The Fifth Sunday After the Epiphany

“Happy are they who fear the Lord and have great delight in his commandments.” — Psalm 112:1

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets…” — Jesus of Nazareth

The commandments of God get a bad rap. Nobody seems to like them. They suggest to many a stuffy, controlling, stifling, borderline abusive form of religion. The Law of God is usually not atop the “must read” list. Even the word commandment can cause some to enter that anxious world of the “triggered”. No doubt the word has some baggage… it’s seen better days, but I am one of those who aren’t convinced that the word commandment or law should be so quickly removed from our shared vocabulary, and, if Jesus is to be believed and followed, one must reckon with its reality and place in our thinking and living.”

With this in mind, I am going to attempt to do what it seems Jesus is doing in this passage from Matthew 5—recover the beauty and power of God’s law and hopefully kindle a desire to search its treasures! I look forward to seeing you on Sunday!




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