Arthur W. Pink said that, “The Law of God [Ten Commandments] is an expression of His love, a manifestation of His mercy, a provision of His grace.” Deuteronomy 33:2-3 confirms this truth that “God’s fiery law” is because “He loves the people.” Pink goes on to say, “While divine love provided the Law, the prime purpose of God in giving it was that His authority should be maintained. Israel must be brought to see that they were under His government.”
By providing this people with the Mosaic law, they would be able to feel safe, they would be able to own property, and there would be provisions that allow them to enjoy life rather than take from it. The law of sin, that we instinctively operate by, is a law that hinders our freedom and places us in bondage and in opposition to the God we are accountable to.
As Christians under grace and not the Mosaic law, we have an even greater relationship under God’s governing — Christ living inside of us, directing us on the path that leads to life. The 10 commandments have not been replaced by Christ, but rather made possible for us to live out because of Christ. God’s instruction for His saints is always to keep us out of bondage, and as a redeemed people of Christ, may we view His instruction to us as a provision of grace that grants us more freedom, not less.
Pastor Jason Witt