I must admit, I have said that line one too many times. When someone says oh, you’re not allowed to do… I simply reply, “oh but rule is said in the Old Testament, so I can do it.” But one thing that I am realising now, is that that is not an excuse. The Old Testament is apart of the Bible. The writers of the Old Testament were divinely inspired. The Old Testament is the word of God. Yes it is true that Jesus came to Earth to free us from the law, but Jesus did much more than that.
If you look at the story of the Israelites, it was like a cycle, they would get close to God and then turn away and then get close to Him again and then turn away and it kept happening. This is the story of the Israelites, a nation, but it is also very similar to our stories as individuals. We also have spiritual highs and lows, where we will sin and then repent, where we will be on fire for God one moment and then not even talk to Him for a whole week. When you look at it, without Jesus we would be damned. God loves us too much to allow us to suffer, He has given us the ability to receive eternal life and through Jesus, this cycle is finished.
There is the whole idea that Jesus’ life means that we are now under the New Covenant and we are now free from Mosaic Law. But this idea will then mean that we are overlooking what is actually said to us in the New Testament. At the Sermon of the Mount Jesus says “Don’t misunderstand why I have come. I did not come to abolish the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to accomplish their purpose” (Matthew 5:17 – NLT). Or as the New King James Version puts it “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfil.” Therefore we must still follow the teachings of the Old Testament, not so that we will receive eternal life because Jesus’ life and death has made that possible for us, but we must follow them because that is what God has instructed us to do. Jesus came to fulfil, Jesus is the Messiah. Jesus was not a reformer. Jesus fulfilled the promise that was made to King David. The only reason why God kept saving the Israelites was because of the promise that He made to David, He promised that His lineage will reign forever. Jesus, the Son of David, by way of Joseph, fulfilled this promise/prophecy. Jesus’ life does not give us an excuse to disobey the Old Testament, we must strive to be Christ-like and since Christ followed the Old Testament, we must do so aswell.
I pray that as children of God that we will strive to be Christ-like above all else. In Jesus’ name,