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2 “Open my Eyes To Behold Wondrous Things Out Of Thy Law” (Psalm 119:18)

3 Behold: Law (Torah) That which is handed down from superior to Inferior – God to Man TEACHING– Recognition of God’s lovinkindness and good character – want His teaching (Psm. 119:12, 64, 68) INSTRUCTION – How shall a young man cleanse His way? – overcoming lack of experience (Psm. 119:9, cf. Prov. 7:7ff.) DECISIONS – God has decided – I follow or Obey (Psm. 119:89, 106)

4 Whole Life Tied To God’s Law Our Completeness (Psm. 119:1) True Understanding – Total Commitment (v.34) Life-Long Commitment (v. 44) Antidote for falsehood – (v.29, 142) Our Focus when persecuted (v.51,61,92,153) Emotionally Affected (v.53,113,136, 163)

5 Whole Life Tied To God’s Law Sense of Value – better than gold and silver (Psm. 119:72) Source of Life (v. 77) Delightful for meditation (v.97, 165) Grounding for Life’s Uncertainties (v. 109) Remembering God – Observe Law (v. 55)

6 Behold Law – Justifies, Frees and Gives Life Law of Faith – in contrast to system of justification through works of law (Rom. 3:27) Law To Christ – (I Cor. 9:21) Law of the Spirit of Life (Rom. 8:2-3) – In connection with Christ – Revealed through Spirit (Jn. 16:13, 2 Cor. 3:6) – Gives Life – Through Christ – Gives Freedom from Sin Through Christ – freed from consequences of “law of sin and death” –through “law” (weak in flesh) (I Cor. 15:56, Rom. 3:9)

7 Behold: The Freedom To Serve “For ye, brethren, were called for freedom; only use not your freedom for an occasion to the flesh, but through love be servants one to another” (Gal. 5:13). Freedom from law of Moses (v.1) Not a license to serve flesh Serving Others – Manifesting fruit of the Spirit (v.16, 22-24)

8 Behold: The Grace In God’s Law Woman caught in act of adultery (Jn. 8:10, Deut. 17:6) – Jesus merely opened his umbrella of grace to cover the woman’s sin? – Or, did Jesus apply law in his forgiving of sin? – “And Jesus lifted up himself, and said unto her, ‘Woman where are they? Did no man condemn thee?... Neither do I condemn thee: go thy way; from henceforth sin no more.” (Jn. 8:10-11)

9 Behold: The Grace In God’s Law False Charge of Forbidding Marriage – Bound only till death of spouse (Rom. 7:2-3) – Guilty fornicator can never marry?? (Matt. 19:9) – Can only marry when spouse (to whom one is bound for life) dies. – One is not an adulteress if joined to another (Rom. 7:3)

10 Behold: the law is more than a mental exercise – our whole life Behold: we are not without law – to Christ, of faith, of the Spirit Behold: Freedom to Serve Behold: the Grace in applying God’s Law

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