Luke 10:25, 26 And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou?
Loopholes, excuses, escapes, and trying to find a way out of things, seems to consume the minds of many people. They spend all their time trying to find a way around the rules instead of obeying them and then using that extra time for enjoyment, learning, rest, and making things better for themselves and those around them. What a waste of talent and time.
The verses today speak of a person called a lawyer, which means a student of the Mosaic Law, also known as a scribe. He is asking what it is I can do to inherit eternal life. For the average person this would be a very good question. They may have never had the opportunity to read or hear God’s Word and find out the answer to this question prior to this. However, the lawyer, as he was called, had already studied the law. He already knew the correct answer. Nevertheless, he asked the question anyway. Why? It was an attempt to get Jesus to trip up and fail in His answer. Jesus answered him with another question, “How do YOU read the law?”
Today many people have thrown out the law saying, “we are living in a day of grace.” That is only partially true. By teaching only grace, we are teaching the Law of God has no effect. However, the New Testament says the law shows us we are sinners and brings us to the cross. In Galatians 3:24, 25 Paul called the law our “schoolmaster.” Once we have Jesus in our heart, we do not need a schoolmaster as we have the law living in us. Our desire then is to be obedient to God’s Word. The law is still needed today as shinning a light on sin. Jesus did not dismiss the law. He asked, how do YOU read it? He might ask us the same question today. How do YOU read it? Or do you read it?
We must continue to see the law as a tool God has given and the boundaries He has set. Praise God we are saved by grace through faith and are no longer under the law but under grace. Yet not being under the law does not dismiss the law. Thank God for it, as it still convicts man’s heart of sin.
THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
Isaiah 11-13 / Psalm 44:1-8 / Proverbs 18 / Luke 10
THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Psa. 58-64 / Rom. 8
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