David wrote, “Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day.
You, through Your commandments, make me wiser than my enemies;
For they are ever with me.” Psalm 119:97-98
Many Christians believe that the law written in the Old Testament is something to be discarded. They say the law is no longer valid as a believer in Christ. This in fact may be why many Christians are being swayed to embrace beliefs like abortion, homosexual marriage, and lifestyle, sex outside of marriage, etc. They say we are ‘intolerant. While I am not planning on getting into all those arguments today, I do want us to take a look at what God intended when He told Moses to write down the law and teach it to Israel.
First, let’s look at the definition of the word LAW.
LAW — Strong’s Concordance #8451 – tôrâ. And it looks like this:
When we look at the Strong’s definition we find the following:
- law, direction, instruction
- instruction, direction (human or divine)
- body of prophetic teaching
- instruction in Messianic age
- body of priestly direction or instruction
- body of legal directives
- law of the burnt offering
- of special law, codes of law
- custom, manner
- the Deuteronomic or Mosaic Law
- instruction, direction (human or divine)
Do you see how often ‘instruction’ appears?
When you look at the letters of this word, you discover more. Let’s read from right to left.
Tav 400 = the Outcome of Trial and Testing. Picture: A Rough Cross. Means: Cross, Covenant, Seal, Mark, a Sign, Ownership, Finished or Complete.
Vav 6 = Man. Means: Nail or Hook, to Secure, Pin together, Connect -Yeshua
Resh 200 = Insufficiency, Poverty. Picture: Head Means: Head, Chief, Beginning, Highest, Most Important, a Person, Human Reasoning vs. Obedience. (When we allow human reasoning to be our master, our head, poverty of the Spirit results.)
Hey 5 = Grace. Means: Revelation – 5 is the number of Torah, Behold, Give Attention – (at the end of a word: comes from letter before)
God’s LAW is: A mark of covenant secured in Yeshua. It is revelation that overcomes our human reasoning and shows us God’s will. The law is something we need to give attention to.
In Psalm 19:7a, David wrote, The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul. This quote reflects the law is the revelation that overcomes our human reasoning and shows us God’s will.
From Matthew 5:17 we read, “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.
The word ‘destroy’ here means to do away with, throw down, or interpret incorrectly. Many of the Pharisees were guilty of adding to the law and making it burdensome. Today, in our country, some are trying to destroy our constitution and the word of God. They are destroying the law and making their own laws.
And the word ‘fulfill’ means to fill to the full. Jesus did not make an end of the law, He full filled it. He not only lived it but taught others how to live it. He properly interpreted the law in His teaching and how He lived among the people. And the next verse, Matthew 5:18, says, “For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.”
In Jeremiah 31:33 God promises this, “But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.”
And in Ezekiel 36:26 it says, “And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.”
Now that Holy Spirit lives in us, we no longer have to follow every jot and tittle of the law to be accepted by God. Jesus went to the cross so that we would be forgiven, accepted, and made holy (look entirely different from the world because we are following Jesus). Yet, all that Holy Spirit prompts us to do completely reflects the law. It is God’s instruction for living a holy life. Not to be followed in fear of failing but to follow as He leads. And, since heaven and earth are still in existence, the power of the law remains.
God’s law protects us from sinning–it shows us what sin is. If we follow God’s law we don’t live in shame, regret, unforgiveness, etc. When we follow Holy Spirit, as He leads us in God’s law, we live in peace, joy, health, security, blessing, and more.
God is LOVE — 100%. All He does, all He says, and all He IS reflects Love. His Law is love. Like a parent who tells their child not to put their hand in the fire, God’s law is instruction for our protection, for healthy living, relational peace, and blessings forevermore.
Yes, God’s law is something to be loved and lived.