Our Hearts and the Law
September 6, 2020
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I. God Looks at the Heart – (verses 14-15)
“O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.” — Psalm 139:1-4
II. The Law and Jesus – (verses 16-18)
“God’s kingdom consists of God’s rule over God’s people in God’s place. God has established His King, Jesus, and by His Spirit He gives life to His people through His Word. God’s people are now sojourners and exiles, making their way through the wilderness to God’s place — the Land of Promise, the city with foundations, the new Jerusalem, the new heaven and the new earth. The kingdom belongs to the Lord, and He will rule over His people in His place according to His Word.” — James Hamilton
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. — Matthew 5:17-18
“The old law was not ‘filled’ in itself; it had a forward look. It anticipated a ‘fulfilling’ which, in Christ’s teaching, finally came to perfect realization.” – Tom Wells, Fred Zaspel
“But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” — Jeremiah 31:33
“Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139:23-24
Questions For Discussion/Application:
- Re-read the text, Luke 16:14-18. What initial observations and insights do you have from reading this text?
- In verses 14-15 Jesus rebukes the Pharisees for their love of money and for their pre-occupation with outward appearance — with justifying themselves in the eyes of men.
- In what ways can American Christians today be vulnerable to the love of money?
- How can a concern without outward religiosity and appearance undermine genuine spiritual vitality and growth? In what ways can we as Christians sometimes have a Pharisaical, “keeping up appearances” mindset?
- What does it look like practically to have a healthy focus on the heart as we seek to grow in godliness?
- Not one dot of the law will become void because Jesus fulfilled the law. What are some ways you can think of that Jesus fulfilled the law?
- In what ways does Jesus further clarify, explain and expand upon the Law of Moses? What laws in the OT can you think of that are repeated in the NT? What is the Christians attitude to be towards the law?
- Take time to pray that God would help all of us, motivated by the grace that is the gospel, to obey Jesus Christ from the heart in all things.