What is the purpose of God’s laws? Three key ones: 1) God has made all of these laws for us so, “that we can preserve our lives!” Deuteronomy 6:20,24 2) The purpose of these laws was to give the people life and peace, to be a means of showing his respect and awe for Me (the Lord), by keeping them.- Malachi 2:5 3) The law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith- Galatians 3:24. (the Laws literally point us to our need for Christ)
Let’s review the Ten Commandments– Also known as the ten great freedoms. Again, God wants to protect mankind and free us from the sins (sins separate us from Him) that so easily entangle us. If we follow these laws, blessings follow. First found in Exodus 20:1-17. The first four commandments pertain to our vertical relationship with God, and the last six commandments pertain to man’s horizontal relationship with each other. These were orally spoken to Moses by God. About God: 1.There shall be no other gods before me (vs. 3) 2. You shall not make any idols. (vs. 4) 3. You shall not take God’s name in vain. (vs. 7) 4. You shall keep the Sabbath day holy. (vs. 8) About man: 5. Honor your Mom and Dad. (vs. 12) 6. You shall not murder. (vs. 13) 7. You shall not commit adultery (have sex outside marriage). (vs. 14) 8. You shall not steal. (vs. 15) 9. You shall not lie. (vs. 16) 10. You shall not be envious of your neighbor. (vs. 17)
What was called the greatest law (Commandment)? Jesus taught the Pharisees that the greatest commandment was “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” The second is like it: “Love your neighbor as yourself”. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments. Matthew 22:34-40 also Mark 12:28-34
The Apostle Paul in the New Testament and David in the book of Psalms said some key points about following the law. “The Law is good and the trouble is not with the Law but with me (apostle Paul), because I am sold into slavery with sin as my owner.” Romans 7:14 “Blessed are those who keep the law. The precepts that God has made are to be fully obeyed.” Psalm 119:1-4
Being obedient to the laws will make you stand out: “If our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from Him anything we ask, because we obey His commands and do what pleases Him. And this is His command: to believe in the name of His Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as He commanded us. Those who obey His commands live in Him, and He in them. And this is how we know that He lives in us. We know it by the Spirit He gave us.” 1 John 3:21-24 “This is love for God: to obey his commands. And His commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.” 1 John 5:3-4 Note here that obedience follows your love of Christ, not the opposite! What motivates you for following the laws are key.
We become conscious of sin– The whole world is accountable to God on the basis of The Law (His commandments). Therefore, no one will be declared righteous in His sight be observing the law (it can’t be done completely); rather, through the law we become conscious of sin. Romans 3:19-20 We know what sin is because of the law. Without the law, sin is dead. Romans 7:7-8.
Will add some additional key points on “The Law” in Part 2; next blog.