Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Lenten Lessons -- Day 22

Today's Scriptures: Deuteronomy 4:1, 5-9; Matthew 5:17-19

Today's lesson is simple. Obey the commandments! Jesus doesn't remove this system, He takes it to another level.

The Commandments are a gift, not a burden. They are simply a way for God to test us to see if we are faithful. They are directions from God on how to live most productively with how we were created. If we follow them, we are wise. If we don't, well, we aren't wise!

But then Jesus takes it to a whole new level. We are to live as an extension of God's love for all. Nor only do we avoid murder, we avoid the hateful thoughts that lead to murder. Not only do we not commit adultery, we avoid the lustful thoughts that lead to adultery.

The questions for today are simple: How well do I observe the Commandments? and Why do I observe them at all?

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