Law - Part 1
We hear much about the "Law" today in the national and local media.
They are constantly saying "it is the law." But you will notice that it
is never God's Law which is to be observed, it is mans law and it is quickly
putting shackles on us, our children and our grandchildren. This
is not to say that law is not important, for law is essential to an orderly
way of life. But it is to bring safety and peace not hostility and slavery.
It has been the continued and uninterrupted operation of
God's Laws of Life that has made possible the existence of the human race.
In fact, law is so essential to our very existence that life itself came
into being as the result of the operation of God's Law (Which has
not been done away with, the cries of the Judeo-Christian clergy to the
contrary). The operation of law is not confined to our physical existence
alone. Our very health and prosperity with every act and need of man, individually,
socially and governmentally, are all governed bylaw; and if we keep and
observe these laws all their benefits will accrue to us while, if we violate
them, there will follow inevitable retribution and suffering.
When men come to a full realization of these facts, they will
willingly apply themselves to understanding God's Laws so that in the knowledge
of their operation and in obedience to them they may secure a blessing
instead of a curse. Then the many and varied problems of administration
which have so troubled and perplexed mankind will find a solution in their
Chaos is the physical, spiritual or economic life of man is evidence
that there has been a failure to observe and keep the orderly laws of peace.
A perusal of both past and present conditions with mankind afflicted with
crime, violence and war; while revolution, famine and disease have taken
their toll of life. Such evil conditions can only exist where there has
been a violation of the perfect laws of life, the keeping of which will
bring results far from chaotic.
Creation is an orderly process, while chaos results form the failure
of man to observe and keep God's Law which is the law of life and the way
of peace, health and happiness. Life at its best, with all the blessings
of peace, results from keeping the positive commands of God and refraining
from violating the negative injunctions.
The Laws of the Lord were made known to man from the very beginning
of our peoples history. "Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept
my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws." (Genesis 26:5) So
God's "Commandments," "Statutes," and "laws" were known to Abraham hundreds
of years before Moses. We know this from scripture and because man would
have had no guide to prosperity and peace. All the evidence of history
and every factor of life continually demonstrate that the keeping of perfect
laws is the very essence of a happy and enduring existence. And so it behooves
us, if we would have perfection in living, to know them!
The Bible states, "In the beginning God created the heavens and
the earth." A study of that creation reveals order and perfection with
a minuteness of balance in accord with the so-called immutable laws of
nature. The physical creation of the earth was followed by the creation
of life; and finally, man. The same law operating in the physical is seen
to operate in the instincts and habits so in evidence in the animal kingdom.
Is it unreasonable to assume that "man," a higher order of creation, is
also subject to law, and to laws higher than those governing the instincts
and habits of animal life?
God took man, whom He had "formed," and placed him in the garden,
"And the Lord God 'Commanded' the man." Thus the command of God became
the law of life to man. From the very beginning man became subject to the
commands of God and this was a law unto him, for God had placed man high
above the rest of creation in that man was made responsible for his acts,
having been given the right of choice and the power to choose.
It would be impossible to give a full and accurate account of
the entire history of law as it applies to man, for to do so would necessitate
the writing of the entire record of the human race involving the manifold
phases of social activity, national affairs and international relationships.
History, however, records the fact that the happiness, prosperity and contentment
of a people is in a large measure the direct result of the type of law
administered and the method of administration: a blessing for the people
when the commands of God (which is the Divine Law) are kept and administered;
and a curse when that law is violated and its administration ignored.
While the command of God became law to men yet, in the violation
of that command, men became subject to the disasters and troubles which
have afflicted the human race from the day of man's disobedience until
now. The antediluvian civilization which arose after man was driven from
the garden was no exception. During the years following the expulsion of
man from the paradise of God, there arose a civilization apart form God.
Men were a law unto themselves and bound only by their goodwill to keep
the commandments of God. The result was a complete failure to abide by
the requirements of the law, which is clearly in evidence in the condemnation
of that civilization: "And God saw that the wickedness of man was great
in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was
only evil continually." (Genesis 6:5)
The deluge brought to an end this civilization of violence and
crime. With the beginning of the new order human government was established,
and to that government God issued the command: "Whoso sheddeth man's blood,
by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man." (Genesis
Here we have the first evidence of the introduction of human government
for, though man may know the law of the Lord, that law will not enforce
itself! Therefore, it became necessary to delegate to human society the
right of administration and judgment. Men were now enjoined to organize
society and government and to curb violence. Under this command every earthly
government has a right, nay it is a duty and "command" to bring to justice
the murderer and subject him to the death penalty.
Men have failed to recognize that from the very beginning of human
history God's Law has operated in the life of man. Because of this failure
they have assumed that the law was first given to man at Mount Sinai. Nothing
is further from the truth. God-fearing men have lived in accord with the
principles of the law of the Lord centuries before the Mount Sinai experience
of Israel and it is erroneous to attribute the knowledge of that law as
coming to man through Moses. The revelation of God's Law is from antiquity.
Wherever we find men, there also for man's guidance was a knowledge of
the commandments, statutes and laws of God. True men ignored and forgot
them but, nevertheless, God saw to it that in the beginning His laws were
known to men.
The oldest record in Scripture, in which we have the account of
the experiences of Job (who lived a few hundred years after the Deluge)
makes mention of the laws of the Lord which were being kept by Job. Abraham
was keeping these same laws four hundred and thirty years before the organization
of the Israel Kingdom at Mount Sinai. This is borne out in the information
given to Isaac to whom the Lord said He was performing His oath which He
had sworn to Abraham, giving as one of the reasons: "Because that Abraham
obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and
my laws." (Genesis 26:5)
Thus Abraham observed the law long before Moses was born! Moses,
however, had a task to perform and codified the laws of the Lord for Israel
to administer at the time His people were organized into a Kingdom at Mount
Law - Part 2 (Last One)
Inasmuch as Abraham kept the commandments, statutes and law, then
of what law is Paul speaking when he refers to the promises made to Abraham
four hundred and thirty years before the law? (Galatians 3:17) The passage
is translated by Ferrar Fenton: "And I assert this -- the rituals, beginning
four hundred and thirty years after, could not cancel a Settlement previously
established by God, so as to abolish the promise." The King James Version
renders this verse as follows: "And this I say, that the covenant, that
was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred
and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise
of none effect."
It was not the commandments, statutes and laws of Almighty God
which Abraham was keeping that Paul refers to as coming four hundred and
thirty years after the promise but it was the ritual or religious service
which was established or added at Mount Sinai because of sin (Galatians
3:19). Here Israel received their system of national worship, which had
to do with the ordinances by which atonement was made for sin.
Establishment of this distinction between the law contained in
commandments, statutes and judgments and the ordinances may not seem important.
However, due to the erroneous teaching of multitudes of Judeo-Christian
Church leaders regarding the law and their acceptance of the false doctrine
that Christians do not have to keep the law, it is necessary to define
this distinction between the ritual (abolished in Christ) and the laws
of administration which are still in operation.
God's Law is the very essence of life for, in the observance of
the perfect Laws of God, life is worthwhile. The keeping of these laws
is essential to orderly conduct and their administration is necessary in
bringing justice and establishing equity and peace. Without law, anarchy
would reign and society would be in a state of lawlessness and political
disorder under which no government could function.
Judeo-Christians who advocate doing away with the law and who
refuse to accept the operation of the principles of the commandments, statutes,
and judgments of the Lord as the law of life in the conduct of man individually,
socially, economically and in the administration of national affairs, are
no different from the anarchist; for he also advocates the abolition of
law. Judeo-Christians holding such doctrines believe that they are above
the need of keeping the law. Anarchism at its best stands for society made
orderly by good manners, but where there is no law there is no standard
of conduct or good manners and the end of such a society is but confusion
Anarchists are in rebellion against human government, but the
Judeo-Christians who refuse to observe and keep the laws of God are in
rebellion against Divine rule and government. It is a serious charge but,
nevertheless, true. Peter declared that those who despise government are
presumptuous and self-willed. (2 Peter 2:10) If God did establish a government
and law upon the earth, it behooves every man, and certainly all true Christians,
to conform with the requirements or come under the condemnation of being
What is the sin of presumption? Under the kingdom laws of administration,
it is deliberately doing that which is known to be forbidden and are found
in Numbers 15:29-31: "Ye shall have one law for him that sinneth through
ignorance...But the soul that doeth ought presumptuously... the same reproacheth
the LORD; and that soul shall be cut off from among his people. Because
he hath despised the word of the LORD, and hath broken his commandment,
that soul shall utterly be cut off; his iniquity shall be upon him."
Lest there be those who refuse to respect God's Commands and Government
in their daily living and life, by making the excuse that the New Testament
doctrine has set them free from law observance, it is well to listen to
the words of Christ in Matthew 5:19-20: "Whosoever therefore shall break
one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called
the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them,
the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say unto
you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the
scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven."
Here we have an interesting promise made to Christians, for only
those who are called by God, and accept Christ are eligible to position
and power in the Kingdom. Greatness in the Kingdom will come to those who
have kept, and taught others to keep, even the least of the laws. Condemnation
and a place of obscurity is promised to those who are presumptuous and
refuse to keep even the least of them.
Many passages in the Scriptures confirm all this, so let us not
be anarchists and, above all, Christian anarchists, for the essence of
an orderly and happy existence is to observe all the rules and regulations
as contained in the commandments, statutes and judgments of Almighty God.
Once the fact is established that law observance is essential
to orderly social relationships, it become necessary to make known to men
the laws that must be kept. But along with a knowledge of that law is the
need of an effective instrument or organization through which the law may
be administered for the benefit of all men. God recognized this need and,
though His laws were known for centuries before Abraham's day, God called
Abraham and in this call chose a family through whom He proposed to work,
making the descendants of this man a servant nation to become the administrators
of Kingdom laws. Through them He would demonstrate to all nations the righteousness
and perfection of His government and Kingdom. Moses had this in mind when
he instructed Israel to keep the statutes and judgments of God in Deuteronomy
4:6: "Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding
in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say,
Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people."
No matter how just and perfect a law may be, the mere knowledge
of its existence does not bring it into operation, nor will that knowledge
alone compel men to observe and obey its precepts. It is necessary that
a nation adopt that law as the law of the land and through the acts of
administration demonstrate the perfection of that law in operation. In
the call of Abraham a race was chosen by God to whom was to be given the
perfect laws and through whose administration He would demonstrate to the
world the perfection of that law.
The Bible records the history of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob/Israel
and the Egyptian sojourn of Jacob's twelve sons. Then came the deliverance
from Egyptian bondage under the leadership of Moses. Following the trek
across the wilderness they arrived at the foot of Mount Sinai where they
received a national charter from God and were enjoined to administer His
commandments, statutes and judgments.
Following the Mount Sinai experience of this people there emerged
from the wilderness a nation with a perfect system of administration and
law, which left so deep an impression upon this nation that it materially
influenced all its acts and deeds for thousands of years.
So don't let anyone tell you God's Laws have been done away with,
for he/she is a liar, a deceiver, a false teacher and no prophet of God.
"Political freedom is an idea but not a fact..." (Protocol 1:6)