The Law as a Gift of God

Israel at SinaiThe Hebrew people were brought out of Egypt with a mighty hand in the Book of Exodus. God was calling them to himself; they would be his people and he would be their God. It was a covenant relationship not offered to any other people on the face of the earth. He made a dwelling place for himself among them and gave them his law. As people of faith living in the age of grace, we may think of the Law as a burden that is too great to bear. At the time it was gift, given only to God’s chosen people. Continue reading

The Ten Commandment Problem

Normally I talk about the commandments being problematic in relation to our ability to keep them.  God knew Israel, and all mankind for that matter, would fail to keep the Law.  What we need is an all sufficient savior.  The commandments have a purpose, but they cannot make a person righteous.  Think of them as a ruler used to measure how far we fall short.  Jesus told the Pharisees they kept the letter of the Law but did not understand the spirit of the Law.  Paul calls the Law a burden we are not able to bear.  Moses was the first person to break all ten commandments; wait for it…

Chaplain Mike of Internet Monk points out a different kind of problem.  Counting the Commandments is about how different traditions number the list.   Continue reading

The Read and Share File

The Six Commandments?  A federal judge suggests that public displays of the 10 commandments can be made constitutional by removing the four that directly mention God or the Sabbath.  More here.

Tim Challies comments on The State of Preaching. Notice what he says about the Gospel.

Ridley Scott (director of Alien and it’s prequel Prometheus) says he plans to direct a Moses film. Scott is skeptical of all religion, calling it “the source of all evil.”

Chaplain Mike, of Internet Monk, takes a break from reformed theology and reminds us he has a sense of humor in Signs You May Have Hit the Wall.

I enjoy celebrating a good *blogiversary, and  Tall Skinny Kiwi just turned nine. 

It’s apparently been around for a while, but I just saw the Blue Like Jazz trailer this weekend (before watching MIB3).

*There is some disagreement on spelling.  I prefer blogoversary, the same way we spell blogosphere.  Blogiversary uses the letter i presumably to look more like anniversary; I used the same spelling in this post that Andrew used.  I’m probably overthinking it, one of the marks of a good blogger.

The Greatest Commandment

In the Old Testament, God gave Moses the Law so that the Hebrews could be His people and He could be their God.  Most people are familiar with the 10 Commandments, but there were many others.  You can read page after page in Leviticus and Deuteronomy about what to do if your bull accidentally kills one of your neighbors sheep and other such unlikely events.  Many laws were simply about calling the Hebrews out to be different from the culture they lived in.  Every now and then, some well-meaning Bible teacher wanders into the Levitical law and comes out preaching a sermon about how God does not want us to eat catfish.  Some people make the argument that it’s all impossible to understand, and that we could never keep all of the law.  That conclusion would be exactly the correct one to reach. Continue reading