Ignorance of the Law

Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter 24

Gold Nugget
Verse 12: 
 If you say, “Surely we did not know this,” Does not He who weighs the hearts consider it? He who keeps your soul, does He not know it? And will He not render to each man according to his deeds?

Commentary
Ignorance of the law is no excuse. I've heard that all my life. It is a valuable lesson that applies in concept, to many other areas of our lives. There is a reason why minors are penalized less for the same crimes committed by adults. It's accepted that by the time you reach a certain age you have had ample time to learn the basic laws of the land. Even outside of the age scenario, a new law will be held against you if it has been in effect for enough time that you should be aware of it. If a history teacher provides you with a history book, tells you to study it and then gives you a test about its contents, would you have legitimate case to claim ignorance of its contents? Of course not. We are not just held accountable for what we know, but also what we should know. That is to say, if information has been made readily available to us and we didn't learn it because of neglect, we should still be held accountable. Ignorance of the law is no excuse if the knowledge of the Law was made available to us. Consider today’s “gold nugget”,  If you say, “Surely we did not know this,” Does not He who weighs the hearts consider it? He who keeps your soul, does He not know it? And will He not render to each man according to his deeds? I believe there are Christians today that are very ignorant of what the truth of God’s Word says to many degrees. I also believe that most of it is by choice. We live in a society where the scriptures are at each of our finger tips and yet we take some sort of comfort in our lack of knowledge. It’s as if we feel more comfortable being ignorant because of the alternative of possibly having to give up too much if we learn too much. Ignorance (by choice or neglect) is no excuse. We will be held accountable to God, not only for what we know, but also what we don’t know due to neglecting His Word. Brothers and sisters, this ought not to be so.

Prayer
Lord, you have made your manual for life (the Scriptures) readily available to us. Help us to take responsibility for learning what your Word has to say to us, about us and for us. Allow it to direct and correct our lives. Help us to see the values of ever learning more and more about you through your Word.” Amen

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