Posted by: Pauline | August 8, 2017

Scriptures for Sunday August 13

Romans 10:5-15

Since Paul is contrasting the righteousness based on law with the righteousness based on faith, readers may be surprised to find him quoting from Deuteronomy and the giving of the law to support his teaching on faith. Moreover, the passage from which he pulls these phrases says that the commandment “is not too hard for you.” But if it was not too hard, why did they fail to keep it?

The law contained no commands too hard to understand or to follow, but because of sin, even doing the right thing can often be done in the wrong way. Trying to follow the law could become a burdensome duty resented some, while others took pride in how well they followed it and became self-righteous.

But the way of righteousness Paul is talking about isn’t about trying hard. It’s about accepting the righteousness of Christ, and it’s available by simply trusting in Him and confessing Him as Lord.

Matthew 14:22-33

Why did Peter want to walk on water? Did he want confirmation that it was really Jesus and not a ghost? Was he eager to follow in his Master’s footsteps? Did he long to show Jesus how fully he trusted in Him? Or was he just not thinking too clearly at all, and said the first thing that popped into his head?

Regardless of his motivation, he provides a vivid example of faith, fear, and being kept from falling when he called on Jesus to save him.

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