Jeremiah 44:10 “They have not been humbled, to this day, nor have they feared; they have not walked in My law or in My statutes that I set before you and your fathers.’”
A Statute has been described as a rule of an organization or institution. They can be related to either literally or figuratively, depending on the manner in which they are prescribed.
A figurative description of a statute is one that resembles truth but doesn’t necessarily define it.
Leviticus 20:22-23 “‘You shall therefore keep all My statutes and all My judgments, and perform them, that the land where I am bringing you to dwell may not vomit you out. And you shall not walk in the statutes of the nation which I am casting out before you; for they commit all these things, and therefore I abhor them.”
Now, I am not a fan of vomiting, matter of fact I completely despise the act. I will do anything I possibly can not to vomit when I have the flu, it completely ruins me when this occurs. So when I hear of the land vomiting out its inhabitants because they refused to obey God’s statutes, it makes me sit up and take notice.
Statutes can also be good or bad. The determination of what characterizes a statute is by whom it has been decreed.
A nation that adopts evil statutes defiles the land, which then leads to other questionable aspects of a statute….can a law be moral or immoral?
Leviticus 20:26 “And you shall be holy to Me, for I the Lord am holy, and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be Mine.”
A nation that embraces the One true God as being Holy has a mandate placed against them—they must follow His decrees.
If a nation makes rules that offend God’s law, they place themselves in a position as moral agents above God.
A common occurrence in American politics is to legislate morality. The representatives of the people enact legislation that is meant to represent the will of society. How legislators define the maxims of society is another question that is often not well defined. It seems that Hollywood and News outlets bring so much influence through T.V. and movies that when we hear of a topic being expressed, mass media can either inflame the subject as being moral or decline it as outdated and irrelevant. Those who subscribe to the latter are castigated in society as being insensitive and hateful. Adjectives are used to diminish someone else’s position and are directed in such a way to lower a person’s viewpoint as being less valuable.
Any law that offends God’s standard of Holiness is evil. People may look for exceptions to try and diminish the overall impact or include language that softens the blow and makes it look more humanitarian but in the end, the laws of God are engraved in stone, they do not change.
Exodus 20:13 “You shall not murder.”
Can the charge to not murder be made any more clear? The Lord doesn’t make exceptions, He doesn’t leave it open for discussion, or act regretful that it can be taken so harshly.
The law of the land is that if a woman chooses to murder her baby in the womb, she is allowed to do so. Those who push for such legislation believe that a baby in the womb belongs to the mother’s right to choose life or death for the child. There is a long line of so called ‘doctors’ who are willing to do whatever it takes to kill that child and many of these charlatans of medicine have grown rich from the blood of the innocent.
Should there be a provision for cases in which a woman is impregnated during rape or incest?—The moral law to not murder does not make such a provision. If you have to kill an unborn child, regardless of the reason, it is deemed as murder. Many will declare that the life of the mother, if compromised, gives reason to terminate the child, and in very few cases, the necessity to make dramatic decisions like this are not easily concluded. Each situation is unique to itself but with the advances of modern medicine, the ability to care for a premature infant becomes more feasible each day.
Isaiah 42:5-6 “Thus says God the Lord,
Who created the heavens and stretched them out,
Who spread forth the earth and that which comes from it,
Who gives breath to the people on it,
And spirit to those who walk on it:
“I, the Lord, have called You in righteousness,
And will hold Your hand;
I will keep You and give You as a covenant to the people,
As a light to the Gentiles”
I believe, when we are faced with such crucial decisions in life, such as whether the life of a mother should take precedence over the child, it is during these times the Lord makes it clear which direction we should go.
Do you seek out His will?
Is God’s priority paramount in your life or do you subscribe to a societal model of morality? Do you make decisions based off emotional pulls or do you allow the rationality of God’s Word to dominate your life?
What makes a law good?
In and of themselves, people cannot make good laws. They can mimic a good law or replicate one they have known but they do not have the capacity to construct a law that is deemed ‘good’.
Psalm 53:3 “All have turned away, they have together become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one.”
Any law that is deemed good must originate from God.
Psalm 119:68 “You are good, and You do what is good; teach me Your statutes.”
The goodness of God is made manifest by His statutes. We would be wise to learn them.
Goodness originates with Him and any measure that is equal to Him was born out of His character.
How do we know what to follow? What statutes or decrees are considered worthy and which are unworthy?
To offend a worthy statute, is to offend God. To obey an unworthy statute is to likewise offend God. The Lord is the judge of all mankind, whether we are thrown in prison, tortured, or killed for standing upon God’s statutes is to recognize that which is worthy. There are many who have suffered under evil rule and yet their crown of righteousness endures into eternity.
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1 Peter 2:20 “How is it to your credit if you are beaten for doing wrong and you endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God.”
Learn the statutes of the Lord and you will learn to live in honor before the Lord. The honor you receive will carry on forever and the goodness of God will be made evident to you now.
The more we walk in righteousness, the more we see the value of doing so.