In the late 1990’s, I was asked to participate in a Bible Law project. The purpose was to create an awareness of the applicability of the Law in today’s society. The prevailing view in the church realm was that the Law had been done away with once the Old Testament had been replaced with the New Testament and Jesus being the perfect sacrifice. However, nothing could be further from the truth. Twelve men were selected and were to meet at a corporate lodge in Michigan: two from Australia and ten from North America. I was one of the twelve. It was determined that we would team up in twos and we drew lots to determine our partner. I was matched up with one of the Aussies. We all determined to divide the 613 Commandments and Statutes into categories and assign each team with certain categories. We were excited about the project.
One by one, men dropped out of the project until we were down to two, myself and the Aussie. Since I had given my word to take on the project, I was led to cross the finish line no matter how long it took. Though he may disagree, I had to drag the Aussie over the line with me. We ultimately posted the results of the project on the Internet for the world to view. Each of the 613 Commandments and Statutes had a commentary attached so that the reader could understand the applicability of the Scripture in today’s society. Some commentaries were better than others.
Out of Our Heavenly Father’s Heart came the Law and HE has not changed one iota since. The problem is that our hearts have tried to rationalize why The Law is no longer valid. If we could only view The Law through HIS Eyes then we could appreciated its importance. For example, we are not to “tattoo” ourselves. You would say that this statute is antiquated and does not apply to us today. However based on my discussions with a physician with over forty years of experience in studying the human body and its electrical system, the metal mixed with the ink in tattoos interferes with the body’s electron flow. This consistent interference will ultimately have a negative effect on some system within the body whether it be cancer or some other potential life threatening condition. Piercings do the same thing. (Lev 19:28) The Scripture was given for our benefit but our ego would have us believe that Our Heavenly Father simply wanted to control us. The only thing that has changed is our understanding.
When Joshua was being prepared to enter the Promised Land, he was told: This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. When you understand that this command was given out of Love, you realize the importance of embracing The Law. Further when Jesus said that The Law can be fulfilled by walking in Love, we can simplify our approach to life. Simply Love Our Heavenly Father and our fellow man whether friend or foe. As we Love, we walk in unity with Our Heavenly Father. The things that were once important seem to fade away. Relationships take precedence over “things”. Rather than focusing what the other person has to offer us, we ponder what we have to offer to them.
It was necessary for me to focus on the 613 Commandments and Statutes over a decade ago. Studying the detail gave me an appreciation for Our Father’s Love. If you immerse yourself in His Love and purpose to walk in it, HE will entrust you with greater responsibility in The Kingdom because HE knows you will represent HIM well. The one absolute requirement of a Treasurer is the revelation of Love.