Did not Moses give you the Law, and yet none of you carries out the Law? John 7:19
Jesus is in the temple at one of the feasts and He’s teaching. His teaching amazes them. They wonder among themselves how He comes by such knowledge and authority without having an education. He has no degree. He did not train under one of their rabbis, and yet the words He speaks impact them. His words reach deep within.
The Jews then were astonished, saying, "How has this man become learned, having never been educated?" John 7:15
As it turns out, they are looking for a reason to ignore His teaching, and silence the whisper in their souls. The whispering voice of the Holy Spirit calls to them with conviction. He draws them to turn from their current trajectory and aim their lives at the Lord God.
Though they are visiting the temple expressly to keep the law (How cool is it that God law was full of feasts and festivals - but that’s a topic for another day) Jesus accuses them of ignoring the law.
Did not Moses give you the Law, and yet none of you carries out the Law? - John 7:19
The problem with these who seek to dispose of Jesus, the problem with many who follow after religion, is their keeping of the law is not out of love for the lawgiver. Their motives instead are self-focused.
Did you know you can simultaneously keep the law and distance yourself from God?
Do you keep the law to earn favor with God?
Do you keep the law to be seen by men - to earn favor with men?
Do you keep the law to increase business - to gain profit?
So Ben, what am I to do?
First, let’s acknowledge that keeping the law doesn’t please God. The law is a feeble relationship builder precisely because you can keep the law without it ever impacting your heart. [Tweet this]
Jesus gives us a clue.
"He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory; but He who is seeking the glory of the One who sent Him, He is true, and there is no unrighteousness in Him. - John 7:18
Of course, He is referring to Himself when He speaks of “the One” here, but the point still holds. When we seek to glorify the Father in all that we do—there is no unrighteousness found in us.
It’s funny because God is not impressed with their keeping of the law, but when our walk brings glory to Him, it is counted as righteousness toward us. Amazing.
"Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. - Matthew 5:16
The light shining here is not your good works, though I’ve often heard it explained that way. But if you read the verse, the light is shining on the works, and somehow this light on our works brings glory to God.
So what is that light? (I know you're dying to know.)
Let’s get back to John 7:18. It’s that heart that seeks to glorify the Father.
Paul said it this way.
Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, - Colossians 3:23
Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. - 1 Corinthians 10:31
Well - there's some good stuff to ponder today.
Keep the light on,