By Garry Knighton
Church of Christ/North - Shreveport, La.
A LAW GIVING AND A LAW LOVING GOD
Wouldn't if be nice if everyone obeyed the laws of the land? There would be
no more crime to contend with. There would be no more violence to try to
contend with. There would be no more violence to try and suppress. The
nation as a whole would function according to the principles it was built upon
two hundred years ago. The economy would be stabilized, and all of our foreign
debts would be marked "paid in full." This sounds like a dream, but it doesn't
have to be. These things could well come true in our life time if we would only
realize two things about our God. "God is a law giving and a law loving God."
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As you open the first page of your Bible, one of the most outstanding events
taking place is God, the supreme power, creating the world and its inhabitants
out of nothing. In this creation God exhibits one of His characteristics, "His love
for law." God loves law so much that He governs the whole physical universe by
it. Stars and planets stay in their orbits because they obey God's law. The
seed in animal and plant life reproduce after their own kind and stay in their
proper sphere because they obey the laws of God. We see even by this that
God is a law giving God. After providing a place for man to live, God created
Adam. He placed this man in the garden of Eden and gave him laws to live by.
(Gen. 2:17). Even after He created Eve, the woman, more laws were given.
(Gen. 2:24). These laws were strongly impressed upon the minds of mankind.
Even though they would violate them, they would pass them on from generation
to generation for their children to live by.
The laws given in the garden of Eden were given to prepare man for another
law, the Law of Moses. This law was given to the descendants of Jacob, better
known as Israel. The nation of Israel was compelled to live according to these
laws. As long as that nation lived by these laws they were well pleasing to God.
Whenever they rejected these laws and did not live according to them, God
rejected them. For this reason God sent His prophets every day to try and
reason with the people to return to His laws. God demands that a man must
either live by His laws or suffer the consequences. Because God is a "law
loving God", He must be this way. We must see God as He really is, "a law
giving and a law loving God" who cannot stand violations of His law.
One would think by this time God would be done with giving new laws, but
this is not true. God used the Law of Moses to bring a nation of people to the
point that they would accept Jesus Christ when He came into the world.
(Gal. 3:24). God had a final set of laws that He wanted to deliver to all the
inhabitants of the earth and He did this through His Son. (Heb. 1:1-2). If we
ever expect to be in the right relationship with God, then we must put away our
own ways and live according to God's ways. Jeremiah said a long time ago,
"O Jehovah, I know that the way of man is not in himself; it is not in man that
walketh to direct his steps" (Jer. 10:23). If a man insists on having his own way
in regard to keeping God's laws, then surely he needs to hear the words of the
wise man Solomon. "There is a way which seemeth right unto a man; but the
end thereof are the ways of death." (Pro.14:12). Again he said, "The way of a
fool is right in his own eyes; but he that is wise hearkeneth unto counsel".
If every man would only realize and respect the fact that "God is a law giving
and a law loving God", then we could see a worldwide reform. Man would not
only be able to have the stains of his sins removed, but he could make the
world a better place to live.