“On the 5th Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me 5 Golden Rings”
Galatians 3: 19-25
19 What purpose then does the law serve? It was added because of transgressions, till the Seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was appointed through angels by the hand of a mediator. 20 Now a mediator does not mediate for one only, but God is one.
21 Is the law then against the promises of God? Certainly not! For if there had been a law given which could have given life, truly righteousness would have been by the law. 22 But the Scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe. 23 But before faith came, we were kept under guard by the law, kept for the faith which would afterward be revealed. 24 Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 25 But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.
Moses recorded God’s instructions for the Hebrew/Jewish people in the first 5 books of the Bible; Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.
These 5 books are known as the Torah or Law. They explained how to live on a daily basis, religious instructions, and the laws they should live under. Jesus came to earth so that we all may be forgiven and no longer be condemned by the law. However, Jesus did not come to destroy the law. Jesus says:
17 “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. 18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. 19 Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:17 – 20
Jesus instructs us to obey the commandments and teach them to others. This can be difficult at times. Especially when you consider the fact that if you break just 1 commandment, you have broken them all. So, how do we obey the commandments and teach others? We can share the commandments with others, but if we do not obey them ourselves then we are no better than those who try to live according to the law without Jesus. We must make a conscious effort every minute of every day to live according to God’s Word and His commandments. Jesus does make it a little easier though, in the Gospel of Matthew Jesus tells us what the two most important commandments are. If we strive to obey these two at all times we will keep the commandments and be living according to God’s word.
37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 22:37 – 40