Rules. We all hate them. The times when I struggled with them the most were primarily when I was a teenager. Not only are there rules but there is, beyond that, the authority figures, who make the rules!
Most of us have stories of when we have not followed the rules that an authority has set before us. I will never forget when I was a senior in High School, and experienced one of these times. My friend and I had just dropped off someone, and as we were driving away from his house, I remembered that the road coming up was a very steep hill with a sharp drop off. Now, this was in a residential neighborhood, and the speed limit was a low speed, and there were warning signs about going too fast because of the sharp drop off. However, in my head, there were visions of glorious airtime, and the Dukes of Hazard theme song played in my head as my comrade and I would soar through the air to new heights!
Ignoring all the warnings and rules placed by Authority (the Town and the DMV) I sped off excited about my future as" Bo Duke." The car went flying off the drop-off, and we got some significant air -time! But, and this is a BIG BUT, I didn't realize that the incline on that road did not go straight but, rather, turned! Instead of landing on the street, the car dropped from the air to land on the sidewalk, taking out a mailbox and getting a flat tire!
Many times in our lives we think that the rules and authorities in our lives are there to take all our freedom from us, or that they are out to get us. But as believers in Christ, we need to understand that this is not what God wants from us. God tells us that we are to be under the authorities that He has placed in our lives and by submitting to the rules and authorities over us, we will have more freedom than if we were to disobey the authorities ordained by God.
Think about this for one minute. There I was, a senior in High School getting ready to graduate with my whole life ahead of me. What if when I flew over that hill a parent had been walking with their newborn child, and I hit them and killed them. Instead of the freedom of conquering the mountain, I would have experienced a lifetime of guilt, jail, no marriage, no children, and the list goes on.
A lot of people - even Christians, see God's Word as a book of rules. But God at creation gave Adam "a one-rule world." They had many things they could do, like multiply, name the animals, AND they got to spend time with GOD, in PERSON, and He had provided such that they lacked NOTHING!!! He gave them all the trees to eat from in the garden as well. Except for one. And that was the ONE rule: to not eat of the "tree of the knowledge of good and evil."
Then you get Satan into the picture tempting Eve to eat the fruit by telling her that they would be like God. She did, and it was man's first rebellion against God. They thought they could be free from God's authority in their life and instead of that freedom they received pain and death.
God's Word is not a book of rules so let’s not view it that way, but view it as a book of God setting us free from the law of sin and death through Jesus. It should also give us a mindset of obedience to God to place ourselves under the authorities that God has put in our lives - our parents, bosses, law enforcement, or anyone else that could be over us - because God has commanded us to abide in His word! When we do this we "will know the truth, and the truth will set us free."