WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14
“Whosoever …shall break one of these
least commandments,…he shall be
…the least in the kingdom of heaven…”
THE IMPORTANCE OF THE LAW
God demands that we love Him with all our heart, soul, strength and mind. A lawyer questioned Jesus about the way to inherit eternal life. Jesus dealt with the heart of the lawyer’s problem by asking him about the law. The lawyer replied with the two-fold law: the first is to love the Lord with all his heart, with all his soul, with all his strength and with all his mind; and the second is to love our neighbour as we love ourselves. Jesus told him to do all those things he mentioned and he shall have eternal life. Jesus was not teaching a salvation by works, but was causing the lawyer to realise that he was not qualified in any way to enter eternal life. God still demands perfect obedience of His laws and this is still applicable today. “Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven” (Matt 5:19).
The lawyer could not accept his being disqualified. He continued to ask Jesus who his neighbour was. Mercifully, the Lord told him a parable. It was about a victim of a theft who was left for dead. A priest passed by but on the other side and did not help. Priests were to offer sacrifices as sin offerings for the people, yet they had no heart for people. A Levite who was supposed to have seen the real need of the injured man likewise did not lift a finger to help. Belonging to the tribe of Levi, he was in charge of the works in the Tabernacle. He ought to have known the demands of God’s law to love his neighbours. Lastly, the Samaritan, who was considered to be outside the kingdom of God, on the contrary did the right thing.
The Law of God has never been abolished. It is not kept in order that one be saved, but it points us to Christ, who alone lived as our perfect Righteousness and died as our perfect Representative.
THOUGHT: Is the Law significant to me?
PRAYER: O Lord, Thou hast given me the great privilege of belonging to Thee, grant me the wisdom to obey Thy Law.