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When I think of a magnifying glass, I think of two things. One, it can be used as a light beam to decimate the nearest ant mound. Two, Sherlock Holmes, a famous fictional detective, uses it all the time to study evidence. Mr. Holmes relied heavily on this tool to figure out his cases. A magnifying glass as we all know is used to help us pick up on subtle things we might miss with a naked eye. In a similar fashion, we can see how Jesus does this with the law.

Isaiah 42:21 says, “The Lord is pleased for his righteousness’ sake, he will magnify the law and make it honourable.” “Magnify the law.” Jesus does this by letting us know that even in our thought life we will be judged.. Matthew 5 is a great example of Jesus magnifying the law. Jesus tells us in this passage, “thou shalt not kill” and whoever kills will be in danger of judgement. He magnifies it by saying that whoever is angry at his brother without cause shall be in danger of judgement. Jesus also says, “thou shalt not commit adultery.” He uses the magnifying glass again and says, “that whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.” The fact that he is able to get into our thought life tells us how great He is. To go through the law with a fine toothed comb as Jesus did is something we should all try and do.

God’s law is used in the Old and New Testament. It’s something that’s written on the hearts of all men and women around the world. If your conscience tells you that what you are doing might be wrong, but your mind is telling you otherwise, grab that magnifying glass, and look through your own eyes. More often than not, if your conscience is telling you it might be a little bit wrong, it probably is; and when God puts that sin under his magnifying glass, well, you do the math.


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