“What shall we say, then? Is the law sinful? Certainly not! Nevertheless, I would not have known what sin was had it not been for the law. For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, You shall not covet.” Romans 7:7
Paul had previously talked about how the law brings about death. People then state that the law in sinful, that God is in the wrong, since He made something to cause sin and death.
Immediately Paul states that the law is not sinful in any way. It is because of the law that he knew what coveting was.
The law had to be in place in order for any person to know what the rules were. Without the law a person cannot know what is right and what is wrong.
The world loves to state that God is in the wrong with allowing sin to be in the world in the first place. It is often asked why did not God just destroy Satan immediately when he rebelled and keep sin out of the world.
God could have done that, but He wanted people who really wanted Him, not just forced to serve Him because there is no other way. In order for people to serve Him correctly they had to be told what was right and wrong. This is where the law comes into effect.
In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve were given a rule of not touching a certain tree. When they ate of the fruit of the tree, they had broken God’s simple rule, which then brought about death.
It is the same today. God has laid down a few simple rules for life. If any of those rules are broken, and everyone breaks some of them, death comes.
The law in itself is not sinful. It is helpful in knowing what God desires of His people.
Are you willing to look at the laws God has put into place? Are you willing to try to live by those laws? Or will you, like the world, accuse God of making sinful, bad laws?
I pray today that you will know the desires of God’s heart; that you will strive to live by God’s rules; that you will know the grace Jesus provides you; and that you will tell others of Jesus.