Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfil them. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.
Matthew 5 : 17 – 18
History and the past is important. There were times when I used to wonder why I was learning about different things in history, since I thought they didn’t apply to me. One thing I have learned is how important the history is, and the many things that we can learn from it, and that impact our lives today. Everything that has written in the times before us matters, and everything that was written as law still matters and is valid.
Now, when Jesus said this, my guess is that some people were quite confused by this. Jesus would say, “You have heard it said…, but I say to you…” When Jesus talks about the law and the prophets, he is talking about what is written. What has been written are the things which Jesus has come to fulfil. These laws were the laws given by the God who hears and remembers the calls of the enslaved and sets them free.
Prayer: God of the past and the present, we give you thanks that you hear and remember the cries of those whose voices have been silenced. Help us to do our part to heed the laws you have given, and follow them. Thank you for our many stories, and help us to honour our pasts, learn from them, and continue to follow you in all we say and do. Amen.
Action: Go back and read the 10 Commandments. Take on practicing these more intentionally.