Pastor Robert Hudson, Littleby Baptist Church
When we flip through the Books of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy we will find Commandments concerning a lot of different topics. It is probably not surprising that there are Commandments about our relationship with God, but it does not stop there. There are
Commandments dictating morality, such as we are not to murder one another, commit adultery, or tell lies. We will find Commandments about things like how property is passed on to future generations, marriage, and divorce. Commandments about what food should be eaten or avoided, what is considered clean and unclean, even Commandments on how to cook and store food. There are Commandments about the sacrifices that must be made to atone for our sins, offerings that are to be given, and more.
There is nothing Simple about the Old Testament Covenant and the six-hundred-and-thirteen Commandments that go along with it.
While the Old Testament Law was given to us by God for a reason, it was not to make following God difficult. It might seem like it, but that was not the intent.
“7 What should we say then? Is the law sin? Absolutely not! But I would not have known sin if it were not for the law. For example, I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, Do not covet.” – Romans 7:7
The Old Testament Law was given so that we would know that we are sinners. It was given to point out that we cannot do it on our own.
For the complete column, see this week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.