Tuesday

Do the Ten Commandments Even Apply to Us?


What’s with the Old Testament laws? 

Does God still expect us to offer sacrifices or go through special cleansings after our menstrual period? Does eating pork or shrimp displease God? How do we know what applies to us today?

These are good questions.

Some Old Testament laws were specific to the nation of Israel or a specific time in history. God did away with dietary laws(1) and sacrifices(2). But what about all the other laws?

There are complex theological answers to these questions, but the easiest way to discern what applies to us today is to ask: Is it also commanded in the New Testament? If so, it applies!

But perhaps the most important thing we should know about God's New Testament commands is their purpose. They are meant to protect us, help us find fulfillment, and help us become more like God, the Command Giver.
copyright Gail Burton Purath, 2011
(1) Matthew 15:11; Acts 10:9-16
(2) Hebrews chapters 9 and 10

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8 comments:

  1. I agree, and that's what we'll be discussing in the coming weeks. Blessings,
    Gail

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  2. This is a good topic to discuss. I, too, believe they do and am looking forward to this series.

    I hope your day is full of joy.
    Pamela

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  3. Please provide for me the absolute truths in the Word that show that any part of the Law was done away with.

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  4. Thanks, Pam, It's been good to study this material for me!

    Hi Kelly, I've included the verses that explain that dietary and sacrificial laws were done away with in the New Testament. They're footnoted at the bottom of the post. Thanks for asking.

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  5. Nine of the ten commandments do apply to us today, as nine of them are reiterated in the new covenant that we are under. We are not, however, commanded to keep the Sabbath today. The Sabbath is Saturday, or the last day of the week, which was very significant under the old law. The keeping of the Sabbath was a sign between God and Israel (Ezek. 20:12) and the Sabbath was first commanded from Mt. Sinai for Israel to keep (Neh. 9:14). Nowhere is it commanded in the new covenant. We are commanded to worship today on the first day of the week, as seen in Acts 20:7. See also Col. 2:14-17, as it shows that the keeping of the Sabbath was done away with Jesus' death on the cross, as well as the dietary and sacrificial laws previously mentioned.

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    1. Jennifer, thanks for taking the time to comment. You've obviously studied the significance of the Sabbath in depth. I agree that it is not a New Testament command. There is a principle within the command that applies to us today, but every day is a Sabbath to the New Testament believer.
      But some Believers view biblical passages on the Sabbath differently than you and I do, and I respect those differences in the spirit of Romans 14:1-12.
      My bottom line prayer is that we realize that God's New Testament commands are meant to give us life, hope, and protection. They are "laws of love."

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  6. Actually the Sabbath was the first thing God setup at creation and Jesus and all the disciples worshiped on Sabbath it was changed bythe Roman Catholic council.

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