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An Inheritance - Bible Studies 1964

An inheritance in the land of Canaan was obtained by Lot and was entered upon because of God's sovereign choice of the land for Israel. They had not laboured for it' neither did they buy it. It was theirs to be entered by faith. Under the law the inheritance was given to a man and passed on to his sons after him. It could not be sold. It could be mortgaged until the year of jubilee, then it returned again to its original owner.

In contrast, the inheritance of 1 Peter 1:4 which is not according to the law, cannot be mortgaged, even though the possessor may fail to appreciate it.

In Mark 10, the Lord does not question the young man's integrity, nor does He tell him that it has been impossible for him to keep all these from his youth up, but He who knows the heart, put him to the test in another way. "Go, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor". Here was the test of whether he could keep the law which was summed up in the words, "Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself". He must be taught and learn the hopelessness of gaining this inheritance which he sought by keeping the law. In Luke 10, we see the inability of the law to help or give any assistance to save from death. The man who fell among robbers, the priest, and the Levite were all going the same way, from Jerusalem to Jericho, from the city of God to the city of the curse.

The law, seen in both the priest and the Levite, was both helpless and devoid of compassion. The Samaritan, however, is a type of the Lord Jesus. The Jews said to Him, "Thou art a Samaritan, and hast a demon" (John 8:48). But he was able and willing to come to the place where the victim lay in helplessness. He could then meet all his present need, and provide freely and fully for all the needs he could incur while being cared for at the inn. All this was without money and without cost to him. What a contrast between law and grace!