Didn’t the Psalms tell us to keep the Law of Moses in our hearts?

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So many of us were taught that we must keep God’s commands from the Psalms.

People who teach mixture, always say that the Psalms tell us that the Law of God, otherwise known, as the Law of Moses is perfect and that we must keep the Law in our hearts and we are to keep ourselves pure.

So base on that they would use this, to say grace people are heretics or that they ignore the Old Testament.

Unknowingly many of the Psalms do not really point to us.

They actually point to Jesus.

Here’s an example.

Psalms 40:6-8
Sacrifice and offering you did not desire—
but my ears you have opened—
burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not require.
Then I said, “Here I am, I have come—
it is written about me in the scroll.
I desire to do your will, my God;
your law is within my heart.”

Base on verses such as this, we have been told that, we must keep God’s commandments in our hearts and must keep our obedience.

If you look at the book of Hebrews, the one who kept God’s commandments is Jesus.

Not us.

The writer of Hebrews in fact says because he kept God’s commandments, we are made perfect forever. Let me show how the verses above, actually is speaking about Jesus.

Hebrews 10:5-10
Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said:
“Sacrifice and offering you did not desire,
but a body you prepared for me;
with burnt offerings and sin offerings
you were not pleased.

Then I said, ‘Here I am—it is written about me in the scroll—
I have come to do your will, my God.’”

First he said, “Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them”—though they were offered in accordance with the law. Then he said, “Here I am, I have come to do your will.” He sets aside the first to establish the second.

And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”

So when you read the Old Testament, in particular, the Psalms and see words like “the Law of God is perfect” or “how you must keep it perfectly”, God isn’t really speaking to you. He is speaking to or about Jesus.

So chill if you failed. He succeeded. Hence you succeeded too.

Romans 8:3-4
For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

See it says “the righteous requirements of the Law might be fully met in US”.

It was fully met in you. This is because Jesus kept it in his heart.

The 10 commandments is not the laws written in your heart. It was written in Jesus’ heart.

What is written in your heart, is the finished work.

Hebrews 10:16-17
“This is the covenant I will make with them
after that time, says the Lord.
I will put my laws in their hearts,
and I will write them on their minds.”

Then he adds:
“Their sins and lawless acts
I will remember no more.”

If God wrote the 10 commandments in our hearts, he would have remembered your sins until the 3rd generation.

Exodus 20:5
You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me.

Shalom.

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