What is the Law of God?
What is the Law of God?
Most, (almost all), Bible teachers, theologians, preachers, pastors and rabbis confuse this topic utterly which leads to confusion and mediocre or superficial understanding of the Law of God.
In order to understand the Law of God, we must delineate the Five Categories of the Law of God.
(1) The Moral Law of God: It is eternal. It began at the creation of Adam and it will continue through eternity after the Messiah Yeshua returns again on the new created earth. The Moral Law of God continues in vigor and anyone who modifies it using a false pretext of Grace or cultural changes is in violation of God.
The Moral Law of God reflects God's attributes and cannot be changed. Breaking the Moral Law of God is Sin.
(2) The Clean Food Law (Kashrut Law): It is given to Adam and Noah chose the clean animals by seven pairs. Moses confirmed it. Yeshua Jesus confirmed it. The Apostles confirmed it in Acts 15 to be applied and respected by all, not only Jews or Messianic believers but also by all Gentiles who convert to the faith of Yeshua. Breaking the Kashrut Law is a serious pollution of the body.
(3) The Civil Law: It is given to Moses to regulate the lives of the Israelites who left the slavery of Egypt. It teaches them how to be fair and just towards each other. The Eye for an Eye and Tooth for a Tooth is the most just way of treating people.
When someone causes damages to someone else, the victim cannot and should not demand more than the damages lost. The victims have no right to demand vengeance or over exaggerated compensations as people do today.
The rabbis (Pharisees disciples of Shamai and the Sadducees) insisted on exact damages to the perpetrators.
The rabbis (Pharisees disciples of Hillel) accepted lesser payments made by perpetrators to the victim, if the victim chooses. They did not obligate the exact damages but allowed financial compensations not to exceed the damages.
Breaking the Civil Law is a legal matter and it depends on the judgement of the legally appointed judges.
(4) The Social Law: It is given to to Moses to regulate the lives of the Israelites throughout history. Breaking the Social Law is a trespass which can be remedied by restoration of the broken boundaries.
(5) The Ceremonial Laws: The Church teaches that all the Ceremonial Laws are completed in the act of Christ on the Cross. But, this is NOT completely true, because there are three parts of the Ceremonial Laws, as following:
(A) The Old Testament (Old Covenant) Ceremonial Law which is exactly the sacrifice of the blood of animals from year to year. This is completely fulfilled in the sacrifice of Yeshua Jesus on the tree (cross). He was the eternal Lamb of God, hence no further blood sacrifice is needed, it is all fulfilled.
(B) The Korban Ceremonial Law which means the offering of self and of property to the Lord. it is also called Tithe and Offerings. It should be given ONLY to the poor, the needy, the helpless needy children, the chase celibate widows, and divorcees who were victims of adultery, the prisoners, the victims of violence and severe weather or disaster conditions. This part continues and it is affirmed by Yeshua and by the Apostles.
The Korban (Tithe and Offerings to God) is NOT to be offered or paid to organizations, non-profit religious or humanitarian or political organizations even if they claim the Name of the Lord and preach about him half an hour or more every week.
(C) The Blessings Ceremonial Citations. These are also to continue in the form of blessings, Bible readings in a regular manner in our lives.
For example, the Mezuzah at the door posts, the Blessings of YHWH Elohenu Melek ha'Olam before food, etc. The Mezuzah and the Tzitzit are ordained by God to remind us everyday of the Word of God.
(D) The Holy Festivals These Holy Festivals were given by God to Moses to be observed by the Israelite believers throughout their generations.
Does this mean that they ended when Emperor Hadrian banned the Jews from Jerusalem? No, because the Israelite believers are present and active throughout all the world. Also, all Gentiles who truly believe in Jesus become members of the Commonwealth of the True Israel.
While the Festivals and the Holy Festival Sabbaths are NOT obligatory, yet their observance brings great joy, divine instructions, and holy fellowship.
There are seven Holy Festivals.
The first four are types of the First Coming of the Messiah Jesus: The Pesah Passover, the Unleavened Bread, the Bikkurim First Fruit, and the Shavuot Pentecost.
The last three are types of the Second Coming of the Messiah Jesus: The Yom Truah Day of the Trumpets (as the Lord will come at the Last Trumpet on that day), Yom Kuppur Day of Atonement, and Sukkot the Tabernacles.
Observing all the seven is of great spiritual value and reminders of the work our Messiah had done and is doing for us.
While the Old Testament Animal Blood Ceremonial Laws (A) are completed, yet, breaking the Ceremonial Laws (B), (C) and (D) disconnects us from acknowledging that YHWH is the center of our lives, but it is NOT a sin.
We pray that the better and more accurate understanding of the Law of God will help all true believers to live righteously and without guilt. Shalom Shalom.