OYB February 4

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: Exodus 19:16-25, Exodus 20, Exodus 21:1-21
NT: Matthew 23:13-39
Ps: Psalm 28
Pr: Proverbs 7:1-5

Today´s notable verse:

The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.

Psalm 28:7 (NIV)

The One Year Bible Blog asks:

Comments from you & Question of the Day - Since we've arrived at the Ten Commandments in our readings today, now is an appropriate time to ask - are the Ten Commandments important to you? How? Have they always been important to you? ...Do you think that we should meditate upon the Ten Commandments and our actions? Or is just meditating upon Jesus alone enough?

I've had many discussions and read or heard many commentaries abut the Ten Commandments, the Law, and Christ, and what applies to the christian today. As I wrote yesterday, Jesus said that "Love God" and "Love each other as yourself" summarize, complete, and perfect the Law and the Prophets. The Ten Commandments still apply today, but Christ has called us to a more perfect standard. If we are judging ourselves against the Ten Commandments, then we are looking at the bare minimum - the line between righteousness and sin - rather than the Ultimate Standard: holiness.

If our minds and our hearts are set upon loving God, then we will never even have to question whether or not we are using His name in vain, because we will always be honoring Him with our lips. If we love our neighbor as ourselves, then we will never have to worry whether or not we are coveting that which is his, because we would be considering how we might give up what is ours in order to fulfill his needs. We do not need to worry about bearing false witness against our neighbor, because we strive always to proclaim the truth of Christ.

We do not need to observe specific holy days set apart to God, because every day we wake up, we recognize as a gift from God, and set it apart to Him. We do not need to worry about regulations for indentured servanthood or proper treatment of those indebted to us, because we do not hold out debts against our brothers.

And just as the Ten Commandments and the Law foretold and symbolized the coming Messiah, and were but a pale reflection of the Law He would establish, so also do the Ten Commandments and the Law serve as a reminder of my need for that Messiah. I struggle to keep the imperfect law; how much more in need of a Savior am I, if I am to strive to live up to the Perfect Law!

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2 Responses to “OYB February 4”
  1. Ramona says:

    Chip–Well said regarding the keeping of the Ten Commandments. Doing the commandments and keeping them are two different things. We keep the commandments when we operate out of love, the God kind of love. Love desires to benefit others at the expense of self. God so loved the world that He gave…

    All blessings to you,

    Ramona

  2. cb says:

    Thanks, Ramona!

    I think the concept of pursuing holiness rather than “walking the line” between righteousness and sin is one that is especially important for our world today. I know that I find myself getting in the most trouble when I do the latter rather than the former.

    “Let us keep our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith…”