Law-ScrollPsalms 147:19 He has revealed his word to Jacob, his laws and decrees to Israel.  20 He has done this for no other nation; they do not know his laws. Praise the Lord.

Three short sentences that tell us everything we need to know about our relationship to the law of Moses.  It is a simple, yet hard truth – if you are uncircumcised, meaning you are a Gentile, you were never under the law of Moses.  Simply put, the law of Moses never applied to you.  You were not circumcised on the eighth day; you didn’t observe the Sabbath; you didn’t follow the dietary laws.  Many times, I will hear Gentile Christians say “we are no longer under the law.”  I respond by asking “when were you ever under the law?”  One of the reasons that many in Christianity struggle with the Old Testament is because they don’t understand that the law was given exclusively to Israel.  No other nation received the instructions and statutes of God.  Paul made this truth very clear in his letter to the Ephesians:
Eph. 2:11 Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (which is done in the body by human hands)— 12 remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world.
This is a hard truth – we were without hope and without God.  God did not declare Gentiles to be holy.  The only nation of people God declared to be holy in the earth was Israel.  Imagine for a moment that you ask a farmer what it is like to be a horse.  The farmer can explain to you what a horse is, and tell you many of the attributes of a horse.  What the farmer cannot do is tell you what life is like as a horse, because the farmer is not a horse.  Likewise, while a Gentile can explain many aspects of the law of Moses to others, one thing that a Gentile will not be able to do is explain what life is like under the law of Moses because the Gentile is not a Jew.

TOMORROW: What is the law, and what purpose does it serve to a Gentile