Rules for Living
TEXT: Jeremiah 31:31-32
PROPOSITION: God give us rules because we need them.
KEY WORD: Reasons
SCRIPTURE READING: Same
Here are some statistics:
Every 23.1 seconds: One Violent Crime
Every 32.6 minutes: One Murder
Every 5.6 minutes: One Forcible Rape
Every 1.3 minutes: One Robbery
Every 36.9 seconds: One Aggravated Assault
Every 3.1 seconds: One Property Crime
Every 14.7 seconds: One Burglary
Every 4.5 seconds: One Larceny-theft
Every 25.5 seconds: One Motor Vehicle Theft
Many people are hostages of fear. Triple lock doors, bars on windows.
We lock our car, house, briefcase, garage, lawnmower, bicycle
What has gone wrong?
Some say – “Can’t legislate morals.”
Morals is all that CAN be legislated.
The real issue – WHOSE morals will be legislated?
It is true – “You can’t force people to obey moral values.”
Laws are the fixed standard for our lives.
What is threatening our society is lack a clear moral standard.
Problem: Our self-chosen way – leads to destruction
Proverbs 14:12 - There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.
Solution: Get back to the Bible and obey it.
Psalm 119:172 - My tongue shall speak of Your word, For all Your commandments are righteousness.
You are made in the image of God and I owe you respect.
God’s rules are good, and good for me.
We often challenge God’s rules.
We often disobey and defy His rules.
But, breaking them is always bad for us.
Sin is the breaking of God’s rules.
1 John 3:4 – Sin is the transgression of the law
Romans 6:23 – Wages of sin is death
3,500 years ago – God delivered some basic rules.
10 Commandments – to Israel
Special covenant to Jews – Exodus 34:27-28
Temporary – Jeremiah 31:31-34
Jesus fulfilled them – Galatians 3:24-25
The fundamental principles are eternally relevant.
Our world needs rules.
Law (rules) and Love and not opposites.
Legalism – rule-keeping to earn heaven
Our salvation is not based on legalism.
It is based on the redemptive acts of Jesus.