Faith Vs. The Law Of Moses:
It is important in our discussion of faith to look briefly at the
Law of Moses compared to faith. Many scriptures are devoted to this one
Despite the many men and women of faith in the Old Testament, there were many
who continued to sin.
In the time of Moses, after he had led the
Israelites out of Egypt, God gave the Law to Moses on Mount Sinai. This Law
consists of the 10 commandments and the many other laws given by God to the
The Law of Moses was a covenant between God and
the Israelites (for more information, see Lesson 3 -
The One True God). This Law of Moses was
given by God because of their transgressions or sin against God. The Law
of Moses was to
remain in place until Jesus came (Jesus was the promised seed from whom all
nations would be blessed):
the Law then? It was added because of transgressions, having been ordained
through angels by the agency of a mediator, until the seed should come to whom
the promise had been made." Galatians 3:19 (NAS)
Saved by Works of the Law of Moses?
After the Jews received the law from Moses, they began to follow it...then they would fall away. They would come back to God again...and
then they would fall away again. In later times, especially in the days of Jesus, many Jews felt that they
could earn their own salvation by following perfectly (or near perfectly) the
Law of Moses. Many Jews didn't realize that the works of the Law of Moses
could never save them.
by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight..." Romans 3:20
For the Law, since it has only a shadow of
the good things to come and not the very form of things, can never by the same
sacrifices year by year, which they offer continually, make perfect those who
Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be
offered, because the worshipers, having once been cleansed, would no longer have
had consciousness of sins?
But in those sacrifices there
is a reminder of sins year by year.
For it is impossible
for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins." Hebrews 10:1-4 (NAS)
The Law of Moses (which came ~400 years after the call of Abraham) did not
invalidate the covenant that God made with Abraham:
"Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to
his seed. He does not say, "And to seeds," as referring to many, but rather to
one, "And to your seed," that is, Christ.
What I am
saying is this: the Law, which came four hundred and thirty years later, does
not invalidate a covenant previously ratified by God, so as to nullify the
promise." Galatians 3:16-17 (NAS)
According to Hebrews 10:1-4, it was ____________ for the sacrifices of bulls
and goats performed according to the Law of Moses to take away sins. (fill
in the blank)