God’s Purpose for the Law. There are a few reasons for the Law, but two are prominent to me. First, the Law is a schoolmaster to bring us to Christ. The Law teaches us that there is something wrong with us. We are not able to do what is right through our own strength and effort. As soon as we apply our strength and effort, we corrupt it. The harder we try, the worse it gets.
Second, the Law exists to convict the guilty. And EVERYONE is guilty. The Law doesn’t just convict people we consider bad, it convicts ALL PEOPLE. There are no inherently GOOD people. All people are corrupted, messed up, and twisted by Adam’s sin in the Garden. We’re in trouble. Everyone is in trouble.
Our Focus Upon the Ways of God. The Bible reveals God’s Way. The Old Testament continually demonstrates God’s kindness and mercy. There was so much cause for justice and wrath. but the full measure of it never came because God is so good and merciful.
A Better Righteousness. Those Pharisees really looked good. They had the money. They had the power. They looked very spiritual, but it was just a show. Under the surface, most of them were very evil. They used their religious authority to manipulate and take advantage.
It doesn’t matter how you look. Your money, appearance and your popularity have nothing to do with your righteousness. The healthy, wealthy, and popular are not God’s favorites. The poor and the hungry are. The ones who realize that the best things are not from here. Only God provides the best things.