Why do we need and create laws? The Bible tells us that God made laws to protect innocent people from those intent on doing wrong.
“. . . knowing this: that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers . . .” (1 Timothy 1:9).
The laws men make are often flawed and fail to wholly achieve what was intended. Contrast this with God's laws which the Bible tells us are not flawed in any way.
“The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; the statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart” (Psalms 19:7,8).
In the Old Testament, Moses as he was about to hand over the leadership of Israel to Joshua, passed on the following instructions concerning God's law:
“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success” (Joshua 1:8)
Likewise one of the best kings to govern God's people Israel at the end of his life gave the following advice to his son Solomon;
“Now the days of David drew near that he should die, and he charged Solomon his son, saying: ‘I go the way of all the earth; be strong, therefore, and prove yourself a man. And keep the charge of the LORD your God: to walk in His ways, to keep His statutes, His commandments, His judgements, and His testimonies, as it is written in the Law of Moses, that you may prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn’” (1 Kings 2:1-3).
Reflecting on his own life Solomon, who had not always complied with God's laws, came to this conclusion.
“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all. For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil” (Ecclesiastes 12:13,14).
You may think that the laws God has set in place concerning our conduct are complex and maybe too onerous. Jesus, during his life on earth when questioned about the laws God has given, said that they may be summarised by two simple statements:
“Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, ‘Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?’ Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbour as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets’” (Matthew 22:35-40).
Lastly no matter what we may think about adopting God's laws in the conduct of our own lives, the Bible tells us that there is a time coming when men will be compelled to conduct themselves in accord with God's perfect laws
“This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,” then He adds, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more” (Hebrews 10:16,17).
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(Quotations are from the New King James Version of the Bible)