Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of April 28, 2013
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho Press,
here is a selection from our book of daily devotions,
"Living as the Beloved: One Day at a Time," by the
Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
meditation. We hope you will be blessed. Thank you
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Religious legalism or the teachings of Jesus?
"Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of
these commandments, and teaches others to do the
same, will be called least in the kingdom of
heaven; but whoever does them and teaches them
will be called great in the kingdom of heaven."
Moses offered many rules, regulations, and
restrictions that were unique to his time in
world history, and his specific religion. Not
all of his teachings are applicable for everyone
today. Christians believe Jesus is the
fulfillment of all the Old Testament Law as
taught by Moses. In Jesus, we are offered
spiritual freedom from the law. Through him, we
are invited into lives of grace and truth. God's
truth is found through the teachings of Jesus Christ.
Many modern people are unacquainted with the
teachings and stories in the Hebrew (or Old)
Testament. The Hebrew Testament is worthy of
great respect as sacred literature. The majority
of Biblical scholars believe Moses authored the
first five books in the Bible thousands of years
ago. Jewish people refer to these as Torah, the
Law. Moses brings us an ancient, patriarchal,
religious understanding based on what he
understood to be divine law. There are some very
broad universal principles such as the Ten
Commandments (Exodus 20:1-17), which are empowering
and life giving even today.
Jesus was a spiritual revolutionary from the very
beginning of his ministry. His radical teachings
about God did not endear him to the
ecclesiastical leaders of his day who revered
their cherished religious laws, traditions, and
commandments. Rather than burden people with
impossible legalistic religious traditions and
rules and regulations, Jesus encouraged people to
live the spirit of the Beatitudes in his Sermon on
The Sermon on the Mount provides timeless
guidance for seekers yearning for spiritual
greatness and freedom from religious legalism
even today. Your life will never be the same if
you practice what Jesus teaches in these empowering
words for life.
Give us the courage to identify areas of
religious legalism in our own lives, God. Give
us the courage and wisdom to change as we strive
to live the commands of Jesus one day at a time.
Grace and peace,
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