The Law of
The Law of
God in the
1. CAN there be sin where there is no law?
"Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there
is no transgression." "Sin is not imputed when there is no law."
Rom. 4:15; 5:13.
2. Through what is the knowledge of sin
"For by the law is the knowledge of sin." "I had not
known sin, but by the law." Rom. 3:20; 7:7.
3. What statement shows that sin was in the
world before the law was given on Mt. Sinai?
"For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is
not imputed when there is no law." Rom. 5:13.
NOTE.-The fact that
sin was imputed before the law was given at Sinai is conclusive proof
that the law existed before that event.
4. When did sin and death enter the world?
"Wherefore, as by one man [Adam] sin entered into the
world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that
all have sinned." Verse 12.
5. With what words did God admonish Cain?
"If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou
doest not well, sin lieth at the door." Gen. 4:7.
6. What shows that God imputed sin to Cain?
"And He said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's
blood crieth unto Me from the ground. And now art thou cursed from
the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother's
blood from thy hand." Verses 10,11.
7. What was the difference between Cain's and
"Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one; and slew his
brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil,
and his brother's righteous." 1 John 3:12.
therefore, have been a standard at that time by which the characters of
men were weighed. That standard must have defined the difference between
right and wrong, and pointed out man's duty. But this is the province of
the law of God. Hence the law of God must have existed at that time.
8. In what condition was the world before the
"The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth
was filled with violence." Gen. 6:11.
9. What did God purpose to do with the people
of that day?
"And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before
Me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold,
I will destroy them with the earth." Verse 13.
10. What is Noah called?
"And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth
person, a preacher of righteousness." 2 Peter 2:5.
NOTE.-Noah must have
warned the antediluvians against sin, and preached repentance and that
obedience of faith which brings the life into harmony with the law of
11. Why did the Lord destroy Sodom?
"The men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the Lord
exceedingly." Gen. 13:13.
12. What was the character of their deeds?
"And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation
of the wicked: (for that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing
and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their
unlawful deeds)." 2 Peter 2:7,8.
would not have been unlawful had there been no law then in
existence. Unlawful means "contrary to law."
13. What did Joseph, in Egypt, say when tempted
"How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against
God?" Gen. 39:9.
14. What did God say to Abraham concerning the
"In the fourth generation they [Israel] shall come hither
again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full."
15. Of what sin were the Amorites specially
"And he [Ahab] did very abominably in following idols,
according to all things as did the Amorites, whom the Lord cast out
before the children of Israel." 1 Kings 21:26.
16. Why did the Lord abhor the Canaanites?
"Ye shall therefore keep all My statutes, and all My
judgments, and do them: that the land, whither I bring you to dwell
therein, spew you not out. And ye shall not walk in the manners of the
nation, which I cast out before you: for they committed all these
things, and therefore I abhorred them." Lev. 20:22,23.
that "they committed all these things" refers to what had been
previously forbidden to the Israelites. Among these things was
idolatrous worship (Lev. 20:1-5), showing that the Gentiles, as well as
the Jews, were amenable to the law of God, and were abhorred of God for
17. Why did God make His promise to the seed of
"Because Abraham obeyed My voice, and kept My charge, My
commandments, My statutes, and My laws." Gen. 26:5.
commandments and laws existed in the time of Abraham.
18. Before giving the law at Sinai, what did
God say because some of the people went out to gather manna on the
"And the Lord said unto Moses, How long refuse ye to keep
My commandments and My laws?" Ex. 16:28.
19. Had the Lord spoken regarding the Sabbath
previous to this time?
"This is that which the Lord hath said, Tomorrow is
the rest of the holy Sabbath." Verse 23.
20. Before coming to Sinai, what had Moses
"When they have a matter, they come unto me; and I judge,
between one and another, and I do make them know the statutes of God,
and His laws." Ex. 18:16.
NOTE.-All this shows
that the law of God existed from the beginning, and was known and taught
in the world before it was proclaimed at Sinai.
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