Monday, October 04, 2010

What is your life? (DT 32:44-47)

"Then Moses came and spoke all the words of this song in the hearing of the people, he, with Joshua the son of Nun. When Moses had finished speaking all these words to all Israel, he said to them, 'Take to your heart all the words with which I am warning you today, which you shall command your sons to observe carefully, even all the words of this law. For it is not an idle word for you; indeed it is your life. And by this word you will prolong your days in the land, which you are about to cross the Jordan to possess.'" (Deuteronomy 32:44-47)
After teaching Israel a prophetic song depicting their future history, Moses gives them this injunction, "Obey God, for it is your life." Their quality of life was directly related to their fidelity in obeying God's law. The law was their life and obeying it was the most important thing in their day to day life. Their life began with the law and ended (hopefully) in God's acceptance and blessing.

How different from life under the new covenant where our life begins and ends with Jesus. "[Jesus, the] author of their salvation." (Hebrews 2:10) "Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith." (Hebrews 12:2) The law is no longer our life, rather, Jesus is. Our life with God now begins with acceptance and leads to a transformed life. "Therefore, accept one another, just as Christ also accepted us to the glory of God." (Romans 15:7) This is completely opposite of the old covenant. We start out accepted and He changes us from the inside out. He gives us life and then teaches us to live it to the fullest. The law no longer has a place in our lives, it is no longer our life, rather it has been replaced by Jesus and His grace. "For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes." (Romans 10:4)

David Robison

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