“Don’t touch this! Don’t taste that! Don’t go near this!” Colossians 2:21
These words from Colossians are spoken frequently by mothers and teachers of little children. But Paul said them to mock religious leaders to show the Colossians just how silly the Old Testament rules and regulations were for believer in Christ.
I’m not much of a game player, but when I’m with my grandsons, ages four and six, I play childish games like Shoots and Ladders, matching games, and a domino game with pictures instead of dots. Each time we play I have to learn new rules–sometimes between each turn. But that’s okay. I am humored by their imagination, especially when the pre-schooler “reads” the rule sheet and comes up with clever ideas to make the game more fun.
Sensible rules and regulations make it possible to live and play together. Paul explained the New Testament rules this way: “Entering into this fullness [as Christians] is not something you figure out or achieve. It’s not a matter of being circumcised or keeping a long list of laws.” (vs. 11,12). It’s all about Jesus, whose death on the cross wiped the rule slate clear–the ones that couldn’t save us from anything–other than maybe a bellyache or leprosy.
Yes, Lord, I hear your rules and want to obey them because they free me. Amen.