#323 – The Law That Leads to Life (Exodus 21:1)

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“Now these are the rules that you shall set before them.”
(Exodus 21:1)

Very simply what’s happening here at this point in the book of Exodus is God is giving his rules to his people. His laws, his commands for how they’re to live. As soon as I say that, like rules, commands, laws, I’m guessing there arises in many of us, not most of us, like almost a resistance. We don’t usually love rules and laws and commands, but I want you to think about the grace of God in this. God has not left us in the dark when it comes to how we can experience life with him, for our good and for his glory. He has spoken, that’s what he’s doing here in Exodus, he’s giving his word that leads to life. That’s what he’s done all throughout scripture, he’s given us his word that leads to life. It is right and good and wise for us to listen to these rules, to read through scripture. To meditate on it, to hear the law of God and to obey it. Knowing that life is found in it.

God gives us His Word that leads to life, so it is good and right for us to listen to His law and obey it.

So we pray, God help us to hear your rules and laws, commands, with an open heart. Help us not to be resistant to them. God help us to be wise. We think about how foolish it would be oh God for us to ignore your rules, laws, commands. God help us to hear them. God we pray that we would daily be in your word. Listening to it, reading it, memorizing it, meditating on it, thinking about it all the time and then applying it. Doing it, obeying it in our lives.

God we pray that our lives would be marked by hearing your rules and obeying them. Hearing your law and obeying it. Make us that kind of people. In the process we trust that we will experience life as you’ve designed it to be lived. God just like you gave your word to your people in Exodus, we praise you for giving us your word, to us, help us to hear, listen to it and obey it and to live according to it, in Jesus name we pray, amen.

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David Platt serves as pastor at McLean Bible Church in Washington, D.C. He is the founder and president of Radical. He is the author of several books, including Radical, Radical Together, Follow Me, and Counter Culture.
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