A devotional thought from Mike Cosper from “Jesus’ View of the Law”
Most people have been exposed to the Ten Commandments since childhood. It’s something we usually associate with the idea of rules, regulations, and laws—most of which evoke a sense of fear, guilt, and shame in us. But have you ever noticed that the commandments start with a reminder? “I am the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt.”
Before He tells us how to live, God reminds us that He is our redeemer. In other words, the foundation of God’s commands is His grace.
Take some time to pray and reflect on how God’s commands are rooted in His grace. He has graciously called the world into being, rescued us from sin, and filled the world with a host of good gifts. His Law comes to us as a snapshot of the way the world was meant to be!
Pause & Reflect:
• You can’t separate God’s Law from His story. God reminds Israel of their redemption before He begins the commandments. How can you see the same thing at work in your life? How does the story of the gospel serve as the basis for any of your obedience?
• Try to imagine a world where no one ever broke the Ten Commandments. What would be different? How would world history look different? How can this vision give you hope for the day when Jesus returns and makes all things new?