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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

Are We Under the Law (Lev 18-23)

Updated: Feb 14, 2022

Do you ever feel confused about the Law verses Grace and which Laws in the Bible we need to obey?

This is what God gave me this morning from my readings the last few days in Leviticus 18-23.

The first 5 books of the Bible (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy) are known as the Torah in Hebrew, the Pentateuch in Greek, and the books of the Law in English.

The Torah is made up of the mitzvah, 613 commands for all aspects of daily life, including family, hygiene and diet.

But do we still have to obey the Law? Does it really still apply to us today, as Christians?

Yes and No. Jesus fulfilled the ceremonial and sacrificial laws. So for example, we no longer have to wear certain kinds of material or sacrifice an animal when we sin.

But Christians (followers of Jesus) still need to obey the moral law regarding our relationship with God and our relationship with each other.

Jesus summed this up in Luke 10:27 as “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’ and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

But that means different things to different people.

The world says “you” just need to do what “you” think is right and what makes “you” happy.

But God says in Isaiah 5:21 “Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes.”

God warns us about what did and what will happen to those who “do what is right in their own eyes.”

So how do we know what is right for us today as Christians (followers of Jesus)? God gave us instructions in the New Testament, from Matthew to Revelation, to make it clear for us.

So as we study the New Testament, we see that the 10 Commandments are still to be followed, along with the laws against sexual immorality and idolatry as well as others.

For me personally, when I have a question about what is permitted and what is forbidden, I first have to check my heart (my motive).

I have to ask the question, “Am I trying to do what is right in my own eyes and what makes me happy or am I trying to obey Jesus who died in my place?”

After I check my heart, then I can go to Scripture to find out how I am to live out “loving God with all my heart, soul, strength and mind and loving my neighbor as myself.”

Jan Weihl

Living Word Ministries

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