<401908> Matthew 19:8; <411005>Mark 10:5). Though temporary, only God can say when they cease to be binding upon us in their outward form.
All positive enactment, therefore, whether they are moral or ceremonial, is republications of elemental law. Their forms may change but the substance is eternal. Certain modes of expression, like the Mosaic system, may be abolished, but the essential demands are unchanging ( <400517>Matthew 5:17, 18; cf . <490215>Ephesians 2:15). From the imperfection of human language, no positive enactment is able to express in themselves the whole content and meaning of the elemental law. ?It is not the purpose of revelation to disclose the whole of our duties.? Scripture is not a complete code of rules for practical action but an enunciation of principles with occasional precepts by way of illustration. Hence we must supplement the positive enactment by the law of being ? the moral ideal found in the nature of God.
Es. 20:25 ? ?Moreover also I gave them statutes that were not good and ordinances wherein they should not live? <401509>Matthew 15:9 ? ?Moses for your hardness of heart suffered you to put away your wives?; <411005>Mark 10:5 ? ?For your hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment?; <400517> Matthew 5:17, 18 ? ?Think not that I am come to destroy the law or the prophets: I came not to destroy, but to fulfill. Verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass away from the law, till all things be accomplished?? cf.
<490215> Ephesians 2:15 ? ?having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances?; <580807>Hebrews 8:7 ? ?if that first covenant had been faultless, then would no place have been sought for a second.? Fisher, Nature and Method of Revelation, 90 ? ?After the coming of the new covenant, the keeping up of the old was as needless a burden as winter garments in the mild air of summer or as the attempt of an adult to wear the clothes of a child.?
Wendt, Teaching of Jesus, 2:5-35 ? ?Jesus repudiates for himself and for his disciples absolute subjection to Old Testament Sabbath law ( <410227>Mark 2:27 sq. ); to Old Testament law as to external defilement ( <410715>Mark 7:15); to Old Testament divorce law ( <411002>Mark 10:2 sq .) He would ?fulfill? law and prophets by complete practical performance of the revealed will of God. He would bring out their inner meaning, bot by literal and slavish obedience to every minute requirement of the Mosaic law but by revealing in himself the perfect life and work toward which they intended. He would perfect the Old Testament conceptions of God ? not keep then intact in their literal form, but in their essential spirit. Not by quantitative
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