Are the Old Testament Laws Binding Today?

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Are the Old Testament Laws Binding Today?

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Are the Old Testament laws binding today?

There are laws that you find specifically in the Old Testament, which are very different from laws that you find specifically in the New Testament. For example, in Matthew 5 Jesus gives the Sermon on the Mount and just as Moses received the law on the Mount, Jesus gives the law on the Mount. In other words, Jesus is saying, "I'm not just Moses, I'm God! I am not just receiving the law and passing it along, I am the God of Sinai." And so he tells them, "You have heard it said in the law, but I say," not just "again God says" but "I say, I am God." So, he's delivering the law, and [the laws are] very different in the Old Testament; go cleanse the land of all that defiles, go get the Canaanites and the Hittites and cast them out of the land.

"But I say," Jesus tells us, "pray for those who persecute you." Don't fight back to defend the gospel. Don't use violence to defend the gospel. Instead, pray for those who are persecuting you. So, basically, we have one unchanging moral law, the 10 Commandments, and then we have different laws, depending on the different covenants [in the Bible], different laws that are stapled as an appendix to that 10 commandments. The 10 commandments don't change, but those laws around it do. — Michael Horton

Questions in this Episode

1. Is it ok to work on the Sabbath if the only job I can get requires me to work on Sundays?

2. How should we pray for people to return to the Lord after falling away?

3. How can we know which Old Testament Laws still apply today?

4. Were the promises of God's promise to Abraham conditional on Abraham’s obedience?

5. What do you think about spiritual gifts?

6. As a theologian, how have you balanced reading the Bible so that it is not just an intellectual exercise?

Resources

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