每日诗歌: 靠主膀臂 (http://www.mbcsfv.org/chinese/library/hymncampanions/029.html)
Deuteronomy 5 [Read]
Deuteronomy 6 [Read]
Deuteronomy 7 [Read]
Mark 12:1-27 [Read]
Rules, some like them but many don’t. In reality, most people break some rules for self-justified reasons. I came to this conclusion by observing how fast people drive on interstate highways while I was commuting several years ago. During the morning rush hours, almost everyone drove above the speed limit without being caught. It seemed that the traffic rule was made to be broken.
After reading the first few books of the Bible, it should be clear to you that our God set rules, many of them. That was the Mosaic Law, which specified the rules for many aspects of the lives of God’s people. In today’s reading, we come to one of the most famous passages in the OT – the Shema (Dt 6:4-9). Shema means “listen”, which is the first Hebrew word of this section. Moses told the Israelites they must LISTEN, and they must listen carefully about all the rules God commanded through him. Most importantly, they must know that the Lord is one (6:4), and they must love him with all their heart, soul, and strength (6:5). Not only that, they must memorize all the commands, decrees, and laws (6:1-3) and teach their children by talking about them all the time (6:6-7). Shema also implies action. It’s not enough to just listen and memorize, but they must carry out these rules in their daily life. And all their descendants must do the same. Even to this day, orthodox Jews still recite this passage at home and in the synagogue as a reminder.
Our God is a God of rules, and I am glad that he is. I can’t imagine what would happen if the earth stops spinning or the Sun stops shinning one day, and I don’t want to live in an environment that is filled with chaos. I do break rules sometimes, but I am glad that God does not. Otherwise, we will all be in trouble.
There is one exception, though. “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2Co 5:21). God’s rule is that he would not leave the guilty unpunished (Ex 34:7). But through the atoning act of Christ, our sins are forgiven, wiped out, totally forgotten, so that sinners like us may come before the Holy God and call him Abba Father. This is one rule I am so glad that God decided to break.
How about you?
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