Day 10 - Moses
Read Exodus 20:3-17.
Once Moses delivered God’s people from slavery in Egypt, God called him up to a mountain so Moses could hear from Him, see His glory, and receive the Law. In Exodus 20 God lays out the ten commandments.
Most people, whether they believe in God or not, would agree that the Ten Commandments (or at least many of them) are good rules to live by. Murdering is wrong. Stealing is wrong. Lying is wrong. But the people in today’s culture would say “You can do anything you want as long as it doesn’t hurt anybody else. Follow your heart. You know best.”
But God loves us far more personally than that. He created us, so He knows us, and He made commandments that are best for our bodies and our souls: He is. Walking in the way He commands is the best way, no question. In Deuteronomy 28, God makes a long list of ways that He will bless people who obey and a long list of ways He will punish those who disobey.
How good are we at keeping God’s commandments? Romans 3 tells us “There is no one who does good, not even one.” Jesus said that even if we are thinking sinful angry thoughts, we are subject to judgment as if we actually killed someone! God made commands, and we willingly decided to disobey them. The Law was even made for our good but we, like Adam and Eve, decided we should be the ones who decide which rules we should follow.
In Matthew 15:17 Jesus says, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” He did every single thing the Law said to do. Jesus never once disobeyed God.
Romans 10:4 says “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” The consequences for breaking the law, the wrath of God we deserve, were poured out on Him. But the reward of keeping the law, the sweet relationship with God that only Jesus deserves, has been given to those who believe in Jesus. Praise Jesus that He obeyed every single bit of the Law when we didn’t, He was punished for our sin, and He rose again, so that we can stand in the pleasure of God as if we never disobeyed!
ornament made by my friend Heidi; and yes, it took forever to inscribe all those Roman numerals!
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