All tagged Law

Learning to be Content

These last few months have been exciting, nerve racking, and overwhelming. We sold our precious little house in June. We then moved into a friend's basement. Next, we moved to Edinburgh. Upon moving here, we have lived in a two-bedroom flat with a family of four (yes you counted right, seven people sharing a two bedroom flat). In the midst of this, there have been emotional highs and lows.

Running from the Past

So, we moved to Edinburgh about a week ago now. The city is amazing. I have loved the fact that I can walk pretty much anywhere. Great coffee shops abound (even though right now I find myself in a Starbucks... free internet is free internet). Taryn and I have explored the city a little bit as we search for a place to live.

Three Years...

Obviously, the eighth commandment is about unlawfully taking of someone else's property. However, it was Watson's short commentary on the commandments that helped me to make the connection between the eighth commandment and my ordination vows. You see, Watson makes the point that we must take care not to steal a person's soul. That is, we are to take care not to lead someone off into heresy.

The Reigning Sin of the Time

The seventh commandment reminds us that God is pure and holy. That purity and holiness is completely opposed to uncleanness. Thus, we are called in this commandment to mirror God in our bodily actions. In this commandment something is both tacitly implied and expressly forbidden.

Promoting Life

The other day a friend made the observation on Twitter that Herod snuggled up to believers hypocritically in order to murder babies (Matt 2:8). That tweet has got me thinking. Especially this week as I have contemplated the 6th Commandment.

I'll Sleep When I'm Dead

I am tired. We are inching closer to our move date, and I am tired. My whole family is tired really. There is a lot on our schedule, and it seems like every time we turn around we find more that needs to get done. I often think to myself that this is just a phase and it will pass. However, I have found that in reality life just gets busier. I know this to be true for me, and just from the anecdotal evidence I have of friends, I know that I am not alone in feeling overwhelmed with busyness.

Hallowed be Thy Name

As I have grown, so has my understanding of the third commandment. You see the commandment is not just about invoking the Lord's name flippantly or as a curse. The third commandment at its core is about how we, as Christians, live. The third commandment calls us to make a true profession of our faith.

Worshipping Aright

The Law opens with this beautiful reminder that the Lord has saved us. Now we find that he has saved us for something. The first commandment says that our responsibility is to ascribe to God alone all the worth, honor, and glory due to him. We are to love him completely and no one else. He is the first and the last. This second commandment tells us what our worship of God should look like.

The First and the Last

The very first thing the Law says is the Gospel, reminding who God is and that he has saved us from a hopeless situation. Now we get to Exodus 20:3 and the implications of the Gospel come. Because of who the Lord is and what he has done, he calls us to is to have no other god before him. In this command the Lord demands that we honor and adore him alone.