I have had the pleasure of visiting with my niece and nephew and their families this week. My nephew has two boys ages 3 and 1 and we had a great time romping around. There's nothing better than wrestling, jumping on couches, throwing balls and testing each other's limits. That's what boys do. But there comes a time when 'Fun Time' is over. Time to go home...time to get in the car seat...time to obey Mom and Dad. Fun Uncle Allen has to hand the boys back.
Naturally, the boys don't want to stop. Why should they? I want what I want when I want it. That's our nature....unless it is trained out of us for a greater good. I have never met a a child that does not resist this discipline. So, it makes sense that when God is establishing a people for Himself, that He gives them a series of guidelines to help them live life to the fullest. In our passage this week, Exodus 20, God introduces the Law with the 10 commandments. Commandments that encompass all of life and are still in effect today.
I will attempt on Sunday to lay out why God says "NO" so many times in order that we might receive so many more "YES's". Is God the cosmic kill-joy as some make Him out to be or is there some big misunderstanding?