February 4

Exodus 19:16-21:21; Matthew 23:13-39; Psalm 28:1-9; Proverbs 7:1-5

The introduction of the Law was an awe-inspiring event. Moses was summoned to the top of Mt. Sinai and a strict prohibition was placed on the children of Israel not to approach the mountain. There, God gave the law to Moses. These 10 commandments were the cornerstone of civil society.

Though they were so simple and straightforward, God knew that humans could never keep them completely. And, the way the law works is this: if you break one, you break them all. In truth, the first one is the one we break the most: “You must not have any other God before me.”

God knew our tendency was to wander and go looking for other gods to serve. Try as we may, we cannot perfectly keep all the tenets of the law. God knew this. In fact, it was the giving of the law that showed us how much we needed a savior.

So now, we are not under the law but grace. In Jesus, we don’t have to adhere to a bunch of rules and regulations. We have the perfect law of liberty at work in our lives. All our trespasses are forgiven. All of our failings are washed in the blood of Jesus. What a burdensome way to live when you live under the law! You can never have true relationship with a bunch of “do’s” and “don’ts.”

God loves us and wants us to come to Him drawn by His love not fearful of His wrath. Thank God today that you are not under law but under God’s Amazing Grace.

Tomorrow’s Reading: Exodus 21:22-23:13; Matthew 24:1-28; Psalm 29:1-11; Proverbs 7:6-23

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