How do you treat the speed limit? How about duplicating CD’s or DVD’s? What about those crazy stop signs? “No parking” zones? “Don’t walk on the grass”? Are there other laws that don’t seem to carry much weight these days? It is interesting to see peoples attitudes toward the law these days. I have actually felt guilty for wanting to obey the law at times. Our view of the laws of this land are pretty low. Just read the newspapers and see the crimes reported or just open your eyes, or maybe I even need to look in the mirror.
2 Chronicles 29 records that Hilkiah, the priest, found a book when they were bringing out the money to repair the house of the LORD. It wasn’t just any book. It was the book of the law of the LORD given by Moses. Hilkiah responded by having it taken to King Josiah. Shaphan, the scribe read from it in front of the king. The king tore his clothes. That may not mean much to us today. It was meant to be an expression of great grief. The words of God gripped Josiah. He had realized how his ancestors had not obeyed the Word of the LORD. Maybe he even realized he had failed to keep the law found in Deuteronomy 17:18-20, where the king was to copy for himself the law and read it all the days of his life. God recognized Josiah’s heart and he blessed him. Josiah made a covenant with the LORD and was faithful in following the LORD. His view of the Law of the LORD was high.
In this day, the Law of the LORD is not being looked on highly. It is being removed from public places all over the country. Even in our churches, it seems to be losing it’s impact. What about you and me? Where does the Law of God stand in our view? Is it low or high? In a court of law what would the verdict be if they reviewed the days or our lives?
I pray that we will have a hunger and thirst for God’s law, for His entire Word. Listen to some words of God’s followers:?
Psalms 1:1-2 (NASB95)
1 How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night.
Deuteronomy 6:6-9 (NASB95)
6 “These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart.
7 “You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.
8 “You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead.
9 “You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
Matthew 4:4 (NASB95)
4 But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE, BUT ON EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD.’ ”
Romans 7:7 (NASB95)
7 What shall we say then? Is the Law sin? May it never be! On the contrary, I would not have come to know sin except through the Law; for I would not have known about coveting if the Law had not said, “YOU SHALL NOT COVET.”
Galatians 3:24 (KJV)
24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
Remember in Romans 10:17 we are told that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.
Josiah heard the law, saw the deserving wrath that was to come, realized that it was deserving and chose to trust in the LORD. We all are depraved, we all have broken the law. We all deserve His wrath. But praise God, His grace is sufficient. The finished work of Jesus on the cross was THE acceptable sacrifice. He is risen to new life, so that we might enjoy His life as we turn to Him and trust Him alone.
Where is God’s law in your home? Are you treasuring it? Does it have a high place in your life? Even though we are not a king of Israel, what about copying it? How do you keep a high view of Scripture? Do you believe that God’s Word is inerrant? Is it authoritative for your life? (Like the speed limit, or other laws mentioned above) Can we say this?:
Psalms 119:103 (KJV)
103 How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
Maybe it is time for a new wardrobe!
Hebrews 4:12 (NASB95)
12 For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.