The Law is Our Tutor

Deuteronomy 32

Moses spoke the song that he had written to the sons of Israel, a song that glorified the Lord in holiness, righteousness and justice. After completing the words of this song, Moses said, “Take to your heart all the words with which I am warning you today, which you shall command your sons to observe carefully, even all the words of this law. For it is not an idle word for you; indeed it is your life. And by this word you will prolong your days in the land, which you are about to cross the Jordan to possess.” Then the Lord spoke to Moses and commanded him to the peak of Mount Nebo and see the land of Canaan, from the land of Moab and die on the mountain peak. The Lord told Moses to die and be gathered to his people as his brother Aaron died and was gathered to his people. Moses died and did not enter the land of Canaan because he broke faith with the Lord in the midst of the sons of Israel at the waters of Meribah-kadesh, in the wilderness of Zin. He did not treat the Lord as holy in the midst of the sons of Israel. 

On my way home from work last night I was thinking about this, not this paticular text but how “There is none, not even one...There is non who does good, there is not even one.” (Rom 3:10, 12) By the works of the law, not even Moses could enter the promised land. If Moses could not enter, how could anyone enter? Moses was called the most humble man on the face of the earth, (Num 12:3) yet he failed to treat the Lord as holy in midst of the sons of Israel and died for his sin. The Lord said, “So you shall keep My statutes and My judgments, by which a man may live if he does them; I am the LORD.” (Lev 18:5) 

I believe that many are Christian today because they grew up in the church. It seems rare for a person to be converted out of secularism and there is a reason for it. The apostle Paul wrote a rhetorical question, rhetorical because he immediately gives the answer: “Then what advantage has the Jew? Or what is the benefit of circumcision? Great in every respect. First of all, that they were entrusted with the oracles of God.” (Rom 3:1, 2) Reading the Bible and hearing the word preached closes the mouth, makes us accountable to God, and gives the knowledge of sin. (Rom 3:19, 20) “Therefore the law is the tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith.” (Gal 3:24) The people who grow up in the church have a tutor to the lead them to Christ.