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"Commandments in Stone"

May 4, 2006

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[Moses said:] "These are the commandments the LORD proclaimed. ... He wrote them on two stone tablets and gave them to me." Deuteronomy 5:22

Between many of our nation's expressways there are concrete dividers. These are not meant to create hazards for motorists, but they are there for their safety. Yet as we drive along we see where cars have crashed into them, leaving black tire marks and evidence of metal scraping on concrete.

It is similar with the Ten Commandments, written by God on stone. Many people chafe under God's Law and, as it were, crash against it. Profanity, violence, and immorality are examples of such an attitude. The results are similar to crashing into an expressway divider. The offenders cause great damage to themselves and others. The commandments of God still stand as a curb, keeping His people safe.

God made His commandments clear and firm because He loves us. His love is made even plainer in the gift of His Son, who came to reclaim and renew the wrecks we make of our lives through sin. Saint Paul writes, "God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God" (2 Corinthians 5:21). All who believe in Christ as their Savior are righteous in God's sight.

PRAYER: Lord God, out of love You have given us Your commandments. Help us to keep them because we love You; for Jesus' sake. Amen.

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Today's Bible Readings: 1 Samuel 23    Psalms 54    Psalms 63    Luke 22:47-71

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