MATTHEW 5:17-18 – Did Jesus come to do away with the Law of Moses?

“Jesus said very explicitly, ‘Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy, but to fulfill.’ However, on one occasion Jesus approved of His disciples when they broke the Jewish law about working on the Sabbath (Mark 2:24), and Jesus Himself apparently did away with the ceremonial law by declaring all meats clean (Mark 7:19). Jesus’ disciples clearly rejected much of the OT law, including circumcision (Acts 15; Gal. 5:6; 6:15). Indeed, Paul declared that ‘You are not under law but under grace’ (Rom. 6:14) and that the Ten Commandments engraved in stone have been ‘taken away in Christ’ (2 Cor. 3:14). – Norman L. Geisler & Thomas Howe