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CAN WE OBEY THE LAW?
John Robinson

Noah did in Genesis 6:9.
Abraham did in Genesis 26:5.
Joshua did in Joshua 1:7-9.
David did in Psalms 119:1-176.
David instructed his son to in 1 Kings 2:1-3.
Josiah did in 2 Kings 23:3,25.

Isaiah said the world would eventually be defiled and virtually destroyed because the laws and everlasting covenant were broken.
(Is. 24:1-5)

Ezekiel said some priests violated Yahvah’s laws and even hid their eyes from His Sabbaths. So Yahvah looked for a man to stand in the gap because he didn’t want to destroy the Earth. (Ez. 22)

Daniel was greatly beloved, Dan 10:11, and he was one of the few who recognized that Israel was severely punished for disobeying Yahvah’s laws.

Zechariah and Elizabeth were obedient to the law of Yahvah , and this was noteworthy as the parents of the forerunner of Yahshua.
(Luke 1:6)

Stephen was stoned because he rebuked some of the Jews because they had ‘received the law but did not keep it.’ (Acts 7:53)

When we walk in the spirit, the result is that the righteousness of the law is fulfilled in us. (Rom. 8:1-4 and Ps. 119:1)

If a person has become a new creature it’s because he has supernaturally received the law in his heart and mind. (1Cor 7:19 and Gal 6:16)

The law is our schoolmaster to bring us to Messiah. After we come to the Messiah what should we do? Shoot the schoolmaster and curse the day he was born? Or should we have renewed appreciation for the schoolmaster and begin to serve in newness of the spirit; with a spiritual application of the teachings?

Paul told Timothy to pay attention to reading, exhortation, and doctrine because his life depended on it; and not only his life but the lives of those whom Timothy was teaching.

James says we are to continue in the perfect law of liberty and he puts it in a nutshell when he says, “to visit the fatherless and the widows…and keep yourself unspotted from the world.” In that brief statement he does not sidestep the law but encapsulates it.

John described the love of Yahvah as “the keeping of His commandments, which are not grievous.” (1 John 5:3)

In Revelation 15:3, those who get the victory over the beast are signing the song of Moses and the Lamb.

Soloman’s conclusion at the end of Ecclesiastes was to “fear Elohim and keep His commandments.” Yahshua told the woman caught in adultery to go and sin no more. After Yahshua healed one particular man He told him to “sin no more lest a worse things come upon thee.” (John 5:14)

In Matthew 5, He says we are to do and teach the law and the prophets. He told the Sadducees “you do err, not knowing the scriptures, or the power of Elohim.” (Mt. 22:29) What scripture was He talking about?

Our biggest error today is our lack of knowledge of the scriptures. We must constantly under gird our spiritual lives with a proper understanding of Yahvah’s word.

Some things are hard to be understood

Peter said some of the Apostle Paul’s writing are hard to be understood, especially among those who are unlearned.

In Romans 7, Paul said, “I speak to them that know the law.” In Galatians He mentions that the law is our schoolmaster to bring us into Messiah. Today I sense that multitudes are trying to skip school and enter into the faith without ever submitting to the everlasting covenant. We want the faith of Abraham but would rather not be bothered with the details of how this faith was born. (Gen 26:5)

The Apostle Paul said he worshipped the way they call heresy, believing all things written in the law and the prophets. (Acts 24:14) And he said our faith was built on the Apostles and Prophets, Yahshua being the chief cornerstone.

Should we obey the law?

So if Yahshua is the cornerstone, what did he say about the law? In Matthew 5:17, He said He did not come to destroy the law and the prophets He says we are to do and teach them. He told the Pharisees that if they had really believed Moses they would have believed Him. (John 5:46, 47) Obviously His teachings were not in opposition to the law relayed by the hand of Moses.

In John 7:19, He rebuked some of the Jews saying, “Moses gave you the law but you haven’t kept it.” So on a practical level, how do we obey the spirit of the law today? Life is full of judgement calls, so when there is a question of application, let’s follow Yahshua’s teaching and His example. Allow His spirit to lead us into all truth. A good rule of thumb is to consult the law, prophets, and Yahshua by His Spirit.

One issue of controversy today concerns tithing. If we look the the law we find it in Deuteronomy 16, as well as many other places. If we look to the prophets we find it in Malachi 3. Finally in Yahshua’s teaching we find support in Matthew 23. So we have those three witnesses to tithing.

What about the dietary laws? We find them in Leviticus 23 and Deuteronomy 14. In the prophets they are in Isaiah 65:4, 66:17, and Ezekiel 22:26. Some people believe Yahshua annulled the dietary laws because of His discussion about hand washing in Matthew 15:2. There is not reason to believe that Yahshua ate unclean meats of any kind. That’s hard to imagine for anyone. Evidently it was hard for Peter also because ten years after the crucifixion he said he’d never eaten anything common or unclean when he received his vision in Acts 10. He wondered what such a strange vision would mean. Then later he realized that this was concerning the cleansing of the Gentiles. (Acts 10:28)

It seems rather fitting that Yahshua would refer to himself as the Shepherd of the sheep instead of someone tending to swine. And it’s noteworthy that swine were the recipients of the evil spirit that were cast out of the man in Mark 5. It’s hard to imagine Yahshua releasing evil spirits into a herd of cattle or sheep.

Another issue that is commonly questioned is the observance of the 7th day Sabbath. We find it in the law: Exodus 20, Deuteronomy 5, and Leviticus 23. We also find it in the prophets: Isaiah 56, Isaiah 58, Jeremiah 17, Ezekiel 20, and Ezekiel 22. Yahshua’s custom was to be in fellowship with Yahvah’s people on that day and He expected His followers to be doing that after He was gone. (Matthew 24:20) He was falsely accused of breaking the Sabbath, while there is no evidence of that whatsoever. So concerning the Sabbath we again have proof from the witness of law, prophets, and Yahshua’s example.

What about the Annual Sabbaths? They are found in Exodus 23, Leviticus 23, etc. They are also found in prophets: Isaiah 30:29, Psalms 42:4, Psalms 81:3,4*, and Zecheriah 14:16,17. When Yahshua was 12 years old he was enjoying the Feast of Passover so much He stayed an extra 3 days without even letting Mary and Joseph know of His whereabouts.

His disciples referred to the first day of unleavened break as “megas” (exceedingly great) Sabbath. (John 19:31) And after He died His disciples had so much respect to this annual High day and weekly Sabbath, which came two days later, they didn’t make it to the tomb to anoint His body until three days later. Where did they get this kind of respect for these days? John refers to the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles as the “great day” (John 7:37)

It seems as though John (this disciple whom Yahshua loved) was convinced that these were extra great Sabbaths and used this term to distinguish them from the weekly Sabbaths. And even Gentiles were being drawn to worship at these times. (John 12:20 and Acts 2:9-11)

Of course there are weightier matters of the law and Yahshua made it clear that the greatest commandment is to “love Yahvah with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength.” This is found in the law (Deut. 6:5,) prophets (Jer. 29:13) and Yahshua continued to reinforce this by his words and deeds.

The second greatest commandment is to love your neighbor as yourself, which is found in the law (Lev. 19:18), prophets (Is. 1:17, 58:7, etc.) and Yahshua loved his neighbors so much that he laid down his life for them.

Some people say all we have to do is obey these two commandments. I agree with that because if we do that we will visit the fatherless and the widows, keep ourselves unspotted from the world, and truly walk in liberty.

Will we obey the law?

In every generation there has been a faithful remnant, whose faith is recognized by obedience. The world is not worthy of this remnant that has been made strong out of weakness. The battle is intensifying as it reaches its climax. It appears as if Yahvah’s law and His people are of little or no significance. I feel like David when he said, “it’s time of thee to work: for they have made void thy law.” (Ps. 119:126)



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