Psalm 23 – Part 5
November 24, 2013
Psalm 23 – Part 6
November 26, 2013
Psalm 23 – Part 5
November 24, 2013
Psalm 23 – Part 6
November 26, 2013

Law Rejects, Grace Accepts

Beach at Hull, MA 2013

Beach at Hull, MA 2013

“But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.” Matthew 23:13

Behavior-based, law-based Christianity profiles others and categorizes them.

The law says that I will have fellowship with you if you do or don’t do certain things. In Jesus time, women were second-class citizens. Lepers had to stay away. And religious people certainly didn’t hang around sinners.

I guess Jesus didn’t know that. He purposefully went to all these people. And of course He was accused of violating the law because of it. “Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh.” (Proverbs 23:20)

The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and ye say, Behold a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners!” (Luke 7:34)

Ah yes, Jesus was a friend to sinners. Didn’t He know you shouldn’t hang around those types? Jesus only had bad things to say for one type of people—the religious. In Matthew 23 is listed the eight woes.

The law draws a little assembly around itself. Do what we say is right and we will accept you. Stay away if you do what we say is wrong. Have your heard the word, legalistic?

Grace has no rules of behavior. Grace accepts everyone. Grace allows for uniqueness. The law says we don’t want people who look different. Grace says y’all come. The law says we don’t accept those who don’t think as we do. Grace says let’s learn and grow together. None of us knows it all.

The law excludes but grace includes. The law rejects but grace accepts.