What To Do About The Old Testament Law


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2sharksswimming asked a question:

Can you explain to me why we don’t follow all the old testament laws? Thank you 🙂


Hey dear friend, definitely. Please allow me the grace to point you to a few posts here, some of which you can also find in my first book

– The Down-Low on The Old Testament Commands

– God Seems A Little Crazy In The Old Testament — A Mega-Post on the OT

– The Old Covenant Law Versus The New Testament Principle

Though the Old Testament Law was entirely fulfilled in Christ for us, the OT Law still stands in principle for us today. Even the weird things about shellfish and fibers shows a very meticulous God who was perfect, even quirky, and shows a God we could’ve never made up.

I want to be careful that I’m not downplaying the Old Testament at all. I often hear preachers who dismiss the OT rather abruptly, and though I understand their intentions, we must recall that Jesus had a huge reverence for the Hebrew Scriptures. The OT Law was much more than a “precursor” to all Jesus did, but revealed the entire perfection of God’s character. It outlines our need for a savior all the more.

— J.S.


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8 thoughts on “What To Do About The Old Testament Law

  1. From my point of view, the OT was meant for tribal people who were in constant danger from other tribes. While it contains endless lines of great history, good advice and lessons we can all learn from, as well as the foundations of a greater faith, it was still meant for an entirely different group of people. I dont care what your (or my) exwife did, do we really need to stone her to death?

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  2. I think it reveals the nature of the God we see in the New Testament. For instance, inasmuch as we speak of salvation by grace through faith, we should not forget that God is holy and He wants His people to live in holiness too.

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