“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side. Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.” – Isaiah 60:1-5

LIGHT FOR NOW: Observation cannot be arrived at in the place of reading where attention to details is neglected by the reader.

In our investigation so far into unbundling Matthew 19:8, we have seen evidently that Moses wrote concerning the hardness of their hearts. Moses wrote and gave them the law because of the unyielding state or nature of their hearts. It was a response to the rejection in their hearts. Just like the writer of Hebrews explained for us to see in Hebrews 3:14-18 and Hebrews 4:1-2. That rejection was the rejection of the gospel. So, he wrote the law to them because of the hardness of their hearts; their rejection of the gospel via unbelief necessitated the law. They were hardened in their hearts to the gospel. That is why Moses referred to them as rebellious and stiff-necked in Deuteronomy 31, it reads “Take this book of the law, and put it in the side of the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, that it may be there as a witness against thee. For I know thy rebellion, and thy stiff-neck: behold, while I am yet alive with you this day, ye have been rebellious against the LORD; and how much more after my death?” (Deuteronomy 31:26-17).

Therefore, he gave them the law in response to their demand; it was to guide their actions knowing how hardened and stiff-neck they were. In fact, Deuteronomy 32:20 says “And he said, I will hide my face from them, I will see what their end shall be: for they are a forward generation, children in whom is no faith”. They were hardened towards the gospel; hence, he gave them the law… But from the beginning it was not so. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Be diligent in study.

PRAYER: I receive understanding, in Jesus Name.  Amen.

QUOTE: Reading carefully, patiently and painstakingly shows diligence in study.


Published by lightfromtheworddevotional

Light from the word is a scripture based daily devotional by Prophet (Dr.) John Linus, Senior Pastor Word of Faith Covenant Assembly Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

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