I am the LORD
I will bring you out
I will deliver you from slavery
I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great acts of judgment
I will take you to be my people
I will be your God
I will bring you into the land
I will give it to you for a possession
. . .but they did not listen to Moses, because of their broken spirit and harsh slavery
Quotes from Exodus 6:6-9
Jude 5 Now I want to remind you, although you once fully knew it, that Jesus [identified as YWHW or Jehovah in Ex.6:6-9] , who saved a people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe.
What do these verses have to do with the purpose of the Law?
One is written before the Law (Deut. 6:6-9) and one after the Law, but both talk about the real problem - they did not listen . . . they did not believe.
Moses knows the sinful condition of people and what they are capable of doing - so before we have Romans 3 telling us "no one is righteous" Moses sets up a prophetic event of a very "refined" and "tender" man and woman. This person would have been voted the most gentle person of the year but Moses says given the wrong circumstances they will do something unimaginable.
Deut. 28:54 The man who is the most tender and refined among you will . . .
Deut. 28:56 The most tender and refined woman among you, who would not venture to set the sole of her foot on the ground because she is so delicate and tender, will . . .
This prophecy is set in the siege of a city where people have no food so they resort to eating their own children or afterbirth and refuse to share this "food". The prophecy is gross and over the top but it shows what our sin really is - a means of self-preservation at any cost instead of the sacrifice of picking up a cross of humility and shame and putting ourselves and sin to death on a scandalous event of public confession.
Matt. 3:6 and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.
What kind of sins were they confessing?
. . . “Truly, I say to you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes go into the kingdom of God before you. 32 For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him. And even when you saw it, you did not afterward change your minds and believe him. (Matt. 21:31-32)
Matt. 21:28-32 is in the context of a story for those who rejected John the Baptist's ministry of baptism and confessing sin where Jesus asks them if "The baptism of John" where from men or heaven.
The law did bear fruit for the prostitute and tax collector because they confessed and repented of their sin . . . did the law bear fruit for the Pharisee? John the Baptist would say no . . . and the ax is ready to be laid at the root (Mt. 3:10 or Lk 3:9).
Jesus teaches . . .
Matt. 23:25 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and the plate, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence.
Matt. 23:27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people’s bones and all uncleanness. 28 So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.
The People most responsible for communicating the law and explaining the law and teaching it's purpose were at the end of the day . . .
1. full of greed
2. full of self-indulgence
3. full of dead people's bones
4. full of uncleanness
5. appeared to be righteous
6. full of hypocrisy
7. and the big irony of all . . . lawlessness (they knew the law but did not live the law) they used the law to exalt themselves but the real purpose of the law is to lay us low and bring us to the cross of Christ.
Matt. 23:12 Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. Jesus taught this in the context of teaching about a group of people who portrayed themselves as law followers but were just the opposite.