Hear the Law

Proverbs 28:9.
“He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.” (KJV).

The Law is Good:

It’s unfortunate that even in the church today, many people have turned away from the hearing of God’s law. “We’re under grace, not law!” they protest. However, Jesus Himself said, “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.” (Matt. 5:17).

Now it’s true that that no one can ever be right with God by trying to keep the law. For the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.” (Gal. 3:11). But that’s not the purpose of God’s law. You can’t get saved by keeping the Ten Commandments.

Having said that though, I do believe that God wants us to keep His law, not break His law. Jesus said, “If you love me, keep my commandments.” (John 14:15). We don’t keep the law to try to get God to love us, but because He already does love us in response to His love.

What Law?

When we speak of keeping God’s law, what are we talking about? We know that the ceremonial laws (the religious ceremonies, offerings and feasts of the Israelites) were fulfilled in Jesus, and because we don’t live in the nation of Israel, the civil law (their dictates for how to punish law-breakers) doesn’t apply to us. However, the moral law – the law that teaches us what is right and wrong – does apply to our lives as Christians. And not only the five books of the Old Testament called “The Law”, but indeed all of the commandments in the Bible – Old and New Testaments. Love your neighbour, turn the other cheek, treat others as you want to be treated, etc.

Listen to the Law:

In today’s Proverb, King Solomon gives us a warning. He says that if you turn your ear away from hearing the law, then even your prayers would be an abomination to the Lord. This is very similar to Psalm 66:18: “If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear.” In other words, if we choose to disobey God’s law (which He gave us for our own good), then we shouldn’t expect Him to listen to our prayers!

Let me illustrate. If one of my children was to disobey me, and refused to apologize for doing something wrong, and they were to turn around and ask for the keys to the car, do you think I would give it to them? Not likely! This doesn’t mean I don’t love my child, but I’m not going to reward their rebellion by doing something nice for them.

The same thing is true with the Lord. He is more concerned with our relationship with Him than the things we are asking Him for. Therefore, if we will do our utmost to walk in obedience to His Word, and when we miss the mark, be quick to repent and ask for forgiveness, we will continue to enjoy His loving presence. Amen!


2 responses to “Hear the Law

  • Anthony Baker

    Chris, you were right on the money…spot on…you hit the nail on the head with this one (not that you’ve missed much, before).

    I recently preached a message on the coming judgement day when all of us will give an account before Christ. I showed how that Scripture teaches that the righteous are forgiven and therefore will not be judged for their sins. However, we WILL be judged…we WILL have to give an account. We hear so much about a God of love (which He is), but little about His holiness and righteousness. Literally, we forget WHO God is. No one can keep the law, and I don’t believe the Lord expects us to keep it perfectly, but I shudder to think what it will be like when we have to stand before the One who gave us everything. I’m sure we will be able to remember many, many times when we will wish we could have followed His commands. Oh, His mercy is from everlasting to everlasting, but He deserves so much more than what we give Him.

    • Chris Jordan

      Thanks for the feedback, Anthony… as I started reflecting upon the Proverb, I started thinking that I may have bitten more off than I could chew – trying to explain the purpose of the law of God in a short little devotional with 500 words or less… but I trust people got the point… it is not God’s grace plus our good works that saves us. Rather, God’s grace produces salvation – AND the fruit of good works in our lives. We keep the law in response to God’s love, not in order to earn it. Thanks for the feedback!

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