September 8: Privileges and Responsibilities of the Law 

Privileges and Responsibilities of the Law

Every good relationship is based on an agreement, a covenant, between the parties.  The agreement should address the desires, expectations of all parties and most important their.   Commitment.

If we use modern terms, the covenant specifies the privileges and responsibilities of all parties involved. We can consider “law” to be the parameters of a covenant.  Covenants cam be between individuals, citizens of a nation, and God and His Creation.

When God created Adam and then Eve He gave them the privilege of an intimate relationship between each other and with Him.  That privilege also came with responsibilities (Genesis 1:26-30; 2:16-17)

God’s covenant with Israel necessitated instructing them how to live their lives as His witness to the Gentiles, a free nation among nations while being unlike the other nations.  His commandments were not meant to restrict but enable the people to live the lives for which He designed. 

The entire Mosaic Law was summarized by one instruction:

Deuteronomy 6:4-5 (Matthew 22:34-40)

 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.

God’s law also extends beyond the moral, spiritual and civil privileges and responsibilities of His people. He also designed His creation with responsibilities. (Psalm 19:1-4)

These natural laws include:

  • Laws of life:
  • Procreation only by the fertilization of the egg of a female by the seed of a male.
  • Multiplies by its own kind
  • Laws of gravity, chemistry, planetary motion, physics, mathematics, logic, uniformity


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