Magazine article Sojourners Magazine

The Law of Life: July 11

Magazine article Sojourners Magazine

The Law of Life: July 11

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Deuteronomy 30:9-14; Psalm 25:1-10; Colossians 1:1-14; Luke 10:25-37

Although it's a well-known parable, the Good Samaritan still has much to teach us about the authenticity of our faith and how we live it in the world. First, Deuteronomy explains the primary purpose of the law: new life. When we turn to God with all our hearts and Stalls, we find life and abundance: "... the Lord your God will make you abundantly prosperous in all your undertakings, in the fruit of your body, in the fruit of your livestock, and in the fruit of your soft" (Deuteronomy 30:9). God's law always translates to life and prosperity, not exclusion or judgment.

Jesus takes the Deuteronomic law, confirms its goodness, and adds an unexpected twist. We must not only love God and our neighbors as ourselves, but we must love our enemies as ourselves. Jesus' example of the good Samaritan was scandalous; such was the degree of hatred and bitterness between Jews and Samaritans. In addition, by using the Samaritan as the protagonist, Jesus ups the ante even more. …

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