July 1, 2008 - Tuesday of the 6th Week after Trinity

Today's Reading: Exodus 20:1-17

Daily Lectionary: Joshua 6:6-27; Acts 10:18-33

" I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me.” (Exodus 20:2-3)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. The Law shows us our sin. The Commandments teach us how we are to love God and our neighbor and that we don't do it. But HOW exactly do the 10 Commandments show us our sin? Because they are rules God set down, and if we don't follow them it's sin? Not really. It's more in this way: The 10 Commandments are really Ten Gifts that the Lord gives us and wants to protect. But our sin is that we despise the Lord and His gifts and want other things we think are better. How are the Ten Commandments gifts? Let's take a look:

You shall have no other gods. The Lord gives us Himself! But we want other gods and other things to be more important.

You shall not misuse the Name of the Lord your God. God gives us His name to pray with and call upon. Instead, we don't pray and we use it as a curse word.

Remember the Sabbath day. The Lord gives us His Word to hear and learn. We'd rather do other things than hear and learn it.

Honor your father and your mother. He gives us parents and families with whom to live.. We'd rather run our own lives.

You shall not murder. He gives us our lives, but we hurt others to make ourselves feel better.

You shall not commit adultery. God gives us sexual purity and a husband or wife. We want to live, however we want and seek only pleasure that makes us feel good.

You shall not steal. The Lord gives us our possessions. We want other things we don't have and take them from others.

You shall not give false testimony. We have the gift of reputation which we usually protect by tearing down someone else's

You shall not covet. The Lord teaches us to be content with all that He has given us, but we want other stuff He hasn't given us.

See? Gifts. That we turn into sins by despising them. But Jesus didn't, He kept the commandments for us. Perfectly. And in that gift, delivered in the means of grace, we have kept all the Ten Commandments in God's sight. Because what we've broken has been forgiven. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.

To Jesus we for refuge flee, Who from the curse has set us free, And humbly worship at His throne, Saved by His grace through faith alone. (LSB 579:6)