Daily Bread – FREEdom CHRIST – SAVIOR vs Yoke of Law


http://mydailybible.org/dv/esv/2014-12-03.htm Galatians 5:1 For freedom CHRIST has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. #Bible


Family Bible http://whatsinthebible.com/activity-library/galatians-5-1-verse-of-the-day-10-15-14/

In Paul’s day people frequently spoke of God’s law as a “yoke,” that bound those under it just like a farming yoke binds a pair of oxen to the plow. Paul’s point is that this understanding of the Law was completely wrong. For Paul, the person who follows the Law finds the way to life. The problem is not with the Law but with our inability to follow it. In other words, the Law shows us how sinful we are and how we need a savior.


In the Jewish literature of the first century, the law was sometimes described as a “yoke,” emphasizing its limiting character.  Paul’s point was not to disregard the law, but rather to view it properly.  On the one hand, the law is easily summarized in the commands to love God and neighbor, and a life characterized by such love is not only not burdensome, but the only truly free life (5:13-15).  On the other hand, the purpose of the law is not to bring salvation, but rather to convict of sin and to offer a guide to truly free living according to the Spirit (3:23-24; 5:13-26).

God has set us free from the law’s condemnation in order to set us free for the law’s guidance.  Spend some time in prayer thanking God that he has forgiven us for breaking His holy and perfect Law.  What a gift that Jesus fulfilled the Law for us in order that we might be saved!  Thank God also for the gift of His Law a guide to true life, and pray that He would give you the strength and desire to live freely according to it!
http://bible.com/1/isa.25.1.kjv O LORD, thou art my GOD; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.


Family Bible http://whatsinthebible.com/activity-library/isaiah-25-1-verse-of-the-day-4-15-1/

Isaiah 25:1 begins a song of praise that follows Isaiah’s prophecy that God will eventually extend His kingdom to the ends of the earth (Isaiah 24:1-27:13). As Isaiah reflects upon this wonderful truth he praises God for His faithfulness. It is amazing that Isaiah would praise God in this way, as Jerusalem stood on the brink of being overrun by the Assyrians. The central idea is that the hope of God’s eternal victory should lead us to praise God in the midst of present uncertainty.

Do you believe that God will be true to His promises? In the midst of difficult circumstances it is often difficult to remember what God has done in the past and what He has promised to do in the future. Spend some time rejoicing in prayer for His past faithfulness. Pray that God will help you to remember both the past and the future when life becomes difficult. God’s plan is good and certain!


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