“The Lord spoke to Moses, saying…” Leviticus 4:1; Lev. 5:14; Lev 6:1, 8, 19, 24; Lev. 7:22, 28, ESV
Laws…They are written to protect and to guide. They are there for our good. So why do I struggle with the Laws that God has given us? I read the old Testament laws and wonder how I would have responded at the time. Just reading them can be so overwhelming. How must the Israelites have felt? Hearing over and over again of the specific tasks and rules.
But isn’t that the point?
I am utterly overwhelmed without God. I love how all the rules started with…“The Lord Spoke to Moses, saying.” The Lord was present, the Lord was with them, the Lord was leading them and the Lord was promising to never forsake them. The point was to overwhelm because I am hopeless without Him…I am desperately in need of Him. I cannot follow the rules alone.
“And the word of God continued to increase, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith.” Acts 6:7 , ESV
The story doesn’t end with the rules. The story ends with the Savior. His work has changed my life, not the rules. His presence has brought healing and hope, not the rules. His presence changes everything! And…I can follow the rules because I know the God who authored them…I know His heart and I trust His leading and I trust His forgiveness when I fall short.
Father thank you for your wisdom and presence. Thank you for providing a way for us to follow you. Thank you for your grace and mercy and forgiveness. Thank you for showing me through the laws that you are the only way to salvation. Amen.