How does a Christian walk in the ways of God, loving God with heart, soul, mind, and strength? Do we do this by obeying the Law? Or by following Jesus? Or both?
Deuteronomy 30:15-20 How is the Abrahamic covenant realized? How is the land possessed and the seed multiplied? Faithfulness to the commandments. This is what loving God looks like. Its alternative, the way of death, is idolatry.
Sirach 15:15-20 Take a walk on the wild side, and preach from the best free will passage in the whole Bible!
Psalm 119:1-8 Celebrating the Law is great—except for a people who don’t. When the way of following God has become the way of the crucified Christ and the way of finding no shame has become entrusting ourselves to the gospel for both Jew and Greek, where does that leave our readings of Psalm 119?
1 Corinthians 3:1-9 The cross makes the world’s wisdom look foolish. Our own party spirit and hovering around heroes shows just how far we are from taking up the side of the crucified Christ rather than the side of the ignorant rulers of this age.
Matthew 5:21-37 Jesus fulfills the law—but not by doing it or by telling us what it really meant all along. A new type of community has to form in which love of God is shown by a love of neighbor that begins in the heart.
Books mentioned this week:
Jesus Have I Loved, but Paul? by the one and only jrdk
Daniel Kirk is a writer, speaker, and blogger who lives in San Francisco, CA where he is currently Pastoral Director for the Newbigin House of Studies. His third book A Man Attested by God: the Human Jesus of the Synoptic Gospels, is hot off the presses. Daniel holds a Ph.D. in New Testament from Duke University and is the author of, Unlocking Romans: Resurrection and the Justification of God and Jesus Have I Loved, but Paul? He blogs regularly at StoriedTheology.com (http://patheos.com/blogs/storiedtheology). You can follow him on Twitter @jrdkirk and on Facebook at Facebook.com/jrdkirk.