Rules and Regulations
Sin isn’t hurtful because it is forbidden, it is forbidden because it is hurtful. (Jeff Bogue, pastor)
“Thou shalt not . . .” That’s the way a lot of us remember the Ten Commandments. Even as children we didn’t like being told what to do and not to do. And it hasn’t changed much for us as adults. If we could learn ourselves and teach our children that, as Bogue says, regulations are not to withhold pleasure but are to protect us from danger, it would be easier to abide by the rules.
“Don’t be afraid,” Moses answered them, “for God has come in this way to test you, and so that your fear of him will keep you from sinning!” (Exodus 20:20)