Much of the modern Christian world teaches the Ten Commandment law was nailed to the cross; the commandments now simply a guide. How correct is this perception?
When the Ten Commandments were given, God spoke the words to the people, "and He added no more. He wrote them in two tables of stone" (Deut 5:22).
God's law, the Ten Commandments, has only ten commands. Where were these commands kept?
"And He wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the Ten Commandments..." (Exo 34:28). "And I turned myself and came down from the mount, and put the tables in the ark which I had made" (Deut 10:5).
And then there was the law that Moses wrote (Levitical laws).
Examples include: "Thou shalt not eat any abominable thing" and "Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination" and that "Thou shalt not seeth the a kid in his mother's milk" (Not in Exodus 20).
Where were these laws written and kept?
"Take this book of the law, and put it in the side of the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, that it may be there for a witness against thee" (Deut 31:26).
'Thy law' (Ten Commandments) and the 'law of Moses' represent to completely different sets of Laws according to the Bible.
"Yea, all Israel have transgressed thy law (God's law), even by departing, that they might not obey thy voice; therefore the curse is poured upon us, and the oath that is written in the law of Moses the servant of God, because we have sinned against him (Dan 9:11).
Gods law is written for [the benefit of] man (Mark 2:27). He knows what is required to retain a perfect world. If all mankind had adhered to His perfect law, we would still be living in Eden.
"Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee..." and "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy" etc. (Exo 20:8,12).
The law of Moses, were laws written against man. These were many and contained such things as curses, ceremonies, feasts, judgements and special yearly Sabbaths.
For example: Curses like: "Anyone lying with an animal shall surely be put to death" (Exodus 22:19). Ceremonies like: "These are the feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, to offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD, a burnt offering, and a meat offering, a sacrifice, and drink offerings, every thing upon his day: Beside (i.e. in addition to) the Sabbaths of the LORD" (Lev 23:24,37,38).
The word 'ordinance' is never used in reference to the Ten Commandments.
"And the LORD said unto Moses and Aaron, This is the ordinance of the Passover: There shall no stranger eat thereof:" (Exodus 12:43).
There is a 'lawlessness' which will keep people out of God's kingdom (Matt 7:21-23). For 'lawlessness', there must also be 'law' (God's Law). "Everyone who sins breaks the law; we know that "sin is lawlessness" (1 John 3:4).
Which one of these laws was nailed to the cross?
The Ten Commandment law was handwritten by God.
The Levitical law was handwritten by Moses. It was Moses' ordinances that were against man, and were taken out and nailed to the cross. "Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of a holy day, or of the new moon, or of the (yearly) Sabbath days" (Col 2:14,16).