[quote="Flannelfunk, post:6, topic:230009"]
I guess I was looking for a look at the old testiment laws with a reason for the law (like hygene or spiritually) and i guess why we should love it... i hope that helps.
In a general way, the law was temporary for the nation of Israel to seperate them from the sins of the Gentiles. Everytime they were with Gentiles they got into sin and idol worship and such. So the law was a way for them to immitate the holiness of God and be distinct from the sins of Gentiles. They were to love the law because they loved the holiness of God more than thier sins. But in many ways some people lost the spirit of the law and they were more worried about things like ritually cleanliness so they could offer a proper sacrifice (for example).
But Christ came to write the law on our hearts instead of stone. There is no seperation of Jew or Gentile. The temporary national phase was ending. We are all neighbors. Even those who we consider enemies or foreigners. The standard of righteousness, immitating God in being holy, is continued in the New Covenant. But the moral righteousness is even higher because we are also called to immitate God's "perfect" compassion and mercy to everyone.
"You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have? Do not the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brothers only, what is unusual about that? Do not the pagans do the same? So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect. (Mt 5:43-48)
It's not about prefering the the sacrificial regulations of the Mosaic law and seperating ourselves. It is about following Christ's example of eating with sinners who fulfilled Israel's original vocation of reaching out to the nations with the light of God's divine mercy.
While he was at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat with Jesus and his disciples. The Pharisees saw this and said to his disciples, "Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?" He heard this and said, "Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do. Go and learn the meaning of the words, 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice.' I did not come to call the righteous but sinners." (Mt 9:10-13)
The purity laws for the purpose of legal sacrifice, for example, don't allow us to pass by a half-dead victim. There is a new standard of holiness, where God no longer requires his people to separate from others. We are called to extend mercy to everyone in need.
There was a scholar of the law who stood up to test him and said, "Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?" Jesus said to him, "What is written in the law? How do you read it?" He said in reply, "You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself." He replied to him, "You have answered correctly; do this and you will live." But because he wished to justify himself, he said to Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" Jesus replied, "A man fell victim to robbers as he went down from Jerusalem to Jericho. They stripped and beat him and went off leaving him half-dead. A priest happened to be going down that road, but when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side. Likewise a Levite came to the place, and when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side. (Lk 10:25-32)
The priest and Levite didn't have the love for neighbor along with the love for God because the letter of the law was in the way.
But a Samaritan traveler who came upon him was moved with compassion at the sight. He approached the victim, poured oil and wine over his wounds and bandaged them. Then he lifted him up on his own animal, took him to an inn and cared for him. The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper with the instruction, 'Take care of him. If you spend more than what I have given you, I shall repay you on my way back.' Which of these three, in your opinion, was neighbor to the robbers' victim?" He answered, "The one who treated him with mercy." Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise." (Lk 10:33-37)
The Samaritan exemplifies ths new standard of holiness, which is mercy to all. Does this help?
Brothers, even if a person is caught in some transgression, you who are spiritual should correct that one in a gentle spirit, looking to yourself, so that you also may not be tempted. Bear one another's burdens, and so you will fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he is deluding himself. (Gal 6:1-3)