“The Bible is just a book of do’s and don’ts!” Have you ever heard that said before? It seems to be a criticism that gets thrown around in our world today. But is it?
I looked up how many laws we have in the US. The answer? No one knows. Our tax code is over 7500 pages long and somewhere between 3.5-10 million words. And that’s just about taxes. There are more than 20,000 laws on the books governing the use of guns. We have thousands of other laws, laws for traffic, for civil disobedience, for marriage, divorce, schools, businesses, hospitals, restaurants, housing, property, accidents, criminal activity such as murder, fraud, theft, kidnapping, the list goes on and on and on.
We could argue that our society is just a bunch of do’s and don’ts. And yet we totally understand the need for law. We must have rules, regulations, and laws to help maintain a peaceful society.
The Torah contains only 613 laws. 365 are don’ts, the rest are do’s. So, is the Bible just a bunch of do’s and don’ts?
Not at all. God gave us the law to help maintain a peaceful life, but God’s Word goes way beyond law. It’s about our relationship with a Holy God. The psalmist saw the beauty. “Your statutes are wonderful; therefore I obey them. The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple. I open my mouth and pant, longing for your commands.” Psalm 119:129-131
The writer of this psalm experienced the majesty, the beauty, the wonder of God’s laws. God’s laws, as well as all the other words written in the Book, are there for our good. They are for our relationship with the Lord. God’s Word gives us light. It gives us understanding.
Oh Lord, I thank You for every Word You chose to write for us.