These chapters of Exodus can be seen as dry, boring, and irrelevant to our lives today. As we are bombarded with law after law, and as we struggle to dig up the concepts behind them, we wonder under what filter should we read these texts. I’m in the same boat you are. These chapters are tough to get through, but stay with me here.
3 So Moses went to the people and told them everything GOD had said—all the rules and regulations. They all answered in unison: “Everything GOD said, we’ll do.” –Exodus 24
Let that sink in…while you do, take a look at this verses as well:
“The law from your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold… oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day.” –Psalm 119
The way we view the Law of the Lord in its entirety is seriously important. Are we seeing it as a checklist to heaven, or as a gift from God? A hill to climb, or a pathway to the fullness of Life? What we see, not only in Exodus but the entirety of the Bible, is that the Law, with relationship with God, under his grace, becomes absolutely beautiful. It becomes the path of life. A guide to how we can live to please the Lord. It becomes precious, and a primary way for people to unite.
But the Law outside of the grace of God, feels like a meaningless checklist that despite our best efforts we will never complete. It feels like death, an impossible, cruel, hill to climb. As Christians, the Law has been given to us for our joy. And let us indeed harness that joy knowing that we covered by the grace of God. This isn’t a checklist. This is a love letter from the Almighty. We will never fulfill the Law, and understanding that means the Law becomes precious because the Law becomes the path of life. Under the love & grace of the Lord, the law becomes not something we have to do, rather something we want to do because it is “more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold”.