October 11, 2008 - Saturday of the 20th Week after Trinity

Daily Lectionary: Deuteronomy 9:23 -10:22; Matthew 11:20-30

Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the Torah of the LORD! (Psalm 119:1)

The text you read or hear will likely say “Law” instead of “Torah,” but “Torah” makes all the difference in the world. Torah means “teaching,” referring to the first five books of Moses in the Old Testament. It was the fundamental, foundational teaching of Israel. The Torah was both Law and Gospel (in Lutheran terms), preaching God’s commands and His promises, wrath and mercy, sin and forgiveness.

“Blessed are those whose way is blameless.” But who among us is “blameless”? Look in the mirror of the Torah’s commandments. Are you blameless? Do you fear, love, and trust in God above all things? Are you pure, holy, free from sinful thoughts and desires? Do you keep each of the commandments in thought, word, and deed? Of course not. None of us is blameless, and therefore, none of us is blessed in ourselves.

But there is One who is blameless; One to whom the Torah pointed and typified. He is the One who spoke to Moses from the burning bush that didn’t burn (Exodus 3). He is the promised Seed of Abraham, incubated until the fullness of time in the nation Israel, born of the Virgin Mary. Jesus is the Torah in human flesh (John 1:14), and He is the one whose way is blameless.

To “walk in the Torah of the LORD” is to live in faith in Christ, to trust in the promises of God that faith is credited as righteousness before God, as it was for Abraham. You are blessed, not because your way is blameless, but because Christ’s way is blameless, and you have been given to walk in His way by your baptismal faith. Jesus is the Way, and trusting in Him for your forgiveness, life, and salvation you walk in the Torah of the LORD.

Blessed are you, baptized believer in Jesus. Your way is blameless, thanks to Jesus’ perfect life and death and the forgiveness that flows from His cross to you by Word and Supper. Blessed are you, disciple of the LORD, for you have been given to walk in the Torah of the Lord.

You are the way; through You alone

Can we the Father find;

In You, O Christ, has God revealed

His heart and will and mind.

(Lutheran Service Book #526:1)