Luke 16:14–17 (ESV)
The Law and the Kingdom of God
14 The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, heard all these things, and they ridiculed him. 15 And he said to them, “You
are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God.
Law and the Prophets were until John; since then the good news of the kingdom of God is preached, and everyone forces his way into it. 17 But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one
dot of the Law to become void.
It is tempting to lay aside the inconvenient portions of God’s Law. Yet, every Word of God is precious and for our edification. Praise God,
we do not need to justify ourselves. The good news of His kingdom releases us from sin and gives new life.
I pray: Lord, teach us to treasure the Law and the Gospel as
Your good gifts, fulfilled for us in Christ Jesus. Amen.
Edward A. Engelbrecht, The Lutheran Study Bible (St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House, 2009), 1749.