What a loving preface to the law! If anything could have engaged rebellious man to obedience, this would have done it, but, alas, the Lord has nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against him.
Their garments smell of Egypt, and must be washed, to show them that man is unholy and all about him, and even when God meets him in love he must be cleansed from impurity.
He who has ears to hear the law must tremble, for it condemns all who are under it.
Such is the spirit of the law. It shows us our sinfulness, and so sets us at a distance from God, but the gospel removes our sin and brings us nigh. Hear how the Holy Ghost speaks concerning it, by his servant Paul, in
Hebrews 12:25, 26
Dear members of this family, let these solemn words sink deep into your souls. Despise not the Lord Jesus, but believe in him now.
Not to the terrors of the Lord,
The tempest, fire, and smoke;
Not to the thunder of that word
Which God on Sinai spoke:
But we are come to Sion’s hill,
The city of our God,
Where milder words declare his will,
And spread his love abroad.