Once again, you have me thinking.
I first started toying the the concept after reading Backgrounds of Early Christianity by Everett Ferguson where he says:
God's greatest gift to his people was the revealed Torah. The law was both a grace and a duty: it was to be kept, of course, but it was above all a gift, a privilege, and not a burden. (pg.541)
Later, I came accross the same concept in a reprint (Kregel Classics -- 1997) of Alfred Edersheim's The Temple: Its Ministry and Services as They Were at the Time of Jesus Christ:
It is a beautifully significant practice of the modern Jews, that, before fulfilling any special observance directed in their Law, they always first bless God for the giving of it. One might almost compare the idea underlying this, and much else of a similar character in the present religious life of Israel, to the good fruits which the soil of Palestine bore even during the Sabbatical years, when it lay untilled. For it is intended to express that the Law is felt not a burden, but a gift of God in which to rejoice. (pg.120)
One way of potentially looking at it (that I've been toying with) is that G-d gave the initial law to lead to Christ. Christ gave the greater law to lead to G-d. The law is given by G-d's grace. His grace went even further by having someone (Christ) accept His gift of the law completely on behalf of us who fill our lives with lesser things.
Edited by Doctor Steuss, 31 December 2008 - 12:29 PM.