Sounds redundant, doesn’t it? I was listening to a ministry podcast last Sunday and it left me with that thought. I don’t remember which member of the panel discussion mentioned it, but he made the point that whether it was Moses’ Big Ten, or Jesus’ Two commandments, they were still commandments. Following that train of thought, both sets of commandments are still ‘law’. We don’t tend to think of them that way. We always consider the Big Ten as ‘law’, but somehow think of Jesus Two as NOT law. I had to rethink that.
The Bible tells us that the law was given to lead us to Christ because there is no way we can keep ‘all’ the law and deserve eternal life. When we measure our performance by what we ‘do’ or ‘don’t ‘do’, we might ‘think’ we do. Until Jesus came along and expanded law keeping to attitudes of the heart, some folks thought they actually kept the law represented by the Big Ten, as well as a few additions to them.
So Jesus seemingly simplified things. Now we have Two instead of Ten. We connect the Two to the Ten by talking about half of them representing vertical relationships and half of them representing horizontal relationships, it sounds ‘cool’ and somehow easier for us to handle. But is it, really?
In terms of ‘commandments’, I can’t keep the Ten or the Two. And both sets of commandments take me right back to the Cross and the Grace it represents.
Maybe that’s just where I am supposed to be – living my life in view of the Cross.
Food for thought. . .