For Lord’s Day, March 30, 2014
Tomorrow in our morning worship, the text will be Exodus 20:18-22, where Moses says in verse 20 that God caused His people to fear Him in such a way as to reverently produce holy living, which he defines as “not sinning”. Understood positively, “not sinning” is to keep God’s commands (which we remember Jesus says is to love Him back).
On this note, I’d like to share with you what my seminary systematics professor, Dr. Richard C. Gamble, wrote when introducing the Ten Commandments:
“Our Christian profession must come to expression in our conduct … The law of God must be seen in faithful lives.” (1).
Hebrews 12:28, which summarizes our text again tomorrow, summarizes such holy expression of our profession to love Christ as serving Him “with godly fear”.
May you love the LORD your God completely, beloved. And may this spiritual devotion be seen with whole-hearted worship and awestruck attention as we serve Him tomorrow acceptably, that is, with godly fear. For our God continues to be a consuming fire (Hebrews 12:29).
(1) The Whole Counsel of God: God’s Mighty Acts in the Old Testament, Vol. 1.