I wanted to share with you a beautiful testimony of our God’s compassion in the life of a sweet friend of mine, Angelina, as she discovered the joy of God’s Law, His instructions for us found in the Old Testament.
“This past summer I learned that Gods Law/instructions written in the first 5 books of the Bible are actually what defines sin/lawlessness and defines how a righteous person lives life. This year as we study the book of Romans it has taken on a whole NEW meaning to me.
In the past, whenever I heard we would be approaching studies in the Old Testament, I usually thought, what’s the point? I thought God laws/instructions written in the Torah were legalism. I thought it was done away with! Now I see it differently. The very Law of God is what defines for mankind what sin is and what righteousness lived out looks like. So I was actually afraid to even look into the first 5 books of the Law. I was taught it wasn’t for me, that it was considered legalism. But after some study of Romans my curiosity got the best of me and I had to crack open the Torah.
As a girl, incest was rampant in my family. I know it was God’s grace to me that when I opened the Torah, the very firsts set of laws I laid my eyes on was in that which He condemned incest and rape. That was extremely emotional for me, for there in God’s beautiful set of instructions, He Himself was standing up for me. He was claiming these crimes as unlawful, defending us who had endured those horrific sins done against us. Before I was even born He had condemned what was done to me, in His perfect law, and in His tender compassion He showed me He wanted better for me, for us all. His ways are TRUTH and still meaningful today.
Since then I have thrown open the Torah, eager to discover what YHWH (the name God called Himself to Moses) defines as sin and righteousness. PRAISE GOD! Much of what is written in His instructions is based upon loving God and loving others and is still VERY applicable for us today. His law is freedom from sin!
This journey has changed the way I read and comprehend Scripture. Through all of this I have learned that our Savior didn’t die as an excuse for our sin/lawlessness. Rather, He paid the ultimate price with His life for my sin and the sin of others against me. And only through faith in Christ alone can we receive forgiveness for our lawlessness. Psalm 119 has never meant so much to me as it has after learning that His Law is perfect.”
My friend Angelina asked that her testimony be concluded with the laying out of Psalm 1. My heart soared because for many years, Psalm 1 has been favorite passage of mine—I memorized it years ago because it soothes me and inspires me as I recite it in my mind. I am grateful He has indeed written His word on my heart. If you struggle to memorize, ask the LORD to help you. I can promise He will help you because He promises this to us (see Ezekiel 36 and 2 Corinthians 3).
I praise Him because His Law and His love is healing my friend Angelina and because when we surrender our hearts and minds to Scripture, His Law is truly our delight.
How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the path of sinners,
Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season
And its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers.
The wicked are not so,
But they are like chaff which the wind drives away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
Nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
For the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
But the way of the wicked will perish.
Post by Melanie DeKruyter, gracespring member