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Friday, July 29, 2011

The Chronicles of Biscuit: It's "Beginst" the Law

The Chronicles of Biscuit - Stories about our youngest son, Tyler, whose nickname is Biscuit.

This morning I took all three of our boys golfing.  As Biscuit teed off the ball on hole eight, he jumped into the cart and asked, "Mom, did you see that?"  I answered truthfully, "No.  How did you do?"  Biscuit replied, "I hit a bird!"  I asked, "You did? Did you kill it?"  Biscuit said, "No. I don't think so." Then added,  "Is that "beginst" the law?"  I told Biscuit it was okay....that he just accidentally hit the bird. No laws were broken.

I know I should correct Biscuit in him saying "beginst" instead of "against", but it's just one of those cute 'little kid' things that I really don't want to change right now!  However, I got to thinking about how Biscuit uses the word and also how he cared about whether or not he was breaking a law.  I realized that by saying "beginst" Biscuit is actually stating what we do when break a law:  We are BEing AGAINST that particular law!  So, in reality, Biscuit's interpretation of the word makes sense!

Are you concerned about doing things that are "beginst" the law?  Do you care to obey the laws of our land, of our government, the "rules" in your workplace, home, school?  What about God's laws?  Are they important to you?

Under the Old Law, the children of God had strict rules and laws about how to live and how to sacrifice.  Christ died on the cross as a final sacrifice, so that no more sacrifices would need to be made.  His death became the final sacrifice for our sins.  Without that final sacrifice, we would have no hope.  We would never be able to follow every rule, every guideline, every law that was given.  The old covenant was imperfect. God knew that, so He gave up His Son, Jesus, as our Savior.  The new covenant was perfect because of the perfect sacrifice.

But the ministry Jesus has received is as superior to theirs as the covenant of which he is mediator is superior to the old one, and it is founded on better promises. For if there had been nothing wrong with that first covenant, no place would have been sought for another. Hebrews 8:6-7

But what about those laws of old?  Do they matter?  They absolutely matter!  Those laws pointed out what was sin and what was not sin; however, because the old covenant couldn't take away sins, those laws pointed us to a new covenant with God....a new covenant with a once-and-for-all sacrifice for sin! 

Those old laws was written for us to learn, just as all scriptures were:  All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,  so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Romans 15:4

The old law was nailed to the cross.  We now no longer live by the law, but by the grace of God. 

When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross. Colossians 2:13-14

However, just because we are not under the law....we are not required to sacrifice for sins, does that mean we can sin willingly and knowingly just as we please?  Can we take advantage of the death of Jesus and of His cleansing blood?  To quote the scriptures, "BY NO MEANS!"  Because of our salvation, because of our love for God and for Jesus, because of the gift of the Holy Spirit, we should want to stay away from sin!

What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.  Romans 6:1-4

Jesus wants His followers to do the things they do because of the love they have in their hearts for God and for man. He wants disciples who obey Him because they love him. He said, "If you love me, keep My commandments" John 14:15.

Just as Biscuit was concerned that hitting a bird was "beginst" the law, we should be concerned about the laws of God.  The laws of God show us what is sin and sin can separate us from God.  God's grace is able to take away that sin....but only if we are for him and not "beginst" him.

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