[CF Devotionals] 2011-03-27 - Tenth Commandment, Conclusion

The Ten Commandments ~ Part 72
Tenth Commandment ~ Part 14

So God has given Israel His moral law, He has given them His standard of sinlessness, and He has also prepared the way for the system that looks towards His advocate. God, in the very giving of His law, also expresses His mercy and love. For much of what is given is provided to prevent the people from falling into sin, and therefore having to face the judgment of an angry God. With their obedience, with their sacrifice, with their offerings, the Lord can say

" in every place where I cause My name to be remembered, I will come to you and bless you (verse 24)."

As we are called to not sin, we also must remember that we have an advocate. We are called priests of the Most High. How do you think it might help, keeping in mind the Old Testament context, to think of ourselves as priests - and our service of the Lord as a priestly service? Are there any ways you can think of caring out your service over the coming week?

My little children, I am writing these things to you that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And while we are not to sin, instead we are called to service, to sacrifice. But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God's own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. But someone may well say, 'You have faith, and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works.' Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire. (1 John 2:1; 1 Peter 2:9; James 2:18; Hebrews 12: 28-29)

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