The Constitution and Law
The arrival of the Israelites at Sinai mark their beginning as a nation. Oh, sure God had promised Abraham they would become a great nation and Pharaoh had feared their great numbers, but they truly did not become a nation, until God set them up with a constitution. There before mount Isaiah, in the very presence of the pre-incarnate Christ, they were given a constitution that would form the bases of their nation.
It was there they would meet before Yahweh and receive the law of God and His instructions for the priesthood, sacrifices, offerings, and the tabernacle, which would become God’s dwelling place hear on earth.
The Constitution of this new nation, not only informs the Israelites how to approach God and live with their fellow citizens. It was, in effect a national constitution designed for Israel’s theocratic kingdom. In addition to providing Israel’s national spiritual identity, the law was also a covenant treaty between the nation and God. As such, it is arranged in the manner of ancient Near eastern covenants. Important distinctions will also be evident in the special relationship between Yahweh and His people. The foremost example is the idea that legal code of Israel was expressed as the specific divine will of Yahweh for both individual citizens and the nation as a whole. This belief distinguished Israel’s culture from her pagan neighbors.
This it should still be the same today. God’s constitution form the foundation and framework upon which each Christian should build their life upon. God’s constitution and law is just as much in effect today, as it was when God spoke it and wrote it dictated it to Moses upon mount Sinai.
Although no nation today works or governs under the theocracy, a theocracy should be the principles that govern the lives of every Christian.
As Israel was to be an example to all people drawing, thus all mankind to a relationship with their creator, so should the life of Christians that truly live their lives as a theocracy be examples to the world that draws the world to Christ, instead of away from Christ.
As we enter upon this season of Thanksgiving, let us thank God for his wonderful Constitution and Law which was given to mankind so that we can enter into a covenant relationship with Christ, our creator and redeemer.