Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Obsolete Laws vs. God's Law

There are some really crazy laws out there, still on the books. Just to give you an idea of how far out there they are ...

  1. In Glendale, Arizona, you may not legally back up a car.
  2. In Ohio, you are not allowed to run out of gas.
  3. In Georgia, slapping a man on the back is illegal.
  4. In Utah, birds have the right of way on public highways.
  5. In Hawaii, you may not insert pennies into your ears.
  6. In Iowa, it is against the law to have a rotten egg in your possession.
  7. You may not take lions to the theater in Maryland.
  8. In Tulsa, Oklahoma, you cannot open a pop bottle without a licensed engineer present.
  9. Alabama will not allow salt on their railroad tracks - it's a criminal offense.
  10. In Michigan (woo hoo), it's illegal to put a skunk in your boss's desk. Oh phooey, I was going to try that :)
God's Ten Commandments (NIV) state:

1. You shall have no other gods before me.
2. You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand [generations] of those who love me and keep my commandments.
3. You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.
4. Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates. For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
5. Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.
6. You shall not murder.
7. You shall not commit adultery.
8. You shall not steal.
9. You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.
10. You shall not covet your neighbor's house. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.
Laws are hard to follow, especially the ten commandments. God knew we couldn't keep all of them perfectly, no matter how hard we tried. Because of our sin nature, we forever battle these laws.
Good news! Jesus died a sinner's death on a cross even though He was Himself sinless. In doing so, He took away our guilt and took it upon Himself. Jesus is the only One who ever has been or ever will be who could completely obey the Ten Commandments. By accepting the gift of forgiveness (His sacrifice on the cross), we can be declared not guilty of breaking the Law - and hence live with God eternally.
That's a lot better than the alternative - hell with Satan.
Easter is soon to be here. There's no better time than now to get right with God.
"I will yet praise Him, my great Redeemer!" (Tommy Walker)

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