Judged by grace not the law
Deuteronomy 19:14 “You shall not move your neighbor’s landmark, which the men of old have set, in the inheritance that you will hold in the land that the Lord your God is giving you to possess.”
The “landmarks” or “boundary marks” were placed in Israel by God.
God gave these instructions to Moses before the Israelites entered into the promised land because He knew the nature of man.
God knew the people needed reminders like this one to keep them on the narrow path different from the one the world followed.
God wanted His people to look after each other and honor each other’s property.
Why would God curse the person who moves a neighbor’s landmark?
Because it is a form of theft.
I wonder if we value the landmarks of modern culture.
Today the ancient boundaries are being moved again and again.
Think of the influence of Science and Medicine.
Big bang theory, evolution, the age of the universe, the discovery of the genetic code and DNA, cloning, in vitro fertilization, homosexual practices, all of these things have an affect on the way we view the world and our understanding of how the world works.
Think of the influence of Media: television, the internet and social media on our life.
New philosophies, new theorie, and new ideas.
Someone is moving the boundary stones!
Clearly, Christians must guard themselves, if this culture is removing God’s original boundaries.
Jooley Mathew Z
Judged by grace not the law
Haechi is a Korean monster, a judge. It is mythical because ordinary man can never truly judge correctly; human justice is always flawed.
God’s justice however is perfect. He takes the act of delivering justice to His people very seriously. (Deut 16:18-20).
A fundamental hinge for this justice was diligent investigation backed by the testimony of 2 or 3 witnesses. 1 witness was not enough (Deut 17:2-7).
False testimony was unforgivable and its punishment was what the false witness planned to happen to the falsely accused – Your eye shall not pity: life shall be for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot. (Deut 19:15-21).
None of these rules were followed when Jesus was tried by the Sanhedrin. No credible witnesses were found. His answer to the High Priest that He was the Christ, was the only thing they had against Him. This was twisted into a crime against the Roman empire and He was sentenced to crucifixion.
All of us were in that crowd shouting, crucify Him, for we have all sinned. His judgement falls on us too. But, here is where the law disappears and grace enters; those of us who accept this sentence and die with Christ, are born again into His kingdom of everlasting life (Gal 2:20; Rom 6:4…).
When the High Priest twisted justice and broke the law to frame Jesus, Jesus told him that the next time He came back to earth would be as the impartial Judge (Matt 26:64), who will weed out those hanging onto their law and those covered by His grace.
Perfect justice for us is not a mythical figure. Perfect justice is Jesus. Stay blessed.