Week 5: Obey. Since the Garden of Eden, humans have sinned, felt bad about it, been punished, and been redeemed. We have a hard time obeying. God’s laws as given to Moses often sound strange, even bizarre, to us today. As you read this week, don’t focus on the details; focus on the spirit behind the laws and ordinances and notice how that spirit balances between justice and compassion, earned punishment and unearned mercy.
Read: Exodus 20
Reflect: Idolatry was commonplace in ancient times, and God’s command against idols marks His people as different. When everyone around you is doing something, it’s hard to take a separate path. Have you ever gone against the common practice? How did you feel? Have you ever followed what others are doing, even if you knew it was wrong? How did you feel?
Write: Here or privately.
Recite: …for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of the parents, to the third and fourth generation of those who reject me, but showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments. Exodus 20:5-6