“Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” – Psalm 119:11
In Exodus 20 Moses wrote the Ten Commandments on a tablet of stone. It was smashed by Moses out of anger, and then I believe re-written. No matter how many times you push rules on people, they will always find ways to, “break,” the rules. But God always has a forgiving spirit, especially with a heart of true repentance.
“He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant–not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.” – 2 Corinthians 3:6
The gospel of Jesus is much different from the Ten Commandments. It was a set of rules, that as humans under the dispensation of law could not keep, therefore all would eventually be condemned to death. We learned through this dispensation that we are too weak to fulfill what the law proposed, so God sent Jesus to pay our debt for us.
The stone tablets may have faded away, but the word of God didn’t. It’s a living word. (Hebrews 4:12) The expectations of the law were fulfilled in Christ when He died on the Cross for us.
After God brought the Hebrew people into existence, He sent Moses to give them the Law of the land. God’s people consistently broke the commandments to his dismay but His love for us was much stronger to just let us die. For the wages of sin is death. (Romans 6:23)
God gives unmerited favor allowing His chosen people, Jews and Gentiles alike, to have eternal fellowship with him. Just because we have received a, “get out of the dog house card,” doesn’t mean it’s a free pass to go on living any way we want. Our pass came at a cost, Jesus death. We have the chance to start over, and make successful lives, with God in it. Without God on this earth we have no real guidance. The 400 years of silence between the Old and the New Testament is a good example. I’m sure lots of chaos happened in those times when God didn’t speak. But lots of preparations were coming for the new age. Talk about silent treatment!
Through the dispensation of Grace, we learn that we are not saved by our own works but by the grace of God. When we come to Jesus, He paints us over, so that when God looks at us, He doesn’t see the sin, but He sees Jesus, and remembers the covenant. The covenant of Love, brought about by His love for mankind.
“God doesn’t define you by your sin, he defines you by Jesus.” – Joseph Prince.
What was previously written in stone, is now written in Red, by the blood of Jesus. It’s not a set of rules, but simply this. I love you.
I would say without some rules we would live in a completely chaotic world. Even worse than the one we live in. There are reasons behind rules, but we are too focused on what we don’t get, rather than what God has protected us from. We must stand for something in this world, or we will fall for anything. Hence the narrow way is the best way to go. (Matthew 7:14)
The woman caught in the act of adultery back in the dispensation of law would have been condemned and subject to death by stoning, but because of the grace of God, Jesus was able to give her a second chance at life. (John 8:1-11)
When you get a hold of a relationship with God, it is much easier to live out of love than it is to act out of fear. Perfect love casts out all fear. (1 John 4:18) If you throw a bunch of rules at someone and say follow them or you will die, it’s not going to work. God gives us rules to live by, because He loves us, and wants to protect us. I believe the law was meant to teach us something about ourselves, and show us our true need for our creator.
If you are currently struggling with sin, and we all do. Never feel like you are alone, you have a loving God that wants to help. God works all things together for the good of those who love him. (Romans 8:38) Simply, give it over to God, and watch him make a miracle out of your mess. He specializes in the things we find most difficult. Our sin is not written in stone, God’s love is written in our hearts, and when you come to Jesus your name is written on the most beautiful piece of paper in heaven, and placed closed to God’s heart. Through history you will see that God never gives up on us.
“Rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” – Luke 10:20