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How Do I Make Sense of the Law?



Why did God give us the Law?

In our increasingly secular culture, the laws of the Old Testament can seem confusing and restrictive. But in this message, Ben Stuart walks us through the Ten Commandments and explains how the structure God gave us is meant to help us flourish and point us toward Jesus.

Key Takeaway

The law grabs you by the hand and leads you to Christ.

5 Reasons God Gave Us the Law

  1. It was for our good. It syncs us up to the reality of who God is. If we didn't know who God was, we would seek out their own idols/gods. To offer fidelity to this God. Not just awareness that He exists, that we can actually know Him.
  2. It was for God's glory. When the nations see Him bless us, they will want to know Him because they want to be like us.
  3. It was given to instruct us. The law encourages us and gives us hope. As we see how God has brought others out of things, we can believe that God could do the same for us.
  4. It was meant to reveal sin. The laws were not meant for us to save ourselves, it's meant to give you the holy standard. Not that you could attain it to get God's presence, but to show you how big a derivation you really are.
  5. It leads us to Christ. He puts His hand on our broken places and heals us so that we can run on the path He has for us.


"The law is not a ladder to lead you to heaven. It is an x-ray to show you you're broken."

Ben Stuart

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Scripture References

  • Galatians 3:21-24
  • Exodus 19:1-9
  • Exodus 20:1-21
  • Romans 3:1-3
  • Leviticus 19
  • Deuteronomy 4:5-8
  • 1 Kings 10
  • Romans 15:4
  • Romans 3:19-20
Ben Stuart Ben Stuart is the pastor of Passion City Church D.C. Prior to joining Passion City Church, Ben served as the executive director of Breakaway Ministries on the campus of Texas A&M. He also earned a master’s degree in historical theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Donna, live to inspire and equip people to walk with God for a lifetime.