March 5, 2021
by: Pastor Jim Cords

The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. – Psalm 19:7-10 (ESV) 

I really love this section of Psalm 19. And when my humble heart is in place I feel this way about God’s Word. It is such a rich gift to have the voice of God in our lives through the Scripture. But if I am honest, I have to admit that there are still many times when I approach God’s Word with an expectation that it is supposed to conform to my values and sensibilities. I hit a hard text and I try to find a way to explain it away.

My stated allegiance to the authority of Scripture suggests that the Bible is the authority to which I am to conform rather than twisting the meaning of Scripture to conform to what I think. 

It is not always that simple. There are some very hard verses that don’t seem to align with other verses I Scripture. So I want to acknowledge that sometimes it is simply a challenge to understand. That is not what I am writing about here. What I want to confess is that there are times when I understand what the verses mean, I just don’t like it and don’t want to change my opinion.

This week in worship we will hear the ten commandments read from Exodus 20. I have long thought of these as a gift to a recently enslaved people to show them how to become a community of God’s people. I think this is true for us as well. The ten commandments can show us how we are called by God to use our freedoms to make choices that build up our family, community and neighborhood.

If you see a place where you are resisting bringing your attitudes and behaviors into conformity to what the Scripture teaches, ask God to soften your heart so that you can choose to live in His light, and goodness and love.

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