Monday, January 29
The Mosaic Law is a description of God’s moral standard. No one but Jesus could fully obey it. Martin Luther was on the verge of suicide after concluding that God was expecting him to live by that standard—knowing that he couldn’t. When he finally understood that that God didn’t intend men to reach that standard, that the Law was designed to tell us that God’s grace was provided in it’s place, he turned his hatred of God into loving God. It is no different with me. I got to thinking the other day about how Jesus picked out two basic commandments that summarize the entire Law. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.” I miserably fail on both counts. That’s what demoralized Luther. Just as it led him to grace, so did it for me. And still does. I can do nothing to remove the sin that guarantees judgment by a holy God. I have to rely on his provision of grace to meet that moral standard. God would not have bothered to give us the Law had he not had a solution. God is good. I owe him everything.