TUESDAY 11TH JULY, 2017 READ – DAY: Matt 23; Night: Psalm 119:1-64
THEME: THE PURPOSE OF THE LAW
TEXT: GALATIANS 3:19-29
HYMN: EMHB 199 – Jesus keep me near the Cross.
The law-giving event at Sinai was not an isolated one. It was part of the covenant made there and this, in turn, was seen as a fulfilment of the promise made to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Laws were not just God’s ideas for human behaviour but also the foundation to hold man from falling away and to which God had equally made provision in case man derails. Obedience to the Old Testament law was not conceived as a way of earning God’s favour but as a response to His grace. In order to bring to fulfilment of the promises made to Abraham the law was given to his descendants not necessarily as a platform for the fulfilment of the promise but that those to whom the promise was made should not miss the promise through transgression. Therefore, the law came because of transgression (vs 19) to preserve the people till the promise was fulfilled.
Another reason for the law was to keep the people in obedience until faith was revealed (vs 23). The law, therefore, becomes like a schoolmaster holding the cane to punish any bad behaviour until the student learns to voluntarily do the right thing. When there are absolute compliance and conscious efforts to do the right thing, the law becomes of no effect. In effect, the law is good and just (Romans 7 verse 12). Jesus Himself declared that He came to fulfil the law (Matthew 5 vs 17).
In every organization, including churches, schools, clubs, even families, there are sets of rules and regulations or bye-laws which are put in place to guide the lives and conduct of members of such organizations. Those who adhere to these rules and regulations are considered to be of good behaviour while those who violate them are considered as transgressors. The purpose of the law, therefore, is not to condemn or see anyone in bad light. Rather, it is to give opportunity for people to exercise their liberty correctly and conscientiously. Let us, therefore, recognize the fact that though we are not under the law we are not free from the law of Christ (1Cor. 9:21). Our desire should always be to live a life that pleases God.
MEMORY VERSE: Gal. 3:24 “So the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith”.
PRAYER: Eternal God, help me to live a life that pleases You always in Jesus’ name. Amen.