Living The Will Of God
Living the Word and will of God in the present culture of sin.
If you will …then will the Lord…
The Law came as a means of shining a light on sin to reveal it for what it was and to contrast it with the righteousness of God. The hearts of men on the earth, from the time of the fall, had turned away from God. Each man acted according to his corrupt human nature. So, God sent the Law to His people, to Israel, His covenant people to show them their sins and to reveal what was pleasing and acceptable to God. The greater work of the Law was to show a pattern of the pathway to redemption that would ultimately meet in the man Jesus Christ, who would come as the fulfillment of the Law.
The Law was three faceted, the condition on which it was based obedience, the promise for fulfilling it, Jesus, and the curse for transgressing it.
From the beginning of the Law God sought to bless His people, to prosper their way and to give them great favor and good success. The Law was never intended to be merely an exacting set of rules to burden and enslave the people to the bondage of rules and regulations. t was to shoe them God's way and the way of righteousness in stark contrast to the ways of the Egyptians they had so long sugared under. The Law existed ultimately for the purpose or reward.
“The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul;
The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple;
The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart;
The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes;
The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever;
The judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold,
Yea, than much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
Moreover by them Your servant is warned,
And in keeping them there is great reward.” Psalm 19:7-11
So the proposition (the condition) was offered. If you will…
“And it shall be that if you earnestly obey My commandments which I command you today, to love the LORD your God and serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul, then I will give you the rain for your land in its season, the early rain and the latter rain, that you may gather in your grain, your new wine, and your oil. And I will send grass in your fields for your livestock, that you may eat and be filled.’” Deut. 11:13-15
There was a need for the people to follow the rules then they would receive the reward. Simple. Right? Just do what God commanded and the blessings of the Lord would come. But, men were by nature drawn to other things, other ways, other Gods. Human nature is stamped with a propensity to desire what is not profitable for life, because death reigns in the heart of all the descendants of Adam.
But man is also created with a strong instinct to survive. For Israel survival was tied to the land, to the seasonal harvests. Rain was essential for a good crop and God alone could send or withhold the rain. So as a matter of practical wisdom it was beneficial to diligently do what God commanded.
So the warning is given…
“Take heed to yourselves, lest your heart be deceived, and you turn aside and serve other gods and worship them, lest the LORD’S anger be aroused against you, and He shut up the heavens so that there be no rain, and the land yield no produce, and you perish quickly from the good land which the LORD is giving you. Deut. 11:16-17
Then the way of gaining the promise…
“Therefore you shall lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates,: Deut. 11:18-20
Then the benefit and the blessing…
“…your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land of which the LORD swore to your fathers to give them, like the days of the heavens above the earth. “For if you carefully keep all these commandments which I command you to do—to love the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways, and to hold fast to Him—then the LORD will drive out all these nations from before you, and you will dispossess greater and mightier nations than yourselves. Every place on which the sole of your foot treads shall be yours: from the wilderness and Lebanon, from the river, the River Euphrates, even to the Western Sea, shall be your territory. No man shall be able to stand against you; the LORD your God will put the dread of you and the fear of you upon all the land where you tread, just as He has said to you.” Deut. 11:21-25
But even with its promises the Law was inadequate in this regard. It could not change the hearts of the people. It could not make them righteous. It could only reveal their sinful nature.
Now we have the One who is greater than the Law. We have Jesus in whom all the Law is fulfilled for us. So we can live in the Law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus because we have been freed from the Law of sin and death.
In Him we have all the life we need to be all that we are created to be, all that we are created to do, all that we are created to have. In Christ we are more and have more and can do more than all the Law could provide for us.
To God be the glory. You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. Sin can’t lord over you or dominate your life so that you come short of God’s glory if you will do what God has commanded, if you will love Him with all your heart, soul (mind) and strength and love your neighbor as yourself. This is the sum of all the Law and the prophets.