God’s message to the Israelites was, “You must obey my law and be careful to follow my decrees [commands]”; the result will be blessing, but punishment if there is refusal to obey (Lev 18:4,5, 26:3-46). The Psalmist prayed, “I wish I was more faithful in obeying your decrees” (Ps 119:5).

Human governments also make rulings or decrees that became law, requiring obedience from their citizens. What we call laws of nature are in fact decrees or commands of God, that govern the world (Job 28:26; Prov 8:29).

See also: commandments, declare, obedience, submission.

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