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.
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.