The Grace Of The Old Testament

S. O. A. P.

Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Deuteronomy 19:15

One witness is not enough to convict anyone accused of any crime or offense they may have committed. A matter must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.

O-bservation:

When a person was accused of a certain crime in the Old Testament, the crime had to be established by two or three witnesses who were there and saw it happen. If that was not possible, the person was set free. A mere accusation did not make a person guilty, even in the Old Testament.

A-pplication:

Whenever I read this passage, I’m always reminded of “The Grace of the Old Testament.” This is one law that has carried over into our system of government. Usually, a crime has to be witnessed by at least two people. However, there are times in our day when people are convicted by circumstantial evidence. What is the point of this Old Testament passage? The point is that the rule of law was certainly in effect in the Old Testament. However, “The Grace of the Old Testament” was also at work. In what many of us call a legalistic system that ruled the Israelites, it’s also true that grace was also present. Any time something wrong has happened in your world and on your watch, be diligent in searching for justice in the midst of your judgment. Our way as “Jesus Followers” is always the offer of a second chance. Before you jump to a conclusion, remember that even in the Old Testament there was still grace involved.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus,

I’m asking You this AM to help me operate with a spirit of Grace all day and every day. Amen

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