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Law and Grace are present in both Testaments

Arthur PinkEre leaving what has been before us in the last three paragraphs, let it be pointed out that when our blessed Lord added to Matthew 5:38, “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you” (verse 44) He was not advancing a more benign precept than had ever been enunciated previously. No, the same gracious principle of conduct had been enforced in the Old Testament. In Exodus 23:4, 5, Jehovah gave commandment through Moses, “If thou meet thine enemy’s ox or his ass going astray, thou shalt surely bring it back to him again. If thou see the ass of him that hateth thee lying under his burden, and wouldest forbear to help him, thou shalt surely help with him.” Again in Proverbs 25:21, we read,

 

“If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink.”

 

The same God who bids us,

 

“Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath” (Romans 12:17-19),

 

also commanded His people in the Old Testament,

 

“Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the Lord” (Leviticus 19:18);

 

and therefore was David grateful to Abigail for dissuading him from taking vengeance on Nabal:

 

“Blessed be thou, which hast kept me this day from coming to shed blood, and from avenging myself with mine own hand” (1 Samuel 25:33).

 

So far was the Old Testament from allowing any spirit of bitterness, malice or revenge that it expressly declared,

 

“Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the Lord, and He shall save thee” (Proverbs 20:22).

 

And again,

 

“Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth” (Proverbs 24:17).

 

And again,

 

“Say not, I will do so to him as he hath done to me: I will render to the man according to his work” (Proverbs 24:29).

 

Arthur W. Pink The Application of Scriptures-A Study of Dispensationalism

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  1. July 30, 2013 at 6:16 am

    Reblogged this on My Delight and My Counsellors.

  2. Truth2Freedom
    July 30, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    Reblogged this on Truth2Freedom's Blog.

  3. July 30, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    It’s edifying to see the continuity of the theme of being gracious to others being rooted in the OT and continued in the NT

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