“For what great nation is there that has a god so near to it as the LORD our God is to us, whenever we call upon him? And what great nation is there, that has statutes and rules so righteous as all this law that I set before you today?” ESV
We are lucky aren’t we? It’s funny that we never quite put our thankfulness into these words. Are you thankful for the law God has given us? Are you thankful that we can talk to God? I think David touches on this in Psalms too.
“Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day.” ESV
Wow! I mean, do we really love the law? Do you love God’s rules and law so much you can say you love it? Or can you even be thankful for it? If not I encourage you to analyze the laws to see what God’s true intention is for them. Study them deeply and realize they are significant and loving.
How do we know that the laws are about love and compassion though without analyzing them for hours and days on end?
We can look at God’s self definition in Exodus to understand that.
“And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, ‘The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.’”
So if God is a compassionate, gracious, loving, faithful God that is slow to anger, and forgiving then aren’t his laws going to be given with these in mind? YES!
And yet we so often think of God’s law as old strict boring rules for our lives that are outdated and insignificant. How untrue that is! Perhaps I don’t need to still wear 4 tassels on my robe but the meaning is still of utter importance. And what is the important behind all the laws? Love.
“The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.” NIV
Love others, love yourself, and love God. In doing this you shall be fulfilling the law. And, in studying and meditating on the law, you will love the law, and ultimately love God.
To sum up I guess I must quote Deuteronomy 4:7-8 again, this time from the Message
“Yes. What other great nation has gods that are intimate with them the way God, our God, is with us, always ready to listen to us? And what other great nation has rules and regulations as good and fair as this Revelation that I’m setting before you today?”
I love the law. For truly the Law is Love, and love is Jesus. For Jesus is the Word of God and Love.
” In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”