Learn By Example
Jesus said that He did not come to abolish the law but to fulfill it. The moral laws that God set down in the Ten Commandments in the Old Testament are the foundation of our judicial system today. If we don’t have law and order we have chaos. But the law is more than just how we act and behave as a society. The laws are part of how every family works. We see a breakdown in society that can be traced back to a failure that comes from our homes. What children see at home is what they will bring to their own homes when they marry. If they see lying, cheating, stealing, or coveting modeled by their parents that is how they will learn to behave. Unless a person says, “that behavior stops with me, I will no longer do what I saw in my home” the cycle will continue.
Do we lie, cheat, steal, covet, hate or break any of the other commandments? That is what our children are learning at home. They will not learn to respect life and they will have no moral compass so they will act out as we see every day with bullying and even killing other kids. Jesus said, “Whoever breaks the least of the commandments teaches others to do so to.”
The law was a burden that could not be totally obeyed and so Jesus came to fulfill the law so that we know that when we fail we can go to Him and He forgives. We can turn from our sin and start over again. Deuteronomy 4: “Take care and be earnestly be on guard not to forget the things you have seen or let them slip from your memory, but teach them to your children and to your children’s children.”