"I remember a young lady recently writing to me and she said to me in a letter that she was having a party because her parents were out of town and you know what? I had a few drinks and she said I was fine. She wasn't drunk at all but she said that she ended up spending the night at a girl's house and sleeping with this guy that she barely knew."
- When government law and God's law don't agree which one should you obey? And why is that?
- Why is a law that isn't spoken of in scripture but covered by government law, still scripturally clarified?
- What is the value of obedience as a Christian?
00:13 Hey the Radio Shack ad says, "You got questions? We got answers." Well, you got questions about anything in life and eternity and this book's got answers. And you know what? Sometimes you may not like them at first, but every command of God is to protect you and to provide for you. And so get this one today. Romans 13 verse one and two, and it says this, "every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God. And those which exist are established by God. Therefore, whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinances of God and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves." Uh, this devotional, it's called a Higher Law. You know, our government says it's illegal to drink alcohol if you're under age 21, but you know what? There's a higher law. God's law that says strong drink, which is the Hebrew word Yayin
01:11 It's wrong at any age. Actually. The Bible talks about two kinds of alcoholic beverages. One is called Oinos and Oinos, which is the kind of wine that Jesus made, like in the wedding of Cana. It was a very weak, like one 20th, uh, alcohol, uh, diluted by grape juice or by water. Uh, historical research suggests the Oinos, has a maximum content of about 2% alcohol and usually the alcohol was diluted by 20 parts of water. And so Jesus turned water into Oinos. But there's another type of wine in the Bible Yayin, which means strong drink and it is condemned many, many times in scripture. Proverbs 23, 29 through 35 talks about "beware of the wine when it's red, when it sparkles in the cup." And it says a lass it bites like a viper. Uh, you know, uh, I remember a young lady recently writing to me, uh, and, and she said to me in a letter, and I don't have the letter, but I can just, I can just remember a few of the words, but because she told me that she was having a party because your parents, you know, we're out of town and uh, you know what?
02:27 I don't know why she said, but I had, I had a few drinks and she said I was fine. I wasn't drunk at all, but, but she said that she ended up spending the night at a girl's house and sleeping with this guy that she, you know, barely knew. And she said, I didn't really realize what she had done until she woke up the next morning. And then she said she called him and he just, he just yelled at her and called her, you know, names and then I'll never get the part in the letter she said, you know what? I felt so used and I felt so worthless. And if I could, if I could tell you the letters I've gotten from teenagers, from college students, from adults, that the contents of this bottle ruin their lives, ruin their marriages, ruin their homes.
03:09 Ruin in their reputations, that'd be, that'd be literally too many to count. So, uh, so what if the law of the land and God's law don't agree? You know, our government says the abortion is legal, but God's word says that taking a life at any age is murder. Um, so man the questions today are this. When government law and God's law don't agree which one should you obey? And why is that? And then why is a law that isn't spoken of in scripture but covered by government law, still scripturally clarified? Um, you know, like paying taxes and, uh, you know, reporting properly to the government. And what is the value of obedience as a Christian? And the lifeline for today is this: God's command always protects us and provides for our well being, for happiness, our peace and our harmony.
04:37 And so the law is not bad. You know, scripture is not bad. Scripture is our friend.