The Law of Moses is a guide to sin. That does not mean it gives you instruction on how to sin but tells you what sin is.
I remind you of the words of Paul, “It was the law that showed me my sin.” Rom 7:7
Breaking of the Law resulted in death.
Many times the people that sinned under the Law were killed because of how severe the crime was – adultery was one such law. (Lev 20:10 – The man who commits adultery with another man’s wife, he who commits adultery with his neighbor’s wife, the adulterer and the adulteress, shall surely be put to death.)
It was a harsh reality.
Jesus talked about the Law and personalized it for you – You have heard the commandment that says, ‘You must not commit adultery.’ But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart. Matt 5:27-28
It doesn’t get more personal than your inner most thoughts.
So even if you do not commit physical adultery with someone, you will sin when you lust after the same person.
The Law was merciless in the pursuit of making you a law-breaker and condemning you to death. It is written whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all. For He who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” Now if you do not commit adultery, but you do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. James 2:10-11
The Law demanded death of those that broke it. Often this death was done in the form of a sacrifice. An innocent animal that had nothing to do with your sin would die for your sin.
So what happened when you sinned again? There had to be another sacrifice for you.
It was never ending.
However the plan of God was to put an end to it and He chose to do it through a part of Himself – His only Son. It is the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God. 1 Peter 1:19-21
It is evident the blood of Jesus puts an end to the sacrifices of the Law of Moses.
When he died, he died once to break the power of sin. But now that he lives, he lives for the glory of God. So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus. Rom 6:10-11
Instead of a priest to sacrifice for your sin, it is written that Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? Heb 9:11-14
It is the blood of Jesus that puts an end to the sacrificial Law of Moses.
But does this mean an end to the Law as a whole? Is the Law done away with?
Some say Yes and some say No.
Let see what the scripture says next time.