Brush Up (2)
‘…I delight…in what You tell me...’ Psalms 119:14 TM
It’s Maundy Thursday. Maundy (from ‘mandatum’) means commandment. It’s the day during Easter week that we remember the Last Supper, and Jesus’ command to “love one another” as He loves us (John 13:34 NIV). That’s a great place to start acting like today’s scripture-loving Psalm writer. When we get that Jesus’ golden basic of love is behind all of God’s laws, we can start to dig deeper into other teachings in scripture.
Paul writes that ‘All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realise what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.’ (2 Timothy 3:16 NLT) That means the Bible’s teachings aren’t helpful things to think about sometimes - they’re things that we *do* with delight: commandments. Commandments dare you to turn good thoughts into good actions. They can do that because they’re not just words on a page written a couple thousand years ago, they’re alive, still being spoken by God: ‘For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword… It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.’ (Hebrews 4:12 NLT) The good-old-Book commands us as well as teaching us because it’s still His *living* word, which is working today. Take up the challenge, listen to the commandments, and you’ll not just survive, you’ll live well.
The Queen gives out silver coins on Maundy Thursday (for realsies, look it up). Collect as many silver 5p and 10p coins as you can. Bug all of your mates for their silver change. Then find a charity box to put it all in.