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October 23 - Evening

"Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law. They show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts sometimes accusing them and at other times even defending them. This will take place on the day when God judges people’s secrets through Jesus Christ, as my gospel declares."

- Romans 2:14-16

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The Universal Law on All of Our Hearts


The Old Testament makes it clear that God appeared to men like Abraham and Moses, that God gave Israel the written Law and the Tabernacle worship, and that God sent prophets who spoke his word to them. So, it is clear Israel knew what God wanted, because he told them. But, what about the rest of the world? What about the non-Jewish people called the Gentiles? God didn't appear on Mount Sinai and speak to every culture, race, language and society! How do they know what God wants? How do people know what is right and wrong? Is there things that are absolutely wrong in every culture for every age? And, if people do not know or if right and wrong are different for every culture, how can we say God will ultimately be able to judge all mankind?

This is the subject Paul is addressing in Romans 2:14-16. Paul says that even the Gentiles naturally do things required by the law. In all cultures it is not considered right to steal, to murder, to destroy your family through disobedience to parents or abandoning your wife and children. Indeed, these things happen in every culture, including Jewish culture, but that doesn’t mean that culture considers these “sins” good, wholesome and right.

Paul says that because men universally know what is right in certain areas of morality, ethics and social expectations mankind is showing:

“that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts.”

Just like birds know when to migrate, so men know what is right or wrong in these general areas. God has established right and wrong, and God has then written that standard on the heart of every man. Because these requirements of the law are written on their hearts man’s conscious will at times defend his actions and at other times that same man’s conscious will accuse him of the wrong he has done, just as Paul writes:

“Their consciences also bearing witness and their thoughts sometimes accusing them and at other times even defending them.”

Remember, Paul is talking about non-believing Gentiles in these verses. He is not talking about Christians who have been born-again and are indwelt by the Holy Spirit. These people and the subject of the believer’s renewed mind and the ministry of the Holy Spirit will be a topic discussed by Paul later in this book.

Because, there is an absolute standard of right and wrong it is possible for Christians and unbelievers to live productively together in the same culture and even interact supportively of the same political agenda. Because of our universal Creator we can share universal values.

  Christian Quote from Church History

"You might as well try to
hear without ears or breathe without lungs, as to try to live a Christian life without the Spirit of God in your heart."
- D.L. Moody




Something to Ponder??
Israel (150 by 55 miles) has wide variety of habitat (deserts, mountains, forests, grasslands, lakes, seashores, hill country, plains, plateaus) which provide home to
2,350 species of plant life
and 700 species of animals.
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information


Porosis (Gr) - Blindness (Eng) - the Greek word porosis means both "blindness" and "hardness." Porosis comes from poroo which has the meaning of "to harden, to form a callous."
The Greek definition includes "covering with a calus," "dulled perception,"
"a blunted or blocked mental discernment."


It is interesting to note that Jacob blesses his twelve sons with equal shares of the inheritance. This practice was changed 400 years later in Deuteronomy 21:15-17 when the Mosaic Law required that the firstborn son receive a double inheritance.

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I seek to obey the absolute standard that God has given to all men?
Do I do what is right according to the law of God that is written on my heart?
I will honor my Creator by living in a way that he intended mankind to live.
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- Proverbs 16:26
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Excavation at Beth Shemesh
Excavation in Beth Shemesh with the Sorek Valley in the background. This is the valley that the Philistines sent the Ark of the Covenant when it came to this Levitical city of Beth Shemesh. During this excavation in 2012 a coin from around 1050 BC commemorating Samson was found here.
See details of coin here.
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