We now begin a series of posts about the importance of the Laws of YHWH and why, except for animal sacrifices and the Levitical priesthood, they should still be kept. For didn’t–as I have many times pointed out–Yahshua Himself declare:
Think not that I am come to destroy the Law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy but to fulfill. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot (one yodh, the smallest of the Hebrew letters) or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the Law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven; for whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven (MATT. 5:17-20).
TOO HARD TO KEEP?
At all times in His earthly ministry, Yahshua promoted the Old Testament with its Commandments, including the 613 Mosaic Laws. We also know from HEBREWS 4:15 He was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin; and I PETER 2:22 Who did no sin… that Yahshua perfectly kept the Laws of YHWH. Furthermore, we are told to follow Him: …ye should follow His steps, Who did no sin… (I PET. 2:22-23); …Follow Me… (MAT. 4:19, 8:22, 9:9) with numerous other Scriptures repeating the command.
Why is it and was it, therefore, believed by so many today and throughout history that the Old Testament Laws have been ‘done away with’, ‘nailed to the cross’, and ‘fulfilled by Yahshua so we don’t have to’? JAMES 2:10 is often quoted as a reason why we cannot keep the Law:
For whoever shall keep the whole Law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.
Rather than use this Scripture as an incentive to keep all of YHWH’s perfect and holy Laws… The Law of YHWH is perfect, converting the soul (PSA. 19:7); Therefore the Law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good (ROM. 7:12); …they use it as an excuse not to keep it because they say it is impossible to keep every point of the Law. This is despite the fact Yahshua commands us to be perfect and follow Him, and that YHWH gave the Law to keep, not to break! Why would a loving and just Father give Laws, Commandments, and Statutes to His children that they couldn’t possibly keep? That are too hard to keep?
Apart from the fact that all things are possible with YHWH, the Bible itself belies the idea that the Law is too hard to keep:
For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off. It is not in Heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to Heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it? Neither is it beyond the sea, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it? But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it (DEUT. 30:11-14).
Moses is here assuming a rather mocking tone as if daring anyone to suggest the Law is too hard to keep. It appears he is declaring the statement before the Israelites could start groaning and moaning as they were wont to do at that time in their wilderness sojourn.
We shall continue on this theme for a number of posts to come, to dispel many myths about the Law. But having touched on the verse …with YHWH nothing shall be impossible – (LUKE 1:37), which is akin to MATTHEW 17:20 …nothing shall be impossible unto you, I must add, many Christians live today as if our Father in Heaven is not capable of doing even the smallest thing. Not heal, or protect, or provide for us, His children. Instead they go about their lives like they haven’t even got a Saviour, who not only performs miraculous feats but sees to the ‘mundane’ also, such as supervising the rising of the sun each morning.
Tomorrow as you watch this, or see the light having dawned as you open your eyes from sleep if you are a later riser like me, remember: HE DID THAT, and live like it. For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Sovereignty; so that they are without excuse (ROM. 1:20)!