Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
The Mosiac Law.
In our study of the Mosaic Law we have seen many principles. One of those principles is that we are no longer under the Mosaic Law.
The Apostle Paul spends a great amount of time on this issue, trying to convince the Jews of his day that that is the case. There was a great deal of argument, after all the Lord Himself continued to live under the Law, but that was because He was fulfilling it. Many Jews of His time saw that as a mandate to continue living under the Law.
In ROM 3 Paul shows that all men are sinful and that they are in a helpless and hopeless condition in their natural state.
And unless God intervenes with the miracle of the new birth, salvation…through belief in the Messiah…a person stays in his sins and will perish.
To show that the Law does not save men Paul wrote
ROM 3:19-23, Now we know that whatever the Law says, it only speaking to those who are under it, so that every mouth may be closed (proving them wrong) and all the world may become accountable to God; because by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight; for through the Law only comes the knowledge of sin. But now apart from the Law the righteousness of God has been manifested, the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe; for there is no distinction; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,Paul shows the Jew that his own law proves him guilty and a sinner before God and in need of a savior.
That phrase “That every mouth may be stopped or silenced” is a reference primarily to the Decalogue or the Ten Commandments. Deca means ten, log means list so the list of ten.
You shall have no other gods before Me.
You shall not make yourself a graven image.
You shall not take the name of the Lord in vain.
Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Honor your father and mother.
You shall not murder, commit adultery.
You shall not steal. not bear false witness against your neighbor.
You shall not covet.
What Jew or other person who has ever lived can say he has never broken any of these laws? A person is a sinner if he breaks one of the laws only once. When he faces the Law honestly, it shuts his mouth silences him for he knows he is guilty. There are some who say…"If a man lives by the Ten Commandments every day, that is enough!" These people are proud and vain they may be sincere but they are sincerely wrong in that they do not realize this Law only pointed out the fact that they are sinners because no one, except Jesus Christ, has ever kept the Law perfectly.
So, the thing on which they pride themselves…actually condemns them.
The whole world is under the judgment of God and need Christ as their Savior as their only solution.
Many religions in the world have a list of rules, where in the end your good must outweigh your bad, here was a list of rules that if you violate once that’s it. But unlike any other religion in the world, Christianity offers the solution, God sent His Son, He lived by the law, fulfilled the Law, died for our sins on the Cross and thus we believe on Him and we are saved.
So, the Mosaic Law served as a way of life for the Israelites, but no Jew could keep it perfectly.
No man can be justified or have a right standing before God by his works alone. Man must receive Jesus Christ who alone can give him a righteousness that will make him acceptable to God. The Mosaic Law only points out sin, it was given specifically for Israel to instruct Israel in rules and a way of life that allowed them to be an effective client nation. So the ten commandments aren’t bad to follow it is just that they cannot save anyone, they do not make you spiritual.
The Law had three aspects and 613 commands.
The moral law which we are looking at. We saw the idea of privacy and property for example.
It is important to note that unbelievers benefit from these commandments in a client nation.
You shall not Murder.
You shall not commit adultery.
You shall not steal.
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
You shall not covet.
These are for the benefit of anyone living in a client nation.
The ceremonial law was about the tabernacle, feasts, priesthood, circumcision, sacrifices, etc. All pointed forward to Christ.
The civil law was about such things as sanitation, crops, quarantine, diet, lawsuits, and crime.
So, our Lord intervened with the overruling will of God by giving the 10 commandments and the rest of the law to get the human race back on track and not continue on the road to self-destruction.