God’s Word Cannot Be Changed
The physical example of King Darius, being bound by his decree in the Book of Daniel, gives us a way to understand how God is similarly bound by His Word.
Just like the allegory of the laws of the Medes and Persians, God’s Word cannot be changed. Unfortunately, the king discovered that there was an unintended consequence of his decree. He did not realize that his decree could be used to create a situation that could potentially lead to the death of Daniel. As a result, Daniel was forced to choose between sinning against God to stay alive or obeying God and dying by the king’s decree.
Daniel chose to obey God and trust in Him by faith. Daniel trusted and king Darius spoke in agreement with Daniel’s faith. God delivered Daniel. The laws of God state that the penalty for sin (known as disobedience) is death. The King’s advisors tricked the King into making a law to affect Daniel that was just the opposite. Their decree was designed to reward sin with life or, more accurately, punish obedience to God with death. However, God rewards obedience. The king did not think through his law as to its unintended consequences. Vanity and ego most likely got the best of him as his advisors manipulated him. God’s Law does not have any unintended consequences, however.
There is no ego or vanity involved in the intended consequences of God’s Law, which are to destroy the sin and save the individual. God does not decree the penalty against you but against the sin in which you might participate. His Law reveals sin but offers compassion and mercy, knowing that we are all weak and incapable of avoiding sin entirely.
It is your choice whether or not to engage in sin, but if you do, without atonement for that sin, your penalty is death. God could not remove His law because once He established it, He could not change it without violating His own Word. However, He was able to establish provisions, legally circumventing the effects of the law, just as we saw in Esther. He made a way in the Old Testament for a substitute to pay the penalty of death for man’s sins. On a yearly basis, the priests offered the blood from animal sacrifices to atone for the sins of the people.
However, God’s ultimate plan for atonement was to supply a one-time, permanent substitute for all sins to those who would act on faith and believe. He would do this without altering the original law. He brought His Son, Jesus, into the world to be that substitute and offer His blood once to pay the price for all of our sins. Daniel lived by acting on his faith in God, and in the same way, you can live by placing your faith in God’s gift of His Son, Jesus. Jesus paid the price for your sins so that by faith you can have eternal life with Him. This is the Mystery of the Gospel.
Plan To Win
The unwavering integrity and constancy of the Word of God carries a uniform thread throughout. It is a thread that binds together all of mankind. This common thread is God’s love, His provision, His care and His desire to provide a way back to eternal fellowship in His presence for all of mankind. God created man to enjoy this eternal fellowship with Him. Evil is always around because we live in a fallen world in which Satan has a tremendous influence upon the spirit of man. However, God has a way to deal with that evil as stated in Romans 12:17-21.
Romans 12:17-21 (GNT)
17 If someone has done you wrong, do not repay him with a wrong. Try to do what everyone considers to be good. 18 Do everything possible on your part to live in peace with everybody. 19 Never take revenge, my friends, but instead let God’s anger do it. For the scripture says, “I will take revenge, I will pay back, says the Lord.” 20 Instead, as the scripture says: “If your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them a drink; for by doing this you will make them burn with shame.” 21 Do not let evil defeat you; instead, conquer evil with good.
Evil manifests itself in many ways through the sins of mankind. We can see it all around us. Sometimes it is obvious, but sometimes it is cloaked behind social attitudes or political correctness. Adam and Eve were kind enough to be sure that we all have the knowledge of good and evil. Regardless of the way that people choose to believe or legislate, right is right and wrong is wrong. Wrong is sin, and when it has been verified through the righteous judgment of God, it has a predetermined sentence of eternal death.
In the Book of Esther, Haman was unrepentant in his evil conspiracy. He received the death sentence and he and his family were destroyed. Haman’s allies chose the social and legislative approval of his evil law. They died at the hands of the Jews rather than siding with the righteous law that Esther and Mordecai created when Esther acted on her faith. Along with their families, the jealous advisors of King Darius received death in the den of lions for their sin against Daniel as they conspired to make him dishonor God (Daniel 6:24).
God interacts with mankind through His Word and His Law. His principles are unchangeable. They are the bedrock of the universe and our world. Once He has made a declaration, it cannot be changed.
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