Life in God’s Creation

Week 10 (12-18 Nov.) – God’s Law for Life in Creation/Kingdom

Sunday – Purpose of Law

Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 6:1-3; Matthew 22:34-40

Just as in God’s creation where there are certain natural laws, systems and conditions that exist to keep life going so there are certain laws, systems and conditions that are to exist to keep our life going.  This is all rooted in God’s love.  These are given to us in God’s Word/Law and are to be lived and taught to our children.  Jesus condenses them all to Loving God with our everything and Loving others not just as we want to be loved but more importantly as God loves us.

Pastor’s Pondering:  How is God’s Law essential in our lives together?

Monday – Love God Commandments 1-3  

Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 5:6-11

The first three commandments of the 10 commandments from God teach us how we might Love God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength.  It is about putting God first and foremost in our lives.  It is about not confusing creation for the creator and loving God so much that even God’s name would only be spoken reverently and with love.  This has to be the starting point in our lives so that we might know and grow in God’s love as it comes to us in Jesus Christ.  Without God’s love first in our lives then our love for others will be a distortion at best.

Pastor’s Pondering:  What does this look like in life?

Tuesday – Love God/Others Commandment 4 -Keeping the Sabbath

Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 5:12-15; Exodus 20:8-11

The fourth commandments transitions from loving God to/and includes loving others.  God desires for us to spend one day a week focused on our relationship with God.  This is the Sabbath.  God commands us to take one day a week to spend at rest with God.  It is about resting and about being together in rest.  This goes for our relationships with each other as well.  The Sabbath day is a day a week when all God’s people stop from their daily pursuits to rest together and remember our life in God.  Just as God rested after creation and redeemed his people so we are to take a day a week to rest and reflect on God’s redemption which is why it is on Sunday, the day of resurrection for Christians to experience the Sabbath day together.

Pastor’s Pondering:  What should this look like in life?

Wednesday – Love Others Commandment 5 Honor Parents

Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 5:16

When it comes to loving others it is to start with honoring our parents as they are the first to love us as God loves us.  They are the first ones to care for us like God cares for us.  They are the first ones who are to teach us about God, God’s love, Loving God and loving others.  We, ultimately, are to honor them by loving them in return, respecting them, and when needed help to take care of them.  In so doing, notice the outcome – long life in the land that God is giving you.

Pastor’s Pondering:  What does this look like in life?

Thursday – Love Others Commandments 6-8

Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 5:17-19

When it comes to loving others it is not just feeling love but more importantly putting that love into practice.  That means never wanting to murder, to push someone completely out of your life.  Never loving someone else like your spouse.  Never taking someone’s property from them without just compensation.  All of these things if done come from another place than God.  These identify those temptations that when committed tear apart relationships in life together.

Pastor’s Pondering:  What does this look like in life?

Friday – Love Others Commandment 9

Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 5:20

The next commandment is about not telling falsehoods about people with people as it puts a big strain not just on personal relationships but also in group dynamics of relationships.  We are to be focused on building each other up and when we falsely talk concerning people it says more about ourselves as it does the person that we are talking about.  It also damages the trust that people would have of us.   Bearing a false witness ruins the life that we can have together.

Pastor’s Pondering:  What does this look like in life?

Saturday – Love Others Commandment 10

Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 5:21

The last commandment is about spending our lives fretting over what we don’t have compared to our neighbors and not appreciating what God has provided for us.  This last commandment is over a sin that seems innocent enough but distracts us from loving God (how can we love him when we are fretting about what God hasn’t done for us) and from loving others (when we are focused on what the person has instead of the person themselves).  Coveting distracts and can disable us from loving.

Pastor’s Pondering:  What does this look like in life?