To Follow…

Day 35

Prayer for the day

Our help is in the Name of the Lord; the maker of heaven and earth.

Scripture for the day

Exodus 34-35, Matthew 22:23-46

“Love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.”

This is presented by Jesus as the greatest commandment, along with the second, which is like it: “love your neighbour as yourself.” Jesus claims that these two form the basis for every command, every law, in the entire First Testament. These two form the centre of the faith that Christians cling to.

As we look through the First Testament laws, especially those in the passage for today, we can see clearly that Jesus knew what he was talking about. God tells Moses that what He truly desires is obedience and single-minded worship. This does not, as many assume, make God a narcissist. There are people who believe that since God is a jealous God, His followers must be idiotic, closed-minded bigots. This is far from the truth.

What the Scriptures ask of the followers of God, rather than blind obedience, is trust. God asks His people to trust that what He desires is best. God knows, as he explains to Moses, that any deviation from the path God has laid out for His people will be deadly for them. It will lead them away from what God desires for them and into ruin.

Each law God lays out is designed to show the Israelites how much He cares for them and in the end, how much they are to care for one another, and ultimately, for God. It is easy to scoff at people who follow God, believing them to be deluded, or silly. It may even be the case for some. But in reality, the Scriptures point us not to naïveté, but to open-eyed trust. God asks His people to trust Him, with eyes wide open, so that they may see for themselves the wonderful things He has in store for them, and for the world.

Pray that we would serve and follow with eyes open, in wisdom and trust.

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