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A Psalm’s Call to Embrace Yahweh’s Word

A Psalm’s Call to Embrace Yahweh’s Word
Prompted by Exodus 21:1-24:18–Parshat Mishpatim (Laws)

Yahweh, why are we so bent
On overlooking Your intent?
Your mishpatim first powerfully spoken
Are today disdained and recklessly broken.

Some thirty-five hundred years ago
Your radical words set the world aglow.
They became the foundation of Common Law
From which all Englishman sought to draw.

Most every statute on the books can trace
Its evolution to Mt. Sinai’s time and place.
But as Yeshua said, “Look to more than form−
“Let your spirit see the ‘Yahweh norm.’ ”

Master and servant rules still apply
To every worker under our sky−
The tools supplied by the Master remain
When the worker departs, not returning again.

Sorry to report, though, today, dear Father,
Six years of service seems of little bother.
Your Laws, which perhaps appear arcane,
Should be considered and honored again.

If the heart of each commandment we would embrace
Our old earth might well be a heavenly place.
Stir us, move us, our spirits engage
That again we devour your every page.

Kennedy Brown
Gerizim
Sabbath, February 6, 2016

For many years I walked with little regard for the instruction and commandments of Torah. Even having a knowledge of the scriptural genesis of U.S. and U.K. laws I could not appreciate the wisdom recorded under Yahweh’s unction by Moses those 3500 years ago. How many times did I interpret Yeshua’s extension of a Torah principle as a rejection of Torah rather than setting a tone for understanding and applying the Law. “Father, forgive me.” From a purely selfish standpoint I had been denying myself the counsel of Yahweh by which to conduct all of life’s relationships.

Forced by the constraints of the poetic form I have chosen I could not in this psalm fully develop today’s laws of master-servant relationship. The spirit of these laws is drawn from Torah. Judicially established over centuries as the Common Law of England and the United States, they have eventually been, in most cases, codified. Interestingly Common Law still applies where there is no statute covering a particular legal question,

I have very loosely described the law expressed in Exodus 21:1-6 concerning the Hebrew servant. The rule today states that the tools provided an employee do not become his when he leaves his employment. The Torah principle, however, is much more generous in recognizing six years of faithful service than are any of today’s employers that I know (including my own many years in that capacity)

My earnest endeavor is to have a heart understanding of the application of Torah principles in everyday relationships.

Torah: The Essence of Grace

Torah is the essence of grace. How much more love could be shown by God than to prescribe a prescription of conduct that when followed in your life produces a divine, fertile ground for the bestowing of blessing and the fulfillment of promise.

An important aspect of grace is the act of God to extract you from a situation or condition you’ve created in your life that you now recognize you can’t solve on your own. Torah gives you the solution to wrong behavior and gives you a standard of conduct that when followed, life will go well for you; a living experience of God’s grace.

Apostle John observes that Yeshua, The Word, the Living Torah, came full of grace and truth (John 1:14). Moses articulated the Law, but Yeshua demonstrated the grace and truth of the law.

The Apostle Paul speaks of the Torah as our tutor (paidagogos) (Gal 3:24). Strong’s defines the word paidagogos in the context of the office at that time: a tutor i.e. a guardian and guide of boys. Among the Greeks and the Romans the name was applied to trustworthy slaves who were charged with the duty of supervising the life and morals of boys belonging to the better class. The boys were not allowed so much as to step out of the house without them before arriving at the age of manhood. Continue reading Torah: The Essence of Grace