Purpose of Government – A Biblical Perspective

Summary. God tells us through the Bible that the purpose of government is to encourage people to live right. Starting with Noah, God began to provide mankind a framework and purpose of government. With Moses receiving the Ten Commandments, God has provided Government the framework of laws to encourage people to live right. Most governments’ laws today are based on many, if not all, the original Ten Commandments. The Bible also provides guidance that Governments should provide swift justice. They must be fair to individuals, but governments must be swift as not to encourage crime and “evil works”.

God Gives Moses the Ten Commandments

God Gives Moses the 10 Commandments
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Encourage People To Live Right.

The purpose of government is to encourage people to live right. Starting with Noah, God began to provide mankind a framework and a purpose for government. These instructions or laws provided the first guidance to mankind on how to live right. Genesis 8:17 God gives Noah instructions on being fruitful.

Genesis 8:17, “Bring out with you every living thing that is with you of all flesh—birds and animals and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth—that they may swarm on the earth, and be fruitful and multiply on the earth.”

Based on the Ten Commandments.

God provided the Israelites the Ten Commandment as laws for them to live right. The purpose of the Israelite government was to enforce the Ten Commandments and many other laws that God handed down to the Israelites. Many of these commandments are the basis of the laws that most Governments rule by today. Exodus 20:6 advises us of God’s mercy and the importance of keeping the 10 Commandments.

Exodus 20:6, “but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.”

To Provide Swift Justice.

Besides the Bible providing guidance on what should be the laws of human government, the Bible also states that a government’s purpose should be to swiftly execute justice. Governments must balance justice to be fair to individuals, but it must be swift as not to encourage crime and “evil works”. Ecclesiastes 8:11 advises us on the importance of governments providing swift justice.

Ecclesiastes 8:11, “Because the sentence against an evil deed is not executed speedily, the heart of the children of man is fully set to do evil.”