In this book we want to come to an understanding of the purposes and provisions of the Mosaic Law and understand the God intended purpose of it. What we need to understand is that God does not leave us in a lawless vacuum, for every member of the body of Christ [Messiah] is under a law, but what law are we under? One side teaches that the New Covenant is an extension or continuation of the Mosaic Law while the other states the Mosaic Law has ended because of the outworking of the New Covenant into another Law. Come with me on this spiritual journey as I have fallen in love with my Saviour, the Jewish Messiah. It is my passion to bring glory to God in our bodies, and together as Jew and Gentile that we live out our lives on a daily bases in this place on earth which is not our home.
- Print Length: 434 pages
- Publisher: Grace Acres Press
- Publication Date: 2019
- Retail: $11.00
What People are Saying
John Metzger’s knowledge of the Word of God, and his involvement for many years of ministry to the Jewish people has given him an extensive understanding of God’s special program for Israel and the Jewish people. He has a great ability to communicate the unique things that the Bible teaches about Israel and the Church. This has been wonderfully demonstrated in his new book, THE LAW, THEN AND NOW: WHAT ABOUT GRACE?
Marty Zide, Director of Midwest Messianic Center
There are a number of insights I found valuable:
That the Old Testament Sabbath was not a day of worship, and that the Jews only had three days of prescribed public worship per year, is well worth pondering (pp. 38-39, 56-57, 276-277).
The possibility that the Law written on believers’s hearts under the New Covenant is not the Mosaic Law, but is the Law of Christ, is interesting and attractive as well as making good sense (pp. 67-81).
His distinction between the age of grace and law is well stated (p. 140). That Messianic congregations are churches and not synagogues. Those who reject this are going too far in their Jewish form of Christianity (p. 160). Sections on circumcision (pp. 53-54, 167) and Sabbath observance (pp. 54-58) are well done.
The overall thesis of the book is excellent and much needed. Metzger has drawn our attention to an often ignored, and yet vital, subject of the Law then and now. I highly recommend a careful reading of this work.
Gary E. Gilley, Pastor-teacher at Southern View Chapel
Well-grounded in scripture and Judeo/Christian tradition, The Law, Then and Now is an absorbingly thoughtful and thought-provoking read that is enhanced for the theology student with the inclusion of a nine page bibliography and fourteen pages of end-notes. While unreservedly recommended for church, seminary, and academic library collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that The Law, Then and Now is also available in a digital book format.
James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief, The Midwest Book Review
It is so well thought out, straight down the line Biblically, and gives insights that are so needed for this day and age. I will be highly recommending it to others.
Charlie Hornick, Dean of Academics, Frontier School of the Bible