Emancipation

Daily Reform, Day 156

Galatians 2:19 & Leviticus 19:19

From the Reformer

This nineteenth verse is loaded with consolation. It fortifies a person against every danger. It allows you to argue like this:

“I confess I have sinned.” “Then God will punish you.” “No, He will not do that.” “Why not? Does not the Law say so?” “I have nothing to do with the Law.” “How so?” “I have another law, the law of liberty.” “What do you mean—‘liberty’?”

“The liberty of Christ, for Christ has made me free from the Law that held me down. That Law is now in prison itself, held captive by grace and liberty.”

—Martin Luther, Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians

Pulling It Together

There have been a lot of strange laws on the books. Just to name one: in Waynesboro, Virginia, it used to be illegal for a woman to drive a car without her husband walking in front of the car while waving a red flag. It is impossible to imagine any woman from Waynesboro today feeling guilty while driving without a flag-wielding husband. That law has been repealed.

© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reform: Devotions with the Reformers

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