Why was the Law the Given by God through Moses – Galatians 3:19-22…19 Why the Law then? It was added because of transgressions,…until the seed would come to whom the promise had been made.
19a “It was added because of transgressions.”
God added the Law of Moses alongside Covenant with Abraham to show people they were sinners in the sight of God. The law is a reflection of God’s character. Through the law comes the knowledge of sin for all people. [Romans 3:19-20, 29]
After the law people know they have broken God’s law [Romans 4:15, 7:7] The law is holy and just and good [Romans 7:12] and it tells men the righteousness God requires. But the law requires perfect righteousness and no man can keep the law perfectly. God gave the law to show people they are sinners and in need of a Savior not for salvation.
19c “until the seed would come to whom the promise had been made.”
The Law of Moses was added until Jesus came as the spiritual fulfillment of the Covenant with Abraham v.29. The Ten Commandments show people they are guilty before God and due His eternal wrath unless they turn to Jesus. For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all. [James 2:10] Unless you are saved by grace through faith, see where you stand. A
A- Dr. Jack Arnold said this about obeying the Ten Commandments 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, &10. I have made some modifications to these and added my thoughts for 2, 4, 6 and 8.
- You shall have no other gods before me. God demands that men worship Him. Men break this commandment when they put something or someone in their thoughts or affections before God. It might be money, materialism, social status, pleasure, a girlfriend, a boyfriend, children, sports or some consuming hobby. Every person is guilty of breaking this commandment, and all people are responsible to God.
- You shall not make idols. “All the various forms of modern idolatry have one thing at their core: self. We no longer bow down to idols and images. Instead we worship at the altar of the god of self. This brand of modern idolatry takes various forms. These include materialism, pride, ego, naturalism and the power of science, and worship at the altar of self-aggrandizement or the fulfillment of the self to the exclusion of all others and their needs and desires.” source Unfortunately we all break this law.
- You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.People take the Lord’s name in vain by cursing and treating His name lightly. This command should convict most people.
- Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Today we give reverence to God and a day of rest on the first day of the week to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus.
- Honor your father and mother. What person has ever treated his or her father and mother perfectly? Not one!
- You shall not murder. Jesus said that being angry with a person was the same as murder. I am afraid we are all guilty every week.
- You shall not commit adultery.Many men and women are guilty of adultery (having sex with another person’s spouse). If they have not done the physical act, they are guilty of the mental act, and they stand condemned.
- You shall not steal. We think of stealing large sums of money or things, but Jesus does not consider the size of the item and includes a broader definition than we usually consider. Unfortunately we all break this law.
- You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.This is more than just lying or perjury. It involves all slander and scandal, idle talk, deliberate exaggeration or distortions of the truth. What person would dare say he or she has kept this command perfectly?
- You shall not covet.You shall not desire anything that is not rightfully yours. The Apostle Paul said this was a command that did him in [Romans 7:7].”