This week, as we near the turning point in our present series, Covenantal - where we will be shifting from looking back to the Old Testament and examples of covenants between God and man - we are looking at the Mosaic Covenant. Beginning next week our focus moves solely to the New Covenant, as we look at our responsibilities that come from being in relationship with God today.
For now though we are concentrating on what Moses being give the Ten Commandments means for us and how they still apply.
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one letter, not one stroke of a letter, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, will be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:17-19)
Jesus is clear that his coming to earth, his purpose, was not to do with replacing the old, but fulfilling that which had been spoken by the prophets and committing to the law.
The phrase “God is good, all the time” comes to mind, and the response, “All the time, God is good!” This is truth. We know it and we often share it. However, how often do we stop to think about all that this means, especially in connection to our present topic of study: covenantal identity?
Our identity as disciples of Christ is wrapped up in not only that which Jesus did for us as he walked on the earth and since, but also everything he did prior to his incarnation. The Old Testament is not something to be forgotten or pushed aside to make way for the new – it is to be fully studied and reflected upon as we move forward in our walk of faith.
God is true to his word, and as such all that he has said will come to fruition. Everything he has spoken is accurate (another word we use to describe this is, “infallible”) and therefore, stands the test of time.
We have looked at the Covenants God made through Noah and Abraham already in this series and been reminded that these are very much still in existence today. The Covenant made between God and his people on Mount Sinai, through Moses, is no different. There is a lot more to this covenant than simply the Ten Commandments, but these reflect the people’s agreement with God.
A common confusion is that these commandments were a way for people to be saved through works, but that was not God’s intention. The law highlights for us the need for salvation as our shortcomings are revealed. Christ came so that the sacrificial nature of the law would no longer be needed, however, that in no way means that law itself no longer applies. What is the Law of God revealing in you this week? How does it help you welcome the Gospel of Jesus?