Saved To Obey Essay

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When we speak or hear about the law of God or the Ten Commandments, love is usually the last thing that comes to our minds. We tend to picture large stones and towering inscriptions laid out before us, written by the hand of an angry God, a Just Judge. We see the bold words “THOU SHALT NOT” and cower in fear. We tend to correlate the law of the big ten with the halls of justice, cold, insensitive, exacting, condemning. We see them devoid of all emotion, warmth, endearment, understanding, forgiveness. Instead, we put our heads down in fearful expectation, waiting and cringing at the sound of that gavel of justice. We hang our heads low in shame, cast in the shadow of the law. Guilty, condemned, and at the same time, down deep at the gut level, we despise such commands and restrictions, feeling intense stirrings of rebellion in our hearts. “Who are you to tell me what to do,” We say. For in our minds we regularly separate love from law, for they seem diametrically opposed, antithetical to one another. This is simply not true. Lawlessness is really lovelessness. God did not hear the cries of Israel, solely to impose strict commands on a severely oppressed people, enslaved under a cruel dictator; no, God did not deliver a people from one form of cruel slavery, only to bring them under another kind. That is not salvation. Yes, this new freedom has boundaries, albeit, only because love has boundaries. So then, it is equally true we were slaves of sin and now in Christ have become slaves to righteousness. Slavery compelled us to act in rebellion, now love constrains us from such unspeakable things, for love now leads us into active submission to our “new” Master.
This is a glorious paradox of freedom. Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. (Romans 6:16-18) God brought the children of Israel, not unlike us, out of Egypt, to Himself. “You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles' wings and brought you to myself.” (Exodus 19:4)
Why we ask, why such deliverance? God is love. This is His heart. Now therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession among all peoples, for all the earth is mine; (Exodus 19:5) we could look at these passages from Exodus 19 with frightening glances, not wanting to touch on it too much. God seems harsh, distant, yet not really wanting to accommodate the children of Israel. As you go through these passages, pay close attention to Gods desire, that of gathering together His people. Yet, something is amiss. There is a great separation between His holiness and...

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