Command of Christ #5

Dear Followers,
Here is Amanda's Devotional for Command of Christ #5, I think you'll really enjoy reading this one:)

Hello ladies,
This weeks command is to 'Honor God's Law.' Did you know that by keeping this commandment you will have good success and whatever you do will prosper?!

A young boy had ended up in the hospital with a broken bone and the injuries were severe enough that he needed to stay in the hospital until he was able to heal. He received nourishing food to help build his bones quickly, including meat and milk. However, he did not seem to be healing as he was supposed to, even though he was getting the right foods. It wasn't until after they decided to only feed him meat without the milk, and give him the milk at a different time of the day, that he started to greatly improve. Now, why would this have anything to do with him healing? Well in God's Law we are told that a kid (young goat) is not to be boiled in his mothers milk (Deut. 14:21). At first you may think that this is a really useful tip for the next time you are boiling a goat in milk, but we see a deeper idea here that somehow the nutrients could not properly be absorbed when the boy ate the meat and milk at the same time. God's laws still apply today and we would be foolish to act as if they were not important. "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine for reproof for correction and instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be perfect throughly furnished unto all good works" (II Tim. 3:16-17).

Christ said, "Think not that I come to destroy the law or the prophets, I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill" (Matthew 5:17). Christ's commandments were meant to give us a broader understanding of Old Testement Law. Paul said, "All the law is fulflled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself" (Gal. 5:14). A lawyer asked Jesus what the greatest commandment was and Jesus replied, "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets" (Mt. 22:36-40). Jesus was saying that all the commandments were based off of two principles: to love God and to love others. The law is not just a rule book, but it shows us how to love God and to love others.

The law also draws us to Christ by revealing our sin, "Nay I had not know sin, but by the law..." (Romans 7:7). We are told that the law is a schoolmaster taking us to Christ, therefore without the law (which reveals our sin) we would see no need for Christ to save us from our sins. The law is necessary for the gospel of Jesus to be real in our lives.

The most exciting aspect of this command is the rewards of keeping it. "This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth, but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success" (Joshua 1:8). If that is not a motivation to honor God's law, then I don't know what is! The more we mediate on God's laws and keep them before our eyes, the easier it will be to recall them and obey in situations throughout the day.

-How can you honor God's Law today by loving God and loving others?
-What passages of Scripture are you meditating upon?
-Has God revealed to you any commandments that you are not keeping that you need to repent of?

"His delight is in the law of the Lord and in His law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season, his leaf also shall not wither and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper" (Ps. 1:2-3).

The next command is so important that God says to not even offer Him gifts until we have fulfilled this commandment, so stay tuned!

Some notes adapted from IBLP Commands of Christ Journal and Pocket Guide

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