Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | December 2, 2018

“we serve in newness of the Spirit and not in oldness of the letter.”

Today’s devotion comes from Luke 6:6-11.

“On another Sabbath He entered the synagogue and was teaching;  and there was a man there whose right hand was withered.  The scribes and the Pharisees were watching Him closely to see if He healed on the Sabbath, so that they might find reason to accuse Him.  But He knew what they were thinking, and He said to the man with the withered hand, “Get up and come forward!”  And he got up and came forward.  And Jesus said to them, “I ask you, is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the Sabbath, to save a life or to destroy it?”  After looking around at them all, He said to him, “Stretch out your hand!”  And he did so;  and his hand was restored.  But they themselves were filled with rage, and discussed together what they might do to Jesus.”  Luke 6:6-11.

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The scribes and Pharisees were more intent on serving the letter of the Law than they were serving the Spirit of the Law.

The scribes and Pharisees were more intent on how they appeared to others than what they did for others.

“And Jesus said to them, “I ask you, is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the Sabbath, to save a life or to destroy it?”  Verse 9.

“After looking around at them all, He said to him, “Stretch out your hand!”  And he did so;  and his hand was restored.”  Verse 10.

“…  we serve in newness of the Spirit and not in oldness of the letter.”  Romans 7:6.

“Therefore, my brethren, you also were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ, so that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God.  For while we were in the flesh, the sinful passions, which were aroused by the Law, were at work in the members of our body to bear fruit for death.  But now we have been released from the Law, having died to that by which we were bound, so that we serve in newness of the Spirit and not in oldness of the letter.”  Romans 7:4-6.

“But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.  For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh;  for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.  But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law.”  Galatians 5:16-18.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control;  against such things there is no law. ”  Galatians 5:22-23.


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