Paul is having an argument.
It is an argument with his fellow Jews in the church in Rome, and maybe it’s an argument that he’s had deep within himself.
So you are a Jew.
And you’ve got the law.
And you boast of your covenantal relationship with God
And you know God’s will.
And you are pretty sure that you are a guide to the blind.
And you are a light to those who are in darkness.
And you are a corrector of the foolish.
And a teacher of children.
And … and … and.
So why the hell don’t you live like it?
What’s the point of being a Jew if you don’t live in covenantal faithfulness?
Now this might seem like an archaic argument that is at best only of historical interest. I mean really, why should we even care about a first century debate like this?
Well because all we need to do is replace the word “Jew” with “Christian” and you can see how devastatingly contemporary this discussion is.
Many of us are still reeling from the death of David Dewees on Saturday morning. And my hunch is that we desperately need to hear of the faithfulness of God in the face of our infidelity, the truth of God in the face of our deceptions, and the restorative justice of God in the face of our injustice.
We will grieve David tomorrow. And we will hear the good news of Jesus Christ. In fact, we will attempt to surround ourselves, David’s family and friends and students in prayer suffused with grace.
Andrew will be presiding and preaching.
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