Really, seriously folks, is this sign absolutely necessary? It seems to be just stating that which is so painfully obvious. Can’t people tell just by driving down this road that it is not paved and that it is not safe to go very fast? Do we really have to spend tax dollars installing a sign?
This is what I thought when I first saw the sign. It seemed a little strange and silly to me but after some consideration I began to understand. In the Old Testament Moses gave us the law or the 10 Commandments. They were originally written down in stone and later actually written within the Torah and have been preserved in Scripture throughout all of the ages.
So why did God have to give us the law? Don’t we already know right from wrong? In his book Hells best-kept secret author Ray Comfort tells the story about a young man who lived in a village and pretty much every evening the young man would go driving through the town at 100 miles an hour. After a while the citizens of the town got tired of this and they got together and passed a law that said that 60 mph was the speed limit. Later that evening the young boy came driving through at 100 mph he was now in violation of the law. He was caught and put into jail and there he sat with a big fine no money and no hope.
Then one day the young man’s father showed up and told him, “I have sold all my possessions to pay your fine and get you out of jail, you are free to go.”
The purpose of the law is to show us our own sinfulness, the law actually describes sin.
Rom 7:7What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.
And ignorance of the law is no excuse.
Rom 2:12 For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law;
And although we may never have actually read the law, that does not render it ineffective.
Rom 2:15 Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;
The law actually makes grace amazing.
Rom 5:20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound
Shortly after I took this picture I had driven down the road a short distance and was pulled over by the police for a seatbelt violation. When the policeman asked me why I was not wearing my seatbelt I informed him that I had not seen any sign. My fine is $25.