And the LORD commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear the LORD our God, for our good always, that he might preserve us alive…
The doctrine of this text is that God's laws are for the good of His subjects; that the basis of all His laws is benevolence; that their foundation is love.
I. THIS FACT IS WELL ATTESTED.
1. In the nature of the commands.
2. In the experience of His subjects. The loyal have ever been the happiest.
II. THIS FACT REVEALS THE DIVINE CHARACTER.
1. Unbounded love.
2. Complete wisdom.
3. Absolute independence.
III. THIS FACT EXPLAINS THE CONDITION OF ALL HUMAN HAPPINESS. What is it? Not the search for it as an end. "He that seeketh his life shall lose it." Obey, because it is right to obey the Infinitely Holy and the Supremely Good.
(U. R. Thomas.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And the LORD commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear the LORD our God, for our good always, that he might preserve us alive, as it is at this day.