Have you ever been called a “legalist” because you keep Yahweh’s commandments? Many brethren indeed have felt that sting! Even mentioning Yahweh’s law to some people can cause an innocent conversation to turn quite ugly in no time. The strange thing is people are often in favor of the law if it suits their purposes. They are more than willing to stand up for their “rights” if they feel they are being violated or some “law” is being broken against them personally.
We simply cannot get away from one fact—laws govern the entire universe! For instance, Yahweh set in motion the laws of gravity, and the changing seasons. We cannot change these laws because Yahweh made them and only He can change them if he chooses. If we try to jump off a cliff, we will certainly fall to the ground and get injured—the law of gravity is there no matter what we believe about “laws.”
Please read Romans 8:7 which states that, “The carnal mind is enmity against Yahweh, for it is not subject to the laws of Yahweh, neither indeed can be.” Also in Romans 7:12, you’ll find the following, “The law is holy, and the commandments holy and just and good.”
We find that many times people only want to keep the laws that are easy for them. For instance, many reject the Sabbath because that is their favorite day to do their own pleasure like participating in sports or going shopping at the mall. For them, personal enjoyment and convenience comes before obedience to Yahweh. May this never be so!
Yahweh’s laws are good for us. They often teach us and protect us. Think how wonderful our world would be if all people kept the Ten Commandments. There would be no murder, stealing, lying, or adultery. People would be satisfied with what they have since coveting would be eliminated. And everyone would enjoy the Sabbath Day in peace and restfulness. We should be thankful that laws are in place. Imagine the chaos without laws! Let us say with the Psalmist, “Oh how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day!” (Psalm 119:97)