Tuesday, July 5, 2011
LAW OF LIBERTY
"So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty"
Although 'Independence day' is past, it is not too late to reflect on just what it is that liberates us. This liberation is spiritual as well as physical; and it is also this law of liberty to which the founding fathers of the United States attributed they understanding to.
WHAT IS THE LAW OF LIBERTY?
In Romans chapter 7, the Apostle Paul talks about the two laws of God. The 10 commandments and then also the law of animal sacrifice. He does not always announce which law he is talking about but there is obviously two different ones.
He talks about being "dead to the law by the body of Christ." (v.4)
This law is of course talking about animal sacrifice. It was animal sacrifice that was our schoolmaster that brought us unto Christ. (Galatians 3:23-25)
Meaning that until Jesus came to die for the sins of the world, the children of Israel would kill different animals at their appointed times, to serve the same purpose. (Leviticus 16:1-34)
-Every detail of how the ritual was performed as well as the cleanliness of the priest performing the task all reflected or made reference to the Messiah, and what He would accomplish.-
Unfortunately, the blood of bulls and goats cannot take away sin. (Hebrews 10:4)
Therefore Jesus was very necessary!
The other law that is spoken of interchangeably, is the 10 commandments.
How does it liberate us?
Well 1st of all following the commandments would mean that you wouldn't have to sacrifice any of your animals. You would be in effect liberated from sin!
Even after Christ has come. We know what sin is because of the commandments, therefore following them liberates us from sin even today. We are at liberty to chose longevity by honoring our father and mother.
We are at liberty because we know how to love God [the first 5 commandments] and how to love our brother/neighbor as we love ourselves [the latter 5 commandments].
FOOD 4 THOUGHT (you do the dishes) - I acknowledge that as an African American Independence didn't come for my ancestors in 1776. For some freedom came after Jan.1,1863 by the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. How ever the last slaves that were freed by the Union Army, was liberated June 19,1865; 2.5 years later. This date has come to be known as Juneteenth. Read more about Juneteenth here.
And it is with this knowledge wisdom and understanding that i say, "Happy Independence Day"! (A day later)
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