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									The Purpose of
 God’s Law and
Obedience to It

       Roy E. Gane
SDA Theological Seminary
   Andrews University
            Roy E. Gane
        Westpoint Presentations
1.   The Purpose of God’s Law and Obedience
     to It
2.   Law, Legalism, and “Righteousness by
     Faith”
3.   Guidelines for Applying Biblical Laws to
     Modern Life
4.   How to Identify and Apply Timeless
     Principles in Biblical Laws
5.   Application of Biblical Laws Regarding
     Divorce and Homosexual Practice
            Roy E. Gane
        Westpoint Presentations
1.   THE PURPOSE OF GOD’S LAW
     AND OBEDIENCE TO IT
2.   Law, Legalism, and “Righteousness by
     Faith”
3.   Guidelines for Applying Biblical Laws to
     Modern Life
4.   How to Identify and Apply Timeless
     Principles in Biblical Laws
5.   Application of Biblical Laws Regarding
     Divorce and Homosexual Practice
Reaction of Many to God’s Law



          FEAR
         Teaching of Love

Torah = teaching/instruction
Whole Bible: Torah, Torah, Torah + Torah
Teaching about God’s character and ways
God’s character is UNSELFISH LOVE       (1
 John 4:8—“God is love”)
Whole Bible is teaching about love (Matt
 22:37-40)
          Teaching of Love
Saving   personal knowledge of God comes
 from all kinds of biblical teaching
Prescriptive “law” is one kind of teaching
Accountable for all teaching because we are
 saved through relationship with Christ (1
 John 5:11-13)
Emulate God’s holy/loving character (Lev
 11:44-45; 19:2, 18; 1 Pet 1:15-16)
           Teaching of Love
 God’s love is our guide to living:
  Ps 143:8—“Let me hear of your steadfast
  love in the morning, for in you I put my trust.
  Teach me the way I should go, for to you I
  lift up my soul.”
 God’s law, like other teaching, is based on
  love (Matt 22:37-40; Rom 13:10)
 Love through three Creation institutions
  generates 10 Commandments
         Teaching of Love
“Why is love so important? Because real,
 unselfish love is the only basis on which
 intelligent beings with free choice can live in
 harmony and not destroy each other. Love is as
 essential to the long-term survival of the human
 race as food and water are to our short-term
 survival. Ultimately we cannot live without
 love”—Roy Gane, Altar Call, p. 88.
           What is “Law”?
The order of justice and right to which people
 should conform and which judicial authority
 should enforce
Rules play some role in this order
Also principles and values belonging to the
 community’s collective conscience
Explicit rules—laws—are only the tip of the
 iceberg of “Law”—Dale Patrick, Old
 Testament Law, p. 4.
 Authority Behind Biblical Law

 Source and authority: God of Israel
 Conveyed through Moses and other prophets
 Not “J, E, D, P”!
 Our ethical/moral standard: self-revealed
  character of God, which is love
 Need for absolute standards
 Love = justice + mercy (Exod 34:6-7)
       Purpose of God’s Law
 Reveals God’s character of love
 Benefits us (Deut 10:13—“for your good”) by
  guiding us to live in harmony with God’s
  principles of cause and effect
 “God’s law—the wall that He has placed
  around His chosen ones for their protection,
  and obedience to whose precepts of justice,
  truth, and purity is to be their perpetual
  safeguard.”—Ellen G. White, Prophets and
  Kings, p. 678.
       Purpose of God’s Law
 Divine guide to excellence of model
  community for evangelistic purpose (Deut
  4:6-8)
 God wants to lavish blessings on His people
  to lead others to Him (Gen 12:3; Deut 28;
  Dan 1)
 Law reveals sin (departure from love) to show
  need for mercy and restoration (Rom 3:20;
  7:7; James 1:23-25)
      Covenant Framework
 God’s cumulative covenant phases structure
  the whole Bible
 Law functions within covenant framework
 See blessings and curses: Lev 26; Deut 28
 Compare ancient Near Eastern treaties
 Law contributes to purpose of covenant: to
  reveal and express God’s character
 Compare prologue to Hammurabi’s law
  code: laws exemplified king’s justice
      Covenant Framework
 God inaugurated covenants and gave laws to
  people whom He had already delivered
 Noah already saved from Flood (Gen 7-9)
 Abraham already spared from danger while
  rescuing Lot (Gen 14-15)
 Israelites already delivered from Egypt
  (Exod 19-24)
 Laws function within covenant framework of
  grace
 Law-keeping doesn’t save anyone
    Obedience and Salvation
 Laws benefit those who keep them (Lev
  18:5)
 Laws can’t help those who break them (Gal
  3:10-12).
 Only God’s mercy through Christ can
  remedy failure (Gal 3:13-14)
 We can’t obey on our own (Rom 7)
 Obedience (living by love) is a gift of grace
  received by faith through God’s Spirit (Rom
  5:5; Gal 5:6)
Love, Spirit, and “Latter Rain”
 End-time law of love and Elijah message of
  relational reconciliation (Mal 4:4-6)
 End-time law of love and faith of Jesus (Rev
  14:12)
 End-time “latter rain” outpouring of God’s
  Spirit (Joel 2)
 Therefore, love from the Holy Spirit is the
  power of the “latter rain”!
      Benefits of Biblical Law
Character of  God and theodicy
Deliverance and social justice
Communal ethics
Marriage and sexual morality
Beneficial lifestyle
Sabbath and sanctification (Exod 31:13)
      Benefits of Biblical Law

Illuminating other
                  parts of the Bible
  Lev 11:36; 15:25-30; Num 15:37-41 as
   background to Luke 8:43-48
  Num 5:11-31 background to Luke 7:36-50
  Lev 1 background to John 20:17

								
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