The scripture for today, May 31 (5/31), is Deuteronomy 5:31 as found in the Old Testament of the Bible:

“But you [Moses] may stay here [on the mountain] with me [God] so that I may give you all the commands, decrees, and laws you are to teach them to follow in the land I am giving them to possess.”

Many people believe that the “Law of Moses” consisted only of the Ten Commandments.  But there was much more.  It took Moses 40 days to write them all down.  How many?  Over 600 “commands, decrees and laws.”

Jesus nailed the old law [covenant] to the cross (Colossians 2:14) and created a much simpler New Testament/Covenant! “By calling this covenant [testament] ‘new’ he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and aging will soon disappear’ ” (Hebrews 8:13).  Not part of it.  All of it.

Thank God we do not have to keep all those 600+ commandments in the Law of Moses.  They were tedious, and some were impossible to keep.  Why would God give a law impossible to keep?  To help us understand that it is impossible for us to be perfect.  Finally, with our understanding of that, God was ready to send His Son to earth to be perfect for us.

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