Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Yes, even in Torah

Finally, the evidence of any inner attitude is in behavior, so the Old Testament contains the 613 laws of the Torah. But it would be a mistake to think that it is only behavior that interests the Old Testament. In fact, the very opposite is true. Without the correct attitude, all that obedience is simply empty show. So the laws are the secondary thing. What is primary is this thing behind conduct. It is the attitude that leads to the right kind of conduct. It is that something that God approved of in Abimelech when Abimelech said, “I was perfect; I was innocent when I took Sarah,” and God said, “Yes, I know that.” Abimelech was speaking of an attitude or a condition and because of that right attitude or condition there was no judgment upon him.— Lectures in Old Testament Theology, page 154

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