How Did Jesus Approach Biblical Law

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How did Christ Jesus approach biblical law? This is a question I ask myself as I try to comprehend how I ought to approach biblical law. Christians should approach biblical law as Christians, as followers of Christ. It appears that He followed biblical law for He said, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter will pass from the law, until all things have taken place.” (Mt 5: 17-18) Jesus came to fulfill the law and, therefore, most likely kept the law. However, we see instances in the Gospels in which Jesus preached about the law and its imperfections. An example…show more content…
Hence, they found immense value in them—and so should we. Biblical law must have been an important part of the Jewish religious experience of Jesus and His early disciples. Jesus kept the law. However, as I previously adverted to, He often replaced acts of vengeance and retribution with acts of mercy and charity (For example, in those instances where justice is rigorously sought [the adulterous woman in John 8:1-11], Jesus and His disciples chose charity and compassion). Nonetheless, biblical law was important for Jesus and His disciples—and should be for us Christians today—because these were born out of a holy people's understanding of their growing relationship with God, and reflected their understanding of how God was calling them to live holy and just lives. Biblical law expresses the reality that we are called into a relationship with God, and we are called to live holy and just lives. Indeed, some of them, particularly Exodus 21-23, reflect ancient rural life. Nonetheless, they can help Christians raise important questions, for example: (1) How do we seek justice?; (2) What are my duties toward those who surround me?; (3) How can these biblical laws serve as a model for modern law?; (4) How do we strive to keep order and peace among members of our group or

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