Bible Study Subjects:
Back to Jerusalem
The Coming King
The Law of the King
Witch of Endor
Cities of Ash
A River of Life
Bowing to Baylon
A Tale of Two
Voice in the
A Jar of Oil
Above the Crowd
The Law of the King
Darius, king of the Medes and Persians, had conquered Babylon, he
executed all Babylonian government officials, except one. That fortunate
man was Daniel, a servant of the true God. Seventy years earlier, he had
been carried from Judah to Babylon as a captive and made to serve in the
palace as an advisor to the Babylonian kings. Daniel became known
throughout the kingdom for having "an excellent spirit." Daniel 5:12;
Not only did King Darius spare Daniel, but he "thought to set him over
the whole realm." Daniel 6:3. When the Medo-Persian officials learned
that the king was going to promote an old Hebrew captive to rule over
them, they were jealous and outraged. So they plotted to entice Darius
to sign a law that for the next 30 days, anyone who petitioned any god
or man except the king would be thrown into the lions' den (Daniel 6:7).
Apparently these men knew that Daniel was unswerving in his prayer life
and firmly committed to obeying the law of his God, which forbids
worship of any other gods (Exodus 20:3).
Just as they expected, the officials caught Daniel praying to God from
his open window. When King Darius discovered that he had been tricked
and that his old friend was headed for the lions' pit, he tried every
possible angle to deliver Daniel from the foolish law he had signed. But
the law could not be changed. Daniel went to the lions' den, and God
rewarded his faithfulness by sending an angel to shut the lions' mouths
Prophecy tells us that in the last days, God's people will have to make
a similar decision regarding which king and which law they will obey.
God's moral law be amended or repealed?
. And it is easier for heaven and earth to ________, than one tittle
of the law to fail.
Psalms 89:34 My covenant will I not break, nor alter
the thing that is gone out of my lips.
Psalms 111:7, 8 All his commandments are sure. They stand fast
for ever and ever.
Malachi 3:6 For I am the Lord, I change not.
no circumstances can God's Ten Commandment law ever be amended or
repealed. It is as permanent as God Himself. Three times in the Bible,
earthly kings (Herod, Ahasuerus, and Darius) made laws they later
wanted to change but could not. If the laws of weak, vacillating kings
were unchangeable, how could anyone think that the eternal law of
God--written in stone by His finger--could be altered? Look at this
comparison between God and His law.
||The Law Is:
||1 John 4:8
||1 John 3:3
God's law cannot be changed, because it is a transcript of His
character. The glorious words in Scripture that describe God also
describe His law. God's law is His character in writing. It is no more
possible to change God's law than to change God Himself.
to the Bible, what is sin?
1 John 3:4
. Sin is the __________________________ of the law.
Romans 3:20 By the law is the knowledge of sin.
devil hates the law because it makes us aware that we need a Saviour
from sin. Romans 4:15 states: "For where no law is, there is no
transgression." The law cannot save anyone, but it shows us God's
perfection and our imperfection.
what law does 1 John 3:4 refer?
. I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not
__________ lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.
is God's Ten Commandment law that says, "Thou shalt not covet." So
breaking God's Ten Commandment law, which He wrote with His own finger
(Exodus 31:18; 32:16), is sin. Every sin that any person could ever
commit is condemned by at least one of the Ten Commandments. This is
why God's law is called "broad" (Psalms 119:96) and "perfect" (Psalms
19:7). It covers the "whole duty of man." Ecclesiastes 12:13. When we
are aware of our sin, we look for a Saviour. So the devil especially
hates the law, because it sends us looking for Jesus to save and
Jesus keep the Ten Commandments?
. I have ________ my Father's commandments.
did indeed keep the Ten Commandments as an example for us (1 Peter
many people have sinned?
. For ______ have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.
is the punishment for living a life of sin?
. The wages of sin is _________.
If God's law could be changed, it would not have been necessary for
Jesus to die on the cross. The fact that Jesus paid the penalty for
sin and died is proof that the law is unchangeable.
say the Ten Commandments are not binding for New Testament Christians.
What does Jesus say about this?
19:17 . If thou wilt enter into life, ________ the commandments.
John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
Revelation 22:14 Blessed are they that do his
Revelation 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are
they that keep the commandments of God.
New Testament plainly teaches that God's people will keep His
commandments. All of us know that the world is in big trouble today
because so many no longer feel it is important to obey God's law. The
Bible speaks of our day by saying, "It is time for thee, Lord, to
work: for they have made void thy law." Psalms 119:126.
is it possible to keep the commandments?
4:13 . I can do all things through __________ which strengtheneth
Romans 8:3, 4 God sending his own Son ... condemned sin in the
flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us.
Philippians 1:6 He which hath begun a good work in you
will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.
a person is born again, Jesus Christ, through His Holy Spirit, moves
into that person's life and miraculously makes obedience possible.
is the old covenant, and why did it fail?
4:13 . And he declared unto you his covenant, which he commanded you
to perform, even ten commandments; and he wrote them upon two
tables of stone.
Hebrews 8:8-9 For finding fault with _______, he
saith, ... I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and
with the house of Judah. Not according to the covenant that I made
with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead
them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my
covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord.
fault with the old covenant was with the people, not with God or His
Psalms 19:7 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the
soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.
which law is the new covenant based?
8:10 . For this is the covenant that I will make ... saith the Lord;
I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their
two covenants were agreements between God and His people. The old
covenant failed because it was based upon the faulty promises and
works of the people.
Exodus 24:7 All that the Lord hath said will we do, and be
The new covenant succeeds because it is God's law written in the heart
and is based upon Jesus' promises and His miracle-working power.
Hebrews 8:10 I will put my laws into their mind, and write
them in their hearts.
A person's entire nature is changed, so he finds doing God's will a
pleasure. Notice that the new covenant is based on the same law, but
it is written in a different place (the heart) and based on better
living under grace, by faith, make keeping God's law non-essential?
. What then? Shall we sin [break God's law], because we are not
under the law, but under grace? ___ _______. (two word answer)
Romans 3:31 Do we then make void the law through faith? God
forbid: yea, we establish the law.
who have been forgiven by Jesus for breaking His law are doubly
duty-bound to obey His law. And sensing His blessed forgiveness, they
are more desirous than others to happily follow Jesus.
people saved by keeping the law?
2:8, 9 . For by __________ are ye saved through faith; and
that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any
man should boast.
one is saved by keeping God's law. All are saved by the
miracle-working grace of God. But those who are saved, or transformed,
by the grace of Jesus will want to obey His law as an expression of
their love and thanksgiving to Him.
John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
motivates a person to obey God's law?
13:10 . Therefore ________ is the fulfilling of the law.
Matthew 22:37-39 Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy
heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is
the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou
shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.
1 John 5:3 This is the love of God, that we keep his
is the magnificent motivator. The first four commandments have to do
with my duty to God. When I love Him, obeying those commands is a
pleasure. The last six commandments embrace my duty to people. If I
truly love people, I will not want to do anything that would hurt
I be a true Christian without keeping His commandments?
1 John 2:3,
4 . And hereby we do know that we know him, if we ________ his
commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his
commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
some Old Testament laws no longer binding upon Christians?
2:15 . Having abolished ... the law of commandments contained in
the ordinances that regulated the priesthood and the sacrificial
system have been abolished because they prefigured Christ (Colossians
2:13-17). He fulfilled them as the true Lamb of God.
does the devil especially hate?
12:17 . And the dragon [devil] was wroth with the woman [the
church], and went to make war with the remnant of her seed [faithful
during the end time], which keep the ________________ of God, and have
the testimony of Jesus Christ.
hates and is infuriated with God's end-time church, which obeys Jesus'
commands and teaches people that there is divine power to change a
sinner into a saint.
are some of the glorious rewards of keeping God's law?
. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in
you, and that your ______ might be full.
Proverbs 29:18 He that keepeth the law, happy is he.
Psalms 119:165 Great peace have they which love thy law:
and nothing shall offend them.
joy, peace, and more abundant living come to those who obey God's law.
No wonder David said that God's commands are more desirable than gold
you desire to have a loving relationship with Jesus that will lead you
to be one of His joyful, obedient children?