From 431 years of slavery to freedom
God gives directives to a free people as to how to live and get on with one another. As slaves they had no real regulations other than their honest traditions but now the Lord enables them to be blessed with a hedge of protection as to how to live in relationship with Him and with each other. We live under grace and not under law otherwise we would be daily having to keep some 629 other laws. Matthew 5: 17,18 speaks of God’s unchanging and eternal nature of love.
14-16 “Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colours in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.
Completing God’s Law
17-18 “Don’t suppose for a minute that I have come to demolish the Scriptures—either God’s Law or the Prophets. I’m not here to demolish but to complete. I am going to put it all together, pull it all together in a vast panorama. God’s Law is more real and lasting than the stars in the sky and the ground at your feet. Long after stars burn out and earth wears out, God’s Law will be alive and working.
The first four commandments are about our relationships with Him and the last six are about our relationships with each other. Jesus summarises the entire law in one sentence Mark 12:30,31 – This is still recited by Jews in the morning and the evening – “Hear O Israel the Lord our God, the Lord is One. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this Love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.”