The Moral and
The Royal Moral Law
What title of distinction
is given the law of God?
If you keep the
royal law found in the Scripture, Love
your neighbor as yourself, you are doing
right. James 2:8.
By what law is the knowledge
What shall we say,
then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! Indeed I
would not have known what sin was except through
the law. For I would not have known what coveting
really was if the law had not said, Do not
covet. Romans 7:7.
Note The law that
says this is the Ten Commandments.
By what are all men to be
Now all has been
heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear
God and keep his commandments, for this is
the whole duty of man. For God will bring every
deed into judgment, including every hidden thing,
whether it is good or evil. Ecclesiastes
12:13,14. Speak and act as those who are
going to be judged by the law that gives
freedom. James 2:12.
Note The law of
liberty, which says, Do not commit adultery
and Do not kill (verse 11), and is
styled the royal law (verse 8), that
is, the kingly law, is the law by which men are
to be judged.
The Ceremonial Law and System
What system was introduced
following mans transgression?
The sacrificial system with
its rites pointing to Christ.
How early was this sacrificial
By faith Abel offered
God a better sacrifice than Cain did. By faith he
was commended as a righteous man, when God spoke
well of his offerings. And by faith he still
speaks, even though he is dead. Hebrews
11:4. (See Genesis 4:3-5; 8:20.)
Note The patriarch
Job offered sacrifices (See Job 1:4,5.)
Moral and Ceremonial Compared
Who proclaimed the Ten
Then the Lord spoke
to you out of the fire. You heard the sound
of words but saw no form; there was only a voice.
He declared his covenant, the Ten Commandments,
which he commanded you to follow and then wrote
them down on two stone tablets.
How was the ceremonial law
made known to Israel?
The Lord called to
Moses and spoke to him from the Tent of Meeting.
He said, Speak to the Israelites and say to
them: When any of you brings an offering to
the Lord, bring as your offering an animal from
either the herd of the flock. Leviticus
1:1,2. These, then, are the
regulations for the burnt offering, the grain
offering, the ordination offering and the
fellowship offering, which the Lord gave to
Moses on Mount Sinai on the day he commanded the
Israelites to bring their offerings to the Lord,
in the Desert of Sinai. Leviticus 7:37,38.
Note Beside this law,
commonly called moral, God was pleased to give to
the people of Israel, as a Church under age,
ceremonial laws, containing several typical
ordinances, partly of worship, prefiguring
Christ, his graces, actions, sufferings, and
benefits; and partly holding forth divers
instructions of moral duties. All which
ceremonial laws are now abrogated under the New
On what did God write the Ten
He declared to you his
covenant, the Ten Commandments, which he
commanded you to follow and wrote them on two
stone tablets. Deuteronomy 4:13.
In what were the laws of
They set aside the
burnt offerings to give them to the subdivisions
of the families of the people to offer to the
Lord, as it is written in the Book of Moses.
2 Chronicles 35:12.
Where were the Ten
He too the Testimony
and placed it in the ark, attached the
poles to the ark and put the atonement cover over
it. Exodus 40:20.
Where did Moses direct his law
book to be placed?
Take this Book of the
Law and place it beside the ark of the
covenant of the Lord your God. There it will
remain as a witness against you.
What is the nature of Gods
We know that the law
is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold
as a slave to sin. Romans 7:14.
Note The law of God
is a divine law, holy, heavenly, perfect. Those
who find fault with the law, or in the least
degree depreciate it, do not understand its
design, and have no right idea of the law itself.
Paul says, The law is holy, but I am
carnal; sold under sin. In all we ever say
concerning justification by faith, we never
intend to lower the opinion which our hearers
have of the law, for the law is one of the most
sublime of Gods works. There is not a
commandment to many; there is not one too few;
but it is so incomparable, that its
perfection is a proof of its divinity.
Could offerings made perfect
the believers conscience?
This is an
illustration for the present time, indicating
that the gifts and sacrifices being offered were
not able to clear the conscience of the
worshiper. Hebrews 9:9.
Until what time was the
ceremonial law imposed?
They are only a matter
of food and drink and various ceremonial washings
external regulations applying until the
time of the new order. Verse 10.
When was the time of
When Christ came as
high priest of the good things that are
already here, he went through the greater and
more perfect tabernacle that is not man-made,
that is to say, not a part of creation. He did
not enter by means of goats and calves, but he
entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his
won blood, having obtained eternal redemption.
How did Christs death
affect the ceremonial law?
By abolishing in
his flesh the law with its commandments and
regulations. Hi purpose was to create in
himself one man out of two, thus making peace.
What signified that the
sacrificial system was ended?
And when Jesus had
cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up the
spirit. At that moment the curtain of the
temple was torn in two from top to bottom.
The earth shook and the rocks split.
Matthew 27: 50,51.
In what words had the
prophet Daniel foretold the end of the Jewish
He will confirm a
covenant with many for one seven. In
the middle of the one seven he will put an
end to sacrifice and offering. And on a wing of
the temple, he will set up an abomination that
caused desolation, until the end that is declared
is poured out on him Daniel 9:27.
Why was the ceremonial law
The former regulation
is set aside because it was weak and useless (for
the law made nothing perfect), and a better
hope is introduced, by which we draw near to God.
Hebrews 7:18, 19.
The Two Laws Contrasted
The Moral law
1. Is called the
royal law. James 2:8
2. Was spoken by God.
3. Was written by God
on tables of stone. Exodus 24:12.
4. Was written with
the finger of God on stone. Exodus 31:18
5. Was placed in the
ark. Exodus 40:20; 1 Kings 8:9; Hebrews 9:4.
6. Is perfect.
7. Is to stand
fast for ever and ever. Psalm 111:7,8.
8. Was not destroyed
by Christ. Matthew 5:17.
9. Was to be magnified
by Christ. Isaiah 42:21.
10. Gives knowledge to sin.
Romans 3:20; 7:7.
The Ceremonial Law
1. Is called the
contained in ordinances Ephesians
2. Was spoken by
Moses. Leviticus 1:1-3.
3. Was the
handwriting of ordinances. Colossians 2:14.
4. Was written by
Moses in a book. 2 Chronicles 35:12.
5. Was placed in the
side of the ark. Deuteronomy 31:24-26.
6. Made nothing
perfect. Hebrews 7:19
7. Was nailed to the
cross. Colossians 2:14.
8. Was abolished by
Christ. Ephesians 2:15.
9. Was taken out of
the way by Christ. Colossians 2:14.
10.Was instituted in
consequence of sin. Leviticus 3-7.