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 Form 4 CRE: Christian Approach to law, order and Justice lessons

The new interpretation of Mosaic Law by Jesus.

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New interpretation of Mosaic Law by Jesus.
-The Mosaic Law forbade the act of murder but Jesus went further and forbade anger and bad intentions which might lead to murder.
-The Law of Moses forbade adultery; Jesus prohibited men from looking at women with lustful eyes as this was
likely to lead them to immorality.
-The Mosaic Law allowed a man to divorce his wife if she displeased him by simply writing a certificate of divorce (Deuteronomy 24:1-4), but Jesus taught against divorce stating that marriage should be a life-long union (Mark 10:2-12)
-The Mosaic Law allowed the use of oath (Numbers 30:3; Deuteronomy 23:22) but Jesus asserted that it was wrong to swear by heaven or on earth.
-The Mosaic Law allowed vengeance to be taken against an offender; when giving an “a tooth for a tooth, and an eye for an eye” (Exodus 21:24) but Jesus
forbade revenge or retaliation in a situation where we are victims of injustice. Instead Jesus called for forgiveness.
-The Mosaic Law called for love of one’s friend and hate for one’s enemy (Leviticus 19:18) but Jesus taught that we should love our enemies and do good to those who hate us.
-The Mosaic Law discriminated against non-Jews (Luke 6:30); Mathew 7:12). In his teaching, Jesus spelt out that one should treat others as she or he would like others to treat her or him.
-The Mosaic Law was for the Jews only. Jews hated all non-Jews and termed them “unclean” or sinners and thus would have nothing to do with them. Jesus emphasized the universality of God’s Kingdom when he mixed with and healed the Gentiles.
-The Law of Moses emphasized the strict observance of the Law but Jesus called for absolute trust in God and in His teaching. For example, the
Mosaic Law emphasized the external observance of the Sabbath Law but Jesus allowed works of “mercy” such as healing to be done on the Sabbath.