Why Then the Law? - Your Daily Forward Devotional

Why Then the Law?


November 2


Read Galatians 3:19a

What then was the purpose of the law? It was added because of transgressions until the Seed to whom the promise referred had come...



If the law can’t save us, why did God give us the law?


One of my kids was getting ready for school the other day when I noticed his face was dirty from breakfast. I told him to wash his face because it was filthy but he said, “I don’t need to! It’s not dirty.” I laughed and said, “Oh yeah? Go look in the mirror.” He hopped off to the bathroom, checked the mirror, and a few seconds later, I heard the water running. He came back in a few minutes to show me his clean face, ready for the day. He realized his face had been dirty after all.


Friends, sometimes we do not understand how filthy we are until we check the mirror of God’s standard, His law. We don’t see what the big deal is. We think we are just fine. But we need to be shown our sin.


Galatians 3 says the law cannot save us. Think about it, the mirror doesn’t do anything to change us but it does expose our filth. But we don’t get clean unless we wash in the water.


So, what is the purpose of the law? It is to show us our sin. It shows us how we are supposed to live if we want to be righteous before a holy God. And yet, as we look at the law, we discover that our best efforts don’t even begin to come close to God’s holy standard. We can’t keep the law no matter how hard we try.


The law shows us our need for a Savior. That Savior is the promised Seed, Jesus Christ. The Seed who was promised to Abraham long before Moses was given the law. Let’s all check the mirror of the law today and then cling to our Savior, Jesus Christ.



God, when I compare myself to the standards in Your law, I see how I fall short. It reveals my transgressions. I can’t save myself. I can’t perfectly keep Your law. Thank You for being my Savior. Amen.

~ Pastor Nat Crawford


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I came to know Jesus as my personal savior at 22, I am 70 years old now. He allowed me to serve Him in South America and Spain for 17 years. I still serve the Lord here in the USA. SO grateful that He still allows me to teach others fishermen and women as they go out to share the amazing news of the Gospel.
Thank you Pastor Nat, for interpreting His words so well
Lord thank you for showing us our wrongs
Only us humans have to decide: We are either in the world or we are of the world.
God thank you for you grace
Heavenly Father, thank You for Your saving grace. Thank You for Your Son, Jesus. We are sinners. We are filthy, and are not worthy. Without Jesus we wouldn't have salvation or forgiveness. and I am grateful for Him and His sacrifice. We need You Lord, in Jesus name ,Amen.
We are sinners of habit, by the grace of God we are saved.
Lord I thank You for the mirror of the law to expose my unrighteousness so that I will always know when I need to repent and be justified by Your cleansing.
Lord Jesus as I look into the mirror of Your Word, I realize how unclean and unrighteous I am. But I thank You that the very Word which convicts is the very Word which cleanses, and that Word is You my Lord.
Thank you Jesus for my salvation, I want to follow you.
I am a sinner. I need Jesus
I was so glad to see we didn't lose your teaching from Galtions..it abruptly stopped...keep teaching on...thank-you...
We ALL need Jesus indeed!
I have been noticing a word lately in my personal Bible reading that has taken on an important meaning for me. The word so often used is “NEVERTHELESS.” So even though I fail so often in measuring up to God’s standards, “Nevertheless” He Loves and Forgives me. I am eternally thankful for that.
Powerful Devotional
Thank you Pastor Nat for reminding me of this precious truth today. "I couldn't earn it, and I didn't deserve it", what Jesus did for me and all mankind at the Cross. It's simply amazing! Thank You Jesus!! Father, thank You for Your perfect law which showed me how sinful I am, and my need for a Saviour. Thank You for sending Your Son Jesus to die for for my sins, so that I can live, saved my His grace. "Lord, may I know Thee more clearly, love Thee more dearly, and follow Thee more nearly" each day! I love You. In Jesus' name. Amen🙏
Amen! The law check us before God and it is very hard to cope up to the Law yet the law cannot save us. Only Jesus does.
Thank you pastor Nat am glad I have seen another month and week may the Almighty God help us all Amen
Washed by the blood of the Lamb! Oh what a Savior we have that takes all our sins and gives us his righteousness. Thank you Jesus for loving us so much. Amen
Good illustration with your son. The law was like a mirror only there to show us "our need" for a Savior. The Lord Jesus Christ!
Truth...Amen, by the grace and help of God.