A Lengthening of Prosperity--That a nation conforms its statutes, and their enforcement, to the teaching of God’s Law is no guarantee that the saving blessings of God will redound to that nation.
The Destruction of Nations--We have noted previously in this series that “transgression”, in Biblical language, indicates any violation of the Law of God (cf. 1 Jn. 3.4).
What Nations Desire--From the beginning of God’s giving His Law He intended that His people should bear witness to the surrounding nations of the wisdom and understanding of God by their obedience to His Law (cf. vv. 7, 8).
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Can Christians learn anything from non-Christians?
A Framework for Faith/Spiritual Discipline
Fear is literally that - fear.
Meeting God is something you have to prepare for.
Kids are being encouraged to grow up too soon.
Patrick did not just preach a Gospel promising forgiveness and eternal life.
To be wise we must know Wisdom Himself.
Just who does President Obama think he is, anyway?
To Teach the Generation to Come--Every year, a significant proportion of teenagers, who have been raised in church all their lives, go off to college and begin the process of abandoning their childhood faith.
Uses of the Law: To Guide Us in Doing Good (7)
T. M. Moore
He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children, that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children, so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments… Psalm 78.5-7
Every year, a significant proportion of teenagers, who have been raised in church all their lives, go off to college and begin the process of abandoning their childhood faith. And every year this nation, host to a burgeoning “Bible-believing” church population, loses its grip a bit more on whatever remains of the good works of God’s Law.
Meanwhile, the same churches that have failed their youth and the nation are reluctant or negligent when it comes to helping their members learn the Law of God so that they can live lives devoted to good works, motivated by love for God and neighbor.
Asaph, the writer of Psalm 78, understood God’s intention. Each generation is to study, learn, and practice the Law of God, then to teach it to the generation that is to succeed them. They are to teach it so well, that not only will that generation learn to be devoted to good works, but they will teach their children who will, in turn, also grow up to fulfill this purpose of our redemption.
Today’s generation of church leaders cannot read the passage quoted above and say that they have fulfilled what Asaph requires of us. We have not. And the loss of our youth and the continuing corruption of our nation are just the most obvious indicators of our studied ignorance of the Law of God.
God intends that we should use His Law to learn how to do the good works for which we have been redeemed. When we fail to do so, we fail not only ourselves but our children, our nation, and the progress of the Kingdom of God.
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