Dating The Law Or Engaged In Spirit
Here is the modern equivical :
In modern lingo, I suppose we could say when God brought Israel out of slavery in Egypt it was almost in modern terms, he asked her out and entered into a dating relationship where he gave her His expectations if he was to be her God and she his people. Yet, we know that even those who knew what God’s Law required and the expectations of her were, if He was to stay with her, often violated the terms.
He led the people through the wilderness and many did not make into into the Land he promised because they rebelled and grumbled in the wilderness and refused to believe him. So only a few entered and the children of those who died in the desert entered into the Promised Land now known as the nation of Israel. For hundreds od years after they were in their promised land they fell into cycles of sin, idol worship, they would repent for a season when God sent hardships and let their enemies oppress them till finally they totally went so deep into idolatry and adoption of the practices of the other nations, God basically said, “We need to see other people since you have been in loving on other gods.” And he allowed the Assyrians and Babylonians to conquer and capture them- taking them into Exile in a foreign land. Yet God had made a promise that after 70 years of captivity he would bring back a remnant still loyal to him and resettle them in their land, while there were some that decided to date the Babylonian’s instead who were eventually wiped out by the uprising Persian Empire. This fulfilled in a promise God made years before that He would punish the nation who had taken them captive. Finally the Jews were able to go back and rebuild and after the book of Malachi, there was a time of 400 years of silence, no prophets but just seemingly God vanished-
Before Exile God disclosed that a time would come where He would circumcise the hearts of the descendents. After 400 years of silence, Jesus enters the scene and lives among these Jews and performs miracles and wonders just like God did in the time of Moses yet even then many still remain unchanged. He selects the 12 disciples and they are the ones he walks with closest for 3 years and then his time comes and is crucified and rises again after 3 days.
Yet he tells his disciples the gift that the Father promised would come to them after he rises again and that is the Holy Spirit.
So what now happens is when Jew or non Jew turns in faith to Christ, the Messiah and promised deliverer, they are filled by God’s Spirit who puts His law on their hearts not just on stone tablets. To be saved by faith is like those who God once dated with a list of expected requirements, the Law of Moses, becoming now engaged to be “married”
This is a human analogy for a deeper spiritual truth taught throughout Scripture and in Ephesians 5 the Bible gives directions how a believing man must love his wife as Christ loves the Church- those truly sealed by the Spirit in faith. Yet God broke up with those who stayed in unbelief. Because for example- a man longs for a woman he loves to trust him- and if he be a man that is decent this is not too much to ask for. Yet a woman will find herself very hard pressed to love or follow the lead of any man she has little trust in or confidence he cares enough about her or has a clue what he is doing, Women do not feel safe to be vulnerable with a man they cannot trust and the nature of a woman seems to suggest that her feelings for a man she is with and trust for him are nearly impossible to separate from her trust in his character or word or love. Why do women get upset when us well intentioned men do not do what we say? I assume it is tied to trust in reliability. Why will a woman disconnect in her emotions if her view of a man is worth her distrust or solely her perception? Because it is a matter of her faith in who he is and his intentions toward her.
Yet God is not able to lie or guilty of sin, so to distrust God as human beings is a problem nit with God’s character but our view of him. Those who do not trust God in some harder matters even if they are saved have a misconception based on missing truth that they have not fully absorbed in their heart. So when Christ saves a sinner as we all are by nature he earns our full trust and loyalty by giving His all for us and as a Jewish man in a Jewish wedding used to pay as large of a aum as he could afford in ancient culture for a wife, so when Christ pays with all He has and all the love God could offer us with his own life, it is foolish to doubt His love. In Jewish culture the grooms parents pay for the wedding yet Christ brought all heavens treasures and poured them out through sacrificing himself!
Yet under the Law the heart is bound in sin and unbelief until our eyes are truly open to see the Gospel. That is God entering into human likeness out of his great love to sacrifice himself in the form of his own Son to win the love, loyalty and trust of those who should have trusted him all along but could not do to our weakened sinful nature.
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.