The Ten Commandments are the means for sanctification, never for justification; the means of growing in holiness, never the means for salvation. Meditate on why the Lord spent so much time stressing Commandments 2,3,4,5,10. What application is there for you today?
It is important to grasp what it means that Israel were already in a relationship with God when they received the ten commandments.
He had already called them to be His people and saved them (out of Egypt).
As Stuart Snr clear points to in his notes for today’s passage – The ten commandments are not a means of salvation! Rather they are about sanctification.
Israel knew God, and Moses had given them the commands of how to please Him, how to benefit, how to obtain blessing.
And even at this time we see that outsiders could be grafted in (the sojourner), and they were to do the same as Israelites – Walk obediently under God’s laws.
But there was a problem, and God pointed right at it.
“Oh that they had such a heart as this always, to fear me and to keep all my commandments, …” 4:29
It was the law of death that reigned (Romans 8:2), which we know has but a shadow of the good things to come (Hebrews 10:1).
Israel were dry bones, they needed God’s breath put in them (Ezekiel 37:6).
And as high priests they had the line of Aaron, broken men (Hebrews 7:28).
They needed a new law, of the Spirit (Romans 8:2).
And all of these are true of us today too.
We need the true form of these realities, a sacrifice and offering that makes perfect those who draw near (Hebrews 10:1).
We need to be born again, made new! (John 3:3)
And we need a great high priest that ties all of these things together.
Jesus is that high priest! A priest based not on the legal requirement of the law but by the power of an indestructible life (Hebrews 7:16).
“Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.” Hebrews 7:25
* Dear Lord God,
Thank You for Your word today. Please write it on our hearts, plant it deep, and open our hearts to hear what You have for us.
Thank You for Jesus, our great high priest, who opens up for us the true form of sacrifice, offering and new hearts.
Please refresh our hearts again this day, wash us clean. Please forgive us Lord for the sin that mucks our moments here on earth.
Please fix our eyes on Jesus!