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The Message of God’s Law

Sunday, January 6th, 2008

After reading my Bible online this morning at Blue Letter Bible, I then clicked on Day By Day Grace by Bob Hoekstra. Today’s devotional is entitled The Message of God’s Law – Be Loving.

When you think of the Ten Commandments given in writing to God’s people at Mt. Sinai (Exodus 20:1-17), what comes into your mind? Bob Hoekstra bases his devotion for today on the amazing summation of God’s law which is given by Christ in Matthew 22:37 – 40:

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

Here is a short portion from the devotional:

“Love your neighbor.” The secondary demand of God’s law is an unselfish love toward every other person. We are to love others as ourselves. Some have wrongly used this phrase to urge people to obey an imaginary third commandment: “We need to learn to love ourselves”?! No, Jesus said there are only two commandments here. This second one is a call to give others the consideration and care that we all have given to ourselves all of our lives. Jesus later intensified this second command by saying, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you” (John 13:34).

Only Nine Short Years Ago . . .

Sunday, January 6th, 2008


This photo was taken at Rick’s dad and mom’s place in Inverness, California, back in the busy days when all the children were growing up in the family home. From left to right: Rick and Joyce, Philip (15), Laura (14), Sarah (14), Michael (12), Kayla (11), Debra (9), Rebecca (7), Lydia (5) and Seth (3). (These are my estimates.)

Can you imagine the long trip from northern Washington to just north of San Francisco with this many children in a van? Somehow it worked. We packed along lots of snacks, sandwich makings, and drinks, and stopped every two or three hours to run around outside. Once we arrived at Grampa and Gramma’s, Gramma would serve us a nice hot meal, and then, after visiting for a bit, they would retire to their motor home and leave the whole house to their invading clan. 🙂

This photo, which I believe was taken during the same vacation time, includes the families of Rick’s two sisters, Kathy and DeDe, as well as our family. Our youngest child, Seth, is sitting on Grampa’s lap.