Answer: The way a convicted criminal does when he sees his substitute criminal voluntarily stick out his neck in his place. One of the reasons why David could delight in the Law (Psalm 1) even though it kills (Numbers 15:32-36, Ezek. 18:20, 2 Cor. 3:6) is because he saw both the Justice of God (which we all want when someone cuts us off in traffic) and the Mercy of God (which we all want when we cut someone off in traffic).
Starting this Sunday, June 2, I’ll be spending the summer preaching on the Law from Exodus 20. I want to show how knowing Christ, our substitution, is the only way that we can delight in that which kills. I want to preach Christ from the 10 Commandments and show how all 10 are pointing at and fulfilled in Jesus, as he perfectly loved God his father, and loved his neighbor as himself – which is the fulfillment of the Law.
O how we need the Law written on our hearts, but it will not happen apart from the Spirit. O how we need what no external legislation can do – and that is to change the affection of the heart for that which can save: Both Justice and Mercy found in the Cross of Christ. I look forward to delighting myself in the Law with you this summer – and for the rest of my life.
See you this Sunday!