Silly Laws?

by Joanna Lutz

Check out these laws that were recently still in the books around the United States:

1. You may not have an ice cream cone in your back pocket at any time.

2. It is illegal to wake a bear to take its picture.

3. No vehicle without a driver may exceed 60 mph.

"Duh!" You might say. "Why do those laws even need to be in writing? Aren't they common sense?" Well, the first law was written in Alabama. The second law is important in Alaska. And the third law should be followed in California (and probably every other state.) These laws may seem silly, but some people might try waking up a bear to take its picture . . . and you can imagine what would happen after that.

Some of God's laws in the Old Testament are just as hard to understand. Like the one about not eating sea creatures without fins or scales, like shrimp (see Deuteronomy 14:9-11).

Yet God had a good reason for every law He made. Shrimp are scavengers. They'll eat almost anything that's dead. In fact, some pet companies recommend that people put a shrimp in their fish tank to keep it clean. The shrimp will eat the algae and parasites that would otherwise make the aquarium dirty and the fish sick.

Now think about it . . . do you really want to eat something that feeds on dead things, algae and parasites? God's instructions to the Israelites were meant for their good, to keep them healthy, strong and able to enjoy life to its fullest!

So next time you come across a rule that doesn't immediately make sense, don't ignore it. If you honor the authority God has placed in your life, God will honor you! And soon you'll discover why David said, "The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places" (Psalm 16:6, HCSB).

For instance, while you keep that ice cream cone out of your back pocket, you can start licking it!

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