Tuesday of the 13th Week after Trinity

Today's Reading: Galatians 3:15-22

Daily Lectionary: 2 Chronicles 31:1-21; Philippians 4:1-23

Is the law then contrary to the promises of God? Certainly not! For if a law had been given that could give life, then righteousness would indeed be by the law. But the Scripture imprisoned everything under sin, so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe. (Galatians 3:21-22)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Curb, mirror, and guide. The Law has its functions! It also is a weight which bears down on us sinners to show us our faults and failures. But is it contrary to God's own promises? St. Paul says, "NO!" Rather St. Paul teaches the Galatians and us that Scripture (Law) imprisons us in our sin but that the Law does not stand apart from the Gospel!

What if the Law of God had never been given to Moses? What if we were free to bask in the cesspool of sin? If this were the case we would certainly live life to the flesh and die to the flesh. But as it is, God gave us His Holy Law, and Christ came to us born of a virgin to fulfill that Law and to take the punishment for us! The Law does not fight the Gospel as though they were foes. Instead, the Law shows us our failure to be able to save ourselves and is placed on the back of Christ, that we might be seen as lawful before the Father.

Christ takes the Law of Moses from the mountain and has it nailed to the tree so that we would live in Him and not die in our sins! This is Christ, the Law-bearer, the Law-fulfiller, who bears it in our stead! This is the Lamb who takes away the sin of the world and looks at us and proclaims, "innocent." In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.

To Jesus we for refuge flee, Who from the curse has set us free, And humbly worship at His throne, Saved by His grace through faith alone. (The Law of God Is Good and Wise, LSB 579:6)

This reflection is available as an mp3, click here to download and listen to it.