The Old Testament gave the Jews 612 laws. By the time of Jesus, the Rabbis had built that into over 5,000 “laws”. Their intent was to clarify God’s Word, to make sure everyone knew what was and was not allowed. I have no doubt they thought they were helping God – but Jesus didn’t seem to think this was the case.
I think it’s human nature to add rules on top of rules. We think rules make us strong and safe, and more rules make us stronger and safer. Again, Jesus didn’t agree with this concept. In truth rules can easily keep us from God; keep us so busy we have no time for God or drive us away from God. Rules are good, but adding rules to what God felt was necessary is a bad plan.
Are you working overtime to follow rules God didn’t put in place? Are you trying to impose non-biblical rules on your wife, or your marriage? How’s that working for you?
Bottom line: Jesus didn’t say, “I came to give you rules, and those more abundantly.”