution! The reader will soon be able to see the possible meaning of “the whole teaching” in Prov 6:23 (Ps 119:105) once progressed to Rom 10:1-4. Indeed, Dt 6:5, so aptly reiterated by Jesus Christ (Mt 22:37; Jn 1:14,17)! Working through the other meditations on www.gospel-truth.co.za might also help. But, for now, let’s continue…
In other meditations by this author, the reader can also finally put to rest myths such as about the [one] anti-Christ and the 666-mystery. This is expanded on in the meditation “Rapture raptured” and will convincingly show how Scripture [as is supposed to], will always confirm – and refer to [cross-refer and confirm] – Scripture; and that if someone such as Solomon could fail in all his wisdom and riches, then we should be careful to try on rely on ourselves and our feeble means. Jesus Christ should be our hero, our savior; not the “super heroes” men invent for themselves…
Have a look at the following diagram, with time lines representing some landmark events in the OT.
For the purpose of this discussion, we will now consider the following in simple language:
What is the covenant?
This covenant is not the one found in marriage (Gen 2:24) – although Christ is the Bridegroom and we His Bride; neither the one with Noah (Gen 8:20-22; 9:12-17); nor Communion (Jer 31:33; Rom 9; Mt 26:26-28; 1 Cor 11:23-30); but specifically the one to Abraham (Gen 15; and Gen 17), depicted by the blue line above.
Note: it is the Old Covenant, the blue line! The covenant was made to Abraham (Gen 15-22). This covenant [promise] was that God would sent the Savior [Anointed, Messiah, Jesus Christ]; that God would build a City, and that this city would be made up of believers [in this promise, Jesus Christ] that would be like stars [Light to the world]; and the non-believers [religious self-righteous people] would be like the dust of the earth [sand of the sea] (and the devil eats the dust of the earth). Jesus advised us to shake this dust off us, so that their unbelief does not drag us down. Just as Jesus warned, do we experience that the religious people will hate those with a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and hate those of us that are being led by His Spirit [not Law].
Contemplate Is 60:14; Ezek 21:27; and Jesus in Mt 5:14; Jn 4:23-24. Yes, also 1 Pet 2:1-10 with Heb 11:10. Note thus in Heb 11:13 that this city is His consecrated people in whom He dwells [permanently, not those visiting Him religiously when it suits them on certain ceremonial days and times – Gal 4:10-11; Mt 21:42-46]. Do you see it is the same city as Rev 21:1-3? Have you read that God makes His abode with men [on earth]? Try Jn 14:1-2, with vv 23-24 in the Amplified Bible. Humans have no rights, Jesus Christ is the only One Whose right it is – we have privileges in Christ. He is your righteousness, not you trying to force yourself into a covenant that was fulfilled in Jesus Christ over 2 000 years ago.
Contemplate therefore, urgently Jer 31:33-34 with Heb 10 (note verse 15-18 with Jn 19:30; Rev 16:17; Heb 4:12-16)! God fulfilled His promise (covenant) in Jesus Christ!
Who is this covenant for [to whom was it made]?
For the people from Abraham [the Chaldean], up to the Seed of Abraham [Jesus Christ] – Gen 15:6, 49:10 (Gen 6:5-8,12-13); Gal 3:16,19,25-29; 4; Lk 16:16.
Note at Gen 49:10. Shiloh(H7886; שׁילה, shee-lo), here is from (H7951) meaning tranquil; an epithet of the Messiah; it implies to be secure, successful (Jn 19:30!!), and to prosper in safety (1 Pet 2:24!!!)…
From Jesus Christ onwards, that covenant is fulfilled [in Jesus Christ]. Carefully contemplate Heb 8:13; 9:8; 10:14 in His New Testament. You are either in the old where you try to receive on your merit by law; or in the new where you believe that you have inherited by God’s grace and righteousness alone. We, as NT believers on this side of Jesus’ cross, are beneficiaries [as His city] by that covenant that was made and was fulfilled [accomplished] by Jesus Christ, the Seed of Abraham, in His New Testament (Heb 9:16,17; 10:14,22,23; 11:40 Phil 3:9).
As a matter of fact, was not even the people of the OT saved by any Law, but by the faith that the Messiah – Jesus Christ – would be the Saviour of us all who believe [follow] Him (Rom 3:20,28; 4:5-15; 5:1; Gal 2:16; 3:1-14,22-26; Eph 2:8; 4:5,23; Phil 1:27; 3:9… Do not neglect to ponder these Scriptures.
Is this covenant still actively in force [current, applicable, enforceable to us, to be yet fulfilled]?
Heb 8:13 – no. You can, however, choose to try and be BC or mix the two, but hear Jesus in Mt 9:16-17; Lk 9:62; even Heb 7:11-12; 8:7-13 (Note especially, Heb 7:12 and Heb 8:9). 1 Jn 2:4 is talking about the teachings of Jesus Christ, not the law of Moses. Seriously consider Gal 5:4,18. Are you a follower of Jesus Christ or of Moses (Jn 9:28; Acts 4:12; 13:43)? Are you a Jew or a Christian? Do you believe in the finished work of Jesus Christ, or are you trying to help Him accomplish what you think He could not achieve with His blood on His cross as the Lamb of God?
Bear in mind as well, that a covenant can cease to exist if broken by one of the two parties involved Heb 8:9). Contemplate this principle observed in Zech 11:10-11 with 2 Sam 1:19; Lam 2:1-22-32 (Compare Jm 4:2-7 with 1 Pet 3:7 and Jm 1:5-8 and Phil 3:9!); Ezek 16:14-15,25 and Mt 21:42…
Is there a new covenant [that someone can include you in, on your behalf, even as a babe]?
Consider the following Scriptures carefully: 1 Tim 2:5; Heb 7:25; Jn 14:6. No, this new covenant (promise) is actually a New Testament (Heb 9:15-17). NT believers [in the successfully finished, accomplished work of Jesus Christ] are children of God in the authority of the name of Jesus Christ (Jn 1:12,13). Only those who are being led by the Spirit of God, can be called children [mature sons] of God (Rom 8:14); not those who think they are in a covenant with God through their achievements and own good performance, but those of us who believe [follow] Jesus Christ (Jn 3:15-17)! Really grasp Phil 3:9; Rom 8:29-39!
Read around Rom 5:12 and 1 Cor 15:45, and see it this way: amongst all people of all times, only one Champion emerged “born through a woman”, that could impress God [the Father] with His obedience. Only One could only do what He saw His Father do, say what He heard His Father say. Who is eternal and could pay with His blood as the Lamb of God, finally, once for all. He ended [fulfilled, nullified, made obsolete] a whole system of merit. Now, with Him as our High Priest, Advocate, Savior, Friend, Lord; we have righteousness in Him before God and inherit (Heb 9:15-28) a system of mercy and grace. You can therefore never get any other man to represent mankind – and that includes you and I. You cannot use any old, redundant system to check up on Jesus Christ and God the Father and Holy Spirit because He has ended that system! You now [since Jesus’ crucifixion, 1 Cor 1:21; 2:2] believe [trust, take] His Word for it! Without believing this, no man can ask for mercy and obtain grace, but then has to try and earn it on their own [without Jesus Christ, as if He never existed; or as if He lied]! – Gal 5:4,18; Rom 3:19-20,24-28; 7:4,6; 8:14…
What is the law spoken of in The Bible?
A system of self-righteousness; of knowledge between good and evil, blessing and calamity. A system by which people try to earn favor with God through application of this self-knowledge and own attempts (Rom 3:20,23; thus vv 24-28). Think about Jn 1:17; 5:37-47; 9:28; Acts 15:5. Have you noticed that Jesus always referred to the Law of Moses when He was talking about the 10 commandments? Jesus never said “My Law”, or “God’s Law”, but always, “the Law of Moses” or “the law Moses commanded” when He referred to the 10 commandments. But, whenever He referred to His teachings [Word, precepts], Jesus would say “My commands” (ex. Jn 14:15 with vv 16-17,23-26; 15:7,14,17). The Israelites never wanted a personal relationship with God, they wanted religion [ceremonies, tradition, rituals, rules to justify themselves by obedience]. Perhaps outside influence was a factor. So God gave them what they wanted – rules to try and live by. This should have shut them up, but alas, the god of this world [law, religion], blinds (2 Cor 4:4-7).
Bear in mind that Mt 5:17-18 was accomplished on the cross of Jesus Christ (Mt 5:14; Jn 5:45; 19:30; 2 Cor 3)! Hear Jesus in Lk 24:27, and rethink Gal 3:16,19; Rom 7:4,6,10; 8:1-3;10:4; 11:6. Check the red line above and ask yourself what Jesus meant in Mk 11:23,24. If you have faith [trust] enough in Jesus Christ, you will have enough faith [trust] to follow His Spirit [Voice] inside of you permanently, and not try to keep yourself saved by following the Law that was given to them – as if Jesus’ finished work is insufficient! Consider Jn 10:10,11,24-28. They [in the desert] were led out of Egypt (Ex 20:1; Neh 9:13-17; Gal 4, especially vv 21-31), not you (I was born in Carletonville, South Africa). Check the red & blue lines above with your Bible. That mountain is Sinai, where the law was given unto them, trust Jesus enough to cast those efforts at self-righteousness in the sea; and have enough trust in His Voice to be your Guide, teacher…
Note 1 at Mt 5:19-20. We mentioned in footnote 7 that Jesus is not saying we must follow Law [to be righteous], He is saying that if we choose the path of self-righteousness, then we better live by it (Rom 10:4-13; Heb 9:11-28; 1 Cor 9:14 with Gal 1:6-9; 1 Jn 1:7; 3:23,24)! Contemplate Gal 2:16,19; 3:8,10,13; 5:22,23; Heb 7:19 is saying that no external rule [law] can change the desire in your heart [mind] – only Christ in you can (Jn 3:3), that is why we should heed Rom 12:2; 1 Pet 2:4-12; 2 Jn 1:2-4…
Note 2 at Mt 5:19-20. In addition, when we consider Mt 5:39 with 2 Tim 1:7 and 1 Pet 2:16-25; we should discover that Mt 5:40-48 can be better understood with Mt 6:14-15 and Mt 7:12! Jesus seems to be saying that, had anyone followed the Law [of Moses] in agape Love and not self-righteousness, it would have worked as intended! That is, if you would apply the Law as compensation [fairness, love, Mt 7:12; 1 Tim 1:8-11] instead of retaliation [self-righteousness]. An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth, for instance; should rather start with the other person’s interest at stake and mean not retaliation but compensation – if you contemplated and did something to someone else, then be fair and prepared that they could do the same to you – Mt 7:12!
Who is this law for [to whom was it given]?
For them (Rom 9:4). This is Paul, a Jew with the equivalent of a PhD in the Mosaic Law, an ex-Pharisee, talking! See the red line in the diagram (Gal 3:19; Lk 16:16)! Jesus has made an end to [the necessity for] it – Rom 10:4-14. Abraham did not have the Law of Moses and yet his faith [trust in the coming Jesus Christ] was accounted to him as righteousness (Gal 3:8; Heb 7; 11).
The law served its purpose (to reveal self-righteousness) only for the period from Moses to Jesus’ blood-offer on His cross (Gal 3:19; Mt 11:13; Gen 49:10; even Num 24:17 and Ps 60:7). Prior to Moses receiving the Law, we see God’s Grace and righteousness – not man’s through his own attempts – in even just Gen 4:1-15 (under Law Cain would be executed – Lev 24:17 Dt 5:17). As a matter of fact, Abraham “the Father of our faith” who 430 years prior to Moses receiving the Law (Gen 15:6; 17:4; Heb 11:6-13; Gal 3:10-19), could not be subject to Law (Rom 5:13) that would have him cut-off or even killed for marrying his half-sister (Gen 11:29,31; Lev 18:9,29); neither was Jacob (Israel – Gen 35:10) punishable by death for marrying two sisters (Gen 29:21-23) against the future Law of Lev 18:18. Yet Abraham and Jacob were great patriarchs of the OT.
And where are you and I today, > 2 000 AD? Have you truly considered Lk 16:16; Rom 10:2-11? We in Christ are no longer under Law but under God’s grace and Righteousness but only in Jesus Christ – Jn 1:12,13,17; 3:3,16-21; 14:6; Rom 3:20-28; 6:14; Gal 5:18. Hence 2 Cor 5:17-21 and 1 Jn 4:17. Refer also to the meditation “The Gospel” for a fuller exegeses of God’s Grace.
Why this law is a curse (Gal 3:10-15)
Consider Rom 3:20-27; 7:4,6; 2 Cor 3; Gal 5:4,18. The Law is a curse mainly for three reasons:
(a) No one can get righteous before God by following any law, or by doing any work of any kind, because the thoughts [of a Perfect Man] is the key/norm (Mt 5:21-48; Gal 2:16-19)…
(b) Even though the Israelites were wicked and perverse, could they just call on God and He would help them, because they were in the “commonwealth”. But now, since they [the Jews, as a nation] have crucified and rejected Jesus Christ, are all believers in Jesus Christ part of the “commonwealth”. Contemplate Gal 3:28; Mt 21:33-44; Rom 10:12. Also Jn 3:3,15-18. Also Lk 12:32; and 17:20-21.
(c) Law shows no [ZERO] mercy. But Father-Creator-Sustainer-God is about grace and Love. See Jn 1:4,12,13,17; 3:3,15-21; 9:28; Jm 5:11; 1 Jn 2:1-4; 3; 2 Jn 1:3; Heb 4:12-16…
(d) Contemplate Jn 1:17; Rom 3:19-28; 7:4-10,13-25; Gal 5:4,18; 1 Cor 15:56-57; 2 Cor 3;5-10.
Now lets’ look at Jesus, and His fulfillment [compliance] with the Law of Moses
Jesus did not partake of that tree, He did not follow the Law [Moses]; it followed Him (Gal 3:8). Luke 16:16,17 is saying that Jesus still had to go to the cross to redeem us all. He did.
It is as if God the Father was saying, “ Just show me one son who can achieve righteousness by himself, and you all will be redeemed through him”. Then He, in His wisdom, righteousness, amazing grace, mercy and perfect love, sent His Son Jesus Christ – God as a man so that man could be like God on earth. This God foresaw and set in place before the foundation of the earth! Consider Scriptures such as Mt 3:17; Jn 1:14,17; Heb 1:5; Col 1:15-19.
Bear in mind 1 Cor 10:1-4; Jn 1:1-5; Col 1:13-17; Heb 2:10; and then observe the following:
(1) Ex 20:3 with Jn 9:28; 14:6-14
(2) Ex 20:4-5 with Mt 22:29-46
(3) Ex 20:7 with Is 55:9-13; Jn 10:10
(4) Ex 20:8-11 with Mk 2:28; Acts 2:36; 10:36-42; Rom 10:12-13; 1 Cor 10:31; 15:47; Gal 4:9-12
(5) Ex 20:12 with Jn 14:6-14; Lk 2:43-51
(6) Ex 20:13 with Jn 10:10 (2 Cor 3:6-10); 16:33
(7) Ex 20:14 with Eph 5:23-32
(8) Ex 20:15 with Jn 10:10
(9) Ex 20:16 with 1 Jn 2:1-6 (remember commands of Jesus is not the Law of Moses!); Rom 10:17
(10) Ex 20: 17 with Jn 14:1-26; 1 Pet 2:1-10
Note at Lk 16:16. See Mt 11:11 (Rom 7:10) with Mt 3:7-8. Jesus was not saying that anyone should [does] enter the kingdom of God [on earth, Mt 12:25; Lk 12:32; 17:21] by force! Jesus was saying that they [the fig tree, the Pharisees, Scribes, Sadducees] were trying to enter His kingdom by [their] force. They were trying to enter through play-acting [external] religion [ceremonies, rules, rituals], without showing any results [fruit, signs, proof] in their lives. And there He was, the Son of Man, Son of God, showing the way – repent [change your mindset]! Change from this mindset of self-righteousness [law, religion], to a mind of Christ (2 Cor 10:5; even Mt 3:11-17!!!. The meditation “Baptism” on this website expands on this repentance). Peace to you!
The whole bottom line is this – it is about a lasting [genuine] personal relationship with a lasting [genuine] God. A Father, a Son, A Holy Spirit. A Provider, an outrageous Giver, a Friend, a Brother, a First-Born with maximum authority [“Lord”], a Guide, a Counselor, a Comforter… all in One.
And this relationship can only materialize through a genuine relationship with Jesus Christ. Not Moses, not false teachers, not institutions, not the self; but only through Jesus the Christ of God. Your father, or grandfather, or your grand-grandfather cannot save you – only the Blood of Jesus Christ can!
Believing [trusting and following] the world’s knowledge on something will result in fear; while belief [trust and following] the Words [Voice] of Jesus Christ will bring faith and peace [with God].
The psychological and physical illnesses are most likely all caused by a missing Seed [Word], not a missing chemical. It might be so that an anomaly in a human’s electro-chemical-neuro-magnetic balance is detectable; but that is probably still a result and not a cause. We should line our minds up with the mind of Christ. We should keep our focus on Him. We might just be surprised at the results.
It helps little to cling to a lifestyle [mindset] that messed us up, even trying to defend it stubbornly.
We should change our minds. This is how the good news [gospel] of Jesus Christ was heralded.
Consider reading the other meditations by this author, such as “Israel-racism”, “Mixing Old and New”, and so on, checking in your Bible what God’s Word says. The meditation entitled “Baptism”, for instance, read with this, should clear up misunderstandings on Eph 4:5. You might also consider “Who is Jesus Christ”, by this author, if you will. Where you find this author wrong in Scripture, please correct him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
May you enter His rest [peace of mind that transcends all understanding] right now, right here.
Peace and joy to you and your loved ones in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Now, please read the meditation on this website entitled “God is Love”…
 Exodus (12; 20:2) happened 1 492 BC; and the first promise to Abraham was 430 years prior to this (Gal 3:16,17). See the appendix at the end of the meditation “Who is Jesus Christ?” for a possibility of Jesus’ genealogy.
Heb 11, note vv 8-13,40; 1 Pet2 :4-10; Eph 2:4-22…
 Gal 4:21-31; Phil 2:15; (Num 24:17; Job 25:5; Dan 12:3; Mt 24:43; Jude 11-14; Rev 1:18-20; 6:13 when Heb 9:26 happened…)
 Gen 3:14; Job 4:19; Ps 102:14; Is 52:32; Lk 10:10-13; Acts 13:51-52; 1 Cor 2:5; 15:42-49… Consider Jn 12:42-50…
 To [logically] say God can be “impressed” implies He is not omniscient. This statement is therefore to illustrate the humanly restricted reasoning in thinking that we could impress [surprise] God with anything we do. Selah.
 Phil 3:4-21; Rom 7:1,4,6,8,10; 8:1-4.
 Note at Mt 5:19-20. Jesus is not saying we must follow Law [to be righteous], He is saying that if we choose the path of self-righteousness, then we better live by it (Rom 10:4-13; Heb 9:11-28; 1 Cor 9:14 with Gal 1:6-9; 1 Jn 1:7; 3:23,24)! Contemplate Gal 2:16,19; 3:8,10,13; 5:22,23; Heb 7:19 is saying that no external rule [law] can change the desire in your heart [mind] – only Christ in you can (Jn 3:3), that is why we should heed Rom 12:2; 1 Pet 2:4-12; 2 Jn 1:2-4…
 Eph 1:4-10; Heb 11:10; 1 Pet 1:18-23; also Ps 11:3; 104:5; Prov 8:29; 10:25; Is 28:16; 51:13,16; Mt 13:35; 25:34; Jn 17:24; 1 Cor 3:11-12 (even Rev 17:8)…