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Laws and principles of God

Law = precept or status

The Bible is a book of our instructions from God.  God’s law gives us direction for living a
holy life.  Why were the Ten Commandments necessary for God’s new nation?  At the
foot of Mount Sinai, God showed His people the true function and beauty of His laws.  
The commandments were designed to lead Israel to a life of practical holiness.  In them,
people could see the nature of God and His plan for how they should live.  The
commands and guidelines were intended to direct the community to meet the needs of
each individual in a loving and responsible manner.  God took details in telling us how to
live in the book of Leviticus and Deuteronomy.  A lot of today’s laws are based on that.  
By Jesus’ time, however, most people looked at the law the wrong way.  They saw it as a
means to prosperity in both this world and the next.  And they thought that to obey every
law was the way to earn God’s protection from foreign invasion and natural disaster.  Law
keeping became an end in itself, not the means to fulfill God’s ultimate law of love. (I
Corinthians 13:1-8).  Jesus tells us in Matthew 5:17-18 “Think not that I am come to
destroy the law, or the prophets.  I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.  For verily I say
to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle shall in no way pass from the
law, till all be fulfilled.”  Jesus did not speak against the law itself, but against the abuses
and excesses to which it had been subjected.  A unique law code was established by
direct revelation from God to direct His people in their worship, in their relationship to
Him, and in their social relationship with one another.  By contrast, the biblical concept
was that law comes from God, issued from His nature, and is holy, righteous, and good.
Furthermore, at the outset of God’s ruling over Israel at Sinai, God the great King gave
His laws.  These laws were binding on His people, and He upheld them.  His laws were
universal.  Ancient oriental kings often tried to outdo their predecessors in image,
economic power and political influence.  This was often their motivation in setting forth
law codes.  God, however, depicts His law as an expression of His love for His people
(Exodus 19:5-6).  In Israel all crimes were crimes against God (I Samuel 12:9-10).  
Consequently, He expected all His people to love and serve Him (Amos 5:21-24).  
Through Christ our relationship to God’s law is clarified.  If Jesus did not come to abolish
the law, does that mean all the Old Testament laws still apply to us today?  In the Old
Testament, there were three categories of law:

1. Ceremonial, ceremonial law related specifically to Israel’s worship.  Its primary purpose
was to point forward to Jesus Christ.  
While we are no longer bound by ceremonial laws, the principles behind them to worship
and love a holy God still apply..

2. Civil law – the civil law applied to daily living in Israel (Deuteronomy 24:10-11).  The
principles behind the commands are timeless and should guide our conduct.  Jesus
demonstrated these principles by example.

3. Moral law – the moral law (such as the Ten Commandments) is the direct command of
God, and it requires strict obedience (see Exodus 20:13).  The moral law reveals the
nature and will of God, and it still applies today, Jesus obeyed the moral law completely.

Jesus gave us two laws that fulfill them all. (Matthew 22:36-40).  In Romans 8:1-2 we see
that the law of the Spirit sets us free from the law of sin and death.

God’s law, unlike those of other nations of the ancient world, also viewed all human life
as especially valuable, because people are created in God’s image.  Thus, biblical law
was more humane.  Biblical law is more than a record of human law.  It is an expression
of what God requires of people.  It rests on the eternal moral principles that are
consistent with the very nature of God Himself.  Therefore, biblical law (the Ten
Commandments) is the summary of moral law.  As such it sets forth fundamental and
universal moral principles.  God gave us dominion (Genesis 1:26).  Adam fell and gave it
to satan, but Jesus came and defeated the devil and took it back, and then gave it to us
again. (Matthew 28:18-20, Luke 10:19).  In Psalms 82:1-8 we see that God has made us
children of the Most High God, but if we don’t arise and judge the earth, we will die like
mere men.

In Genesis 8:22 we see the law of seed time and harvest.  In Galatians 6:7-9 we are
warned that we will reap what we sow.  Remember Israel would sow seeds of sin then
they would go into captivity and when they repented, God would bring them out.

Some ask, “Why do bad things happen to good people?”  Someone breaks a natural law.
Ex: a drunk driver plows into a family walking home from church and kills some of the
family.  When a driver drives a vehicle without full control, that vehicle can kill if the
brakes are not applied in time.  Also, if an airplane mechanic gets lazy in checking out
the plane before a flight and a problem arises, the plane will come down and sometimes
kill innocent people on that plane.  God does not cause it, it is a natural law.  Another
example is 9-11.  

God said “I don’t put more on you than you can bear…” (I Corinthians 10:13).  In God’s
word is the answer to every problem, so you see God did give us a way out.  In II
Chronicles 7:14 God shows us what to do. God said in Hosea 4:6 “My people perish
because of lack of knowledge.”  God established in Leviticus 11, what was not to be
eaten.  It’s been proven that certain foods bring on certain ailments.  Sugar diabetes is
running wild in today’s world, the law of God says for us not to be temped with his
dainties (Psalms 141:4, Proverbs 23:3), yet when you read the side of the cereal boxes,
you see they are made of a lot of sugar.  That is sowing a seed toward bad health.  The
Bible says in III John 2, to prosper and be in health, even as our soul prospers.  So it is
not God causing young children to die from certain deceptive foods.  God made foods
the way it should be, but man wanting to get rich without regard for others, have
tampered with certain foods, leaving people subject to illnesses.  Our bodies are
designed to digest and pass out foods within 24 hours, but certain foods stay in your
systems for 24 days and more, causing our immune system to go into overdrive.  That is
sowing seed to destruction.  There is a law of plowing your field.  God said sow for 6
years and let the land rest in the 7th year (Exodus 23:10-11) but farmers don’t do that
today and the quality of the food is not the same, plus they are using sprays that leave
chemical traces, which causes diseases.  God tells us in Deuteronomy 30:19-20, it’s our
choice.   God’s people were to preserve and study the Lord’s law (Deuteronomy 6:6-7).

Just like natural laws are true regardless to whether people believe it or not. Ex: law of
gravity – works every time.  If you jump off a high place, you will come down.  Law of
electricity – works every time.  If connected and you touch a live wire, you will be
shocked.  God’s laws are true and work every time.
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