THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19
SCRIPTURE: EXODUS 34
BY: Josh Boles
Today’s chapter is pretty lengthy so again, we do not have enough space to talk about everything in the chapter but there is one important thing I would like to focus on. Today we will briefly talk about the Law of God and how it applies to our lives. If you remember from two chapters ago the Israelites built the golden calf and were getting a little out of hand. Moses came down from the mountain, got angry, and broke the Ten Commandments. This brings us to yesterdays devotion where we talked about Moses interceding for the Israelites and now Moses is instructed to re-scribe the Ten Commandments.
It is comical to me that the Lord reminded Moses that he broke the first tablets. As I read this the first thing that pops into my mind is something that I think every parent has said to their kid. “This is why we can’t have nice thing.” That really doesn’t have any application, I just thought it was funny. At any rate, Moses is now heading back up the mountain to again, write down the Ten Commandments.
As we read through these commandments it is hard not to think about how crazy it is that some of these things are issues. If we take a look back at our journey together through Exodus however, it becomes clear why. All of these things are things the Israelites struggled with. If you take a look back to Genesis, man kind started with only one commandment. That was, do not eat the fruit. Pretty simple right? Now in Exodus chapter 34 we have an entire page full of laws just in response to things that have happened in the last few chapters. We are nearly done with our journey through Exodus and after Exodus is Leviticus, which is almost entirely Law.
There is a simple truth of doctrine that we need to know from all of this. God’s laws are only a response to human sinfulness. The more sin there is, the more laws that are needed. This has big implications for our lives today. Another truth statement is that all Scripture is useful and applicable to our lives. That means that every word has purpose for our lives even in the 21st century. Sometimes that is hard to understand when reading chapters like this. It is a common thing to hear Christ followers today say things like, “we aren’t under the Law anymore.” But this is not entirely true. We are under the New Covenant yes, but it is still a covenant with God and we still have a specific way that we should live, and laws we should obey.
So which laws exactly should we obey? There certainly are a lot of ceremonial and sacrificial laws that we do not have to partake in, thanks be to Jesus Christ. The Laws that we are to keep are any Laws that Jesus Himself repeats. Take for example Matthew chapter 5. The sermon on the mount is almost entirely quotes from there Law.
The point in all of this is that we simply cannot be left to live life how we want to. It does not work. The Bible is meant to give us a way to live. It is true that being a Christ follower is not just about obeying laws but once we have the love of Christ in our hearts we should desire to keep His commands. As I finished yesterday, live like you are saved today! Ask the Lord to search your heart and find the things that need to change.