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Old Testament Laws and the New Testament Law of Love

This video wraps up my thoughts on a Christian view of Old Testament laws. By way of summary here is what I said:

Christians view Old Testament laws through the New Testament, and in there the laws of Moses are qualified in various ways:

  1. The ceremonial laws (having to to with sacrifices and temple ordinances) are seen as fulfilled in the death of Jesus. See the book of Hebrews, chapter 10:8-10 for this. 
  2. Cleanliness laws related to impurity or unclean food are set aside by Jesus (Mark 7:19). Peter’s vision in Acts 10 is also important.  God shows him unclean animals to eat and then says, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.” (10:15)
  3. Another set of laws in the Mosaic code governed Jewish society and established fairness and justice. These laws are affirmed in principle in the New Testament, but not necessarily in all their details. Both Jesus (Matthew 22:34-40) and Paul (Romans 13:8-10) say that the laws of the OT are summarized by loving God and neighbor.

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