“I am asked concerning the law in Galatians. What law is the schoolmaster to bring us to Christ? I answer: Both the ceremonial and the moral code of ten commandments.
“Christ was the foundation of the whole Jewish economy. The death of Abel was in consequence of Cain’s refusing to accept God’s plan in the school of obedience to be saved by the blood of Jesus Christ typified by the sacrificial offerings pointing to Christ. Cain refused the shedding of blood which symbolized the blood of Christ to be shed for the world. This whole ceremony was prepared by God, and Christ became the foundation of the whole system. This is the beginning of its work as the schoolmaster to bring sinful human agents to a consideration of Christ the Foundation of the whole Jewish economy.
“All who did service in connection with the sanctuary were being educated constantly in regard to the intervention of Christ in behalf of the human race. This service was designed to create in every heart a love for the law of God, which is the law of His kingdom.” — Ellen G. White, Selected Messages, book 1, p. 233.
“The law of ten commandments is not to be looked upon as much from the prohibitory side, as from the mercy side. Its prohibitions are the sure guarantee of happiness in obedience. As received in Christ, it works in us the purity of character that will bring joy to us through eternal ages. To the obedient it is a wall of protection.” — Ellen G. White, Selected Messages, book 1, p. 235.
- We often struggle with the question of how we can overcome sin in our lives. What promises do we have in the Bible about victory over sin? How can we better position ourselves to help make these promises real? At the same time, why must we be so careful to make sure that we place our full hope of salvation not on whatever victories we get but on Christ’s victory for us?
- We often hear Christians claim that the law has been done away with. Of course, these same Christians will speak out against sin, which means, of course, that they really don’t mean the law is done away with. What, in fact, do they really mean by that claim? (Hint: In the context of what commandment does that claim usually arise?)
Summary: The law was given to point sinners to their need of Christ. As a custodian, it provides instruction about God and protection from evil. But like a disciplinarian, it also points out our sinfulness and brings condemnation. Christ frees us from the law’s condemnation and writes His law upon our hearts.
Innocently Jailed-Part 1
Could life get any worse? Prabha wondered as she sat in the jail cell. I’m innocent of this crime. Why don’t the gods listen to me?Prabha was barely 16 years old when she was arrested for a murder she didn’t commit.
Prabha’s family was poor. She and her sisters hadn’t attended school and had to work to help feed their family. When she was 15, her father died, plunging the family deeper into poverty. Her father had become a Christian before his death, but what good did it do him? Prabha wondered. He died anyway.
Prabha worked for a wealthy elderly woman whom she respectfully called “Ma”-cooking, cleaning, and sometimes keeping her company. Ma was good to Prabha, who often was her only companion since her own husband had died.
One evening as Prabha was preparing to go home, Ma begged her to stay with her that night so she wouldn’t be alone. Prabha agreed. She knew that Ma was lonely, for her adopted son was out of town.
Around 3:00 a.m. Ma called to Prabha. “Please heat water for my ritual bath. I want to be ready for morning prayers, for today is the festival for my god.” Prabha nodded and walked through the dark house to the kitchen.
Opening the kitchen door, she discovered several men hiding there. Before she could scream, they grabbed her and covered her mouth. One man pulled a knife and waved it threateningly at her, cutting her several times. Another tied her with rope and shoved her into the corner. Trembling, she watched the men make their way toward Ma’s room.
Prabha heard Ma shout as the men entered her room. She heard the men demand Ma’s money, jewels, and gold. Then she heard a muffled scream and a thud. Scuffles followed, then the men ran out of the house.
Prabha struggled free of the ropes, but discovered the kitchen door locked. She broke a window and crawled through, calling for help. In Ma’s room she found the old woman lying still on the floor. “Ma, Ma!” Prabha called as she gently shook the old woman. But it was too late; Ma was dead.
Prabha shouted out the window to a passing man to call the police. “Robbers broke in and have killed Ma!” she shouted hysterically.
The police arrived, and Prabha told them what had happened. They took her to the hospital, where her wounds were treated. But when she was released, the police arrested her and took her to jail. They were convinced that Prabha had killed Ma. To be continued.