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Love and Law

Thank You, Father, for a wonderfully productive day! You have been with me all the way and all the physical things are ready for worship. May I continue to prepare spiritually so that I may say, be and do exactly what You need. Praise Your holy name!

Matthew 5:20 (<<click the green)

When we first read this verse Lord I think we are a little shocked – even if we know who the “teachers of the religious law and Pharisees” were. Maybe I’m just not enough of a rebel but I was brought up to respect leaders in all walks of life. But regardless of how high someone is in any organization – even the church – lines can be crossed. And evil cannot be tolerated…and it must be dealt with. I’m sure there were good men amongst this nefarious crew of religiosity but they may have been few and far between, as well.

You have just proclaimed Your intent to fulfill the law as given to Moses and we are also called to be obedient to it. My study Bible* helps a great deal in understanding this law.

First of all, “there were three categories of law: ceremonial, civil and moral.” Ceremonial law dealt with Israel’s worship and it all pointed to You. Your death and resurrection fulfilled it all! So we “are no longer bound by” them but the “principles behind them – to worship and love a holy God – still apply.”

Our world is a “radically different” place from when the civil law was given to Israel for daily living. We don’t follow them specifically but Your example showed us that the “principles behind the commands are timeless and should guide our conduct.”

Lastly, the moral law (i.e. the Ten Commandments) “is the direct command of God” and we are accountable to abide by it. Lord, You abided by it in its entirety.

And that is the rub with the religious leaders of the time You walked this earth. They were so busy splitting hairs that they didn’t really take time to live out the law where it was really important. Lord, Your desire was and still most assuredly is for us to live in a loving, intimate relationship with You. We can strive to abide by every rule and regulation but unless there is relationship…it is worthless.

Lord, help me (and I know You do) to love You more every day. May there be a burning in my heart to spend time with You regularly. The more time I conscientiously spend with You the closer our relationship will be. Amen – so be it!

*Life Application Bible New Living Translation

Oct. 19th, Thurs, 3:43 pm

Old vs. New

I’m so grateful for our time together, Father. The consistency of it alone has impacted me in a multitude of ways. Bless me this day. May I be attentive to what You have to say to me. May I be diligent in carrying out what you call me to do.

Hebrews 10:1-18 (<<click here)

Old covenant – repeated sacrifices / “can never take away sins” = imperfection

New covenant – one single sacrifice / takes away sin = “made perfect those who are being made holy”

Lord, I had to write it out to better understand what’s what. I understand all the separate parts but it’s important to see and understand them all together, as well.

One thing that I’ve wrestled with in reading through Hebrews is that it seemed to be saying that the old covenant wasn’t cutting it so the new covenant was put into place that would. Reading the study notes in my Bible* helped me understand it more clearly. When it says in v.9 that You “cancel the first covenant in order to put the second into effect” it is the ceremonial law and its system of sacrifices that is eliminated. Jesus Your single, once-and-for-all sacrifice took care of everything. The moral law (the Ten Commandments) still stands.

The notes on vs.11 and 12 are also very good.

“Christ’s work is contrasted with the work of the Jewish priests. The priests work was never finished, so they had to stand day after day and offer sacrifices; Christ’s sacrifice (dying in our place) is finished, so he is seated. The priests repeated the sacrifices often; Christ sacrificed once for all. The sacrifice system couldn’t completely remove sin; Christ’s sacrifice effectively cleanses us.”

Lord, Jesus, thank You for all you have done and continue to do for me. Because of You, I live. May I become more like You every day.

Apr 9th, Sat, 7:26am

*New Living Translation Life Application Study Bible