I recall in a class one time we were studying and discussing this lesson. As one student put it, he was stuck on the wording of “laws.” He had a realization that the “laws” were his “beliefs” particularly to the lesson’s point “false beliefs.” With this realization, we can come to know how false beliefs have run our lives. Hence, the thought Jesus shares that we think we would starve unless we have the green paper strips, or that a needle will ward off disease. Jesus continues on with the “laws” of nutrition, friendship, etc.
This doesn’t mean we stop eating, sleeping and taking our meds. While we are still here in the world and believe it so strongly and rigorously, we do so. This lesson is telling us what is beyond all we see here.
We want to believe in God for in God there is no substitute and the body and the world are substitutes. We open to the idea that all these beliefs have held us fast so now we can realize and say “I am under no laws (beliefs) but God’s.” When we can be open to the Holy Spirit’s interpretation and move past the symbol of words, just as our student was able to do so, we can say emphatically, “I am free!”