Today”s Reading: Deut. 23:15-26:19
Law | The law of the Lord is anything but reason free from passion. Although modern readers may be confused about what to do with the Old Testament laws, we know one thing for sure – every law tells us something about the passionate character of the God who gave it. Although some may be more confusing than others, their truths are not limited to any one nation or time. Therefore, we – like the Israelites – must know and understand the commandments if we want to know and understand our Lord.
Obedience | As we have already seen, God delivered His law to His people because He wanted them to put His character on display to the nations around them: “The LORD your God commands you this day to follow these decrees and laws; carefully observe them with all your heart and with all your soul. You have declared this day that the LORD is your God and that you will walk in obedience to him, that you will keep his decrees, commands and laws — that you will listen to him. And the LORD has declared this day that you are his people, his treasured possession as he promised, and that you are to keep all his commands. He has declared that he will set you in praise, fame and honor high above all the nations he has made and that you will be a people holy to the LORD your God, as he promised” .
Calling | Although salvation is by faith alone – not by works so that no one can boast – our true faith is revealed by our obedience and – in turn – our obedience puts the Lord’s character on display to the world. Thus, we will increasingly look more and more like Christ: “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” .
Prayer | Lord, Thank You for giving us Your law so that we can know You. We confess, however, that we have not accurately displayed Your character when we have been disobedient. Forgive us and work in our hearts to pursue You in increasing measure. Amen.