Sermon quotes on the law (torah)

William Cowper

To see the Law by Christ fulfilled

And hear His pardoning voice,

Changes a slave into a child,

And duty into choice.

Love Constraining to Obedience, 1772.

Kevin DeYoung

One of the reasons why I think Christians get tired of hearing about the law is because they never hear why they should obey the law.

Taken from The Hole in Our Holiness by Kevin DeYoung, © 2012, p.56. Used by permission of Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers, Wheaton, IL 60187,

Jack Finegan

There are interesting similarities between the Code of Hammurabi and the case laws given in Exodus, Leviticus, and Deuteronomy. But there is a sharp contrast between the Code of Hammurabi and the Commandments. The Ten Commandments are apodictic law, whereas the Code of Hammurabi is casuistic law. What we meant by that description is that the Code of Hammurabi is case law, written in the style of “when . . . , if . . ., ”whereas the Ten Commandments are stated in “short, positive declaratory sentences”.

Let My People Go, Harper & Row, pp.123-27.

David Flusser

It is easy to observe that Jesus was far from uneducated. He was perfectly at home both in holy scripture and in oral tradition, and he knew how to apply this scholarly heritage.

Jesus, p. 30.

J.H. Kurtz

When the sacrifice of animals is mentioned in the law, making atonement is nearly always expressly mentioned, and for the most part this alone, as being the purpose, end, and fruit of the sacrifice.

Offering, Sacrifices and Worship in the OT, p. 66.

Eduard Lohse

When Jesus is called Rabbi by His disciples and others, this shows that He conducted Himself like the Jewish scribes.”

“Rabbi,” in Theological Dictionary of the New Testament, 6:961-65.

Andre Neher

The Hebrew word Torah does not signify order but orientation. It is not a law, it is the way, the road along which a common enterprise is possible.

Moses and the Vocation of the Jewish People

Earl Palmer

The Torah, I shall argue that it is a statement of community ethos, a definitional statement of the character of the community which is a given and is not negotiable among the new generation”

Old Law, New Life:  The Ten Commandments and New Testament Faith, Abingdon, 1984.

John R.W. Stott

More simply, as both the Reformers and the Puritans used to summarize it, the law sends us to Christ to be justified, and Christ sends us back to the law to be sanctified.

Taken from The Message of the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7: Christian Counter-Culture) by John R.W. Stott Copyright (c) 1985 by John R.W. Stott. Published by InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, IL.