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MORAL LAW

Scripture contains not only Israel's ceremonial and civil laws, it also proclaims God's moral law. God's moral law is summarized in the ten commandments or the decalogue. It is termed "moral" law because it deals with how we are to live our life morally.


God's moral law differs from His ceremonial and civil laws in the following three characteristics:

1. God's moral law is eternal; it will never end. It applies universally to all people, in all circumstances, at all times. God's moral law is the permanent, unchanging expression of His will and Person, of His holiness and justice. God cannot change or deny His moral law without changing or denying Himself.

The use of Israel's ceremonial law ended when the fulfillment of its types arrived; the direct use of Israel's civil law ended when the theocratic state of Israel ceased; but the use of the moral law will never end, for the need for moral living shall continue as long as there is a moral God - forever.

    "What types of items are engraved in stone?" Sarah's teacher asked her class. "Let's list some examples."

      The class listed the following examples:

    • Cemetery stones
    • Building dedication stones
    • Important historical markers or plaques
    • Statues of famous persons
    • Boundary markers

    "Viewing this list," her teacher continued, "Why do people engrave messages in stone?"

    "Because they want their messages to last," Sarah answered.

    Sarah's answer is correct. What significance is attached to the fact that God's moral law (not Israel's ceremonial or civil laws) was engraved in stone?

2. God's moral law is spiritual; it pertains to inward motives and thoughts as well as outward words and actions. God's moral law forbids "heart murder," "emotional stealing," and "mental adultery" as well as the physical performances of these actions.

  • Decalogue - The ten commandments; God's moral law
  • Morally - Conducting oneself according to God's standard of right and avoiding that which is wrong




  • How is the suffering and death of Jesus Christ a proof that God hates and punishes all sin? How does it clearly reveal that God will not change His moral law or standards of righteousness?





     

    Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.

    - Exodus 20:17

     

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