I disagree. Grace abounded from day 1. The blood covenant needed to enter heaven only after the cross. Hence Abraham's bosom. I disagree. If you have been in a strict school you will see the extreme rules as a curse. Especially when you don't love or care about the principal. Nobody was qualified to be IN a relationship with God by obeying the law. You have the cart before the horse here. Abraham was faithful, not perfectly obedient. David was faithful and if you read Psalms you will see how much he loved God and how often he repented and begged forgiveness. Nineveh, a non-Jewish city who did not even know the law, yet God spared them because their hearts were touched and they repented of their wickedness. Unless our hearts are touched / 'in it' we cannot repent sincerely / be 'faithful' and we dare not mention relationship! think about it! Hence Jesus accuses the pharisees accordingly in Matt 15:7-9. Nothing has changed from Adam and Eve's time to now! Mankind has always needed to come to God on His terms!!! The need for a contrite heart, broken spirit (Psalms 51:17), humble as a child have been God's requirements for man from day one! Not just after Christ! and dare we think we can accept Jesus / God without kneeling and humbling ourselves! Ryan I cannot believe you just said this! What should be the foundation…the Torah? This shows you have completely missed the boat. Imagine I said to my wife, her diary is the foundation of our marriage. The foundation is Christ / God. We ONLY get Christ / God in our lives if we accept Him on His terms as mentioned. Once He is IN our lives, we desire to live a life that pleases Him. We consider all His written work. But because our hearts are in it we will be quick to repent (something the Torah cannot give us). Quick to judge ourselves (something the Torah cannot give us). Quick to show mercy to others (something the Torah cannot give us) and grasp the reasoning behind laws (something the Torah cannot give us) / grasp the mercy, love, grace, righteousness and goodness (something the Torah cannot give us) that flows from God. Think about how silly this reasoning is. Do you honestly think that God is ONLY pleased by a few hundred, thousand laws written in the Torah???? My wife has more demands of me in her diary! The OT and the Torah were there as guidelines / shadow of the full revelation to come with Jesus. A revelation that those faithful to God in the OT had already touched on. Do you not see how Psalms seems out of place with Deuteronomy and Leviticus? You are making too much of the Jews being His chosen people. All of mankind is His chosen people. The Jews were chosen specifically for a single purpose of being the bloodline of Jesus…hence God wanted them to appear / be holier then other races. Hence God sent powerful prophets to enforce His laws. God basically forced the Jews to be a holier race. That is why God will give them a second chance in the tribulation. The people of Nineveh who never knew the laws but repented were just as holy as the holiest of the Jews werent they? God has never changed the rules. You have to grasp where our effort is best placed. Is it in studying and practicing the laws of the OT? When we now have the FULL revelation of God's law….in the two laws Jesus told us to live by. If we obey those two then all the 'necessary' laws of the OT will be obeyed. This merely shows that the devil doesn't see the need to attack Judaism. You miss scripture saying that Jesus is / should be the foundation? I would tread carefully telling anyone that the Torah should be the foundation. Did Jesus work on a Sunday? Did Jesus not go against the 'law' when He saved Mary from being stoned????? We are to grasp God's heart behind the law and out of love / sincerity of heart / judging ourselves with fear and trembling, consider / obey the OT. Not follow it 'religiously' / blindly like the pharisees. Lol, no. Jews hold on to the law religiously because they had prophets like Elijah whipping them in line. It takes some explaining to get them to the point where they see Jesus for the King He is. Riding into town on a donkey did not help in convincing them . I can fully understand why God feels it is justified to give them a second chance.