In the beginning there was no law, but there has been good and evil, right from wrong since Adam and Eve. Overtime the line between good and evil faded bringing Noah preparing for the flood. 

After, Abraham became a foundation of faith and was a father to a nation of people. However, when the Israelites were lead out of Egypt, it seemed that they lost the foundation of obedience and faith unto God. Therefore, they had to live by the law for there was no other way. And living by the law brings forth the knowledge of sin, which makes all men guilty before God. Therefore sacrifices and traditions were established to sustain the people and cleanse each sin. However, that meant that the people dwelt around sin, not righteousness.

Jesus was sent not to take away the law, for if someone steals there is judgement in Thou Shalt Not Steal. But as followers of Jesus we are not compelled to serve God through the law with customs and commands of men. We have the freedom to worship God in the spirit and not under the bondage of the traditions which told us how to sacrifice and how much to give. (Heb 10:8  Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law

Now our sacrifices are supposed to be of the heart, and separation from the worldly lusts. Our offerings are unto our neighbours in kindness and unto God in praises and song and prayer. The law is not done away with but the bondage in the flesh that the knowledge of sin, by the law is. For now we are not trapped in the law, to serve it and its demands. But we are a servant to righteousness to perfect the works within. 

Hear all people. God gave a command from the beginning; he gave it unto many including Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, David and Jesus. Obey my voice, our Lord commands. Hearken unto me and I will be with you. 

Jeremiah 7:22-26 For I spoke not unto your fathers, nor commanded them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt offerings or sacrifices: (23)  But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you. (24)  But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in the counsels and in the imagination of their evil heart, and went backward, and not forward. (25)  Since the day that your fathers came forth out of the land of Egypt unto this day I have even sent unto you all my servants the prophets, daily rising up early and sending them: (26)  Yet they hearkened not unto me, nor inclined their ear, but hardened their neck: they did worse than their fathers.

Therefore God gave them laws which they were to live by and with the law came traditions and customs which were only to sustain the people until the true way to worship could come forth. 

What does that mean “by the law”? It means that they were a slave unto the law serving it with traditions and offerings because they could not pass from their sins. Therefore the law demanded sacrifices if you are to live through the law.

Hebrews 9:7-10  But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people: (8)  The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing (9)  Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience; (10)  Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation.

But now what was to be done away with, the laws? No, the laws tell us what not to do. The traditions and customs are what could no longer please God. 

Galatians 3:(21)  Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law.

   The laws are commands, telling us good from evil, given by God. We are not to live through the law because that brings judgement and an endless burden of sacrifices and burnt offerings. We are to live through the spirit of God, serving God in goodness and purity, and not in sin. For if we are to strike a brother, our conscience, the law written in our hearts, will remind us and we will feel guilty of that act. If we ignore our conscience and turn in the ways of sin, the law will judge us and we will be guilty before God. 

The law is to judge the sinners. But if we follow the spirit of God, we do not sin and therefore obey the law and are not held in bondage to it. Therefore the law is alive and well. It is good and holy and just. And if we break what God has said was right or wrong, He will be our Judge. But we have one hope, Love, which is all the laws put together, as Jesus has stated. Here are more verses to consider about traditions:

Mark 7:7-13  Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. 

(8)  For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do. 

(9)  And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition. 

(10)  For Moses said, Honor thy father and thy mother; and, whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death: 

(11)  But ye say, If a man shall say to his father or mother, It is Corban, that is to say, a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; he shall be free. 

(12)  And ye suffer him no more to do aught for his father or his mother; 

(13)  Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.

Romans 7:6-7  But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter. 

How did we serve? (7)  What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.

Romans 2:13-15 (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified. 

(14)  For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: (the law in their hearts) 

(15)  Which show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)

The law is good. It is the sin of men that bring themselves into judgement, for the flesh was never enough. 

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