DAY 180- BIG PICTURE IN A YEAR - THE WILDERNESS
And what other nation is so great as to have such righteousness decrees and laws as the body of laws I am setting before you today.
Reading: Deuteronomy 4:9-14; Psalm 119:97-104; Romans 2:25-27.
When someone, who has been wandering alone in the Kingdom of darkness, gets restored to the Lord, he or she doesn’t know how to behave, at first. This was the case for the Israelites who had left Egypt and gathered at Mt Sinai. Thus, the necessity for the Law.
The Law was primarily given to shape a disparate group of people, who had never known what it was like to walk with God or with each other, into a unified nation. No other nation had a set of laws like these and because of these laws God was able to live amongst His people.
Indeed, these laws set Israel apart.
The law code was given during the Wilderness wanderings so that, when the people went in to the land promised to them, there would already be a system in place to regulate their lives and allow God to continue living amongst them. Of all the things that God gave His people, obedience to the law from the heart would unite them and prepare them to receive what God had for them. This set of laws would also be the reason why all the nations would come to Israel, it would become a witness to the person and character of God.
Many Christians today wrongly interpret the verses that state “we are not under law but under grace.” They do not understand the purpose for which the law was given. While it is true that it was not given to save us from eternal death (only the shed blood of the Lamb can do that), the law still commands us to love the Lord and love one another and, through the Spirit, remains powerful enough to restrain our selfishness. The Holy Spirit, the finger of God, still points to the law to show us where we must trust Him to transform us into the person He wants us to be.
Lord thank You for Your law. I invite You Holy Spirit to etch Your Law ever deeper in my heart.
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