I have worn many hats; grocery bagger, cashier, banker, office worker, and so on, but the one career I’ve held the longest is as a real estate agent. Forgive me if I refer back to that for the explanation of my point. I know you can relate because you have to live somewhere, even if you’re homeless you have to lay your head down on some portion of real estate.
The main thrust of my business today is property management which includes writing leases for my rentals. My husband and I have been doing this for years and started with a very short lease, maybe two pages. Today, that lease is eight pages long. We began to notice that people didn’t treat our property the way we thought they should treat it, so we added rules to protect our assets.
My explanation somewhat explains why God put the law in place for Israel. They had gotten so used to captivity that God had to teach them how to break free from their former oppression in Egypt and begin to see how wrong they were living. The Ten Commandments do the same thing for us. It points to our sin and our need for a Savior. When Jesus died on the cross, He did not abolish the law but fulfilled the law. When we do as Jesus says and love God and love others, we end up following the rules. This is true freedom!
Why then the law? It was added because of transgressions, until the offspring should come to whom the promise had been made, and it was put in place through angels by an intermediary... Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed. So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith. Galatians 3:19 & 23–24