“in keeping them is great reward…”

Psalm 19:7-11 says,

The Torah of Yahweh (Law of the LORD) is perfect, restoring the soul;
The testimony of Yahweh is sure, making wise the simple.
8 The precepts of Yahweh are right, rejoicing the heart;
The commandment of Yahweh is pure, enlightening the eyes.
9 The fear of Yahweh is clean, enduring forever;
The judgments of Yahweh are true; they are righteous altogether.
10 They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb.
11 Moreover, by them Your servant is warned;
In keeping them there is great reward.

It is a curious thing that the ‘church,’ which claims to believe “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work,” also believes that parts of the Law are ‘abrogated.’  (See Westminster Confession of Faith 19.3 as one example.)

Merriam-Webster defines ‘abrogate‘ as : to abolish by authoritative action : annul : to treat as nonexistent <abrogating their responsibilities>.   Other dictionaries support this definition.

Yeshua said,

17 “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. 18 For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished. 19 Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

So, the ‘church’ has a problem. They have to tap-dance around this verse by saying, ‘we don’t do away with the Law, it still has teaching value, but we don’t have to do what it says.’ (Usually, there are a lot of big words and twisted arguments… some slight of hand… And, pointing this out angers them.)

But see, this isn’t the only place the Law is taught as still in effect. In fact, if you take off the denominational filte… er, glasses, and read the New Testament with the understanding that the Law will stand until heaven and earth pass away (Deu. 30:19-20; 31:28-29; Matt. 5:18), then we start to understand where the ‘church’ is ‘off the tracks.’

Yeshua said, “My doctrine is not mine, but His that sent me.” (John 7:16 KJV) or in the NASB, “My teaching is not Mine, but His who sent Me.”

Could He teach contrary to the Law of Moses? Deuteronomy 13:1-5 says it is sin punishable by death to teach contrary to the Commandments of Yahweh.

If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder,

And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them;

Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the Lord your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.

Ye shall walk after the Lord your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.

And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death; because he hath spoken to turn you away from the Lord your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, to thrust thee out of the way which the Lord thy God commanded thee to walk in. So shalt thou put the evil away from the midst of thee.

So, if Yeshua said He did NOT come to abolish the Law OR the prophets, and He could NOT teach contrary to Moses, and He taught the doctrine of His Father, and heaven and earth are still here…

Seems to me, the Law, the Torah of Moses, is still here and in effect!

Lest you get ‘bent out of shape,’ let me clearly state for the record, ‘I, you, nor anybody in HISTORY has been saved or will be saved by keeping the Law,‘ (Eph 2:8-10)  HOWEVER, keeping the Law is HOW we show our LOVE for Messiah and the Father.

“If ye love me, keep my commandments.” (John 14:15)

“By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and observe (do) His commandments. 3 For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome.” (1 John 5:2-3)

Notice!! THE way to love Yeshua is to keep His commandments. THE way to love the children of God is to keep the commandments of God, and THE way to love God is to keep His commandments.

Further, we are explicitly told that ‘His commandments are NOT burdensome.’ Anybody hear shades of, ‘My yoke is easy and my burden is light?’ (Matt. 11:28-30) What is Yeshua’s yoke? The ‘ancient paths,’ the Torah!! He is teaching the SAME thing Moses taught because He is the prophet ‘like unto Moses.’

(More on Yeshua’s yoke here.)

Many would argue, ‘but, His commandment is to love.’  And, they would be correct in what they are saying, but wrong in their understanding…

34 But when the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered themselves together. 35 One of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the great and foremost commandment. 39 The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:34-40)

Besides the obvious point that the Law and Prophets cannot be divided or set against each other, Yeshua makes the point that the definition of the Law and Prophets is LOVE.  Keeping them IS the outworking of LOVE.  Keeping the commandments is, by definition, loving God and loving your neighbor.

We started with Psalm 19:7-11 with a title that said, “in keeping them is great reward…”  The ‘them’ is referring to the Torah, precepts, judgments, commandments, testimony, etc…  ‘In keeping THEM’ means more than just the 9 or 10 your denominational tour guide (doctrinal statement) says you are accountable for.  Rather, Yeshua says, ‘Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven…’  Annulling and teaching to annul the LEAST of the commandments sends you to the back of the bus.

Conversely, He says, “whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”

I didn’t grow up with this understanding…  I bought the traditions of men.  Doctrines that said many of the commandments were abolished, abrogated, done away or just plain silly….  After setting aside the traditions of my fathers and casting myself before THE Father asking for Truth, He began to reveal Scripture in the original light it was given.

Are there scoffers and mockers?  Yep.  Scripture has something to say about them in the context of this discussion,

How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the path of sinners,
Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
2 But his delight is in the Torah of Yahweh,
And in His Torah he meditates day and night.
3 He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season
And its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers.

4 The wicked are not so,
But they are like chaff which the wind drives away.
5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
Nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
6 For Yahweh knows the way of the righteous,
But the way of the wicked will perish.  (Psalm 1)

The definition of sin is lawlessness.  Sinners are lawless.

The definition of righteousness is obedience to the commandments.  Yeshua is our perfect example and atoning sacrifice when we fail.  We are commanded to ‘walk as He walked.’

3 By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. 4 The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; 5 but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him: 6 the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.

7 Beloved, I am not writing a new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had from the beginning; the old commandment is the word which you have heard.

There are piles more verses to substantiate what is written here.  I pray this has been convicting and has helped to remove the scales of tradition from your eyes.

Two links for further study:

What does ‘keeping Torah’ look like?  I agree with almost all of this post.

What about Paul? Didn’t he teach the Law was abolished?  Nope.  That’s the twisted traditions of men… See the Pauline Paradox Series, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.

May Abba Yahweh lead you into the fullness of obedience and ‘walking as Meshiach walked.’

Shalom!!

About Pete Rambo

Details in 'About' page @ natsab.wordpress.com Basically, husband of one, father of four. Pastor x 11 years, former business and military background. Micro-farmer. Messianic believer in Yeshua haMashiach!
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