June 16, 2019: SOAP #3482:  1Kings 17-19; Colossians 2S Scripture:  Colossians (NIV) 2:16 Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. 17 These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, […]

June 16, 2019: SOAP #3482: 1Kings 17-19; Colossians 2S

Scripture:  Colossians (NIV) 2:16 Therefore do not letanyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religiousfestival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. 17 These are a shadow of thethings that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.

Observation:   It isinteresting to watch a young child first discover their shadow.  Some have a little panic attack as they tryto escape. 

A shadow is powerless.  It has no abilityto think or to choose its actions.  Itcannot cause a pre-determined action.  It'sjust a shadow!    

But a shadow can reveal some truth about what is casting that shadow.  How big it is.  A little about its shape.  How fast it moves. 

And so, the law is a shadow people could follow to its source: to Christ!  The law could not save us, but Jesus can!   The law could not make me clean, but Jesuscan!  Keeping the Sabbath cannot make meholy, but Jesus can! 

Application:  Jesus is the reality I need to study.  The better I know Jesus, the better I willunderstand the Old Testament.  Betterthan that, the better I know Jesus, the better I will understand what Goddesires of me now.  The better I know Jesus,the better I will learn to rely on the Holy Spirit as he did.           

Prayer:  Heavenly Father, as you sent your Holy Spiritto lead Jesus as he lived on earth, so you have sent the same Holy Spirit toempower my ministry here on earth.  Teachme to rely on his guidance. Amen

Pastor Leon
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