The Two Sides of the Law Depending on our Attitude and the Condition of our Heart

Whether in our experience the law is positive or negative depends on the condition of our heart in receiving the law.

Whether in our experience the law is positive or negative depends on the condition of our heart in receiving the law.

In Exodus 19 there is a big contrast between the first seven verses and the rest of the chapter. While in the first seven verses, God speaks many loving and tender words such as; how He bore the children of Israel on eagles’ wings and brought them to Himself (v. 4), and how He regards them as His personal treasure (v. 5), the entire atmosphere changed in verse eight when the children of Israel said “All that Jehovah has said we will do”.

This seemingly positive answer was offensive to God, for it indicated that the children of Israel knew neither God nor themselves and did not have a heart for God.

Depending of the condition of our heart we can come to the same mountain, the mountain of God, and either experience it as Mount Horeb – a place of fellowship (Exo. 3:2; 24:13), as Moses did for forty days and forty nights, or as Mount Sinai – a place of condemnation (Exo. 19:11) as the children of Israel did.

We can come to the same book, the Bible, and it can either give life to us or it can condemn us and kill us (2. Cor. 3:6). In the same way, we can be in the same training, even in the same message, and while one person may have the response “this is the best message I’ve ever heard” another may be unmoved.

Our experience of the law depends on our attitude toward it and the condition of our heart in receiving it (Matt. 5:8). It depends on what kind of person we are. May we not be letter-keepers of the law, but instead loving-seekers of God,

who are infused with God’s substance through the law as God’s word, (who thus) become one with God in life, nature, and expression and spontaneously live a life that expressed God and corresponds to His law.

Sharing by OM, Reading, UK, from the 2015 Summer Training – Exodus (2).