For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:21
This chapter sets the scene for the book by looking at scripture passages that contain the first commandment (“You shall have no other gods before me.” Exodus 20:3) and also discusses how the Law of God is relavant to our lives today.
I really like the way that Elyse Fitzpatrick turns the need to honour this commandment into a reminder of all the wonderful things that God has done for us. Rescuing us, time and time again. Every time we stuff something up, He is there with His Grace. He is saying “Put me first, I’ll free you from your slavery to the world and your earthly things.”
During the morning services in my church, we listen to the Ten Commandments. Every single Sunday. I know quite a few churches have never, or have stopped reading them as they are ‘irrelevant’ and ‘old dispensation’ and so it is powerful to read how the author feels that they DO have a role in our modern day, New Testament lives. Because it is read out each Sunday, I do run the risk of it becoming a mundane rote recital, lose it’s beauty and relevance in my life, so I am thankful that God uses His Word, and books like this to remind me of the beauty of His Law!
The Ten Commandments:
- Help me by serving as a tutor
- Humbles me and brings me to the end of my self-righteousness
- Teaches me how thankful I am to be for Christ’s perfect keeping of it
- Becomes the standard of righteousness that I eek to obey out of thankfulness.
Then this.. wow!
Every sin, every idolatry in my heart is rooted in lovelessness and thanklessness. Each time I worship something or someone other than God I forget that He’s a good Father and a great King…
Fitzpatrick then goes on to talk about how obedience (and in this context, fleeing from idolatry) is a real test of faith, and if you seek to fight to keep the law, it is a demonstration of love to a Father who loved us first.
She further backs up the belief that the Law is for us also today by siteing John 14:21, ‘If you love Me, you will keep my commandments.’ New Testament text, new Testament command. It’s relevant. Jesus also quoted from the law, and taught his disciples to use it as a rule of life and then at the end of this chapter we have a small list, which is only a beginning, of all the references to the law in the New Testament.
At the very end of the chapter we read about Lot’s wife again. Her idolatry didn’t start when she looked back to Sodom. It began when she loved Sodom more than God.
When is the last time you read the Law?
Can you look at the Law and see how it all relates back to the first commandment?
Is there anything that is standing in the way of you loving God with your whole heart, soul and mind?
Kids? Relationships? Material Goods? Hobbies? TV Shows? Your Home?
Look back on our book study: