Who’s the “you” in the Ten Commandments?

Who’s the “you” in the Ten Commandments? Or, another way to put it: Who are the commandments for? Who is being expected to obey these commandments? For most Christians, the assumption is that these are universal moral laws: they are for everyone. The “you” in the Ten Commandments is “every person.” This can make a …

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Jesus Fulfills the Law—in Love

You don’t have to read far into Matthew’s Sermon on the Mount to hear this astounding claim by Jesus: Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one …

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“I Desire Mercy, Not Sacrifice”

Jesus says, “Go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’” Okay, Jesus. I’ll take you up on that. I’ll go to the prophet Hosea to learn this—after all, that’s where this quote comes from. There’s ancient Israel awash in idolatry and injustice, yet trusting in her religious rituals—prescribed by God in the …

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