The other day my husband had all of the kids in the van trying to run a few errands. Our 3 month old needed a diaper change, so Eric pulled over in a spot where he could stop. It happened to be the driveway of a cemetery. Our 5 year old looked through the fence and asked Eric,”Dad, why does God have so many commandments?” At first, Eric was wondering where this thought came from, and then he saw what she was looking at- the headstones in the cemetery. She was thinking of Moses and the Ten Commandments and thought that the rows and rows of headstones were more commandments from God. Eric quickly explained what headstones were and answered her that we have 10 commandments and they can be summed up with Matthew 22:37-39: You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And the second is like it. You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
We have laughed about this so much, and yet somehow she has reminded both of us to remember about God’s law. My biblestudy teacher shared this quote with us,”The law sends us to the gospel for justification. Justification sends us back to the law to frame our way of life” Hopefully our 5 year old, and we, will understand why God gave us the laws that He did.