This is a picture of my husband serenading me as we were camping at Yosemite in California. We’ve been married for more than a decade now. Time flies! Bill loves to think about stuff when he showers. He calls them his shower moments. He comes up with song ideas or a genius solution to a nagging problem. The other day another light bulb went off in his head and he shared it with me: “Law without love is slavery. Love without law is still love.” Incidentally, I’ve been reading up on Deuteronomy these days and was wrestling with the concept of having to deal with 613 different laws, as penned down in the Torah. So I listened up, and I have to say that his statement got me thinking. What he says makes perfect sense considering that there was no law at the beginning of mankind, but there always was and has been – love. I believe everything that came to be was conceived out of love because the Creator loves His creation. Consequently, if deprived of love, we all die. Love is why we breathe.
So love preceded the law; people came first and the law came later – almost like an afterthought so it seems. Nevertheless, common sense and moral aptitude have always existed because God gave us a conscience. It is common sense that stealing is harmful to human society. It’s no rocket science to figure out that sexual relations outside marriage will hurt any marriage relationship. It is obvious that no one can replace the person who was just killed. So, without being spelled out – the law has always been in place, and love is the key to obeying all these laws. Apply love to the law, and the Ten Commandments look something like this:
Love has no other God but the Lord; Love does not idolize; Love does not abuse the Lord’s name; Love observes the Sabbath rest; Love honors the parents; Love does not kill; Love does not pursue sexual relations outside of marriage; Love does not steal; Love does not lie; Love does not covet.
Love the Lord and people, and you are home free. Isn’t that the truth? Bill would say: “Yepper doodle!” Here’s to you, Bill! Here’s to Love!