If you need reminding then…
The law is a reminder to mankind that they are incapable of naturally relating to God in unity. This is why in Deuteronomy 6:4-9 Moses commands Israel to remind itself of the requirements of the law constantly.

And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
(Deuteronomy 6:6-9)

The fact that the reminder must be so constant merely highlights how foreign unity (in God) is to fallen mankind. However God does not compromise himself by depending on Israel to uphold his unity. God is still able to demonstrate his unity with his law by upholding and enforcing it. The fact that Israel can’t keep it is Israel’s failing. However this ultimately appears to be a lesson in cruelty by God, commanding unity that would be impossible for Israel to acheive. The law does nothing to fulfil his promise to Abraham of renewed unity, through his offspring.

Prophets, the most faithful
Thankfully the law is not God’s final word or judgement. God used the prophets of the Old Testament to be his mouthpiece in Israel and the nations (mostly Israel). He used them to be examples of faithfulness (the most faithful in God’s household), exmaples that the vast majority of Israel could not or would not be. Their very existence is a loving call to repentance in light of God’s judgement, always promising hope for forgiveness and renewed unity for those who did. An example of this is seen in Ezekiel 36 where God demonstrates his unity with his law by judging Israel, while at the same time promising renewed unity between God and man (hope).

“Therefore say to the house of Israel, Thus says the Lord God: It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am about to act, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations to which you came. And I will vindicate the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, and which you have profaned among them. And the nations will know that I am the Lord, declares the Lord God, when through you I vindicate my holiness before their eyes. I will take you from the nations and gather you from all the countries and bring you into your own land. I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules. You shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers, and you shall be my people, and I will be your God. And I will deliver you from all your uncleannesses. And I will summon the grain and make it abundant and lay no famine upon you. I will make the fruit of the tree and the increase of the field abundant, that you may never again suffer the disgrace of famine among the nations. Then you will remember your evil ways, and your deeds that were not good, and you will loathe yourselves for your iniquities and your abominations. It is not for your sake that I will act, declares the Lord God; let that be known to you. Be ashamed and confounded for your ways, O house of Israel.
(Ezekiel 36:16-38)

The law was never capable of affecting true unity because it was unable to address the underlying break in unity caused by Adam. Instead it highlights the disunity in creation even more, highlighting the need for a solution appart from itself. Disunity has always been an issue of access to God, more specifically access to the nature of God (love) in relationship. This is why God clearly states that the solution to the disunity of humanity is a new heart. Where he proposes to remove the old contrary nature of Adam (not love, dead/stone heart) and transplant a new (loving) nature consistent with his law (living, heart of flesh).


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