Day 15 – Law
law /law/ η: 1 the principles and regulations established in a community by some authority and applicable to its people, whether in the form of legislation or of custom and policies recognized and enforced by judicial decisi. 2 any written or positive rule or collection of rules prescribed under the authority of the state or nation, as by the people in its constitution. Compare bylaw, statute law. 3 the controlling influence of such rules; the condition of society brought about by their observance: maintaining law and order. 4 a system or collection of such rules. 5 the department of knowledge concerned with these rules; jurisprudence. 6 the body of divine commandments as expressed in the Bible or other religious texts.
Moses taught Ten Commandments (NKJV, Ex 20:3-17):
1) You shall have no other gods before me
2) You shall not make for yourself any graven image
3) You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain
4) Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy
5) Honour your father and your mother
6) You shall not murder (kill)
7) You shall not commit adultery
8) You shall not steal
9) You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour
10) You shall not covet
Jesus taught Two Commandments (NKJV, Matt 22:37-40):
1) ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment.
2) ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.
Awareness Exercise: Consider how being obedient to thinking and acting in the ways directed by the commandments are a protection; how every time we think about God and God’s qualities (not just on the “sabbath”, or a designated day, but every day) we are learning about His/Her love for us; that when we are honoring our parents, we are honoring God. Consider how being angry and unkind is a form of murder by killing our own happiness or someone else’s; that when we make promises, and we are truthful and faithful and loving, this is true happiness and satisfaction; that “giving does not impoverish us in the service of our Maker, neither does withholding enrich us.” (SH 79:31-32) Observe how always standing up for the good in others and ourselves, and not maligning them, is witnessing the truth of man in God’s image. And, finally, consider that God, being infinite Love, withholds nothing from His/Her children and therefore, there is no need to have something that belongs to someone else.
“God’s law is in three words, “I am All;” and this perfect law is ever present to rebuke any claim of another law.” (No and Yes by Mary Baker Eddy 30:11-13)