Precious Truth: The Law of the Spirit is Life
Today’s Reading from The Word
1 Now a man of the tribe of Levi married a Levite woman, 2 and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. When she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him for three months. 3 But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile. 4 His sister stood at a distance to see what would happen to him.
5 Then Pharaohâ€™s daughter went down to the Nile to bathe, and her attendants were walking along the riverbank. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her female slave to get it. 6 She opened it and saw the baby. He was crying, and she felt sorry for him. â€œThis is one of the Hebrew babies,â€ she said.
7 Then his sister asked Pharaohâ€™s daughter, â€œShall I go and get one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?â€
8 â€œYes, go,â€ she answered. So the girl went and got the babyâ€™s mother. 9 Pharaohâ€™s daughter said to her, â€œTake this baby and nurse him for me, and I will pay you.â€ So the woman took the baby and nursed him. 10 When the child grew older, she took him to Pharaohâ€™s daughter and he became her son. She named him Moses, saying, â€œI drew him out of the water.â€
Moses grew up and led his people, the Israelites, out of Egypt. He is identified with the Law of the Old Covenant.
Probably the one greatest event between the fall of man and the Salvation of Christ was the giving of the law.
As we mark the wait of Advent leading to our celebration of Jesus’ birth, realizing that the condemnation that the law brings has its answer, we can only have gratefulness that we are recipients of such grace.
The law was a gift of the knowledge of righteousness, but the grace of God in Christ is the gift of making one righteous… and this is what we celebrate in the arrival of Jesus.
This is the good tidings of Christmas.
We were set free from the law of sin and death and ushered into the the life of the Spirit, and that is good news indeed.