Mmmm Enjoyed delicious Aussie Seafood at Sydney’s Palm Beach on the weekend Mmmm
Sydney has amazing seafood that is so fresh!
But that’s not the only food that is mouth-watering.
At Bible College, I’m eating mouthfuls of Old Testament this semester.
4 Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one. 5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the door-frames of your houses and on your gates.
Recently, I was talking to my Jewish workmate about the Shema or verse 4 above.
It struck me how impersonal his relationship with God was.
It’s possible for Jews to follow all the Laws in the Torah (1st 5 books in the Bible)
and not really know who God is.
They can robotically observe all the Laws without having any real love towards God.
These Laws are an inconvenience as Jews get on with their ordinary lives.
These Laws are open to abuse as Jews try to find loopholes to avoid obeying them completely.
Jews probably view God as some anonymous “cosmic policeman”
who spoils their fun and enjoyment of life.
As Christians, we have a completely different view of the Torah.
Jesus summed up the whole Law with verse 5 above and
“Love your neighbour as yourself”.
Because we have a real relationship with Jesus, these Laws reflect God’s holiness
rather than repetitive rules and regulations.
Our sole purpose is to Love God as our Father with all our whole being –
he is number 1 in our lives.
We view these Laws as a general guide in our lives, not as an inconvenience.
Jesus has freed us from the punishment and consequences of the Law.
Unlike Jews who are culturally bound by the Torah,
Christians do not robotically observe the Law.
Instead our lives are characterised by Love and wanting to please God because he first loved us.
Jesus has superseded the Law and the New Testament has replaced
all of the Food, Ceremonial & Sacrificial Laws and Rituals.
Yet the Ten Commandments reflect our love for God.
We do not have to worry if we accidentally break one of them.
Instead our relationship with Jesus means that we are forgiven.
Christians are known for their love for God, families, friends, neighbours and strangers.
Do you have a close loving relationship with God as your Dad and Jesus as your brother?
If you are a Christian, can people around you see your love for God and others?
mmmm Bible mmmm