37 “This is the Moses who told the Israelites, ‘God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your own people.’ 38 He was in the assembly in the wilderness, with the angel who spoke to him on Mount Sinai, and with our ancestors; and he received living words to pass on to us.39 “But our ancestors refused to obey him. Instead, they rejected him and in their hearts turned back to Egypt. 40 They told Aaron, ‘Make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who led us out of Egypt—we don’t know what has happened to him!’ 41 That was the time they made an idol in the form of a calf. They brought sacrifices to it and reveled in what their own hands had made.
The law is called “the ministry that brought death,” and that happens because of corrupt human nature; the law does not engender sin but finds it in us. It offered life, but we who are altogether corrupt can get nothing but death from it. Therefore, it is only deadly with regard to men.
What is less appropriate than that the thing that gives us immortality should itself die? So today we must think that just as the prophets and apostles spoke to the people of their time, they also write to us, and their teaching remains in force because its author is God rather than men. At the same time, he taught that if anyone rejects the word appointed for them, they are rejecting God’s purpose.