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October 02, 2008

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Jonathan Luttrell

To go along with your statement that the Decalogue needs to be interpreted as a guidelines for response to grace, I am reminded of Matt. 22, when the pharisees attempted to trap Jesus by asking which of the laws of the Torah were the greatest. Jesus' response was not one which invalidated the law, or downplayed our responsibility to it, but instead offered a lense through which the law could and should be applied to everyday life.

If we have not experienced the grace of YHWH, as Israel had through the exodus, then we cannot claim to love YHWH. In the absence of that love which is a response to grace, we cannot properly interpret the law. It is the removal of grace from the law, as you said, that Jesus is warning against in Matthew.

Great thoughts!

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