Ecclesiastes 12:13 “…Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.”
Why would God create rules?
Good parents set house rules and carry out discipline, knowing by experience the snares and temptations their children will be privy to. In the same way, the Lord also knows the weaknesses of human nature.
It’s safe to say Jesus understands first-hand the kind of trouble and chaos we can get into without having some guidelines to live by.
Thus, as the laws of our government tell us how to behave as civilians so that peace and safety are ensured, so God’s Word should function as a governing rule in our hearts and lives.
Deuteronomy 11:1 (ESV) “You shall therefore love the Lord your God and keep his charge, his statutes, his rules, and his commandments always.
Today, too many preachers are worried about being politically correct, frightened and unwilling to speak against sin.
I don’t recall Jesus being that way, though.
He wasn’t too concerned with being popular or widely accepted for what He preached.
He wasn’t afraid of hurting feelings when He called out the pharisees, exposing their corrupt ways.
In Matthew 15:9 (ESV) He recites “…in vain to they worship me, teaching for doctrine the commandments of men.'” Over time, mankind has given his own interpretation to scriptures in order to appease society’s current issues and modern controversies.
In turn, new doctrines are formed based on only part of the Truth while the rest derives from cultural traditions or opinions. Unfortunately, this only causes a white-washing of once-poignant words. Sugar-coated truth tends to be of no effect (Mark 7:13 KJV).
But the Laws of God are not intended to be followed purely out of obligation. We aren’t saved by the “good” works we do or the “bad” ones we don’t do (James 2:14-26 KJV).
Remember, if we love God, we will keep His commandments (John 14:15).
The laws were formed out of love and grace in order to help us. That doesn’t mean, however, that we should take love and grace for granted to live as we please.
Following the Lord requires devotion and diligence on our part–including dying to our own desires and opinions on a daily basis.
Many may recall the comparison between the first brothers, Cain and Abel.
Abel, out of conviction of what he knew God desired of him, sacrificed a lamb. Cain brought God what he thought would suffice from all his labors: an offering of the best of his harvest.
But what does God say to the latter? Obedience is better than sacrifice (1 Samuel 15:22).
Let us not take our example from Cain and try to satisfy God in our own way. Let’s not be guilty of omitting scripture, either purposely or by taking another man’s thought for our own.
“…And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life…” Revelation 22:18-19 (KJV).
God has an order for everything–nothing is done or spoken by Him accidentally. So when He requires something, He means it.
Just because we don’t understand something doesn’t make it less true or important. Search the Book He authored and ask Him sincerely for revelation. He will not disappoint if we truly seek to know and obey all of His commandments.