The Role of the Law


“Let’s not make a decision until we study”
“The law of Yahweh is perfect . . .” Psalm 19:7-8

 Laws of our country, and others, are based upon the Ten Commandments. These were taught first of all to Adam, and then to the patriarchs until Moses was called up to Mt. Sinai and given the two tables of stone on which The Mighty One had written them (Exodus 31:18).

Yahweh set one day apart from the other six days as holy and sanctified. “And Elohim (Mighty One) blessed the seventh day and sanctified it . . .” (Genesis 2:3).

The Commandments were broken by Eve when she was deceived by Satan in the garden. Eve listened to another voice after Yahweh had given His instructions. When Eve took of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, she coveted that which was Yahweh’s (10th Commandment). As she tasted the fruit and gave it unto her husband, she took that which was Yahweh’s without His permission. (8th Commandment).

The Sixth Commandment, “Thou shalt not commit murder,” was known to Cain. Cain rose up against Abel, his brother, and slew him. And Yahweh said unto Cain, Where is Abel, thy brother? And he said, I know not; and am I my brother’s keeper? And He said, What hast thou done? The voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground. And now are thou cursed from the earth . . .” (Genesis 4:8-11).

Again, we find the first commandment was broken by those who sought to set up the tower of Babel to exalt themselves. “. . . let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name . . .” (Genesis 11:4).

Ham, son of Noah, was cursed for breaking Yahweh’s law to honor thy father and mother. (Deuteronomy 27:16, Leviticus 18:7). The Seventh Commandment was broken by the daughters of Lot (Genesis 19:32). Even Joseph knew adultery was sin or he would not have refused to lie with his master’s wife (Genesis 39:7-9).

Jacob knew the law that forbids idols. “. . . Put away the strange deities that are among you, and be clean . . .” (Genesis 35:2).

These are just a few scriptural proofs which teach us the law of Yahweh was from creation; and men knew it and obeyed, unto righteousness and blessing, or disobeyed it unto sin and chastisement. They would not have known sin had the law not been taught to them. Sin is the transgression of the law. (1 John 3:4); and “. . . I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust except the law had said thou shalt not covet (Romans 7:7). A great number believe that “The Moral Law” or the “Ten Commandments” were to be abided by from Moses’ time through the crucifixion of our Saviour. However, many believe they were nailed to the tree which our Saviour hung upon. Could this be true? Let’s not make a decision until we study a few more scriptural texts.

At that time of Moses there was another law given to the people. This was the ceremonial law which was spoken by Moses to the people. It contained burnt offerings, trespass offerings, consecrations and the sacrifices of the peace offerings. (Lev. 7:37-38). Moses wrote of the words of this law in a book and commanded the Levities to put it in the side of the ark of the covenant for a witness. (Deut. 31:24-26).

In Matt. 19:17 Yahshua said, if you will enter into life, keep the commandments. He also said, Think not that I am come to destroy the law . . . (Matt. 5:17). Yahshua died for us, and we are saved by His life (Romans 5:8-10); but we keep the commandments because we repent of sin and come into covenant with Yahweh to receive the promises of the obedient (Romans 6:16).

More than sixty years after Yahshua’s death and resurrection, John wrote the following scriptures:

Revelation 12:17 — “And the dragon was wroth with the woman and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep THE COMMANDMENTS of Elohim and have the testimony of Yahshua.”

Revelation 14:12 — “Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep THE COMMANDMENTS of Elohim, and the faith of Yahshua.”

Revelation 22:14 — “Blessed are they that do HIS COMMANDMENTS that they may have right to the tree of life; and may enter in through the gates into the city.”

It appears, does it not, that the apostles kept the law, the same law which was given to Adam by the Creator, our Mighty One.

To what purpose would the Bible serve humanity if there were no Ten Commandments, no moral laws, no Exodus 20:1-17? This chapter alone is the starlight that shines above any other part of this book. It transcends all other subjects; it is a sacred academy, the highest school of thought and learning, and perpetuates true love, devotion and obedience to Yahweh. It is the sole copyright of Yahweh alone, written with His own hand (Exodus 31:18). It is our salvation through Yahshua the Messiah for a better life in a better world, comparable to the Garden of Eden. All that was lost through disobedience of our first parent Adam, is restored through the Messiah, the spiritual Adam. All Yahweh’s promises are yours if you fear Elohim and keep His Commandments for this is the WHOLE duty of man. (Ecclesiastes 12:13). As our Saviour said, “If ye love me, keep my Commandments.” (John 14:15).

From a tract of Agnes Kwiatkowski – revised by George Kinney