Law And Prophets

Jesus summarized the law and the prophets when He said, "Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets" (Matt. 7:12). We call this the GOLDEN RULE. It allows for all kinds of special circumstances. The GOLDEN RULE does not bind us to the letter of, the law but makes us free to operate, being led by the Holy Spirit.

When Jesus entered the picture, the Pharisees were thrown into confusion because they were Moses' disciples (John 9:28 law keepers). They could not accept the fact that Jesus could give sight to the blind or give forgiveness to those in sin because Jesus did not keep the letter of their laws.

The Pharisees knew that Jesus had great power to do many miracles but they deduced that the miraculous power came from the Devil because Jesus did not keep the letter of the law of Moses. He kept the spirit of the law! In their own minds the Pharisees could not separate their commandments and traditions from the laws of God. They thought that everything they learned in the Synagogue (Sunday School) was what God said. (The same thing is true of Christians today.) So, they rejected Jesus because he did not keep their rules.

The Pharisees even added their own commandments and traditions to Moses' law (Matt. 15:3-9) and expected people to follow them as well. But to follow Moses is to follow the law, and that means being bound and condemned by standards no man can live up to. The Pharisees demanded that people keep Moses' law. But Jesus said, "if ye love me, keep MY commandments" (not Moses'-- John 14:15).

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