There is a tendency in our modern culture to look at God’s words in the Old Covenant as archaic. “The Old Covenant,” some say, “is about Israel, and Israel was an ancient theocracy with rules and laws.” But the Scriptures do not view the ancient Church as a forgotten part of our history, rather Yahweh points us to a glorious continuity; better yet, to a glorious expansion. Yahweh is building, expanding on that great model He had for Israel. From the beginning Yahweh knew what was central to the life of His people. He knew that animal sacrifice could never replace covenantal living. He knew that doing the ritual, but not living the ritual would not cut it. You could come before God with ascension offerings, but if you failed to live as ascension offering, as a pleasing aroma to God; if you failed to live the sacrificial life, your offerings were fruitless. Do you want to know what is truly good in the eyes of Yahweh: “…to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.” This is exemplified for us as we consider the Beatitudes. The Beatitudes are an extended version of this passage. Yahweh’s demands for His people have never changed; His gracious laws are given for you.
Prayer: Glorious Father, Son, and Spirit, we thank you for your gracious work in our midst. We thank you that you have not left us to wonder, but You have provided for us Your laws to guide us and teach us the way we should go. Teach, guide, and strengthen us to live a life of faith in Your kingdom. Amen.