From “How to read the bible for all its worth by Fee and Stuart.”  Keeping the following principles in mind may help you avoid mistaken applications of the Law while seeing its instructive and faith-building character.

  • Do see the Old Testament law as God’s fully inspired Word for you.
    Don’t see the Old Testament law as God’s direct command to you.
  • Do see the Old Testament law as the basis for the old covenant, and therefore for Israel’s history.
    Don’t see the Old Testament law as binding on Christians in the new covenant except where specifically renewed.
  • Do see God’s justice, love, and high standards revealed in the Old Testament law.
    Don’t forget to see that God’s mercy is made equal to the severity of the standards.
  • Do see the Old Testament law as a paradigm—providing examples for the full range of expected behavior.
    Don’t see the Old Testament law as complete.  It is not technically comprehensive.
  • Do remember that the essence of the law (the Ten Commandments and the two chief laws) is repeated in the prophets and renewed in the New Testament.
    Don’t expect the Old Testament law to be cited frequently by the prophets or the New Testament.
  • Do see the Old Testament law as a generous gift to Israel, bringing much blessing when obeyed.
    Don’t see the Old Testament law as a grouping of arbitrary, annoying regulations limiting people’s freedom.
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