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What the Bible Says About the Law of God

by John Morris

1.  How did God give his law to the world

Deuteronomy 4, 12 and 13.  "And the Lord spake to you out of the midst of the fire: ye heard the voice of the words, but saw no similitude; only ye heard a voice. And He declared unto you His covenant, which he commanded you to perform, even ten commandments; and wrote them on two tables of stone."

The presentation was from the top of Mt Sinai direct to Moses and then followed up by Moses in an address to the nation of Israelites. Exodus 19:23-25  And Moses said unto the Lord " the people cannot come up to Mt Sinai "and " and the Lord said unto him….thou shalt come up and Aaron with thee". The people and the priests had to stay at the base of the mountain. " so Moses went down unto the people and spake to them".

The presentation had visual impact causing the members of the nation to be afraid of the Lord and of the whole ceremony. The Israelites were required to take the three days before the law being given and make good physically and spiritually. They had to wash themselves and their clothing.  Sexual activity was forbidden". "Since the law that was soon to be given is an expression of God's holiness it was only fitting that the people prepare to receive it by sanctifying themselves. If the Israelites were to be the people of God, it was imperative that they appreciate the sacredness of this relationship. Therefore we can understand why God made the giving of His holy law an occasion to impress the people, deeply and dramatically, with the conviction of its sanctity and importance."

The mountain was surrounded by a fence or barrier. "And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightning, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet exceeding  loud; so that all the people that was in the camp trembled."

2.  What are the qualities of the law

Romans 7:12,14  "Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy and just and good, For we know that the law is spiritual but I am carnal, sold under sin". The law is "perfect converting the soul". Jesus demonstrated that the law is not just a number of words that we can repeat ad infinitum. It sets out a pattern that relates to thoughts and intent of the heart that highlights more than just outward appearances.

God's law is a set of principles that give liberty to mankind. James 2:12 "So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty".

The most important factor is that the law was generated in love. "Love worketh no ill to his neighbour, therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. Romans 13:10

Deuteronomy 10:12,13 highlights the value of the law of God to whoever choses to follow the principles outlined therein. "And now, Israel, what doth the Lord thy God require of thee, but to fear the Lord they God, to walk in all His ways, and to love him, and to serve the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul, To keep the commandments of the Lord and his statutes, which I command thee this day for thy good."

3.  What is the value of the law to you and me

Isaiah 1:19  If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land.

Psalm 119:10  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments"

Psalm 19:11  Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.

Psalm 27:11  Teach me thy way of Lord and lead me in a plain path, because of my enemies.

Psalm 119:18  Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.

Psalm 119:11  Thy word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against thee.

4.  The lawgiver - personally

Psalm 119:129-130  Thy testimonies are wonderful:  therefore doth my soul keep them. The entrance of thy word giveth light; it giveth understanding to the simple.

Malachi 3:6  …For I am the Lord, I change not.

Isaiah 48:17  I am the Lord thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go.

Hebrew 4:16  Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help inn time of need.

1 Peter 3:12  The eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears open to their prayers.

Daniel 6:26  He is the living God and steadfast

Psalm 119:77  Let thy tender mercies come unto me; for thy law is my delight.

Psalm 119:103  How sweet are Thy words unto my taste! Yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth.

1 John 1:5  This then is the message which we have heard of him and declare unto you, that God is light and in him is no darkness at all.

1 John 4:7-8  ….everyone that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

Compiled by John L Morris
Scripture taken from the Holy Bible King James Version

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