“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappears from the Law until everything is accomplished. Anyone who breaks the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”
Reading through the book of Romans this summer, Paul has bombarded me with the fact that righteousness doesn’t come from the Law, but through faith in Christ (hallelujah for that!). The Law is like a mirror, showing us the stain inside of our nature, a stain that cannot be washed away through obedience to the Law, but only by the blood of Christ. Yet, even still, we are not to live in sin (disobedience to the Law that God set forth) but to live as slaves to righteousness. Jesus said that the greatest command is to love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength. What is the best way we can do that? By loving our neighbors as ourselves. How do we love our neighbors as ourselves? Well it starts with loving yourself. For me, I love myself enough to know that I need Jesus, so sharing your faith is probably the big thing. It all begins to unfold in the Law though. God set down the Law for Moses and ironically enough, if the moral laws are lived out, suddenly human relations become better, and a true sense of love abounds. So….
I have decided to revisit some of the writings we really dread reading. It seems as Christians we love our New Testament, with good reason to, the Spirit revealed and reiterated so much through the apostles. But it seems as if we forget all about our Old Testament, especially those first five books. They can sometimes be tedious, boring, and altogether against our culture today. Some of the things directly contradict what our culture tells us today, what the media say, what the politicians say, what our educators say, what we, the people of a money-driven, materialistic, pleasure-based, culture say.
I am going to begin a new journey. It is going to be rough at times, it’s going to suck at times, it will be hard to swallow the truth at times, it will be hard to trust God at times, it will be hard to understand at times, it is going to raise more questions than answers at times, it is going to be good all the time.
I hope to come to a better understanding of human nature, of God’s holiness, and why the rules are what they are.