Whenever you bring up the laws of God some people become defensive and mean acting. They immediately begin to tell you Jesus abolished God’s laws that were given to the Israelites on Mount Sinai. They say that was the old covenant and that we’re under the law of grace now so we don’t have to follow those rules. Besides those laws were for the Israelites, which we’re not. We’re the church, the bride and we don’t have to follow laws because we’re saved by grace.
Yet, from the very beginning, God gives all kinds of commandments to His creation. He gave rules to the stars, sun and moon. He gave rules to the animal kingdom on earth, in the air and in the waters. He even gave mankind rules to follow. Don’t believe me? Keep reading.
God’s Commands to the Universe and Animal Kingdom
God has always had rules to follow from the time He created the universe and mankind. There was nothing in His creation that escaped His rules. A lot of His rules for the universe can be explained by science, but I want to focus on the rules He commands in Genesis 1 and 2. He commanded
(1) light to come forth and it did, just like the other parts of creation did;
(2) the waters beneath the sky to be gathered in one place;
(3) the dry land to appear;
(4) the earth to sprout vegetation after its own kind;
(5) the luminaries to serve as signs, for festivals, for days and for years;
(6) the sea creatures and the air creatures to be fruitful, multiply and fill up their domain; and
(7) everything that lives on the earth to reproduce after its own kind.
I condensed all the places where God said, “Let there be…and it was so” into the first command above.
Now many millenniums later, this part of creation is still following God’s commands. They haven’t deviated from His original plan at all. Birds are still producing birds. Lions are still producing lions. The sea is still in the waters and the land is still dry. All of nature is still producing properly, except where man has interfered.
God’s Commands to Mankind
Now let’s look at the commands God gave to mankind. He commanded them to:
(1) be fruitful, multiply and fill the earth with mankind;
(2) subdue the earth;
(3) rule over the fish, the birds and every living thing that moves on the earth;
(4) eat from the fruit trees and herbs; (he didn’t give them permission to eat animals yet)
(5) work and guard the garden;
(6) eat from every tree in the garden, except the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil; and
(7) name every beast of the field and bird.
Be Fruitful, Multiply and Fill the Earth
Now you may say, “We don’t live in the garden anymore! All that work is already done.” But is it? Let’s start at number one in the list. This command was given prior to the garden, as was 2-4. Every day mankind is doing whatever they can to not have a baby, whether it’s through the use of condoms, birth control, abortions or voluntary neutering.
Subdue the Earth
I think we’re still doing numbers 2-4. We’re still subduing the earth. We are destroying the earth – its waters, its air and its land. We dump millions of gallons of toxins into the water, in our ground and even in the air. We test and use bombs to destroy humans and land.
Rule the Animal Kingdom
We’re still ruling over the fish, the birds and the animals. Although, in this day and age we are showing that through cruelty – putting them in cages, poisoning their living space, taking their living space, killing them for sport and a host of other ways.
Eat Herbs and Fruit
We’re still eating herbs and fruit, although we have violated other rules God gave us concerning them. We use poison to grow them. We’ve cross-bred the seeds, which He told us not to do. We’ve created inedible foods to eat. And while we may have started out not eating animals, things changed and God added some of them to the list of foods we can eat in Genesis 9:3.
“She (Wisdom) is a tree of life to those who grasp her.”
Work and Guard the Garden
While we may not be in the garden in Eden anymore, we do have our own gardens to tend. We have our own families to protect and care for. But some of mankind don’t want to do that. Some people help make babies then walk away from them. Some people don’t want to help raise their children or financially support them. Some people physically, mentally and sexually abuse their spouses and children.
Some people don’t have any good work ethics. They steal time from their bosses by being on social media during work hours. They come in late and leave early. They don’t show up and give their full attention to the job at hand.
Because of these things we live in a broken society and wonder why things are the way they are. We no longer guard what is most precious – human lives.
Eat from Every Tree in the Garden, Except the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil
Just like in the garden we want to know more than we need to know. Mankind seeks after the mystical world, hoping to know more than the next person. They want to know the hidden things that other people don’t know.
Even believers do this. They spend more time looking for the antichrist, trying to figure out which secret society is ruling now and what they are up to than they do studying the Word of God. They spend even less time talking with Him or talking about Him. Instead, it’s look what the secret ones are doing now. Look at what is happening now. This doctrine is true. That doctrine is true.
But where is God in all of this. Where is the Tree of Life? Proverbs 3:11 says, “She (Wisdom) is a tree of life to those who grasp her.” This chapter let us know how wisdom operates. If you find wisdom, you will acquire understanding. Understanding is important. To know a thing is vastly different than to understand its purpose or how it is to be used.
The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil lacked understanding. It gave the facts. The human beings in the garden knew the facts about this tree, but it wasn’t until they ate of it did they fully understand. That knowledge cost them their innocence, just like it cost people today.
Name Every Beast and Bird
This last command has mankind naming every beast of the field and bird in the air. They are still doing it today. Mankind finds new creatures through their discoveries all the time. And guess what they do next. They give them names. They even went farther than that. They discover new stars, galaxies and constellations and name them. They name everything, including their children.
We’re Following Some of God’s Commands Already
Whether we want to admit it or not we’re still following the commands God set forth in the beginning. It may be distorted, but we’re still doing what He said. Jesus didn’t abolish them. No one is in an uproar over them. It just is what it is without any thought. The problem with that is that we were never told to deviate from God’s commands.
Now if only we can get back to God’s original intent.
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