Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The Laws of Nations

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16, NIV).

The ancient nation of Israel was a theocracy in which God gave Moses very specific civil, ceremonial and moral laws. He gave Moses those laws in order to maintain order in that nation. The Lord also gave them those laws so that his people would realize how far they fall short of the glory of God. Each of them was a sinner in need of a Savior.

Every nation has its own laws. For example, some laws may be similar in Canada as in the United States while others may be different. Likewise, some of Jesus’ laws for the church may be the same as those for ancient Israel while others may be different.

However, this does not mean that we should not study the Mosaic Law. If we do this, we shall learn valuable lessons about God’s character. The Lord is very specific. He cares about every little detail of human life. He will not share his glory with anyone or anything else. Finally, he cares about the heart attitude of his citizens.

As believers in the new covenant, we rejoice that God does not change. He has a very specific plan for each one of us. Because of this, he cares about every detail in our lives. As God uses us to accomplish his purposes, he will receive the glory—not us. Moreover God cares about our heart attitude. What are our motives as we serve him?