There were obviously a larger number of tenets than those composed on Moses’ two stone tablets. In reality, the documents of perfect precepts and statutes and mandates take up the heft of the initial five books of the Bible. But then at the heart of every one of these laws and principles and statutes and mandates lie the ‘huge ten’ – the ‘ten words’ given to Moses on Mount Sinai, including such works of art as ‘Thou shalt not take’, ‘Thou shalt not kill’, ‘Thou shalt not confer infidelity’ and ‘Recollect the Sabbath Day and keep it blessed’. But then St Paul says, ‘I wouldn’t give yourself a chance to get excessively worked up about the Sabbath!’
“Try not to give anybody a chance to denounce you in matters of nourishment and drink or of watching celebrations, new moons, or sabbaths. These are just a sad remnant of what is to come”
So far as St Paul was concerned, it appears to be, a few people fasted and some didn’t, some swore off specific nourishments – never eating fish on Fridays, and so forth – and others didn’t, some watched unique religious celebrations and others didn’t, similarly as some recalled the Sabbath and kept it blessed and others didn’t, and it truly wasn’t a major issue! What’s more, the thing that gets me is that if playing Judas on one of the ten rules isn’t a major issue, what is a major issue?!
I used to think, when I initially began perusing St Paul, that he was making a refinement between the formal law, with respect to religious practice, which he was exceptionally casual about, and the ethical law, which he stayed straight about, yet I’ve come to acknowledge after some time, in my investigations of the New Testament, that to the Hebrew personality there was no qualification between stately law and good law. There was recently the law – God’s law.