"I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.Exodus 20:2(NASB)
The moral law was given specifically to Israel.. and before God listed the conditions of His covenant with Israel and His requirements of His chosen people, the Lord reminded them : I am the LORD your God, Who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.
Israel had been selected out of the sea of nations to be God's chosen people, and this initial statement preceded the long list of requirements that were to be given to Israel by God, following their redemption from slavery. Israel accepted the Law from God as the conditional covenant that He Himself made with His chosen people, after redeeming them from Egyptian bondage and saving them from terrible slavery.
Today in this church age there is a tendency to intermingle sections of the Mosaic Law, which were given specifically to Israel with the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus, which is given to the Church. Unfortunately this causes the principles of both Israel's dispensation of law and the principles of the dispensation of grace, which were given to Church-age believers.. to become confused and confounded.
The Law was the old covenant that God gave to Israel, which dictates what man must do to be righteous before God.. what man ought to be and how man should live.. placing a curse on those that break God's law. The doctrine of grace however is linked to the new covenant in Christ's blood, and states what God is and what He has done for us in Christ.. to redeem us from the curse of the Law - so that the Spirit of Christ lives in us and works through us, by grace through faith - removing us from the curse of the Law and redeeming us from slavery to sin.
The Law dictated the perfection that man needs to achieve to be acceptable to God. It is a perfect, behavioural plumb-line, that identifies the slightest flaw in men's character and conduct. It is a flawless mirror that reflects a heavenly perfection that man is incapable of achieving. It is a godly righteousness to which only God can attain.
The Law is divinely perfect and the Law is spiritual, but man is imperfect and carnal. Man is a fallen sinner who is incapable of attaining to the righteous requirements of God's perfect Law. The Law exposes man sinfulness, and by stating God's prefect standard, the Law identifies man's total inability to attain to the righteous requirements of the Law.
The Law is the tool that God used to show us that we are sinners and in need of a Saviour - it is a schoolmaster to point us to Christ, Who alone can attain to the perfect standard God's requires. The consequences of failure to keep God's Law is death, and Christ alone can free us from the curse of the Law - by living a perfect life and dying His sacrificial death. He set us free from the house of slavery-to-sin.. into which we are all born - by becoming our Kinsman-Redeemer and paying the price for our sin - by grace through faith.
Grace does not depend on man attempting to meet the perfect requirement of God's flawless and unattainable Law. Grace is the perfect work of our perfect God.. working in the man who has faith in the death, burial and resurrection of Christ.. for the forgiveness of sin.
The Law was given to Israel by their faithful God after He had brought them out of the land of Egypt and out of the house of slavery. He had promised their forefathers that they would become a great nation and that through them all the families of the earth would be blessed.
God fulfilled His promises to Israel through the Lord Jesus Christ and He continues to fulfil the many precious promises that He has given to the Church. The same God Who brought Israel out of the land of Egypt and out of the house of slavery is the same God who has promised to be with us, even to the end of the Church age. He has promised.. that by faith we are accepted in the Beloved, children of God and joint-heirs with Christ. He has promised that we have an eternal inheritance kept for us in heaven and He has promised that He will come again to take us to be with Himself.
The days in which we are living are dark and very difficult.. but just as God rescued His people from the terrible slavery into which they had fallen.. God remains faithful to us and will rescues us from the wrath to come. Great is His faithfulness, for His Word is sure and His truth stands fast for ever and ever.
Heavenly Father, thank You for Your word and the truths and encouragement that it contains. I see that You were faithful to Israel, despite their many failings and trust You to remain faithful to all who are called by Your name in this Church dispensation. I pray that You would use me in these dark and difficult times when the world seems to be spiralling our of control.. and may I never forget that You are a faithful God Who keeps His promises to a thousand generations - thank You in Jesus name, AMEN