Monday of the Tenth Week after Trinity

Today's Reading: Jeremiah 8:4-12

Daily Lectionary: 1 Kings 1:1-4, 15-35; 1 Corinthians 12:14-31

" How can you say, 'We are wise, And the law of the LORD is with us'? Look, the false pen of the scribe certainly works falsehood. (Jeremiah 8:8)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. A great temptation for Christians is to think they are good Christians. The Israelites worshiped all kinds of false gods, yet they figured they were good to go as God's people since they had the Law and maybe kept it outwardly.

How about you? Do you do the things the Commandments forbid? Despising your parents? Giving in to your lust? Coveting what isn't yours? Hating and gossiping about others? And do you figure because you haven't gotten in trouble or pulled any whoppers involving the police that you're doing all right? Repent!

There is no being a "good" Christian when we clearly do what is against the Name of Christ. On the other hand, there is no being a "good" Christian if we merely have outwardly good behavior, either.

No, the only kind of Christian there is, is the one who knows his or her sins, down to their very core--the rotten, horrid nature of the sins that cut us off from others and from God. And such Christians don't put their hope in their ability to avoid sins or to work in some good habits. Such Christians put their hope and trust in Jesus who has dealt with the Law for us.

Jesus has kept the Law where you haven't. Every commandment you have broken, Jesus has kept. And that perfect life is credited to your account. And Jesus has died the death of the sinner, suffering what you deserved for trashing God's Law. And that sacrifice is also counted for you.

The "false scribes" Jeremiah mentions are alive and well in our day, thinking they've got the Law down. But Jesus' followers know better: They don't have the Law down at all, but Jesus does. And your Baptism into Him means that counts for you. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.

The Law is good; but since the fall Its holiness condemns us all; It dooms us for our sin to die And has no power to justify. (The Law of God Is Good and Wise, LSB 579:5)

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