Many churches throughout the world use a Bible reading schedule called a "lectionary." It's just a fancy word meaning "selected readings." Posts like this reflect on the readings for an upcoming Sunday or other Church holiday, as found in the historic one-year lectionary.
We seem to have a love-hate relationship with laws and requirements. Oddly enough, even people who are “proud Americans” and want to make an issue of their freedoms become confused when they can’t figure out the traffic flow patterns at a counter in a shop. We want freedom - but we also want to know which way the line forms.
In Exodus 20:2 God identifies himself as the Lord who brought his people out of the land of slavery. He has rescued his people. They are free. So why is he giving them commands in this chapter?
Humans have an innate need for law and order. We thrive when we have boundaries. We need to know where we are safe and where we are not. We need to know how society will function. This is something that Western Civilization has recognized for millennia, encoded or not. It’s what we would call the “rule of law.” If we don’t know what we can do, what we should do, what we should avoid, we are at a loss. We confront all sorts of anxiety as we realize that we need to invent everything.
The New Testament tells us, in John 8, Romans 6, and many other places, that we are either a slave to sin or a slave to righteousness. In the end we are going to serve someone or something. The question is what kind of a someone or something we are going to serve. God rescues us from slavery to the Egyptians, a picture of the world of sin and death. He then gives us liberty to trust his law, which he has given for our good and for the good of our neighbor. We are truly rescued from slavery, so as to love and serve our neighbor and bring delight to God.
In the final analysis, the law we don’t like is the law we want to fight against. God’s Word shows us what law is for our good and what is for our harm. Let’s follow the good.
If this brief meditation was helpful to you, I hope you will check out the other materials on our website at www.WittenbergCoMo.com and consider supporting us.