Sunday, 5 May 2013

Creational Law and Scripture

Creational Law as understood from the Bible was formed before the creation of the world, and is God's blueprint for creation (Proverbs 8):

24 When there were no depths I was brought forth,
when there were no springs abounding with water.
25 Before the mountains had been shaped,
before the hills, I was brought forth—
26 when he had not yet made earth and fields,[d]
or the world’s first bits of soil.
27 When he established the heavens, I was there,
when he drew a circle on the face of the deep,
28 when he made firm the skies above,
when he established the fountains of the deep,
29 when he assigned to the sea its limit,
so that the waters might not transgress his command,
when he marked out the foundations of the earth,
30 then I was beside him, like a master worker;[e]
and I was daily his[f] delight,
rejoicing before him always,
31 rejoicing in his inhabited world
and delighting in the human race.
32 “And now, my children, listen to me:
happy are those who keep my ways.
33 Hear instruction and be wise,
and do not neglect it.
34 Happy is the one who listens to me,
watching daily at my gates,
waiting beside my doors.
35 For whoever finds me finds life
and obtains favor from the Lord;
36 but those who miss me injure themselves;
all who hate me love death.”

And yet this Creational law or God's eternal Wisdom is also applied in context. The beginning of God's commands in Exodus 20 come from the context of a people who were brought "out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery" (Exodus 20:2). It is no surprise then that God often forms his commands out of this context as it is with Exodus 23:9 where God commands that his people "shall not oppress a resident alien; you know the heart of an alien, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt."

While God's absolute and perfect law never changes, his willingness to shape it toward the ever-changing human context is ongoing.

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