Isaiah 51.4 – The nature of God’s law
Posted: 11 February 2011 in Isaiah

“Hearken unto me, my people; and give ear unto me, O my nation: for a law shall proceed from me, and I will make my judgment to rest for a light of the people.”

This verse is an interesting take on the nature of God’s law. The law is here not seen as an onerous imposition, which we must obey upon pain of divine retribution. Instead it is seen as a light, which is given to us so that we can walk in a way which is pleasing to God. For Christians, of course, salvation is through faith in Christ, and not through the works of the law. But still, law is far from unimportant, because the love we have towards God should manifest itself through obedience to his will. As John reminds us:

“For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.” (1 John 5.3)

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