This is the post-Resurrection Age. We live in the Age of Grace. The Law, commonly known as the Ten Commandments, were given by God to Moses so that we may know how to obtain God’s favor, even though we live in an inevitably fallen state. Although there were many laws that God gave the Israelites, some believe they have become irrelevant or even obsolete. In Matthew 5:17-20, Jesus himself proclaimed that He did not come to abolish the law, but to fulfill the law. Either you see the law as restrictive and prohibitive or as a road map to freedom and peace. God’s intent was to direct the Israelites from wandering away from the God who had promised to never leave them nor forsake them. He desperately wanted to keep them in communion with Him as they entered into the Promise Land. This land was a result of God’s Covenant with Abraham, promising that his descendants (the Israelites) would increase in number. God knew in this land, there were all sorts of tribes that were descendants from Adam and Eve, who had already forsaken God. These tribal communities were prone to offer sacrifices and make apostasies. God wanted to protect the Israelites, even though He knew their hearts would go astray.
In Mark 12, Jesus said, “Love the Lord thy God with all of your heart, with all of your soul, with all of your mind, and with all of your strength.” Jesus’ call to love is the greatest commandment of all. By rejecting the call to love, we are not prepared to accept God’s other commandments. It’s in our lack of preparation where our human nature kicks in.
Let the truth be told: despite your falls, God would rather you trust Him. Despite your current separation, God would rather you be in communion with Him constantly. In this trust and communion, God encourages you to take a path toward love. Here’s a hint: it leads in the opposite direction of destruction and separation. Love leads to trust and communion. For as it says in Psalm 51:16-17, “You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.” Throughout Scripture, God’s love has always been greater than our sin. Through the ultimate sacrifice God redeemed us, so that we might be free from the bondage of our sinful nature.
How will you love today?