The lectionary takes us to th eten commandments, and we have already discussed the second commandment because that is where we are in systematic theology. The commandment can be summed up as you shall lve the LORD your God with all your heart and soul and strength, which could be a gloss of the first commandment.
There are a few that this age and time ignore. We don’t honour our parents. We don’t have to love them, we do have to honour them. We don’t keep the Sabbath, instead we put people on call 24/7. We murder babes in the womb, calling that woman’s health, and the inconvenient and elderly, calling that euthanasia. We steal, calling that economic justice. And since the sexual revolution the rules and vows that keep marriages and familiies together have been trammeled into the mire.
I keep on thinking that we were given the current virus as a mercy. Our evil is such that Sodom and Gomorrah would complain that they were destroyed and we survive.
20 Then God spoke all these words, saying,
2 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.
3 “You shall have no other gods before Me.
4 “You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. 5 You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me, 6 but showing lovingkindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
7 “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain.
8 “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath of the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and made it holy.
12 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the Lord your God gives you.
13 “You shall not murder.
14 “You shall not commit adultery.
15 “You shall not steal.
16 “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife or his male servant or his female servant or his ox or his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”
18 All the people perceived the thunder and the lightning flashes and the sound of the trumpet and the mountain smoking; and when the people saw it, they trembled and stood at a distance. 19 Then they said to Moses, “Speak to us yourself and we will listen; but let not God speak to us, or we will die.” 20 Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid; for God has come in order to test you, and in order that the fear of Him may remain with you, so that you may not sin.” 21 So the people stood at a distance, while Moses approached the thick cloud where God was.
If you are one of Christ, you will find yourself not doing as this world does. You will have that relative over because they are family, knowinf full well they are lonely because of the manner in which they live and the choices they make. You will honour your wife though she is at times your cross.
We obey for a higher reason. We love the LORD our God with all our ehart and mind and strength. For love goes beyond the Law.
A simple example. I make a hot drink every morning, one for me and one for Kea. Tea or Coffee. I would have to be in bed iwth a high fever not to do it. THere is no command anywhere in scripture or in secular law that says “All husbands shalt make tea of high quality to their wife“. I do it because it makes her happy.
Obeying the law of God in love gives him glory. Jesus took the law and expanded on it, explaining it was love. And that the Karens, the Mrs Grundy and thewoke will hate you, because they hated him, they hated the prophets, and the avoided the mountain where Moses went to the law get.
5 When Jesus saw the crowds, He went up on the mountain; and after He sat down, His disciples came to Him. 2 He opened His mouth and began to teach them, saying,
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
5 “Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.
6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
10 “Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
There are those who do not understand that gentleness comes from strength, that meekness comes from knowing a powerful God, and that we are merciful because God showed his mercy to us. They do not understand that the law was given for our benefit, and we ignore it at our peril.
They preach freedom, but mean slavery.
Do not be like that. In our love of God we will find obedience, and in obedience to God we will find blessing regardless of the circumstances of the nation or the hatred of the elite.
And that peace is beyond the understanding of this world.