The Law a Delight?

I was driving at 110 kph, the speed limit, along the F3 freeway into Sydney when I passed a traffic police car sitting on the side of the road, ready to catch the unwary who strayed over the magical 110. I glanced at my speedo, saw the 110, reminded myself that all speedos are a few km under, and drove smugly on.

About 2 km further along the road, I saw the police car in the rear vision mirror with its blue light flashing. I thought that they must have been interested in someone ahead of me so I changed lanes (as you are required to do) to let him pass. Suddenly I realized that he was still behind me and was now flashing his lights at me – a clear indication that he wanted to talk to me. Mystified I negotiated to the edge of the road, not all that easy when you are surrounded by heavy traffic, all traveling at 110 kph, and a police car.

My great sin was that my trailer tow ball was partially hiding my number plate. It did not even hide the numbers. I had been driving like that for about 18 months – I don’t tow a trailer – the tow-bar holds a bike rack for carrying our bikes. I was surprised and then worried because the policeman informed me that it was an offense for which I could be fined about $400. Fortunately, he checked my license, checked with his computer and recognized that I was  a good citizen without a long trail of traffic offenses and let me off with a verbal warning.

That’s the traffic law, and most of us think of it as necessary but a bit of a humbug at times. Wear your seat belts, keep below the speed limit – particularly those 40 kph ones that only apply for a couple of hours each day, keep left, give way to the right, don’t run the red lights, keep the kids tied down properly and so on. Most of us have been there and done that. It is a pain but we know that it is necessary.

There is a tendency to think of God’s law in the same way. A set of rules that we can break easily with draconian consequences. Yet in the Bible I find some delightful references to the law. How is this for starters?

I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart. Ps 40:8

I long for Your salvation, O LORD, And Your law is my delight. Ps 119:74 NKJV


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 for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.
Ps 19:7-9

If the law is a delight, how come we hear so much about breaking it? If the Gospel is good news, why do we spend so much time talking about what happens when we break the law?

Perhaps we need to recognize that we have been let off more than a few $400 fines.

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About Maurice Ashton

Maurice Ashton is a retired lecturer who lives in Australia. He taught Science and Mathematics at high school level before taking a research interest in Computer Science. He lectured at Avondale College for nearly 30 years before retiring in 2012. He is married to Carmel and they have two adult children and two grand children. Currently Maurice is pursuing a keen interest in bird photography and spends much of his time sitting in swamps observing and photographing birds. He has been involved with Sabbath School Net since about 1997.


The Law a Delight? — 13 Comments

  1. Truly, commandment keeping boils down to one's attitude to the Law Giver- it's following His advice, not my feelings. It may seem sensless at times but if I value the Lawgiver and what the Lawgiver wants, I do it, period. The related text' are Romans 14:23 and James 4:17. I need to focus on pleasing Him, not me.

  2. It seems like people think of the law as a list of rules. In order to keep the law you have to keep the rules (10 rules? 100 rules? 1000 rules?) perfectly. Perfection is obtained by keeping the rules perfectly. The 144,000 will keep the rules perfectly.

    This is all so false.

    The law is love. In order to keep the law, you love completely without pride or selfishness. Perfection is obtained by being completely loving without selfishness. The 144,000 will understand love and demonstrate it purely. That is the only law you really have to keep.

    The rules only keep us from deceiving ourselves (sort of...) as to what love is.

  3. Maurice, if we remember that buckling our kids keeps them safe just like the speed limit keeps us safe too, we would be more happy with the law. Also when the police officer pulls us over we should remember that the same officer who gives us a warning or even a ticket may also be the same officer who would step in front of us and take a bullet if someone was attacking us. Likewise, the Lawgiver gave His life for us, and yes we should be happy with the Lawgiver and His laws.

  4. Very nicely applied story! I also got a scare driving in Australia, but in my case for driving in the wrong side of the road (on the right side instead of the left) I was driving in Cairns, and it was the first time I drove in Australia - I am from the American Continent - The officer was very kind and understanding and let me off with a warning, and not before pointing out to the importance of becoming acquainted with the laws of the land (Hosea 4:6, "My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge..."


    • Hehe! You were not in Australia, you were in Queensland. Even I take out extra insurance when I drive in Queensland and I don't let my wife drive. Queenslanders are great people (My in-laws live there), but they are ambivalent about which side of the road they drive on. I remember being a passenger in a car that was driven most of the way from Surfers Paradise to Brisbane on the wrong side of the road. That was back in my student days. I won't tell you the driver's name - He lives in the USA now I believe.

  5. The principle behind law is liberty or salvation to use biblical language. To hate the law of God is to hate liberty or salvation. We should not think for instance that, the US is a becon of liberty. This view overshadows the grandeur of liberty that God gave humanity through the Sinaticus covenant that was lived by Christ and fullfilled at Calvary and to be consumated at Christ's second coming. The world government's laws are manipulation not for liberty of humanity but for domination of humanity. The bible is clear, it is God's law that makes the works of the antichrist manifest. But it is the gospel that will be the reason for the antichrist to react. In that sense, the law and the gospel are determinat for the final battle before God ushers in his kingdom where the law of liberty will be according to Jeremiah, no one will teach another and say, know the Lord for they will all know me, says the Lord.

  6. Sometimes we only consider the 10 commandments, but God has also commanded us to do more. For instance, many of us struggle with Mark 12:31 "The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

  7. Our journey with the Lord begins with the law because only the law can show us the severity of sin and how it separates us from God, but ultimately He wants a relationship with us that is so close, so intimate, that we think like Him and respond as He would respond, with that law in the inmost part of our beings as natural as breathing.

  8. Many years ago Smuts Von Royen wrote an article for the M.V. Kit entitled "A New Look at the Sinai Ten". His premise was that "Sin" is not a 'Thing". Sin is an attitude. Anything that comes between you and God and can separate you from Him is Sin. God, in His love and mercy, showed us the ten danger areas that could separate us from Him. They are called "The Ten Commandments"... They are 100% positive.

  9. Thank you everyone for you comments; even those who confused Queensland with Australia . I like to think of the law not so much about sinning but about living. When I confine my thinking to the ten commandments I reckon I do a pretty good job. I have not killed anyone, I am faithful to one wife, I keep Sabbath from sunset to sunset and so on. But the law of God is so much more than that. It is indeed about relationships between God and me, and between me and everyone else. Keeping those relationships alive and in perspective is really what the law of God is all about. And that is worth celebrating. It is an invitation to creativity and development. Every Sabbath I try and create a new experience or different perspective to share with God and my friends. When I am cranky and irritated by my wife, I think up some new way of saying how important she is to me. (It's Valentines day every day, not just today) I am not saying that I am successful at this all the time, but the law of God is more meaningful to me when I try and build relationships.

    Jesus said it so well, when he said Love God, and one another. When you try to do that the law becomes a delight and a celebration.

  10. Our God has always desired the best for us, without these 10 simple precepts, the world would be a complete chaos.

  11. Ellen White told us that the Law is the transcript of God's character, and the Bible states that God is love. This meant that there should be no conflict between Law and Love, since they are one and the same. Why should we be afraid of God's love?


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