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A “sunset law” is a statute that provides an automatic termination date for a law, government program, or an agency, if it is not renewed by the legislature.
A “sunset contract” is the provision in an off-the-plan purchase of real estate that establishes a set date by which the construction must be completed.
If the contractor does not complete the project by that date the contract is rescinded, and the deposit is returned to the buyer.
God also has a “sunset law.”
There is a significant difference between His “sunset law” and the one used in legislation and real estate contracts. God’s “sunset law” is not the termination of something, it is the beginning.
God’s “sunset law” is based upon His creation of time and space. God is eternal. That is, He exists outside of time and space. When He created planet earth for human life, He instituted time and space by creating the solar system with the sun and moon.
The sun was designed to rule the day and the moon to rule the night. God established the twenty-four-hour day, one full rotation of the sun and the moon.
However, He did not establish a solar day, based upon the travel of the sun, but a lunar day based upon the travel of the moon. Scripture records in Genesis 1:5, “the evening and the morning were the first day.”
Again, in verse 8, “So, the evening and morning were the second day.”
Genesis 1:13, “So, the evening and the morning were the third day.” The Scripture records all six days of God’s creative work starting at sunset.
The Hebrew Sabbath Day begins at sunset on Friday evening and ends one hour after sunset on Saturday. The Hebrew calendar is a lunar calendar not a solar calendar like the Gregorian Calendar used by most Gentile nations.
What is God’s “sunset law?”
It is found in Ephesians 4:26-27 and reads, ‘“Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil‘ (NKJV). God’s “sunset law” has a termination time for your anger and wrath.
Do not start a new day (at sunset) with anger and wrath in your heart.
Yes, there are things that should make you angry. It should make you angry when someone texting runs into your car. It should make you angry when a thief breaks into your home or steals your car.
It should make you angry when someone’s sinful passion hurts a loved one. “Do not sin” with your anger. Do let allow your anger to lead you into a sinful attitude or sinful behavior.
God’s “sunset law” gives an important warning.
When anger and wrath is not resolved by sunset of the new day, a gateway is opened to the powers of darkness to enter your mind and emotions. T
hey will establish an area of jurisdiction from which a stronghold will be built in that area of your life.
Hebrews 12:14-17 gives this important instruction about God’s “sunset law.”
“Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled; lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright. For you know that afterward, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears” (NKJV).
God’s “sunset law” establishes the beginning of a new day and the set time for the release of the account and judgment for all that has offended you in that day.
The danger of not releasing the judgment and letting go of the account is resistance to God’s grace and a root of bitterness being planted in your mind and emotions (the jurisdiction of the devil).
That root of bitterness will grow and from it will emerge other areas of sinful attitudes and behavior patterns.
God’s “sunset law” is very important to your wellbeing. It is significant for living the abundant life God has promised in the covenant made through the redemptive work of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Don’t let the sunset with unresolved conflict or unresolved anger.
Start each new lunar day by extending grace to others in the same way God has extended His grace to you. That will quickly close the gateways of your heart to the powers of darkness.