I listened to Andrew Wommack and he said that God dealt with humanity with grace for the first 2000 years before he gave them the law and became really harsh on sin. For example he protected Cain from being murdered by others. Even though Cain was a murderer he protected him. Or Jacob for example married two sisters. Something which was also forbidden under the law and which is an abomination to God. This means that under the law Jacob would have been killed. But this confuses me. Why did God behave so different at different periods in time? If God is the same then why does he not always behave the same? When God gave the jews the law they stoned this one guy who collected wood on the sabbath. But then Jesus comes along and allows his disciples to collect fruits or whatever they collected on the sabbath and suddenly it was totally okay. I don't understand this. If I had been a pharisee and lived at Jesus time and if I had only known these rules which God gave then I would also have freaked out when suddenly somebody comes along and turns everything upside down. Isn't this a normal reaction? How could the pharisees not be offended by this? If the law clearly says that it's so and so then how can you not be offended if suddenly somebody turns everything upside down? And I also don't understand what the law was good for. It was supposed to show the jews that they need mercy because they cannot fulfill it. But what does this mean? Did God purposely make the law so strict that nobody could fulfill it? Or was the law simply God's expectation upon the jews? Or did God sit up there and think "Let's make a law which is so strict and has so many rules that nobody can fulfill it" ? I don't know what to think about this. Was the law good or bad? Jesus for example allowed his disciples to collect food on the sabbath but if somebody had done the same 2000 years before then they would have stoned him to death. God himself told Moses to stone this person which collected wood on the sabbath. Doesn't this mean that a sincere jew would have demanded everybody to be stoned who works on the sabbath? Then wasn't it a normal reaction that the jews freaked out when Jesus did this? This is really a scary thought. If I had lived back then maybe I would have done the same and maybe I would have been against Jesus and even felt like I'm doing the right thing. Isn't this a scary thought? And what I also don't understand is this. What happened to a person which collected wood on the sabbath and then was stoned for it? This person's life was simply ended. Does this mean that this person went to hell? But then what was the law good for? If everybody who broke it was directly killed then the law didn't even show the people that they need mercy because there was no mercy. Everybody who broke it was directly killed.