Proverbs 13:5 Dissected and Defined
A righteous man hateth lying (any lack of truth): but a wicked man is loathsome (disgusting), and cometh to shame (a painful sensation from guilt).
We need the law to set boundaries on our freedom, to help teach us to be civilized.
The Ten Commandments
Last night, I watched on television a new version of the Hollywood movie The Ten Commandments. Though it was a far cry from the quality of the original classic with Charlton Heston, it was nonetheless enjoyable to watch. However, they had a couple of scenes that I found interesting. Although it was exaggerated and overstated, it added an element to the story that was quite intriguing. Right before Moses went up into the mountains to receive the Ten Commands, the movie depicted Moses’ close friend committing adultery. The friend then killed the husband, hid the body, and blamed someone else, thus telling a lie.
Freedom Needs Boundaries
Moses almost killed the man that his friend had blamed, but God gave him wisdom to wait. Eventually, the truth came out, and the guilty man and woman were stoned. This caused great angst in Moses, and he sought God’s face on the mountainside. He was shocked to see former slaves using their freedom for loathsome disobedience. Moses realized that freedom needed boundaries (like in the garden). He asked God for the answers. God’s reply was the Law.
God’s Law Makes People Civilized
God’s law was a set of boundaries. Moses used spiritual leaders to enforce these boundaries on God’s people, and they became civilized. Other societies used portions of the Law on their people, substituting religious leaders with civic leaders to enforce them. As a result, the world became civilized. However, there was only one thing missing. The manifestation of the Law on tablets and the enforcement of the Law on submissive mankind required man to do good in his own power. That was a frustrating way to live.
When We Reject God’s Boundaries It Produces Guilt
God eventually wrote His Law on our hearts. Now, when we reject His law, it produces guilt. Confession and repentance restores our relationship with our Inner Enforcer. Submitting to this process gives us His power to behave differently. The choice is God’ law in you or man’s law on you and that’s a mighty “tall law!”