What do people see when they see you keeping the Law?
Keep them and do them, for that will be your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples, who, when they hear all these statutes, will say, ‘Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.’
It has been a few years – as of 2017 – since the “10 Commandments” has been the focus of news stories. Namely, taking them down from public places like courtrooms, town squares, and the like.
The argument is made that having the “10 Commandments” in U.S. government buildings or other public places is tantamount to the government establishing a “state” or “official” religion – expressly prohibited by the United States Constitution.
The amendment – the first one, actually – states, in part, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion….”
On the other hand, many others argue that displaying the “10 Commandments” does no such thing. While I tend to agree with this argument, you may have a different and equally valid opinion, which I respect. Also, that isn’t the point of this devotion.
As a Christian man, I view the “10 Commandments” as part of the non-negotiables of my faith. I am obligated by my faith to accept them as the inspired and inerrant Word of God. I also understand that God inspired them for a reason.
But as a Lutheran Christian man, I have a different view of what the “10 Commandments’ are actually for.
I believe that they are – first and foremost – for revealing.
The “10 Commandments” or “The Law” reveal as a “mirror.” They reveal sin to us. In other words, they tell us what sin is.
St. Paul puts it this way, “if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin” (Romans 7:7).
“The Law” also reveals a way of reducing sinful behavior. Well, sort of. This is known as the use of the Law that is a “curb.” It keeps sinful behavior in check.
However, I admit it doesn’t do this very well. Yet, this is not the fault of the Law or of God but of the choices that people make to ignore “the Law.”
“The Law” also reveals how to live. This is known as the use that is a “guide” or “rule.” This use of “the Law” is for sanctified Christians who are living by the power of the Holy Spirit.
This “third use” of “the Law” is not a Christian invention. This is what Moses was getting at when he wrote that when we keep “the Law” and do them, that this “will be your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples, who, when they hear all these statutes, will say, ‘Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people’” (Deuteronomy 4:6).
When we do what “the Law” says we should and should not do we are revealing to the world whose we are! We are God’s children!
What will also be revealed is that, as God’s children, we are not perfect.
But we are forgiven by the death and resurrection of Jesus. Well, that won’t actually be revealed, we’ll have to tell them that part! In other words, when “the Law” reveals who we are and that we are not perfect, we can proclaim to them, share with them, tell them, about the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ!
Heavenly Father, I confess that I do not keep the Law perfectly. But Jesus did! And Jesus died for me to forgive my sin. I thank you that Jesus gives me his perfect righteousness in place of my sin; in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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