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God's Perfect Law

By Chris Oliver
April 2, 2020

Passages of the day: Click HEREto read today’s passages.
Deuteronomy 21:1-22:30
Luke 9:51-10:12
Psalm 74:1-23
Proverbs 12:11

Yesterday I received a $333 parking ticket.  Your first reaction may be similar to mine - why is this so expensive?  The violation was parking in a handicap spot. I quickly learned this is the most expensive parking violation in the state.  It didn’t matter that my wife and I were in the car, or that I told the sheriff I would leave immediately, the law was enforced to its full effect.  

In our passage, the Israelites are reminded of a few of their own Mosaic laws, with capital punishment resulting in the majority of their infractions.  The justification for these laws are all explicitly laid out after each explanation: evil has no place among God’s people.  

Evil wasn’t on my mind.  Chelsea and I wanted to remove ourselves from our shelter-in-place requirement to take a large whiff of saltwater and gaze across the pacific.  However, with all beach parking along multiple California counties sectioned off, I violated the law.   

Law is the backbone of any culture.  Without ours, the meek would be trampled and inequality would utterly crush us. God gave the Israelites law that not only established order but also refined them and required them to live obedient lives; lives that were pleasing and acceptable, void of evil.  Like me, the Jewish people had a tough time living up to their law. While both the Israelites and you and I consistently stumble over God’s perfect law, Christ received God’s capital punishment on our behalf. Unfortunately, I’m still on the hook for $333.

Chris 

To memorize:
But God is my King from long ago;
    he brings salvation on the earth.
— Psalm 74:12