Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Do as you think best, within the boundaries of the Law
This is what the Lord commands concerning the daughters of Zelophehad, saying, 'Let them marry whom they think best, but they may marry only within the family of their father's tribe.' (Numbers 36:6)
The Law of God is an incredibly liberating Law. It provides an opportunity for the greatest dimensions of liberty of all the law-systems that are in existence; that is, the greatest measure of liberty to live above and beyond the enslaving chains of sin.
Sin is transgression of the Law of God. Every thought, word or deed that contradicts the Law of God is a sin. However, the boundaries of the Law of God provide enormous liberties to lawfully live life.
In highly legislated societies, the choices open to individuals and groups progressively become more and more restricted. In the days of Chairman Mao, everyone was required to wear the same style of clothing made of the same colour of cloth. God's Law, on the other hand, says that we must dress modestly and must not be attired in the clothing that distinguishes the opposite sex; with no restrictions on colour of cloth, style, cut and a multiplicity of other factors which reflect individual taste. Clearly, God's Law is much more liberating than Mao's law, in regards to clothing.
God's Law consists of 613 statements, many of which are not accompanied with a negative sanction to be administered in this life. It is possible to memorize the Law of God, and apply it consistently, as mediated through the teachings, life and work of the Lord Jesus Christ, and as facilitated by the work of the Person of the Holy Spirit.
In the statement of the Law mentioned at the beginning of this blog, God defined the limits of marriage - it must be within the boundaries of the covenant. Why is this so? For inheritance sake. When marriages take place outside the covenant, more often than not spiritual and material inheritance is dissipated, and as a consequence the family entity is weakened. On the other hand, marriage within the covenant of God, is blessed by God and inheritance is compounded and the family unit is strengthened.
Yet, within this logically sensible boundary, God commands, 'Let them marry whom they think best, ...' Within the boundaries of the covenant there are simply no restrictions. Within the boundaries of the covenant there is enormous liberty. Within the boundaries of the covenant rational thought, emotional response and other considerations can be taken into consideration, and marriages can be arranged according to what the individuals consider to be the best combination of factors.
This is a context for enormous liberty.