“Don’t assume that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. Matthew 5:17 HCSB

The laws of our country are designed to provide order, control, and a safe environment. Most of the laws are based on the 10 Commandments God gave to Moses. God’s laws are designed to help people know how to live in relationship to God and to each other.

The Law was considered to be the first five books of the Bible, also known as the Pentateuch in Greek and the Torah in Hebrew. Moses is considered to be the author of these books. The Prophets would have included the Major and Minor Prophets. The Law and Prophets would have referred to the Old Testament. The Jewish leaders considered Jesus as one who did not obey the Law because He healed on the Sabbath and ate with sinners.

Jesus challenged their thoughts by saying He had come to fulfill the Law rather than to destroy it. None of us are capable of following and obeying the Law. Only Jesus is perfect. He fulfilled the Law because He never sinned. Because Jesus was sinless He can be the perfect Lamb of God and pay the penalty for the sins of the world.

Challenge: Jesus has already paid the penalty for your sins. Thank God for providing the perfect sacrifice for your sins. Strive to live by the Law but know that when you fail, God still loves you and forgives you because of your faith in Christ.

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