Here’s an open question to all my readers. It really has nothing to do with your status as a believer or an unbeliever. The question will include all church members and those who are not presently associated with any organized religion. It is a yes or no question – no in-between. Just mentally respond with an affirmative or a negative. Here is the question.
Have you ever broken a law of God? True or false, yes or no. I have faced many audiences but to the present time I have never had an answer in the negative.
“Of course I have broken the law(s) of God, not one time but many times.” It almost sounds rhetorical. To ask it is to answer it. Even those who are not connected to any organized religious body would answer “yes”. In theory your answer is correct. But look at it from another viewpoint.
I would illustrate it with the use of two empty glass mayonnaise jars and a large metal waste can. I would then place one of the jars in the metal container and carry the other jar with me as I move up the five steps to the pulpit area.
Then I ask the audience to journey with me in a “let’s pretend” situation. Picture a man on top of a 20 story building. A large crowd gathers below as he makes a formal announcement, “I’m going to jump off this building and break the law of gravity!” People who are witnessing this unusual event gasp in horror. Some are covering their eyes in anticipation. Others seem intrigued by the possible suicide played out right before their eyes. Others believe it is just a fake, a ploy for attention.
This time the man shouts for emphasis, “I’m going to jump off this building and break the law of gravity. At this point I am holding the empty mayonnaise jar directly above the can below. Somehow the audience transfers the threat of dropping the jar into the can and smashing it into the jar that is waiting below. While it is a “let’s pretend” thing, mentally people are seeing a man jump to his death when the jar is released.
You guessed it. Just at the right time, I release the jar and in a mental slow motion move, the jar hurled downward and smashes into the other jar with a horrible sound. Some in the audience had to shield their eyes. It is a rather dramatic illustration. A quietness is felt throughout the auditorium as I move from the pulpit area to the tragedy below. I reach into the bucket and pull out some of the larger pieces of broken glass. I simulate the live event by asking the simple question, “Did the man break the law of gravity? The audience, almost in one voice replies, “He didn’t break the law of gravity, the law of gravity broke him!”
So I asked the question again, “Have you ever broken the law of God?” This time the answer is different. “We don’t break God’s law, God’s laws break us!”
The falling bottle (man) demonstrates the law – proves the law – helps us understand the law. The free fall would be the same if it were an accident or a deliberate act of suicide. It would not matter who was involved, for God is a God of laws that are “UNBREAKABLE“. We don’t break them – they break us!
By the way, I ask as I examine the shattered pieces of glass. “How do you put this back together again? God offers forgiveness and the kind that is full and complete. Yet, no where in the Bible does the God we serve promise to remove the consequences of our “attempts to break his law”.
Paul writes “Be not deceived, God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap” (Galatians 6:7). Other versions say, “Make no mistake about it, you cannot cheat God” (Knox) or “don’t be under any illusion, you cannot make a fool of God. A man’s harvest in life will depend entirely on what he sows” (Phi). The God we serve is a God of laws that cannot be broken.
Paul continues, “For he that sows to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption, and he that sows to the Spirit, shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting” (Galatians 6:8). A quick look at natures tells us that God is a God of order.
Beans grow up a pole from left to right. Change the order and it kills the plant. The morning glory always grows up a pole from right to left. Seeds may be dropped to the ground sideways or upside down but they always come up right. One grain of corn may produce a stalk upon which there may be two ears with perhaps 742 grains on each. The watermelon will have 10 stripes on it. Larger melons may have 12 to 16, but always an even number. The potato bug hatches in 7 days. The sparrow’s egg hatches in 14 days. Chicken eggs, 21 days. Duck eggs, 28 days. Eagle eggs, 35 days. Parrot eggs, 42 days. Snake eggs 49 days.
Paul preached, “God has made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined the times before appointed and the bounds of their habitation (Acts 17:26).
Our God is a God of order. We do not break his laws, his laws breaks us.