Day 25: No Grading on a Curve

Galatians 3:10 :

For as many as are of the works of the law are under a curse. For it is written, “Cursed is everyone who doesn’t continue in all things that are written in the book of the law, to do them.”

It’s natural for us to promote ourselves by comparing ourselves with others. It is very important to realize that with God, this doesn’t work at all. That’s an important thing to understand about legal systems in general. It doesn’t matter how you compare to your friends, it only matters how you compare to the law.

Governments that are managed by adherence to a law above the will of people are called “Republics.” Laws can be good or bad and so can republics. God made a perfect law for Israel. They were unable to follow it completely. This is not to say that they weren’t better off than many of the nations around them. It’s just that they could not live up to the Holy standard of God. At least not until a certain Jew came on to the scene named Jesus.

Because of our tendency to compare ourselves with others, it is easy to overlook the important fact that God holds people who follow the law of Moses to the entirety of it. You can’t pick and choose between the parts that you think apply to you and the parts that don’t. This is a serious problem in the Church today. The Law is a single unit. It cannot be divided according to this verse.

If you are going to attend meetings on Saturday, then you had better also keep the other feasts of the Lord. If you are going to keep the feasts you had better prepare the proper sacrifices. There are even rules about how to wear your hair. It is important that you start stoning sinners, including those who pick up sticks on the Sabbath. See the problem? We shouldn’t gloss over this.

President Obama appears to have a problem with this as well. He mentioned in one of his speeches that he wasn’t sure which part of the Christian Bible applied and even joked about it. He tried to use it as a reason that we can’t just go with one religion. If that were the case, then no one could really believe any of them. The problem is that the President doesn’t understand the Bible well. That doesn’t mean that it can be safely ignored. I honestly hope that the President understands the Bible someday because it is salvation. Without understanding and believing the un-perverted gospel, a person can’t be saved.

So, if we can’t obey the whole thing, then obviously the purpose of the Law was not that it be a means to God but a revelation about what we are really like and who Jesus really is.