Tuesday’s Torch 598
July 28, 2020
Recently my kids have been doing a lot of bike riding and my daughter has just learned to ride without training wheels. It makes me proud to see the advances my kids make, seeing her learn so quickly from her first attempt has been great.
This has had me thinking in what ways are there training wheels in the gospel and what are the ways they are removed and who removes them?
The example I would like to share tonight would be to liken the Ten Commandments to training wheels. The Israelites couldn’t even make it the amount of time for Moses to go up and get the commandments and they were already worshipping a golden calf when he returned. They were given very specific rules because they needed them. The Old Testament is full of many very specific commandments that go along with those big ten and all of these requirements and limitations were taken to an extreme by the time the Savior was born.
During the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ he removed those training wheels. No, he didn’t suddenly make the Ten Commandments no longer apply. He simply gave the greater commandments that encompass them all. Mark 12:30-31 expresses them this way:
“And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.”
This was a very big step, it shows an increased faith and expectation of those who choose to follow him. It’s not expected that every little detail of our lives be perfectly dictated to us. The Savior spent much of his ministry correcting the misunderstandings that had crept in, such as the specifications of how many steps they were allowed to take on the sabbath, how harshly many were condemned for sins and transgressions that were forgivable.
The New Testament is full of all of the knowledge and truths that the Savior established and in some cases restored that had been lost or botched. I hope that we are all able to rise to the occasion and learn how to live those two great commandments. As we do that, the Ten Commandments and so much more will be simple. And that is truly when we will be able to climb on that gospel bike and pedal off into the sunset with the excitement that my daughter pedals her bike. And sometimes we may wobble or crash or have to otherwise put our feet down and start over, but we will get better and better at living the Gospel.
And the really great thing about this comparison is that once you learn how to truly live the way the Savior would like for us to live, loving our Heavenly Father and our fellow men and women; living the Gospel will be something you always know how to do, even if you stray and need to come back. It’s just like riding a bike. My disclaimer here is that even those of us who are unable to ride a bike can understand the idea behind the saying. We can come up with our own version of the analogy if riding a bike doesn’t work.
I have some other ideas that I could add to this topic but I will save them for future messages. For this week I leave this challenge with each of us: Really ponder over these verses and prayerfully consider ways that we can more fully live these “greater commandments” so that we may allow the Savior to more completely remove our training wheels and help us live the gospel of Jesus Christ more fully! And I share these words in his name, Even Jesus Christ the Son of God, Amen!
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