The Law of Moses and the Law of Jesus is different! They are very close when viewed from a Jewish position, but not so close when viewed from a Christian position.
What started me thinking about this is that the Church that I attend has a large stone with the Ten Commandments engraved on it, standing near the main entrance. I have stopped and read that stone a few times and agreed with it. However, it dawned on me that the two greatest commands, affirmed by Jesus, are not even on the stone! If that is not enough, we as Christians do not obey the command to keep the seventh day holy!
After a great amount of thought, I believe that I understand the Law of God a bit better, so I will try to explain my understanding.
First I claim to be a Gentile, not a Jew, so the Law of Moses was not given to me. The Ten Commandments are the human side of the convenient that God made with Israel. If they kept those requirements He said that He would bless them, but if they did not He would curse them. They did not and to this day they live under a curse.
God is always fair and just, so if you think that God is cursing the children because of what their fathers have done, then you are wrong. Every Jew violates the command about the Sabbath and they do not know enough about God’s Word to even understand this!
In Geneses it is said that God entered into His rest. (Gen 2:1-3 NIV) “Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.” By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.”
Does no one else see that this is prophetic? God has yet to enter His rest! There are babies being shaped in the wombs of mothers, people being called to Heaven and Hell, people being saved and lost, authorities being enthroned and dethroned, and that is just to name a few things that prove God has yet to enter His rest. If that is not enough Scripture says that God is still working (John 5:17 NIV) “Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working.””
The seven days that are described in the first of Genesis are God’s time, not like our time frame. God’s days are numbered by His accomplishments, not by a set time, as man’s days are. As I understand, the Seventh Day began when Jesus died on the cross, because He said it is finished (John 19:30). That is to say that all of the work of salvation was done.
Because it is the seventh of God’s days, if anyone tries to do any work for their salvation they violate the command that God gave about the Sabbath. In other words, if one attempts to reach God by obeying the Law of Moses, they are claiming they are good enough to stand before God and not be judged. They are working for their salvation.
If you do not understand me then consider Job. He was the greatest man among all the people of the East and yet He could not justify himself when he stood before God. Are you grater than Job?
The Law of Jesus is greater than the Law of Moses. It is based on love, but the Law of Moses is based on obedience. God knows that we are not perfect and are not able to obey the Law, so He gave us a way out. God is a jealous God and He will not share His glory (credit) with anyone. It is the Son of God that suffered and died for our sin. It was a great price that He paid and when anyone attempts to add to that price by claiming to be without sin it angers Him; and it should.
Here is the Law of Moses, written as man writes it.
Ten Commandments list
1. You shall have no other gods before Me.
2. You shall make no idols.
3. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
4. Keep the Sabbath day holy.
5. Honor your father and your mother.
6. You shall not murder.
7. You shall not commit adultery.
8. You shall not steal.
9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
You shall not covet.
Now here is the Law of Jesus, written as God writes it.
(Luke 10:25-28 NIV) “On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus.”Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”” “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” He answered: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'” “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”
(1 Cor 13:13 NIV) “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
Do you understand that if you obey the Law of Jesus you automatically obey the Law of Moses?
Think about this using the Word of God to guide your thoughts and make up your own mind.
As for me I feel that I must, or rather want to, obey (Mat 10:27 NIV) “What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs.”