I’ve heard some say, keeping the law was not that hard. But I’m reading the book of Kings in the Old Testament. The story is the same over and over again. This person became king and did not keep the law of God, so he led Israel to sin and he was punished.
And it begs the question, if keeping the law in the Old Testament was not that hard, why did so many fail at it. Especially, considering the benefit of keeping the law.
Keeping the law was not easy. If it were, Jesus would not have been necessary. Jesus was necessary. Jesus did what we couldn’t do. Jesus went where we couldn’t go. Jesus defeated the darkness we could not overcome because we had given away our authority in the garden. Jesus was necessary!
Jesus then gave us what is necessary so the the story of the kings are not our stories.
He gave us robes of righteousness to perpetually remind us of who we are – The Righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.
He gave us a new heart to replace our heart that was deceitful above everything – A heart to obey his commands.
He gave us the mind of Christ. We have the wisdom of Christ.
He restored our authority so that sin no longer is our master.
The atoning work of the cross is so much better than the legal indebtedness of the law. Jesus was necessary!
Somebody needs to say, “Amen”!
“Yet Jehu was not careful to keep the law of the Lord, the God of Israel, with all his heart. He did not turn away from the sins of Jeroboam, which he had caused Israel to commit.”
2 Kings 10:31 NIV