At University, I had a friend studying for a law degree. One day I asked him ‘how are laws made?’ In our conversation, he talked about ‘jurisprudence’ – this is the logic, wisdom, or philosophy behind the making of the law. I was able to learn that laws don’t just happen, there is a reason and a purpose behind every law.
Using this new light, I began searching for the purpose behind the laws influencing my life. This included laws passed down from my parents, ancestors, culture, schools, society, and government; and also included laws I had learnt from Church like the Biblical ten commandments.
In my search, I came across Matthew 5:17 (NLT) where Jesus said – “Don’t misunderstand why I have come. I did not come to abolish the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to accomplish their purpose…”
Jesus came to accomplish the purpose of the Biblical laws – the day I saw this, a great light switched on in me. There is a purpose, a logic, a wisdom, a reasoning, behind the teachings of the Bible. To understand the purpose of Biblical teachings, I need to learn from him who “came to accomplish their purpose”.
Thankfully, Jesus states in John 10:11 (NLT): “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep…” – Jesus is fully dedicated to the well being of his followers. To understand the purpose of the Bible, in order to walk in their light, we only need to ask him who “came to accomplish their purpose”.
Lord Jesus, help us understand WHY you do, what you do, Amen!