Sometimes certain passages in the Bible can make your head spin. Seriously. It is amazing what you find when you actually dig into God’s Word! Deuteronomy 25:1-19 is one such passage that can make your head spin. In it we have people being beaten with stripes, men being asked to marry their deceased brother’s wives, and then being shamed if they refuse. You even have women having their hands cut off for helping their husbands take down another man. I mean it’s outright craziness! Or so it seems…
When I read a passage like this, after I am done scratching my head, I ask the question, “What is God saying?” The thing is: God is King. Period. As His kids, we are called to live radically different lives from those who do not know God. Christians, we should remember, are also fundamentally human! We have flesh and bones like everyone else. So what makes us different? We belong to a king—we are part of a spiritual kingdom of righteousness. That means we live differently! But how do we live this radical life?
What I am learning a full thirty years after first following Jesus is this: I need a Savior every day. Walking with Jesus and living in the kingdom is not a one-tine decision; it’s a daily thing. Click To Tweet Jesus calls us to walk with Him and to obey Him, but we can’t do it on our own. So, He invites us to do it with Him. Listen to how Jesus puts it: “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:29-30) The Old Testament is a preview of coming attractions: God is setting the scene for Jesus the Redeemer of mankind, but He is also indicating just how impossible it is to obey God without God’s Savior with us.
Out text this week is God’s way of saying, “Ditto…you can’t obey Me, you can’t live for Me apart from King Jesus.”
Seeking to live under King Jesus with you,