Thursday, July 19, 2012
MOSES, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, and THIS MY PRAYER, Thu, 7/19/2012
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS, Lesson 15b
THE RANSOM FROM THE LAW
The Law condemned and offered no hope, Jesus came to fulfill the Law and set us free from its bondage.
In His life and death, Jesus did all that was necessary to set us free.
He fulfilled the Law – Gal. 4:4. Jesus perfectly kept the Law and fulfilled all the types of Law in Leviticus and Numbers. He became our Passover Lamb and our Scapegoat, forever taking away the demands of the Law upon our lives. The Law was never given to make us righteous. It was given to show us that in ourselves and in our own works, we could never hope to keep the Law. The Law opens our eyes so that we will see our need for Jesus – (Gal. 3:24).
Jesus met all the righteous requirements of the Law – (Col. 2:13-14). Jesus’ death satisfied God’s requirements for sin and for obedience to the Law. When we are in Him, we are not forced to obey the Law, but rather we are compelled to obey it out of love for Him and His great sacrifice for our sins. In Him, we move under grace, not the whip of the Law – (Rom. 6:14-15; Gal. 5:18).
When we receive Christ as Savior, He writes the New Law in our hearts – (Jer. 31:33; Rom. 2:15).
THE RELEVANCE OF THE LAW
With all this in mind, some Christians might be prone to think that the Law therefore has no impact on us today. That there is no reason for us to even think about the Law or the Ten Commandments. That is a false assumption! When we get to the place where we need no guidelines, then we have entered lawlessness, we are in trouble and in sin.
Matt. 5:17-18. Tells us that Jesus did not come to abolish or to do away with the Law or Ten Commandments. He came to fulfill them. Fulfill – "To carry out, to make full, to get to the heart of." When we are in Christ, the Ten Commandments become more relevant than ever.
Matt. 22:35-40 – Jesus summed up all the Law of God into two commandments. If I love God as I should, I will always keep Commandments 1 thru 4. If I love my neighbor as I should, I will always keep Commandments 5 thru 10. Augustine put it this way, "Love God and please Him." That works, because when you love God, you will always seek to do those things that please Him!
The Commandments do not stand as rungs on a ladder to climb for salvation. They stand as barriers erected by God to help us live to the glorify His Name. They are relevant today!
Ted Koppel of Nightline said, "Our society finds truth too strong a medicine to digest undiluted. What Moses brought down from Mt. Sinai were not the "10 Suggestions." They are Commandments.. “Are, not were“! The sheer brilliance of the Ten Commandments is that they are codify in a handful of words acceptable for human behavior , not just for then and now, but for all time." To this I say, "Amen!"
Conc: Can we keep these rules for life? Not in ourselves, but it is possible in Jesus – (Phil. 4:13). The Reason? We operate with a different motive and power as believers in Jesus. Far too many have tried to keep the 10 Commandments from the outside in. They have tried to do good to change their heart. As Christians, we come at the things from the opposite direction. Because our hearts have been changed, we are able to live the Ten Commandments from the inside out and it works just fine! Yes, they are relevant! And, we shall see that as the lessons unfolds.
Are you saved? Or, are you trying to please God by keeping some list of do’s and don’ts? If you are trying to do good your way to God, let me tell you it will not work! The only way to please God is to come to Him through His Son, the Lord Jesus. Receive Him by faith and then He will give you the power to live the kind of life you are failing to live right now.
“Living For Jesus” By T. O. Chisholm (1917)
Living for Jesus, a life that is true,
Striving to please Him in all that I do;
Yielding allegiance, glad-hearted and free,
This is the pathway of blessing for me.
O Jesus, Lord and Savior, I give myself to Thee,
For Thou, in Thy atonement, didst give Thyself for me;
I own no other Master, my heart shall be Thy throne;
My life I give, henceforth to live, O Christ, for Thee alone.
Living for Jesus Who died in my place,
Bearing on Calv’ry my sin and disgrace;
Such love constrains me to answer His call,
Follow His leading and give Him my all.
Living for Jesus, wherever I am,
Doing each duty in His holy Name;
Willing to suffer affliction and loss,
Deeming each trial a part of my cross.
Living for Jesus through earth’s little while,
My dearest treasure, the light of His smile;
Seeking the lost ones He died to redeem,
Bringing the weary to find rest in Him.
THIS IS MY PRAYER!
Most Wonderful Father, Amazing God, how many times have we fret about Your timing in our life. Yet, have You not shown us that Jesus knows each step of the journey? He knows what stops are necessary along the way. He knows what time it is because He is the way, and we do not need to worry, that we are going to be late. Can anyone of us add one single hour to our life by worrying? Help us to understand that our anxieties and fears rob us of our faith and trust in You. Enable us to trust Your timing more, and to wait patiently for an answer from You. We Praise You, Father and we thank You for Jesus. It is in His name we pray. Amen!
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