December 5th – Deuteronomy 5:1-22

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The Ten Commandments

 

I think we often have the attitude that it is relatively easy to keep the Ten Commandments.

No idols-
No murder –
No stealing –
We may even flesh out our days with the attitude that it is within our power to do right, to keep the commandments and in the process earn God’s approval and love…
WRONG.
BUT…
When we sit with Matthew 5 – 7 – The Sermon on the Mount, Jesus rattles our complacent hearts.
We realize obedience is hard…and perfection?  Impossible???
“Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Matthew 5:17
Jesus is the true human, and He alone perfectly reflects God’s image (Colossians 1:15). He did not come to abolish the law, but to fulfill it (Matthew 5:17).
While I don’t understand the full implications theologically of Jesus fulfilling the law, I do know that:
  • He was able to keep the commands we fail to keep.

  • He reversed the fall and broke the curse.

Jesus does what we cannot.

And when we are united with Him by the power of the Holy Spirit, we, in some marvelously mysterious way are able to keep the law too.
 
Jesus,
this is just one of so many things I don’t fully understand about the Father’s simple yet beautifully complicated love for me. I don’t understand how, but I am tremendously thankful that your life fulfills the law that I cannot humanly keep. Please continue to work that process in me, and make me more like Jesus…
Amen

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