Many people today think that the Old Testament (OT), and specifically the Ten Commandments, is a law that we should be following today. Some have gone as far as to post them in their yard believing they are honoring God and His word by doing so. However, scripture tells us that the OT is no longer in force and in fact is inferior to the New Testament (Hebrews 8:13).
So what is wrong with the OT? The main problem with the Old Testament is that it did not remove sin. Hebrews 10:1-4 tells us that it “…can never with these same sacrifices make…make those who approach perfect…For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sin.”
Also people do not realize that the OT was given only to the nation of Israel and served as a “wall of separation” between them and everyone else (Eph. 2:14-15).
The Bible also tells us that when Jesus died on the cross, He “wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us” taking “it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross” (Col. 2:14).
Even though the OT has been done away with it is still valuable to us today. The Bible tells us that the “things written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope” (Romans 15:4).
From the OT we learn about the creation of the world. We learn how our heavenly Father takes care of His people and keeps His promises to them. Perhaps most importantly we read of the coming of the Christ and the beginning of the church (Deut. 18:15; Isaiah 2:2-3).
Even though we are “free from the law of sin and death” by “law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:2) there is still much to learn from the OT. Try to incorporate as much as the OT as possible when studying the Bible. You will find that your understanding of the New Testament greatly increases.
In Christ, Steve Preston
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