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What’s the LAW 4 anyways?


Matthew 5:17-20, Galatians 4:4, Romans 8:3

  • Alaska: It is illegal to push a live moose out of a moving airplane.
  • Colorado: In Denver, it is illegal to lend your vacuum cleaner to your next-door neighbor.
  • Hawaii: Coins are not allowed to be placed in one’s ears.
  • Indiana: Performing puppet shows, wire dancing or tumbling acts for money is punishable by a fine.
    Michigan: It is illegal to let your pig run free in Detroit unless it has a ring in its nose.
  • Nevada: You are allowed to hang someone for shooting your dog on your property.
  • Pennsylvania: It is illegal to sleep on top of a refrigerator outdoors.
  • Utah: A husband is responsible for every criminal act committed by his wife while she is in his presence.
  • West Virginia: A person may be arrested for making fun of someone who does not accept a challenge.

Dictionary.com says that LAW means, “any written or positive  rule or collection of rules prescribed under the authority of the state, as by the people in its constitution.”  We have a law here in Ohio.  There are things we just cannot do.  There are federal laws as well.  For the most part…our laws are based on our values and morals as a local community and/or nation.  Above are some laws that probably weren’t needed, but have been placed inside big books in a courthouse somewhere to guide local individuals to live safe and happy lives…(said with tongue in cheek).  J

So, when we hear or read the word LAW in the Bible, what are we talking about?  Back in the book of Exodus, God invited Moses up to Mt. Sinai to discuss what this new nation, Israel, would value.  God handed down standards based upon His character and told His children that these new “Ten Commandments” were the best way to live.  Remember, in the Garden of Eden, this wasn’t needed.  There was no sin.  There was no separation from God.  Now God has to start with a new group of people.  This is His family.  For their safety and security and future, house rules need to be set.  Future Goal:  The whole world would be invited to become part of this family.  Therefore this law was to set a tone that would be attractive for people.  This is what real safety and fairness and justice looks like.  This is what caring for your neighbor looks like.  This is what true love looks like.   We’ll talk in a minute more about someone who became “true love.”  Had to put something about love in since it’s near Valentine’s Day!

True love is God.  True love then means you love your God, your family and your neighbors.  You don’t do things that “separate” you from that love.  Walk through the 10 Commandments and read these laws in the sense that God is showing us what true love looks like.

Because this law is not possible for us to fulfill, as Paul writes in Romans 3:23, we need another part of God that supports this LAW.  Grace.  Grace is missed by many people.  Yes, we are to look, talk, act, think, forgive, love like no one else on earth.  People are supposed to see God through us.  The Law helps us do that…it is our path.  But when we fail, because we will, supporting Grace brings us back to square one and says, “You have a second chance.”

The Sadducees and Pharisees of Jesus time were consumed by the law.  The attitude of forgiveness tells me that they might have had the best of intentions.  However, some of them added to this law many, many, many things that could not possibly be Godlike.  The LAW was to bring freedom…instead the “lawmakers” of that time brought bondage.  The Mosaic Law…the one God gave Moses on Sinai…said to honor the Sabbath.  The Sabbath was a day given over to rest in the presence of God.  It is physically and spiritually healthy to take a break.  God knew we needed this for our health and safety.  It was a time to reflect on Him and His actions in our lives…and a time to sleep.  J  I like that.  However, the religious leaders of Jesus time took this to the extreme.  They took away the freedom of everyone having a day off to rest and focus and refuel, and added legalities that forced non-movement.  God didn’t want us to work.  They had to define work.  Work might mean plowing.  Plowing meant digging up dirt.  Therefore, if you drug your kitchen chair across the dirt floor and dug up dirt you SINNED!!!  I’m not making this up!  Do we have any current references to this? Hmmmmmm???

In Matthew 5:17-20, Jesus told the people that He came to fulfill the law, meaning, He was going do it perfectly. In the end, He could die for us as a perfect and sinless sacrifice.  He is a picture of God’s Law.  He became the picture of “true love” for us to follow and be like.  Remember that this Law is supported by Grace.  Jesus fulfilled the LAW and then acted on supporting Grace to take away our sins.  If that’s not cool I don’t know what is.

Are we perfect?  No.  Do we have a standard to live up to?  By all means yes.  The LAW is a picture of Jesus…of true love.  If we can live by the LAW…supported by GRACE, our lives will show others God in his truest sense.  People will be introduced to God and His Son Jesus through our willingness to obey.  And when we fail, people will see supporting GRACE through confession and forgiveness.  They will see freedom from God and not bondage given by man and the evil one.

Love-Serve-Spread the Word,

ed

Scriptures to ponder:

Galatians 4:4 NLT

But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law.

Matthew 5:17 TNIV

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. (accomplish their purpose)

John 17:18 TNIV

As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.

John 3:17 TNIV

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

2 Corinthians 10:3 TNIV

For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.

John 15:19 TNIV

If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.

Romans 12:2 TNIV

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

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