Today’s Reading | Romans 7
Why did God give the Law to the nation of Israel? What did He want them to see from having it? If we follow what Paul wrote in this chapter without thinking through it, we may come to the conclusion that he thought the Law was a negative thing. Paul anticipated this conclusion and addressed it by giving to us four facts concerning the Law. First, he explains that the Law reveals what sin is. Without the Law, we would not know what God considers sin. Second, the Law stirs sin in people. When we know what God expects or what His Law states, our sinful nature desires to disobey it. Third, the Law left man ruined. Man realized that he had no power over sin and gave in to it. Fourth, the Law shows the sinfulness of man. It clearly demonstrates that, without a Savior, man is doomed. There is no way man can overcome sin and fulfill the righteous requirements of the Law without the Savior. Without the Law we don’t see our need for help or turn to God as the only way of solving our sin problem. God desires that all of us come to the point where we acknowledge who we are and what He has done. You cannot live righteously without the Savior. The law proved it.
Observation: What do I see?
Interpretation: What does it mean?
Application: How does it apply to me?
Implementation: What do I do?