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By April 12, 2015April 16th, 2015Seeking Justice Series

Series Summary 

Social Justice: The impartial and proportional treatment of each person in a society as a necessary condition of their human dignity.

“We do justice when we give all human beings their due as creations of God. Doing justice includes not only the righting of wrongs, but generosity and social concern, especially toward the poor and vulnerable. This kind of life reflects the character of God. It consists of a broad range of activities, from simple fair and honest dealings with people in daily life, to regular, radically generous giving of your time and resources, to activism that seeks to end particular forms of injustice, violence, and oppression.” – Tim Keller Generous Justice 

What is the Law?

  • 613 commandments God gave to Moses to govern the people of Israel
  • Found in Torah (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy)
  • History leading up to the Law found in Genesis and Exodus
  • Purpose of the Law
    • Holiness for God’s people
    • Inform us of what sin is
    • Point us to Jesus and salvation only by God’s grace

How should we interpret the Law?

  • Key Scriptures
    • Matthew 5:17-18; Luke 16:16; Luke 24:27, 24
    • Galatians 3
    • Romans 3:19-24; 6:14; 7:1-14; 7:7-25
    • 2 Corinthians 3:7-11
    • Hebrews 8:6-13; 10:1; 7:18-19
    • 2 Timothy 3:16
  • Conclusions
    • We are no longer held to any of the Law as law
    • The Law teaches us about who God is, holiness, obedience, concern for others, etc
  • Moving Forward
    • Determine context
    • Look for intent behind the laws if possible
    • Compare to the New Testament teaching
  • Example
    • 10 Commandments (Exodus 20; Deuteronomy 5)
      • Remember the Sabbath day! (Exodus 20:8-10)
    • Mark 2:23-3:6; Colossians 2:16

Application for the series

  1. Know the Lawgiver before the laws
    • Exodus 20:2; Deuteronomy 5:6
  2. Everything must be done in love
    • 1 Corinthians 13:3; 1 John 3:16-18