Prayer for the day
I am bound by the vow I made to you, O God; I will present to you thankofferings; For you have rescued my soul from death and my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living.
Scripture for the day
The story of Hezekiah is one of the most beautiful in all of the First Testament. Hezekiah’s rule is an anomaly in the rule of the kings of Judah and Israel. It heralds an unprecedented return to YHWH God, the one who had created the people of Israel in the first place.
In their haste to return to God, some people take part in the Passover feast before they are purified or consecrated. Hezekiah intercedes with God on their behalf, claiming that their hearts are so zealous for God that though they have disregarded the law, they have done so out of a desire for the presence of God. They have overlooked the minutiae of the law in order to obey the part of the law to which the minutiae point: love YHWH your God!
The point of this story is not that the law may be disregarded whenever it’s convenient, of course, but that what truly matters to God is a heart that is in the right place and seeking him with everything.
Peter, when he drew his sword, was doing something he considered the “right” thing to do, though in a second, Jesus would tell him that his heart is not in the right place. He follows the law, trying to protect his lord, but does it for reasons that, while he considered them noble, were not in line with the kingdom values Jesus had been trying to instill in him.
Wisdom dictates that we follow the law of God, but beyond the law, that we seek God with everything we are, and that in seeking, we maintain the values of the kingdom.