Romans 7:7–12 (ESV)
The Law and Sin
7 What then shall we say?
That the law is sin? By no means! Yet if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. For I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.” 8 But sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment,
produced in me all kinds of covetousness. For apart from the law, sin lies dead. 9 I was once alive apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin came alive and I died. 10 The very commandment that promised life proved to be death to me. 11 For sin,
seizing an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it killed me. 12 So the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.
For some reason, I like to focus on speeding
and the law. As stated previously, I recently got a speeding ticket in Tyler, TX, when returning home from Waco for Thanksgiving. The speed zone dropped from 75 to 70. I missed the sign. So... do I get mad at the sign and
blame it??? No! I am the one who missed it. The speed sign that proclaims the law did nothing wrong. It was me! So, in today’s reading... we see the passage “What then shall we say? That the law is sin?” Paul
tells us NO! If there were no speed zone signs, then we really couldn’t get tickets because the Law has not been made known. But with the Law (speed zone signs), we do know what the speed zone is and whether or not we are breaking it.
I can’t get mad at the speed zone sign, because I am the one who missed it. Sometimes it is hard to take blame or responsibility for our actions... but the Law makes it clear to us. The Law (S.O.S.) Shows Our Sins. The Gospel (S.O.S.)
Shows Our Savior. Without the Law... we wouldn’t see ourselves as sinners.
I pray: O Lord, I know you have set me free from the Law, but I still had to pay the ticket. It was an expensive
reminder that I fall short of the Glory of the Lord. I am a sinner and I repent of my sins. I want to do better. Thanks be to God that your Son Jesus has set me free from the Law in that I am not saved by my righteousness, but the righteousness
of your Son. Thank you. Amen.