Today I was picking up my kids at daycare and a man I have never seen before is walking in front of me, smoking a cigarette on school property, which is definitely not allowed. So I said "Hey fella you know that smoking on school grounds is not allowed" he said "Don't worry about it, it's OK" I said "No, it's not OK there is a by-law that bans smoking on school grounds, which makes what you are doing against the law" he gets mad and kinda lunges toward me in a menacing way and say's "No, it's OK" So rather than continue to argue with this guy which would have probably ended poorly, I decided to just get the kids and carry on. As we come walking out of the school he lunges from around the corner at us to scare us and then starts apologizing saying "I thought you were my guy's" Then his family comes out just after that and he attempts to scare them as well.
As we get into the car I ask the kids who that family is and they tell me it's some visitors from another daycare that is shutdown during spring break. He got mad when I told him there was a law against smoking on school property his anger was because he couldn't do what he wanted right there at that moment even though he ended up getting away with it anyway. His anger makes me wonder whether he knew what he was doing was wrong but did it anyway.
Remember back in 2 Samuel 12: 1-14 when the Lord sent Nathan to confront King David of his wrong doing. Now rather than just come right out and say you are wrong he tells him a story about two men, one rich and the other poor. And how the rich man took the poor man's pet lamb and fed it to his guest. At this David's anger was roused at the rich man for having done this deplorable deed and he say's "the man who has done this thing must surely die, and he must restore the lamb fourfold" David shows that he understands and knows the law well. Then Nathan say's you are the man and he lists his deeds of coveting, adultery and murder. Then the curse of the sword that will never depart from his house and that the lord will raise up evil against him from his own house and his wives will be given to others and all of Israel will see.
David repents right there on the spot realizing his misplaced anger was toward himself and the Lord allows him to live but with a curse now hanging over his house. Because of David's sin the enemies of the Lord are given great occasion to blaspheme and the child that was born to him through Bathsheba will surely die. How much misery was caused through this act of coveting his neighbors wife that lead to more and more sin until a curse was on him instead of a blessed life. Still the Lord forgave him but punished him rightly.
If we follow our own way we will end up like David forgiven yet cursed the rest of our days, however if we search out the Lord and his ways daily and depend on his guidance when tempted we could truly live blessed lives that glorify God daily.
The moral of the story is that ignorance is no excuse when it comes to the law...
The Lord bless and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up his countenance upon you,
And give you peace.
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