Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | September 30, 2014

“What do the testimonies and the statutes and the judgments mean which the Lord our God commanded you?”

Today’s devotion comes from Deuteronomy 6:16-25.

“16 “You shall not put the Lord your God to the test, as you tested Him at Massah.  17 You should diligently keep the commandments of the Lord your God, and His testimonies and His statutes which He has commanded you.  18 You shall do what is right and good in the sight of the Lord, that it may be well with you and that you may go in and possess the good land which the Lord swore to give your fathers, 19 by driving out all your enemies from before you, as the Lord has spoken.

20 “When your son asks you in time to come, saying, ‘What do the testimonies and the statutes and the judgments mean which the Lord our God commanded you?’  21 then you shall say to your son, ‘We were slaves to Pharaoh in Egypt, and the Lord brought us from Egypt with a mighty hand.  22 Moreover, the Lord showed great and distressing signs and wonders before our eyes against Egypt, Pharaoh and all his household;  23 He brought us out from there in order to bring us in, to give us the land which He had sworn to our fathers.’  24 So the Lord commanded us to observe all these statutes, to fear the Lord our God for our good always and for our survival, as it is today.  25 It will be righteousness for us if we are careful to observe all this commandment before the Lord our God, just as He commanded us.”  Deuteronomy 6:16-25.

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What does the Law mean?  Or, in other words, what is the purpose of the Law?

When today’s Scripture starts to answer the question by reminding Israel that they were “slaves to Pharaoh in Egypt”, then it leads us toward consideration that we were slaves to sin.

When today’s Scripture then moves to a focus on the LORD and what He did, “great and distressing signs and wonders”, then it leads us to also focus on the LORD and His greatness so that we generally hope in Him.

When today’s Scripture states that the LORD “brought us out from there (Egypt, symbolizing sin) in order to bring us in” (the Promised Land, symbolizing righteousness), then it leads us to specifically believe that the LORD will both bring us out of sin and bring us into righteousness.

When today’s Scripture concludes that “It will be righteousness for us if we are careful to observe all this commandment before the Lord our God, just as He commanded us.”, then it leads us to question whether such righteousness will be our righteousness or God’s righteousness.

“For not knowing about God’s righteousness and seeking to establish their own, they did not subject themselves to the righteousness of God.  For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.”  Romans 10:3-4.

In summary, today’s Scripture leads us toward faith in Christ, “the summing up of all things in Christ”.  Today’s Scripture leads us toward the short direct answer of the purpose of the Law in Galatians 3:24:  “Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith.”

“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us.  In all wisdom and insight He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth. In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will, to the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ would be to the praise of His glory.”  Ephesians 1:7-12.


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