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So Many Laws


Genesis 18:19a has The Lord talking to the angels about Abraham and says, “For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment.”

The first time I read this Scripture, my only thought was, “Can God say this about me?” How blessed to have God testify to the angels that He has found a subject He knows well enough to know the subject’s future holds not only personal lawfulness, but also that the subject will teach lawfulness to others.

Today, my husband and I were in our Torah studies in Leviticus. (We’re a bit behind in the actual portion we should be reading, but we don’t want to skip around and miss valuable information.) For a few weeks now, we’ve been reading about the building of the wilderness tabernacle (also called The Tabernacle of Testimony and another topic I plan to write about). As I was listening to the words about all the laws concerning the tabernacle, sacrifices, offerings, etc., I remembered the words I had read earlier from Genesis and something hit me; these laws came well after God called Abraham a “law keeper.” And then I questioned in my mind, “I wonder what laws of God Abraham was keeping?” I understood, even as I asked, that Abraham was not keeping specific laws, but was keeping a lawful heart.

So, here we are in our current society looking to create law after law after law. Now, the focus is on gun laws (whether or not they violate our country’s foundational Constitution). But the gun laws, like the many other laws that are constantly in motion or discussion these days, are just a symptom. They will not create the answer so many hope they will, because they do not fix the real problem: they do not fix the need for laws in the first place–a need that comes from a general spirit of lawlessness.

How could Abraham have taught those of his household to keep the laws of God when there were none yet given? Because he was not teaching specific laws. He was teaching others to have a lawful heart, and to yield to the instruction of God from pure obedience. Later, it was necessary to create a priesthood and nearly 700 levitical laws to direct people because their hearts had become lawless. And, as so many have noted about these laws, and even many of the laws of our land now, they come with a big dose of bondage.

But imagine if we all strived to keep in our hearts the laws of yielding to a Higher Authority. We would automatically think of others before ourselves. We would not have to be instructed not to lie, steal, cheat, murder, etc. We would not purposely do things to others that we would not want someone doing to us. And if everyone lived that way, we would not need any other laws either from God or from man.

There is freedom in having a lawful heart because we do not need to fall under the bondage and condemnation of external law. Even though we will not be perfect, just as King David was not perfect and failed God multiple times, we can be called people after God’s own heart. And in that way, we will not only be able to say that we know Him, but He can testify to the angels, “I know that one!”

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April 21, 2013 - Posted by | Bible Study, Devotion, Nonfiction | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

5 Comments »

  1. What a pretty background pattern, Crystal! 🙂

    I look forward to the coming of Christ for this among other reasons; that He will teach us again to have lawful hearts, that we might live in peace with our neighbors on every side.

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    Comment by Krysti | April 21, 2013 | Reply

    • Wow, that’s great thought for looking forward to His return. Learning to have lawful hearts right from Him without the chaos of distraction around us sounds great to me.

      Oh, and thanks for the compliment to the background. I’m glad you like it.

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      Comment by Crystal A. Murray | April 21, 2013 | Reply

  2. Reading this, I immediately thought of Jeremiah 33 (Hebrews 8 and 10): “The day will come…when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and Judah…I will put my laws in their minds so they understand them, and I will write them on their hearts so they will obey them. I will be their God, and they will be my people. And they will not need to teach their neighbors, nor will they need to teach their family…For everyone, from the least to the greatest, will already know me.”

    And (the writer of Hebrews tells us) Christ has made this absolutely possible for those who believe – both the Jew and the Gentile. Unfortunately, we’re not quite to the point, as a society, where we can just quit worrying about sharing God’s Word with our neighbors. But that day IS coming! Praise God! 🙂

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    Comment by Mishael Austin Witty | April 21, 2013 | Reply

    • I love how this post is inspiring people to think of a day when lawful-mindedness will be the norm. And I love that Scripture from Jeremiah. It also makes me think of the Scripture in Jeremiah 9:25-26 which can be paraphrased to say, “There will come a day when I will destroy the circumcision with the uncircumcision because neither are circumcised in heart.” It’s got a lot more words in it than that, but the meaning is quite clear. God definitely looks more on the heart than on the outside–and law keeping with an untrue heart is definitely an outside thing. Thanks for stopping by to comment.

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      Comment by Crystal A. Murray | April 21, 2013 | Reply

  3. […] I went another almost 4 months before posting again. That post on April 21st, 2013 called “So Many Laws” is about a lawful heart versus a lawless heart and how lawlessness it was actually creates […]

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