Reflection: God has provided a “blueprint” for holy, righteous living. The Ten Commandments are the foundation; Scripture further fleshes out the content of this moral Law.
Perfect holiness would be to comply with the Law’s every “jot and tittle” (Mt. 5:17-20 [KJV]). But, as Jesus insisted in the Sermon on the Mount, it would need always to be compliance in heart as well as indeed – the Law as intended by God (Mt. 5:21-48; cf. 2 Cor. 3:6). By Jesus’ day, self-satisfied legalism had become the besetting sin of the Jewish religious hierarchy (cf. Lk. 18:9-11).
What are the real purposes of the God’s commands? As we shall see tomorrow, one key purpose is to convict unbelievers of their sinfulness (Rom. 7:7). Today’s passage reminds us that another key purpose is to guide believers in their new life in Christ, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the Law (Rom. 13:8-10).
Question: Do you ever stop to think why God has made rules for moral conduct? And why those rules are as they are?
Prayer: Father, I acknowledge that your laws are wonderful. They reflect your own perfect holiness. They have been designed by you, not to make my life difficult, but for my own good. Teach me your ways and help me to follow them as best I can. Amen.