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Everything Is New 100411

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Psalm 119:49-56

Deuteronomy 5:22—6:3

2 Corinthians 5:17-21

Everything Is New 100411

When confronted with the oldest of Judeo-Christian law and also the newness of 2 Corinthians, we have to be able to see that both are timeless for us, and true.

The Hebrew law of the Ten Commandments; we cannot be set free to lie, murder, blaspheme God or be an adulterer. We still must care not to hurt anyone and love our neighbor.

But at the same time, Jesus has made everything new; there is a glorious creation coming to be, in which the infinity of God becomes known to our small minds. Halleluiah!

Following the Ten Commandments as a self-chosen, we come to realize that the way is straight and narrow, but leads to an infinity with God.

Peace to you this day,

love,

(brother) Bill

Psalm 119:49-56

49Remember your word to your servant, in which you have made me hope.

50This is my comfort in my distress, that your promise gives me life.

51The arrogant utterly deride me, but I do not turn away from your law.

52When I think of your ordinances from of old, I take comfort, O Lord.

53Hot indignation seizes me because of the wicked, those who forsake your law.

54Your statutes have been my songs wherever I make my home.

55I remember your name in the night, O Lord, and keep your law.

56This blessing has fallen to me, for I have kept your precepts.

Deuteronomy 5:22—6:3

22These words the Lord spoke with a loud voice to your whole assembly at the mountain, out of the fire, the cloud, and the thick darkness, and he added no more. He wrote them on two stone tablets, and gave them to me.

23When you heard the voice out of the darkness, while the mountain was burning with fire, you approached me, all the heads of your tribes and your elders; 24and you said, “Look, the Lord our God has shown us his glory and greatness, and we have heard his voice out of the fire. Today we have seen that God may speak to someone and the person may still live. 25So now why should we die? For this great fire will consume us; if we hear the voice of the Lord our God any longer, we shall die. 26For who is there of all flesh that has heard the voice of the living God speaking out of fire, as we have, and remained alive? 27Go near, you yourself, and hear all that the Lord our God will say. Then tell us everything that the Lord our God tells you, and we will listen and do it.” 28The Lord heard your words when you spoke to me, and the Lord said to me: “I have heard the words of this people, which they have spoken to you; they are right in all that they have spoken. 29If only they had such a mind as this, to fear me and to keep all my commandments always, so that it might go well with them and with their children forever! 30Go say to them, ‘Return to your tents.’ 31But you, stand here by me, and I will tell you all the commandments, the statutes and the ordinances, that you shall teach them, so that they may do them in the land that I am giving them to possess.” 32You must therefore be careful to do as the Lord your God has commanded you; you shall not turn to the right or to the left. 33You must follow exactly the path that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live, and that it may go well with you, and that you may live long in the land that you are to possess.

6Now this is the commandment—the statutes and the ordinances—that the Lord your God charged me to teach you to observe in the land that you are about to cross into and occupy, 2so that you and your children and your children’s children, may fear the Lord your God all the days of your life, and keep all his decrees and his commandments that I am commanding you, so that your days may be long. 3Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe them diligently, so that it may go well with you, and so that you may multiply greatly in a land flowing with milk and honey, as the Lord, the God of your ancestors, has promised you.

2 Corinthians 5:17-21

17So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! 18All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; 19that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. 20So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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