No matter how crucial it is to a life of faith, the Law (the Torah) is not itself the source of life. On the contrary, the law points out sin, and sin leads to death (see Rom. 7:7–13). Instead, what makes the Torah effective is that it comes from God. Apart from God, the Torah would be a legalistic creed that has nothing to do with His original intention. A life of obedience to the law of
God is related to a life with God. The Torah does not replace God; it is just a teacher that (according to Paul’s analogy) leads the students to their master(Gal. 3:24).
Read Galatians 3:24 in context. How does the law point us to Jesus, so that we can indeed be
justified by faith?
The book of Proverbs is not just a book of wisdom; it is first of all a book about the God who has revealed wisdom. Seeking wisdom by obeying the law will draw us nearer to the Lord and to the salvation He freely offers us by faith in Jesus.
Read Proverbs 28:5. What is the key for us to
understand is used twice in Prov. 28:5, just as the word
law is in Prov. 28:4. The two verses are related: keeping the law (Prov. 28:4) and seeking the Lord (Prov. 28:5) belong together. The scope of this activity, however, is not just knowing and doing what is right (
justice [Prov. 28:5, NKJV]). This understanding concerns
all simply because it derives from the God of
all. For ancient Israel, knowledge of all things was not separated from religious experience. Faith was closely tied to intelligence and rational understanding. It was inconceivable to have faith without thinking or thinking without faith, because God was the foundation of both domains.
Why is faith in God such a rational position to hold? Why is it more illogical and irrational to reject God than to believe in Him?