All tagged The Law
Lord only knows much ink has been spilled over Jesus’ famous words “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” (Matthew 5:17).
When you compare the symbolism of the world of the Tabernacle to the world of the Patriarchs it’s easy to see that things are gaining in complexity. This is the way it’s supposed to be. God wants his world to move from glory to glory. As we move into the world of the Temple next week we will see that the symbolism only gets richer.
Those who read the book will discover a lot to delight in. However, with the truncated view of God’s law set forth, readers will likely find delight in the standard individualistic “Law Gospel” presentation they are familiar with in their Presbyterian or reformed baptist churches.
If we seek to understand the true intent of the law, and have it do to us what it is primarily supposed to do (show us our sin), we must sit at the feet of Rabbi Yeshua who came, not to destroy (misinterpret) the Torah, but to fulfill (correctly interpret) it.
Far from disparaging the commands of God by ignoring them (like many reformed/pietists) or calling people to earn their salvation through adherence to a moral code (like Moral Therapeutic Deists), Smith shows that the purpose of the law is to subvert any claim on autonomy and direct the community of the church into a lifestyle that is aimed at the way the world is truly suppose to be; aimed at the Kingdom.