And Moses turned and went down from the mountain, and the two tablets of the Testimony were in his hand. The tablets were written on both sides; on the one side and on the other they were written. Now the tablets were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God engraved on the tablets. Exodus 32:15-16
Let me ask you if the Ten Commandments stopped all adultery, lying, stealing, or killing?
Of course not!
All these things continue to exist despite God’s Law against these acts. God decreed much more.
You cannot legislate behavior.
Murder is against the law in every country of the world. Many other countries have stricter laws and penalties for those that commit this crime but even then the crime exists.
The Law is the heart of God for us. It teaches respect for Him and respect for each other. The ratio is four to six with four commandments concerning our relationship with God and six with each other.
Despite God giving the Commandments, people continue to disrespect both.
Jesus saw the heart of the problem and said this to the religious leaders of His day, “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence. 26 Blind Pharisee, first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish, that the outside of them may be clean also. Matthew 23:25-26
The scribes and Pharisees were well versed in the Mosaic Law but did not follow it with their whole heart.
Laws only change people’s action when the heart is changed.
I could commit adultery, lie, steal, or kill but my heart is changed and I know these things are wrong.
When the heart respects the law, then it rules the emotion of the mind and the lust of the body. Then you overcome the desire to break the law of God or man.
When Moses came down the mountain and found the people worshipping an idol and committing adultery, he broke the stone tablets containing the commandments. How symbolic that when people sin it breaks the heart of God.