THEME: Keeping God’s Ordinances

PASSAGE: Leviticus 25:8-28

HYMN: MHB 229- YE faithful souls who Jesus know

MEMORY VERSE: Leviticus 25:18 “Therefore, you shall do My statutes, and keep My ordinances and perform them; so you will dwell in the land securely.


Ordinance is an order or a rule made by a government or somebody in a position of authority. Keeping God’s ordinance, by implication, means keeping God’s rules.

Evangelist Fred Brown used three images to describe the purpose of the law. First, he likened it to a dentist’s little mirror, which he sticks into the patient’s mouth. With the mirror he can detect cavities. But he doesn’t drill with it or use it to pull teeth. It can show him the decayed area or other abnormality, but it can’t provide the solution

The law is also like a flashlight. If suddenly at night the lights go out, you use it to guide you down the darkened basement stairs to the electrical box. If you had old wiring, when you point it toward the fuses, it helps you see the one that is burned out. But after you’ve removed the bad fuse, you don’t try to insert the flashlight in its place. You put in a new fuse to restore the electricity.

In his third image, Brown likened the law to a plumb line. When a builder wants to check his work, he uses a weighted string to see it is true to the vertical. But if he finds that he has made a mistake, he doesn’t use the plumb line to correct it. He gets out his hammer and saw.

Therefore God’s ordinances will bring a harmonious fellowship with God and with our neighbours. Your security depends on living out His ordinances. Give it a trial today and you shall smile home happily.

PRAYER: O God, help me not to wander away from Your commandments. Teach me Your status, that I may hide Your words in my heart now and always. Amen.

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