I read this quote, this morning during my morning’s devotion: “It was seeing the object of that which was to be done away, seeing Christ as revealed in the law, that illumined the face of Moses. The ministration of the law, written and engraved in stone, was a ministration of death. Without Christ, the transgressor was left under its curse, with no hope of pardon. The ministration had of itself no glory, but the promised Saviour, revealed in the types and shadows of the ceremonial law, made the moral law glorious.” Perhaps reading the whole chapter would be helpful, however, for my point, today I’d like to discuss what happened when Christ died for us and what happened regarding the Law which so many believe ended upon His death.
The same Law, the 10 Commandments, which were written in the heart of Adam and Eve, to be passed down to their progeny was later written in stone when the Israelites, under slavery to the Egyptians were freed. This is why before God gave the Law to them, He stated, “I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.” Ex 20:2 (KJV) In other words, before the Law could be given to them, they first had to be released from their bondage, which in this case was not only slavery but also the association of false gods, or paganism. Egypt was a land filled with false beliefs and idol worship.
The lesson here is, many people today, are not able to receive God’s Law, the 10 Commandments because they, too, are continually kept enslaved to traditions which are steeped in paganism, Sunday worship being the greatest. Worshiping on Sunday is the greatest of idolatry man could ever commit! Consider this, either you keep God’s Law, the 10 Commandments, or you are the keeper of paganism, Sunday worship. A Sunday worshipper (people who primarily worship on Sunday) cannot keep God’s Law, the 10 Commandments. It’s a contrast in terms as well as in belief. You cannot be both at the same time.
Now, when one breaks the Law of God, the 10 Commandments, one sins. Now the Law is seen as an instrument of death because it condemns us. However, God put into practice additional laws (sacrificial laws often called The Mosaic Law), which reconciled man with God, for having broken His Law, the 10 Commandments. It did not absolve man, but gave him hope because his actions of slaying a lamb or bull would represent the greater sacrifice which would occur when Christ came. When Christ came, all those sacrifices of previous were ratified, and the blood of Christ covered those who sincerely in heart wished repentance and absolution from their sin. It is the reason why we don’t sacrifice today. Those ancient people looked forward while we today look backward to that one pivotal point in time when Christ died once for all.
So, what happened to the Law, the 10 Commandments? It was not done away, in fact it is still very much obligated in our lives, even today. Do you sin? Have you sin? It is only because it is still existent which help us to know what is sin, meaning, what does not please God. How can you claim to love your fellow man if you don’t have the 10 Commandments? How can you claim to love God, if you don’t have the 10 Commandments? I can trace every single law back to the Law, the 10 Commandments. Every one!
The Bible says in Psa. 19 the law, the 10 Commandments are perfect, they are good, so how can someone claim differently? It is a Law which is eternal, which existed long before this world was created, and kept in heaven and will be kept in the New Earth. Did you know this? The 10 Commandments is the very foundation of God’s Kingdom but it can only be accomplished and kept in love, for LOVE is the foundation upon which God operates, even with sinners like me and you.
Christ died for that Law because it is perfect. If that Law was not and could be done away with, then there would have been no need for Christ to have died. Just change the Law, but since it could not, then the price had to be paid. I’m thankful He paid the price for me. However, sadly, His price would not have been paid for you if you continue to go against the Law, the 10 Commandments, and continue to be kept in the slavery of paganism, those who keep the worship of Sunday. You seem to get right in every aspect of the Law of God, the 10 Commandments except the 4th Commandment. Why is that? And you know this truth, those who are guilty of breaking one are just as guilty of breaking them all. Many of you are wonderful believers but guilty of breaking that 4th Commandment. The devil is pleased. Isn’t it interesting that the one commandment which tells you HOW to worship God is the very one you break every week when you cross the threshold of your church on Sunday morning!