'I have rejoiced in Your decrees as much as in riches.' Psalm 119:14 NLT
It’s Maundy Thursday. Maundy (from mandatum) means ‘commandment’. It’s the day during Easter week when we remember the Last Supper and Jesus’ command to ‘love one another’ as He loves us (John 13:34 NIV). That’s a great place to start acting like today’s Scripture–loving Psalm writer. When we get that the basic principle of love is behind all of God’s laws, we can start to dig deeper into other teachings in Scripture. Paul writes: ‘All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realise what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.’ (2 Timothy 3:16 NLT) That means the Bible’s teachings aren’t just helpful things to think about—they’re things we 'do' with delight: commandments. Commandments require you to turn good thoughts into good actions. They’re not just words on a page written a couple thousand years ago, they’re alive, still being spoken by God: ‘For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two–edged sword… It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.’ (Hebrews 4:12 NLT) The Bible commands us as well as teaches us because it’s still His 'living' word, which is working today. Take up the challenge, listen to the commandments, and you’ll not just survive, you’ll live well.
SoulFood: Jer 28-30; Luke 23:13-25; Ps 72:12-20; Pro 9:7-9
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