By calling this covenant “new,” he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear. Hebrews 8:13

With the destruction of the temple in AD 70 it became impossible for the Jews to keep the sacrificial requirements of the law. With the temple gone, the old covenant had completed God’s purpose for it and in this sense, disappeared. This was always part of God’s plan as the laws of the Mosiac covenant were only added until Jesus came.

“Why, then, was the law given at all? It was added because of transgressions until the Seed to whom the promise referred had come.” (Galatians 3:19). Nevertheless it was hard for Jewish Christians to cut their ties with the Mosiac covenant. Not just the religious ties but the emotional ones too and realize that these things were only shadows pointing to the reality in Jesus.

Constable in his Commentary makes the comment: “There is nothing wrong with Jewish Christians maintaining Jewish customs provided they do not rely on them for favour with God.” Likewise we need to hold on to our own traditions and customs lightly. Though meaningful to us, they may not be to future generations and while we may grieve their loss, we know they are not essential to our faith.

The law was given to lead us to Christ (Galatians 3:24). To make us realize that we needed something more than a list of rights and wrongs; something more than punishments and rewards. We needed a Saviour and Someone who could empower us to keep God’s righteous requirements. God knew this all along and not only sent Jesus to be our Saviour, but also sent His Spirit to empower us and move us to follow his decrees, just as he promised (Ezekiel 36:27).