This week’s quote comes from The Jesus Storybook Bible, from the chapter “Ten Ways to Be Perfect.” It reminds me that there isn’t any truth in the Bible too complicated for my children to understand – not even the purpose of the Law:
God gave them other rules, like don’t make yourselves pretend gods; don’t kill people; or steal; or lie. The rules showed God’s people how to live, and how to be close to him, and how to be happy. They showed how life worked best.
“God promises to always look after you,” Moses said. “Will you love him and keep these rules?”
“We can do it! Yes! We promise!”
But they were wrong. They couldn’t do it. No matter how hard they tried, they could never keep God’s rules all the time.
God knew they couldn’t do it. And he wanted them to know it, too.
Only one Person could keep all the rules. And many years later God would send him – to stand in their place and be perfect for them.
Because the rules couldn’t save them.
Only God could save them.
- Lloyd-Jones, Sally. The Jesus Storybook Bible. Zondervan, 2007. p. 106-107.