The Code, Week One

Last Tuesday was a beautiful night for me. It reminded me of Paul’s desire to be with God’s people in Rome. He said, “I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong – that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith” (Romans 1:11-12, New International Version).

Women of God, warriors of the Way, I was deeply encouraged to keep fighting the good fight and to keep speaking Truth in love. I also learned something of great value from each of you.

This week I would like for us to consider the heartbeat behind The Code. It begins with Jesus’ walk to Emmaus right after his resurrection. He meets up with two guys as they are walking and questions them about what is happening around town. Of course, they are in awe that he is not aware of the craziness considering that the earth shook, the sky went dark, and a possible Messiah had been killed on a cross just a few days prior.

Then, Jesus, says these words (I love this), “‘Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?’ And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself” (Luke 24:26-27, NIV).

My prayer is that we would each sit with Jesus and allow Him to teach us about himself beginning with Moses. “Long ago I learned from your statutes that you established them to last forever” (Psalms 119:152, NIV). Many times throughout human history the commands of God disappeared and then someone found them and studied them and brought them back to the people with vigor and charisma. Every single time in the Word that they were brought out to the public and kept, the people were blessed by God and encouraged to stay faithful. All throughout the Scriptures we see God blessing his kids for knowing what pleases Him.

Paul urges us through Ephesians, to find out what pleased the LORD. Now, I ask you to find out. Let’s start by building a sacred concrete floor through the ten commandments.

Homework:

Look up the ten commandments and write each of the commands down in a journal. After you’ve written them down, go through and ask the LORD to help bring to remembrance the ideas of Jesus that would correspond with any of the commandments. You might even think of stories that illustrate the command.

Discussion Question:

In a world of relativity, with perpetual justification for just about any type of behavior, why is knowing and understanding the ten commandments encouraging to your faith?

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