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Loving God's Law
Transcript of Loving God's Law
God's Law was for Israel's good.
"And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments and statutes of the LORD, which I am commanding you today for your good?"
"And Samuel said to the people, 'Do not be afraid; you have done all this evil. Yet do not turn aside from following the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart. And do not turn aside after empty things that cannot profit or deliver, for they are empty."
1 Samuel 12:20-21
"The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb."
God's Law was accompanied with grace.
"The LORD called to him out of the mountain, saying, 'Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the people of Israel: You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles' wings and brought you to Myself."
Exodus 19:3-4 ESV
"The LORD passed before him and proclaimed, 'The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty.'"
"He shall lay his hand on the head of the burnt offering, and it shall be accepted for him to make atonement for him."
"The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He will not always chide, nor will He keep His anger forever. He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His steadfast love toward those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does He remove our transgressions from us. As a father shows compassion to his children, so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear Him. For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust."
But Grace was not the Law's most notable feature.
"Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law. ...Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to selfish gain!"
Psalm 119:18, 36
"Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have broken rejoice. ...Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. ...Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit."
Psalm 51:8, 10, 12
"Oh that they had such a mind as this always, to fear Me and to keep all My commandments, that it might go well with them and with their descendants forever!"
"But to this day the LORD has not given you a heart to understand or eyes to see or ears to hear."
"And the LORD your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your offspring, so that you will love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live."
"For God has done what the law,
weakened by the flesh, could not do."
"Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, declares the LORD. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD: I will put My law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be My people."
(cf. Ez. 11:19-20; 36:26-28)
"For the law was given through Moses;
grace and truth came through Jesus Christ."
Why Israel's "obedience"
"For good news came to us just as to them, but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened."
"What shall we say, then? That Gentiles who did not pursue righteousness have attained it, that is, a righteousness that is by faith; but that Israel who pursued a law that would lead to righteousness did not succeed in reaching that law. Why? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as if it were based on works."
"And when the LORD sent you from Kadesh-barnea, saying, 'Go up and take possession of the land that I have given you,' then you rebelled against the commandment of the LORD your God and did not believe Him or obey His voice. You have been rebellious against the LORD from the day that I knew you."
"...this occurred because the people of Israel had sinned against the LORD their God, who had brought them up out of the land of Egypt...they would not listen, but were stubborn, as their fathers had been, who did not believe in the LORD their God."
2 Kings 17:7, 14
"You meet him who joyfully works righteousness, those who remember You in Your ways. ...We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away."
Isaiah 64:5, 6
(cf. Luke 1:6 & Romans 3:25)