17
Aug
11

The Law Is Still Perfect

I have written before about the law of the Lord, and how God’s people alternately accept it and abandon it.  We read of another instance in today’s passage:

The LORD was with Jehoshaphat because in his early years he walked in the ways his father David had followed. He did not consult the Baals but sought the God of his father and followed his commands rather than the practices of Israel.  The LORD established the kingdom under his control; and all Judah brought gifts to Jehoshaphat, so that he had great wealth and honor.  His heart was devoted to the ways of the LORD; furthermore, he removed the high places and the Asherah poles from Judah.

In the third year of his reign he sent his officials Ben-Hail, Obadiah, Zechariah, Nethanel and Micaiah to teach in the towns of Judah.  With them were certain Levites—Shemaiah, Nethaniah, Zebadiah, Asahel, Shemiramoth, Jehonathan, Adonijah, Tobijah and Tob-Adonijah—and the priests Elishama and Jehoram.  They taught throughout Judah, taking with them the Book of the Law of the LORD; they went around to all the towns of Judah and taught the people.

The fear of the LORD fell on all the kingdoms of the lands surrounding Judah, so that they did not make war with Jehoshaphat.  — 2 Chronicles 17:3-10

There is truly something special about this “law”.  Many verses make reference to it, even into the New Testament.  God’s law is perfect, and is still perfect today (yes, the premise of the Law has not been done away with – see Jesus’ words in Matthew 5:17 and 7:12, and Paul’s words throughout Galatians – more on this another day).  In this story, we see that the law inspired the fear of the Lord among the nations – not just Judah, but it had an influence on surrounding nations, as well.  God’s law was (and is) perfect.  It was we who messed up the perfect plan.

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