Monday, January 4, 2010

Κύριος Notes:Light, Salt and Law --Connecting the Dots


Deuteronomy 10:21

He is your praise; he is your God, who performed for you those great and awesome wonders you saw with your own eyes.

Scripture Reflection:Matthew 5
17"Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.

Lord Jesus--You came into the world to fill the law up to over flowing. What does that mean? Not just doing away with the Law and the Prophets, but they have their consummation in You and in your ministry. Not stretching a point, not pushing an analogy but fulfilling to its best and fullest meaning what the law was meant to say.

18I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.

It is not about legalism it is about reality. It is about grace meeting law head on and winning without a whimper. Your death fulfills the righteous demands of the law right down to the smallest detail.

19Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.

The resolution of the tension between faith and works is found in following your direction Lord Jesus day in and day out. Righteousness does not depend on external adherence alone but internal validation of the law...when the law is written on our hearts, we just can not miss it. The writing is a love letter of hope and of reconciliation that reaches out to me in 2010.
Light, salt and law all go together...light and salt are the expression of the impact that your direction, your law should have on our hearts...that was the missing piece that was just hard for the people to understand. It is hard for me to understand...light and salt as symbols only have meaning as they are lived out in obedience to the law. So then we all missed the point and pushed it to legalism, it was happening then it is happening now. The point is living as you would have me out the law of love.
Deuteronomy 6
4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. 5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.
Help me to shine today, Lord Jesus.

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