"The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the decrees of the LORD are sure, making wise the simple;"
Psalms 19:7 (NRSV)
Prodigal Thoughts: Who would ever think that "law" would revive anything? This is something that seems very unlikely in our daily view of life. But consider this… The bible was written in an Eastern worldview, not a Western (our) worldview and there is certainly a difference. Western view looks at law (or rules) as hindrances or limitations on what we can and cannot do. An Eastern worldview, especially from the time that the bible was written, laws (or rules) were viewed as freedoms, a much more positive light I think. Maybe this will help explain. You see a sign that reads: "CAUTION: DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!" Of course, it would be pretty foolish to try and feed a bear anyway, but the Western mindset might focus on what is prohibited. The Eastern view opens up options with the guideline of self-preservation. Do you see the difference? Perhaps this is why verses like Matthew 22:34-40 are so important. Jesus replies when asked what is the greatest commandment, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind AND the second is like it, Love your neighbor as yourself. VS40 – On these two commandments hang the Law and the prophets. MIND BLOWN!!!! Jesus is giving guidelines. He is opening up the parameters for loving God and others. He is saying, at minimum, love God with your heart, soul, and mind. When you think about that, Jesus’ words are SO much deeper than when we first read them. That’s a game-changer, in my opinion. What say you?
Prayer for today: My prayer for today is this; that we would not just take the word of God at face value, but that we would challenge ourselves to read with the intent of getting to know our Creator on a deeper, more intimate level. That as we study His word, that He would make those passages that seem confusing at times as clear as day. Lastly, I pray that we would not just stop there, but that we would begin to share what we have learned with those around us, so that they too, can come to know the love of God, the Father.
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God’s grace on you…