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The Law of YHWH is Perfect  

 

 

 

“The Law of YHWH is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of YHWH is sure, making wise the simple.  The statutes of YHWH are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of YHWH is pure, enlightening the eyes” 

(Psalm 19:7-8). 

 

 

The greater majority of the Christian world today associates the Law of Elohim with the punitive harshness of a schoolmaster’s stick.  It is viewed as rigid, unbending, unrelenting, judging, and ultimately unattainable.  Thus, through one rationale or another, most Christians have found ways to keep from dealing with the Law entirely.  But is this contemporary Christian view of Elohim’s Law accurate?  Is it really a burden to man? David didn’t think so! 

 

The Psalmist found great beauty in the Law of Elohim.  He extolled it as “perfect.”  Through it, David explained, we may become enlightened and made wise.  According to David, the Law of YHWH brings happiness.  In fact, in Psalm 19, we find a suggested connection between the life-giving Gospel teachings and the Law.  Here David tells us that through YHWH’s “perfect” Law the human soul may find true conversion. 

 

Obviously the Biblical perspective, portrayed through David’s glowing picture of the Divine Law, is opposite to the contemporary legalistic depiction of it.  In Ephesians, Paul wrote about the false doctrines and ideologies, which differed from Scripture and would come into the Christian church from every direction.  These teachings were likened to wind blowing, tossing people about this way and that. 

 

Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of Elohim, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ:  That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive (Ephesians 4:13-14). 

 

Having first warned about these windstorms of deception, Paul taught that we might be safe amid this tumult of falsehood only if we followed the pattern of Christ. This thought is continued in Colossians, chapter two. 

 

And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words… As ye have therefore received Christ Y’shua, so walk ye in Him:  Rooted and built up in Him, and established in the faith, as ye have been taught… (Colossians 2:4-7). 

 

Comparing people to tender plants, Christ Himself foretells that the winds of false teachings will be so great that everyone, who is not rooted in the Word of Elohim, will lose their hold and follow after the false teachings, like a tumble weed at the mercy of the howling and empty wind. 

 

But He answered and said, Every plant, which My heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up.  Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch (Matthew 15:13-14). 

 

In light of these texts, which strongly warn against being led astray through the empty blowing of false teachings and blind leaders, we find great necessity to be anchored and rooted firmly in the truth of the Word of Elohim.  His Word, not the teachings of man, is the only sound basis for remaining secure amid what would otherwise be overmastering deception.  The Word of Elohim is the test by which all doctrine will be measured.  As it says in Isaiah 8:20, “To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” 

 

According to the Scripture, the Law and testimony are the standard to which we hold all new teachings.  Thus, on a fundamental level, the popular negative view of the Law fails this test recorded in Isaiah. Hence, it cannot be truth.  No matter how attractive a wind of doctrine may appear, or how many alphabet letters follow the name of its proponents, if a teaching does not agree with the holy standard of Elohim’s Law and Word, it is not truth.  Thus, just because it is popular to do so, we will not blindly join the “moral majority” in tossing the Law aside.  Rather, we must set aside all bias, and with an open mind, re-examine the Law within the context of Scripture. 

 

Already we have seen a great deal of hints in Scripture that the Law of Elohim is a blessing, not a bane.  In Isaiah, the prophet states that the standard of the Law serves as part of our means to test winds of doctrine. Thus, through knowing and understanding it, we are protected from the buffeting blasts of falsehood.   

 

The Law of YHWH is the standard by which we can accurately measure truth.  It is also the standard by which we are measured in the judgment.  In Romans 2:12-13, Paul explains, As many as have sinned in the Law shall be judged by the Law; For not the hearers of the Law are just before Elohim, but the doers of the Law shall be justified.”   

 

John, on the isle of Patmos, received a vision portraying the Law as a measuring reed, by which Elohim’s people were to be measured. 

 

And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of Elohim, and the altar, and them that worship therein  (Revelation 11:1). 

 

As has already been shown in Romans 2:12-13, Scripture teaches that the Law is the standard against which we will be measured in the judgment.  Thus, we know that the identity of the measuring reed in John’s vision is the Law of YHWH.   

 

Comparing our characters by the Standard of Elohim’s holy Law calls to mind the way a builder checks the structure he is working on.  By carefully examining each floor joist and wall stud, measuring it with both a level and a tape measure, the building contractor provides his client with a perfectly strong, and attractive structure.  When measured by the standard of perfect instruments, should a portion of the construction fail to prove true, a conscientious contractor will immediately require it to be corrected or entirely reconstructed. 

 

No mistakes can be allowed in erecting a sound building.  Attempts to hide mistakes that did not pass the test of measurement will result in a final building that simply is not up to par.  Very quickly the dishonorable business practices of the sloppy contractor, in allowing the structure to be less than accurate, will cause him to loose his credibility.  Who wants to pay for and inhabit a building that simply doesn’t measure up? 

 

To draw a spiritual parallel, YHWH is looking for a dwelling place.  He calls us His temple.  

 

Know ye not that ye are the temple of Elohim, and that the Spirit of Elohim dwelleth in you? (I Corinthians 3:16). 

 

The Christian temple is to be fashioned, constructed and formed into a home fit for the holy presence of Elohim!  Through the standard of the holy Law, our character construction is evaluated.  YHWH is looking for a fit home.  Just as a physical building cannot be constructed without a standard of measurement, so the human temple will grow up, in the knowledge of Elohim and in conformity to His holy Standard. 

 

Obviously, there is great value, even necessity in understanding the holy standard: Elohim’s divine Law.  But there is a much deeper truth to be found.  Yes, the Law has been given to mankind so that we may know YHWH’s perfect Pattern.  But the Law is not just about head knowledge. In its lovely light, we are brought to see not only our own imperfection, but also our great need.  

 

In Ezekiel 43:10 it says,  “Thou son of man, show… the house of Israel, that they may be ashamed of their iniquities: and let them measure the Pattern.”  This agrees with David’s writing in Psalm 19:7 which states, “The Law of YHWH is perfect, converting the soul.” 

 

Going even further, the Scripture teaches that, if we didn’t have the holy Law, we wouldn’t know what sin was.  Paul states this clearly in Romans 3:20. “… For by the Law is the knowledge of sin.”  The Law of Elohim truly is a vital catalyst in the process of conversion, just as David said. For through looking at its perfection, our sins may be clearly seen.  We then comprehend our need for a Saviour, and our hearts are brought to repentance.   

 

But what if someone believes that the Law of YHWH was nailed to the Tree of Calvary?  Such a one is not likely to spend much time learning the deep teachings of the Law.  Without a deep understanding of the Law, there can be no true knowledge of the depths of one’s own sin.  And if we cannot grasp the foul depths of our sinfulness, how can we fathom the true value of what our Saviour has done on our behalf? Indeed, what value is a Saviour to someone who doesn’t see a real need to be saved?   

 

Ironically, by setting aside the Law of YHWH, through the reasoning that Y’shua’s death has set us free from it, we minimize what He has done, rather then extol His sacrifice.  We have in effect reduced Him to a mere savior.  This is because our love for Elohim is proportionate to our comprehension of our need for His sacrifice. Christ explained this concept when He addressed the self-righteous Simon after Mary Magdalene had anointed her Saviour’s feet.  

 

Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little  (Luke 7:47). 

 

Thus we find that by focusing on the Law, we see Christ in a new light.  His sacrifice on our behalf is illuminated in a way that can only call forth a complete response in the heart of the believer. From this angle, the Law displays the beautiful blessings, which David portrayed so eloquently in Psalm 19.   

 

Knowledge of the Law and the continued presence of the Holy Spirit are essential to us at every stage of Spiritual growth.  As has already been discussed, the Law is the Standard.  By viewing its perfections, we become aware of our sin.  The more conscious we become regarding the true nature of our sins, the more awakened we become to our need for salvation.  Thus the Law plays a vital part in the process of justification (being made clean – just as if we had never sinned). 

 

But, the work of the Law does not end with justification.  Once we see our need of a Saviour and are brought to repentance and conversion, we cannot now nail the Law to Christ’s the Tree of Calvary.  Just as the builder does not only rely on his measuring instruments to indicate where the building is flawed, so the Christian does not only need the Law to recognize his own imperfections and need. The Law continues to play a vital role in the process of bringing about the changes needed in the spiritual development of the growing Christian.   

 

This second stage of spiritual growth is sanctification.  In this stage, the newly re-born Christian views the divine Law as the Standard to which our Example (Christ) measured up. Not only the indicator of flaws, the Law become the Pattern to which the true follower of Christ now desires to conform.  But, one may protest, isn’t conformity to the Law legalism?   

 

Interestingly, the difference between a legalistic person and a true Christian may not be readily evident at the outset.  Both believe in obeying the holy Law.  Both believe that one’s life is to be in harmony with this divine Standard.  For this reason, many true Christians have been mislabeled as legalists. 

 

So what is the difference between a legalist and a spirit-lead individual?  The distinction is found in the motivation as well as the end result.  The legalist tries to keep the Law in his own power.  He is focused on the Law, but he is using it as a means for salvation.  In effect, he tries to become his own savior.   

 

On the other hand, the faith-filled Christian is empowered by Elohim to walk in harmony with His Law.  The Christian’s power is not his own, and his motivation for keeping the Law is not to earn salvation, but rather to please the One who saved him (see John 14:15).  Is it not natural to wish to please the One we love?  There is nothing legalistic about it.  The heart is melted and overflowing with love for the Saviour.  The highest joy in life is doing His expressed will and pleasure.  

 

Yet, more often than not, anyone expressing a desire to obey Elohim is quickly classed as legalistic rather than loving. In the Bible, there is a wonderful story, which perfectly illustrates the differences between a legalistic response to Elohim and a faith-filled one. 

 

It is the story of Abraham and his two sons.  Elohim had promised that Abraham would bear a son and that this son would be the first of a great multitude, which would spring up from the root of Abraham.  So great a number of children were prophesied to claim Abraham’s lineage that their number was compared to the stars of the sky and the sands of the sea. 

 

…I (YHWH) will multiply thy (Abraham’s) seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed My voice  (Genesis 22:15-18). 

 

But, from a human standpoint, there was a problem with this promise.  Abraham and Sarah had never conceived a child.  Sarah was “barren” and could not conceive.  This was a sore point for Sarah, as she desperately longed to have a child.  Her desire was fueled by the knowledge that Abraham was promised to be the father of a great nation. Yet Sarah physically could not bring the promise into fulfillment.   

 

In this exact position, the Christian finds himself.  He knows that he is to experience a life of victory over sin, and yet he also knows that he is unable to bring the promise to fruition.  Returning to the story of Abraham and Sarah (then called Abram and Sarai), we find that she, like the legalist, decided to fulfill the promise of Elohim in her own power.  Because she could bear a child, she told Abraham to father a child with Hagar, Sarah’s handmaid.    

…And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, YHWH hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai  (Genesis 16:1-2). 

 

Hagar conceived and bore Abraham a son.  But this was not the son of promise, anymore than the legalist’s efforts produce fruit unto righteousness.  When we take Elohim’s promises into our own hands and try to fulfill them in our own strength, we deny the miracle, which Elohim has planned to bestow all along, if we would only have faith in HIS power instead of our own. 

 

The son which Hagar bore to Abraham was named Ishmael. But Elohim said, “In Isaac shall thy seed be called…” (Genesis 21:12). Isaac was the son of promise.  Born when his mother was past the age of conceiving a child, Isaac’s very existence was nothing short of miraculous.  Yet, he was not immaculately conceived. Like living without sin, the birth of Isaac was a miracle brought about through human AND Divine effort.  

 

When it was far too late for Abraham and Sarah to even think of producing offspring through their own power alone, Elohim visited Abraham and informed him that Sarah would soon give birth to the child of promise.  Seeing things only from a human standpoint, Sarah heard this news and laughed.  But Elohim rebuked her laughter, reminding her of HIS power.   

 

Now Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken in age; and it ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women (she was no longer of age to be fertile). Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord (Abraham) being old also? And YHWH said unto Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child, which am old?  Is any thing too hard for YHWH? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son (Genesis 18:11-14). 

 

Sarah did indeed bear the child of promise.  In these two sons of Abraham we find a deep spiritual lesson. Ishmael was the fruit of trying to fulfill Elohim’s promise in one’s own power, but this human effort fell far short of the promise.  On the other hand, Isaac’s every breath was a testimony to what humanity can accomplish when empowered by the Divine.  

 

Paul referenced the story of Abraham’s two sons as an illustration, or “allegory” as he called it, of the difference between the legalist and the faith-filled Christian.  

 

For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman. But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise.  Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants… Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise. But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now.  Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.  So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free (Galatians 4:22-31). 

 

Just as Sarah bore a son when it was humanly impossible to do so, the true Christian may bear the Godly fruit of obedience to the Law through the miraculous power of Elohim.  The true follower of Elohim is one who loves Him and desires to please Him.  Coupled with that desire, is faith in YHWH’s great power.  Such a spirit-filled one trusts in Elohim’s abilities to fulfill His will. 

 

Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; for He is faithful that promised (Hebrews 10:23). 

 

Thus we do not look to our own ability or power for any stage of salvation.  Being justified is not something we can accomplish.  We cannot be made justified (just as if we had never sinned) through any good deeds of our own.  Romans 3:20 states, “…By the deeds of the Law there shall no flesh be justified.”  No amount of good behavior is enough to earn salvation. Paul very aptly defines the process of justification as: 

 

Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Y’shua:  Whom Elohim hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in His blood, to declare His righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of Elohim; To declare, I say, at this time His righteousness: that he might be just, and the Justifier of him which believeth in Y’shua. Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the Law of faith. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the Law (Romans 3:24-28). 

 

It is through the life and death of Christ that we are justified and given salvation.  Just as it is through Christ’s power that we are justified, so it is through His power that we are sanctified (made holy and obedient to His Law). Are the Law and grace at odds with each other? Certainly not! They walk hand-in-hand. However, just as having a baby with a maidservant was not the fulfillment of Elohim’s promise to Abraham, so the mere works of the Law are not the means to lay hold upon the miracle of salvation. 

 

As we have seen through the illustration of Isaac, sanctification is not a miracle alone.  It is the process of what the human can accomplish when empowered by the Divine.  In the same chapter of Romans, where Paul explained that we are not justified through the works of the Law, Paul takes us to the next level beyond justification.  He writes, “Do we then make void the Law through faith? Elohim forbid: yea, we establish the Law” (Romans 3:31). 

 

After we have been justified, we are to walk free from sin (which the Bible defines as transgression of the Law – 1 John 3:4).  Paul makes the statement clearly in Romans chapter six. 

 

What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?  Elohim forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?  Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Y’shua Christ were baptized into His death?  Therefore we are buried with Him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life  (Romans 6:1-4). 

 

Study Summary 

 

·       The Bible teaches that the Law is a blessing to man. 

·       The Law is the Standard by which our characters are measured. 

·       The Law is also the test to which all winds of doctrine will be compared.  Through understanding it, we may be safeguarded against deception. 

·       Through an understanding of the Law, we see our own true nature and need of a Saviour. 

·       Only when we fully see our own sinfulness will we come to deeply love our Saviour. 

·       The more we love our Saviour, the more we hate sin, for we see what our sin did to Him. 

·       Our love for our Saviour and sorrow for our sin produces the climate, in the heart, for re-birth. 

·       The process of justification is being made through Y’shua’s blood, just as if we had never sinned. 

·       Sanctification is being made holy through obedience to Elohim’s will and Law. 

·       Those who believe in keeping the Law are often labeled as “legalists.” 

·       A legalist is someone who tries to keep the Law in his own power in order to earn his own salvation (as illustrated in the birth of Ishmael). 

·       A faith-filled Christian is someone who loves YHWH and desires to please Him through an obedient life. He is enabled to be obedient through the power of Elohim (as illustrated in the birth of Isaac). 

(To get a complete copy of the book this study come from, contact Shauna Manfredine at Lighted Way Ministries at http://www.lightedway.org/  and request the book - Testimony of the Moon. It can be downloaded to read by clicking on the book below.)