Posts Tagged ‘God’s law’

1 Timothy 1:3-11 The Law is Good

Those wilfully breaking it are the ones who should fear it.

Paul gives Timothy encouragement and instructions in our reading today. Timothy has a purpose to fulfil for God in the place he has been sent.

Timothy is in Ephesus on a mission. There are some people there, whom Paul chooses not to name, that are teaching false doctrines. Paul also chooses not to go into specifics about their teachings but we can surmise that it has something to do with the Law. I wonder if Paul’s choice not to go into detail about the teaching has to do with his statement about the teacher’s themselves. “Certain persons, by swerving from these, have wandered away into vain discussions, desiring to be teachers of the law, without understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they make confident assertions” (verses 6-7). In other words, they are speaking in ignorance. I pray I don’t join their ranks! Read more »

Matthew 5:17-20 Jesus, the Fulfilment of the Law

God's Written Law

God’s Written Law

Jesus’ whole life was about fulfilling God’s law. God set down His FIRST law, or commandments, in the Garden of Eden. When He placed Adam and Eve there He gave them explicit instructions. One of those instructions was, “You can eat from ANY tree in the garden, except that one”, and then He pointed to it so there would be NO misunderstanding. And we have been breaking God’s law ever since.

When Eve was talking to the serpent in the garden, were You watching the exchange? How I wish You would have cleared Your throat or something to distract her from that liar. Was this the first time she walked by that tree wondering what its fruit would taste like? If You would have intervened then, would she have found another opportunity and tried again? We seem to be drawn to do things that someone tells us “not” to do. “Don’t push that button”, “don’t you move from that spot”, or “don’t______ (insert any command you like, because you know you’ve done it too at some point).” Did that propensity come as a result of the fall? Read more »