• William T. Howe Ph.D.

March 6, 2021

Daily Reading: Deuteronomy 21-23

Deuteronomy 21:5

And the priests the sons of Levi shall come near; for them the LORD thy God hath chosen to minister unto him, and to bless in the name of the LORD; and by their word shall every controversy and every stroke be tried:

For years I have made it a practice to read through the Bible. When reading Deuteronomy, the last book of Moses which is a retelling of the Law of God to the Israelites that will enter into the Promise Land, I have the same thought of thanksgiving in my heart. It is not a noble thought, it is not a highly religious thought, it may not even be a right thought. But I have it anyway. What is it?

It is the thought of thanksgiving that I do not have to live under these laws. Neither do you! Not if you are a New Testament believer in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Oh yes, there are those who try to tell us to live according to these laws. They break them down into three basic categories: moral, civil, and ceremonial. But when verses like Galatians 5:18 state: But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. Or John 1:17, For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. Or Romans 6:14, For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. There is no such delineation of the laws of God.

Are there laws found that guide our behavior in the New Testament? Absolutely. Is there within the bounds of grace limits? Certainly. After all Romans 6:15 clearly states: What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Sin is not excused in the New Testament Age of Grace. It is defined, we are told what to do about it (repent), and we are told what our sacrifice is for sin. Jesus Christ's crucifixion. In fact, consider this... Jesus said.... Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. (Matthew 5:17)

For the believer in Jesus Christ all the laws of the Old Testament have been fulfilled. Through Him, being in Him, we dwell today free from having to fulfil the law. He did this for us. Yet, He has given us another set of laws that frankly are more exacting than those of the Old Testament. For in the Law, the people were held accountable for that which they did. Today, we are held accountable not only for what we do, but also for what we think. Read Matthew 5-7 for proof.

Nonetheless, I am thankful that I do not have to live according to all of the Old Testament laws. How about you?

Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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