FATHER JONATHAN HILL A sermon from Fr Jonathan Hill. It was long ago that God gave the Commandments and the Law to Moses and the Children of Israel. Yet we read elsewhere in Scripture that the Law was incapable of making us righteous. What then was the purpose of this gift? The Law was intended to prevent people from doing evil, to turn their hearts towards ways of righteousness so that when Jesus came, in the fullness of time, to bring His teaching which went far beyond the Law, there would be a foundation for Him to build on. The Commandments might be seen as our Basic Training for living a life acceptable to God. God gave us Commandments. Jesus willed that we should not simply be obeying laws but that we should be obeying because we wanted to grow close to God, to grow in righteousness, in faith, in compassion, in devotion.
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