The World After the Law

What happens when you pit the Letter of the Law against the Spirit of the Law? It is our final question for this series on the Law and how we see the Old Testament.

The law is good – it creates order in a society and lays foundations for how we treat one another. But the law is only one dimensional (black and white) and doesn’t of itself reach into situations with intention and ultimate meaning. We sometimes give judges the right to consider the law in light of other circumstances, but not always.

Jesus is clear that he has come not to abolish the Law (Matthew 5:17), but to fulfill it. Consider the Law as given to the people of God through Leviticus which includes but is not limited to the 10 commandments. Then look again at Jeremiah 31 where the prophet tells the people, God is making a new covenant with them, “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.” (Jer. 31:33)

Moving on to the New Testament we circle right around to what was stated at the beginning of the Law in Deuteronomy 6, that the greatest of all the commandments – that one with which you fulfill all others is: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, strength and soul, and your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10: 25)

When we live only by the letter of the Law it will not be enough. Before the Law, there was the covenant and God is always calling us back into covenant, into a relationship. The Spirit of the Law points to relationship.

The heart of the matter may be: It’s not wrong. But is it right?

Join me for worship at 8 am in the Chapel or 9:30 am in the Sanctuary this Sunday to find out.

Christopher Wurpts will be preaching at the Ignite service at 11 am in the Chapel.

Rev. Andrea Andress
Deacon and Director of Spiritual Formation and Discipleship
andrea@pvumc.org
Office: 602-840-8360 Ext 142

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