Day 1 of 4
When Moses gave the people God’s laws, he said: “Observe them carefully, for this will show your wisdom and understanding to the nations. . . . What other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the LORD our God is near us whenever we pray to him? And what other nation is so great as to have such righteous decrees and laws?” (Deuteronomy 4:6-8).
According to Moses, being given God’s laws was not a punishment but a privilege.
You may not have an ice cream cone in your back pocket at any time. It is illegal to wake a bear to take its picture. No vehicle without a driver may exceed 60 miles per hour. Believe it or not, those are actual laws in various places. They sound pretty silly, don’t they? The Israelites might have thought the same thing when God gave them some of His laws. For instance, God told them to only eat meat from animals that had split hooves and chewed the cud (Leviticus 11:3). Huh? God also required that any clothing with mildew on it must be taken to the priest to “examine the mildew and isolate the affected article for seven days” (Leviticus 13:50). Can you imagine taking your dirty laundry to your pastor? God, in His infinite wisdom, had good reasons for each law He gave. He intended them to benefit not only the Israelites but also the world. Copyright (c) Melinda Means and Joanna Lutz, Focus on the Family."
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