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The Law, a Quagmire of Confusion.
 

For what purpose is the Law? To begin with, Deuteronomy is referred to as 'The Book of the Law'.  The reader needs to fully consider that: The Law was added because of the transgressions [of Israel], until the Seed [Jesus Christ] should come to whom the Promise was made [to the fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob]; and it [the Law] was ordained by an Angel [of God] into the hand of a mediator [Moses]. (See also Galatians 3 verse 19 thru 21.) For when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the tutelage of the Law (Torah): To redeem them that were under the (condemnation) of the Law  so that they might receive the adoption of sons. (Galatians 4 verse 4.)

The first Man of creation was made of the dust of the earth, and God gave His created son the Hebrew name of Adam, but in English his name of Adam means Man.  Man was genetically created from the dust of the earth by Father God to be in the image and likeness of His Creator; and so Adam, a son, being in the likeness of His Father God was without sin.  But Satan, with his rebellion against God, became the author of sin, and was cast down to the earth.  We then find him in the Garden of Eden, as a wise serpent, where he is intertwined in the branches of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.  From the Tree of Knowledge, Satan's stealthy wisdom was set in motion and sin's coercive wisdom found a place in the mind of Adam:  For in Adam's freewill, he also chose to rebel against his Maker God.  Thus the first Adam's treasonous sin, enslaved him to sin, and therefore brought forth death to himself, his offspring and to the whole world.  Because of Adam's treacherous rebellion, absent of true remorse for his treasonous actions, it was then that the Likeness of  God, being God's Holy Spirit and the Breath of Life, left Adam free to make his own free choices of what he thought was good or evil.  The suborned wisdom of the naturally finite man would set his own standards of what he thought was good and what he thought was evil.  One man's good is another man's evil and visa versa.  Every natural man is right in their own eyes, and so goes man's standard of twisted wisdom.

However, before the foundation of the world was formed in the fabric of time, the Creator of the universe had already set in His creation of time, His Eternal Foundation of TRUTH.  This is a conundrum of unfathomable proportions.  Our limited minds can not conceive of an absolute TRUTH where there is no variation or shadow of turning IN God's Person of TRUTH. The TRUTH was and is the God's Lamb slain before the Foundation of the World. (See 1st Peter 1 verse 19 thru 20,  Revelation 13 verse 8.) Because of the Promise of the unchanging TRUTH of the Eternal God, then God's Promised WORD and Messiah, must be of the very same sinless genetic nature of Woman/Ishshah. taken from the side of the first Adam/Man.  Jesus Christ, the sinless Son of Man as a man also had His own freewill, but Jesus/Yeshua chose to always obey the Will of His Father Yahweh God Almighty.  Now in His Sacrificial Obedience at the Word of His Father, the Last Adam was crucified to death for Man's sins, for the first Man's rebelliousness brought death and darkness into the world.  But, the Incarnate man Jesus Christ, in the Righteousness of His Chagagah Offering for mankind's sin, was raised from the imprisoning death of Adam's fomenting sin, into the Eternal Life of His Holy Father through the Eternal's Living Spirit of Holiness.

Now, within the movement of time, when the Lord God spoke to Abram of His Promise to come, Abram obviously did not have the written Law to guide him.  Specifically, we saw in the previous chapter that the Law was the Ten Commandments that condemned the renegade Law of Sin and Death, for sin dwells in the flesh of every person born on earth.  God's Decalogue (Ten) in Commandments, was given by God to Moses on Mount Sinai.  God's giving of the Ten Commandments occurred some 430 years after Abram was justified because of his believing faith in the Word of the Almighty God. The Word of the Lord came unto Abram in a vision saying: Fear not Abram: I AM thy Shield and thy exceeding Great Reward. (Read all of Genesis 15 1 thru 6.) Therefore, Abram, not having the Decalogue that reveals the nature of sin and death, was justified by the Word of God because of Abram's faith in what the Word of God had Promised to him and his future seed. (See Romans 4 verse 13 thru 16.) Furthermore, from the beginning of the flow of time, the Omniscient Creator God would impute righteousness, not only to Abram by his faith in the Promised Word of God, but also to all those in the future, who would come to have the Faith of Abraham with their unfailing belief in God's Promised Messiah.  The purity of God's Promised Word would come to earth to be born of the pure genetic seed of Abraham, who was a generational genetic Son of the first Adam through Adam's wife Ishshah.

As we affirm here, and have asserted in several past chapters, that the first 5 books of the Torah, was given by the Eternal God to the man Moses.  The English versions of the Bible, and perhaps other language translations, tend to ascribe the instructions of Deuteronomy as nondescript Laws of God.  However, the written instructions in Deuteronomy was God's Wisdom given to His people to cut down on the gross transgressions of the 12 tribes of Israel.   The whole of the 'Book of the Law', in conjunction with the Covenant animal sacrifices, was to protect  God's Promised (genetic) ovum Seed of Ishshah/Woman, that  would be conceived by the Perfect Word of Father Yahweh God, and would be born the Son of Man/Adam.  With God's intervening protection of His Word through out time, the Genetic Seed of Woman/Ishshah, would generationally continue through the Hebrew lineage, to a Hebrew virgin named Mary, for she was a generational daughter of King David.  The Hebrew virgin Mary, was the natural earthly mother of the Son of Man/Adam, for He was conceived as God's Only begotten Son, Jesus the Promised Messiah of God.

The first Adam, also called Man, with his insurrection against Elohim, brought death to himself and to his human prodigy. But the Last Adam, the innocent Man Jesus Christ, with His Perfect Love and Obedience to His Father God Almighty, would be crucified to death, but His death was for the sins of the rebellious world, and not for His sinless self.  In the Perfection of  His selfless Sacrificial Chagagah Offering for sin, His selfless Offering was excepted by His Eternally Holy Father God, and Jesus/Yeshua was resurrected into the Life of His Father God.  In His death and Resurrection into Life, the Lord Jesus destroyed the power of sin and death that was seeded in the flesh of all of mankind. 

God's Spiritual Law, in Commandments, were given on High to Moses, to reveal to to Moses and his people of the unseen entity of sin with its spiritual power of death.  God's quarantining Law's, in Commandments, could never cure the entity of sin and death in man, because all are guilty of sin.  But the Commandments were ordained by God to curtail sin's spread of corrupting evil among those within God's chosen race, who would remain the genetically pure children from the flesh of Ishshah the wife of the first Man we know as Adam.  The Messiah of God was to come through the pure genetic seed of Ishshah/Woman, and Elohim the Creator would protect that Promised Seed of His Covenant Word with the general cooperation of Abraham and Sarah and their descendents of the original Race of the first Adam/Man. 

Unfortunately, there are many who think that the Law of God was the problem, and what they are taught as the Law was abolished in Christ Jesus' death and resurrection, thereby freeing them to do as they please without consequences.  The Good, Just and Righteous Law of God contained in Commandments of God are not the problem.  No! The problem is the existence of the separating renegade 'Law of  Sin and Death'  The Renegade Law of Sin and Death is stealthily hidden within man's self seeking mind of flesh, and the Commandments of God reveal to man that which is not discernable to man.  The will of the 'entity' of sin, that we know as Satan, is the corrupter of the individual self, and this coercive force of sin has made each one of us prisoners of death within our own rebelliousness that is set against the good Will of the Creator. 

Although God created Man/Adam, male and female to have free will, the free will was given so they would choose wisely in the Will of God and live, and not to choose to sin and bring the corruption of death to themselves and all of man-kind.  Elohim is the God of the living, and Adam's choice could never be in the Perfect Will of the Eternal God, for as it was then and is now, the Lord is patient with (all of) us, and is not Willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. (2nd Peter 3 verse 9.) For one day with the Lord is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. (2nd Peter 3 verse 8.) When Man/Adam and Woman/Ishshah were confronted by the Only One Who gives Life, they blamed all but themselves, and remained dead in their sin.  The impatient Man and Woman in the Garden of Eden, were looking only to themselves, and were lacking in true repentance for their own gross error, being ignorant of the true consequences of their sin when they rebelled against their Creator, the Eternally Wise God of the Living.  In Man's ignorance of sin they did not understand the consequences of death that brings a separation from the Eternally Living God.  In the Garden of Delight, the two together broke the one protective commandment of God and the consequences of their rebellious sin would escalated in time, and mankind would continually eat the cursed fruit of death.

The Eternal God of Creation, knowing the flow of His creation of time, had already chosen His Own Divine Way of Salvation for the dead of mankind.  In time, He would then set apart a people of Adam's genetic lineage and give them Instructions to live by.  We  know the Instructions as Commandments, and like Adam we ignore the Instructive Word of God and listen to the lies of the deceiver.  Sin is not perpetuated by the Ten Commandments of God, for the they are not the instigator of sin, but the Decalogue is the spiritual revealer of the spiritual sin that kills all of ignorant mankind.  The rebellious 'entity' of sin existed in the fabric of time, before God gave to his creation of free thinking Man/Adam the one Law in the Garden of Eden that would expose rebellious sin for the death that it is.  For the Lord God commanded Adam: Of every tree of the garden you may eat; but of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, you may not eat, for in 'the day' you eat there of, you shall surely die.  The natural man of the earth dies, and does not have any conception of why.

As we continue with this apologetics, we hope to bring a better understanding of why it is impossible for God's spiritual Law to be sin or the conduit of sin.  Scripture states "Wherefore the Law is Holy, and the Commandments are Holy and Just and Good".  (Romans 7 verse 12.) The Good, Just and Holy Commandments, were given by God, to Moses, to reveal God's absolute opposition to the evil destructive force of sin.  Paul identifies this evil destructive force as the spiritual 'Law of Sin' that breeds only Death

*Paul, of the redeemed IN Christ Jesus, had previously posed a rhetorical question in Romans 3 verse 31 "Do 'we' then make void the Law, through Faith? Followed with his definitive answer: God forbid: Yea, [rather] 'we' establish the Law [in the Decalogue]. (Romans 3 verse 31.)

The 'we', of whom God has justified by and through our faith in Christ Jesus, are the same we of Faith that do not void the Law.  But rather, the we of Faith are those who establish God's Moral Law (that is ascribed within the Decalogue, the Book of the Law).  Thus, the Decalogue's revealing 'condemnation' of all sin, which leads to death", would continue to stand firm, revealing to all who will hear of the corrupting nature of sin that resides in all of mankind's flesh.  All of the 10 Commandments that we establish as being true will continue as written.  Yes, even the true Sabbath day of God's rest that is the seventh day of the week we call "Saturday".

We are helpless to overcome our sin and death without God's intervention in time.  The Lamb of God, Jesus Christ died for sin, so that His believers would not be condemned to death by the Law of God.  Nevertheless the Law of God remains a good teacher to the uninformed and ill advised, and is not an enemy of mankind.  For the Law in Commandments should be considered a valuable friend, in that the Law instructs us in what we should do, and not do, so as to avoid the condemnation of sin that is revealed by the good, holy and just Law.  Sin, which God hates, was in the world before the spiritual Law in the Ten Commandments was given to Moses.  The Ten Commandments by the intent of their very nature are to reveal the unseen nature of sin that brings eternal destruction. From the beginning of His creation of Time, God had concluded that all men would sin, and His Eternally Holy Justice would condemn mankind to death. So then all of mankind born in time are already condemned to death in Adam, and God's just and holy Law reveals the condemnation that the just Law puts them under. Thus, God's Ten Commandments were protective warning signs given to Israel and remain in the world today as an instructive conduit that leads us to the Risen Christ Jesus, for He alone can save a person from the Holy Law's condemnation of mankind's sin that produces death.  

We can begin to understand Paul's definitive ending statement in Romans 3 verse 31: " we establish the Law ".  Why?  Because the Law of God is Holy, and the 10 Commandments are Holy, and Just, and remain Good. (See Romans 7 verse 10 thru 12.) Sin and death has not disappeared, so then neither has God's Spiritual Law ceased to exist, for the established Holy, Just, and Good Decalogue continues to show sin for what it is, "Death". 
 

Now, lets continue to investigate the crux of our confusion.  Paul's writings in his Letter to the Romans, distinguishes the difference between the Decalogue Commandments, being the Ten Commandments, verses the renegade 'Law of Sin that brings Death', even as it is reviewed in the previous chapter.   Within this present chapter, we will attempt to further address, the spiritual confusion that is a result of the renegade 'Law of Sin and Death'.  The rebellion of Satan and his angels, brought the violence of sin into the universe even before the foundation of the world was laid into the fabric of time.  

The Law was added because of the transgressions [of Israel], until the Seed [Jesus Christ] should come to whom the Promise was made [to the fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob]; and it [the Book of the Law] was ordained by an Angel [of God] in the hand of a mediator [Moses]. (See Galatians 3 verse 19 thru 21.)

On the 15th day of the First month of Nisan, God freed Israel from their bondage to the Egyptians, and then the Power of the Spirit of God would lead the people of Israel to the foot of Mount Sinai, arriving there on the 15th day of the Third month of Sivan.  Three days later, Moses went up the mountain to meet with Almighty God, where God gave Moses His Commandments that were written in stone by the Finger of God.  God's Holy Commandments were given to Israel to identify the deadly nature of sin, and to set apart the nation of Israel from sin's additional corruption within the flesh of the chosen people of God. (See Romans 7 verse 13.)

God gave to Moses and His chosen people, the 10 Commandments along with animal sacrifices, whose blood would mediate the Almighty's original Covenant.  The God given dietary laws were inclusive to the Law, so as to maintain the physical health and genetics of the people, from whom the Promised Word of God would come.   God's oversight provisions for the safety of His remnant people would continue until the Hebrew virgin Mary,  would conceive in her ovum through the Holy Spirit of Father God, for His very WORD be born of the genetics of the first Man Adam.   Mary was a child in the lineage of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and of the true genetics of the wife of God's first Man/Adam, After the virgin conception, then 9 months later, Mary would give birth to God's Promised One, Who, as Messiah Yeshuah/Jesus, would become the very last Man from the original genetics of God's creation of Adam.

Broken Commandments revealing a dead relationship with God.

"I AM the LORD your God Who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.  You shall have no other gods before Me.  You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath, or in the water under the earth.  You shall not worship them or serve them; for I AM the LORD your God, a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, and on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me,  but showing loving kindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments".  "You shall not take the Name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not leave him unpunished who takes His Name in vain".  "Observe the Sabbath day to keep it holy, as the LORD your God commanded you.  Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of the LORD your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, or your male servant or your female servant, or your ox or your donkey or any of your cattle, or your sojourner who stays with you, so that your male servant and your female servant may rest as well as you.  You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the LORD your God brought you out of there, by a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm; therefore the LORD your God commanded you to observe the Sabbath day". (Deuteronomy 5 verse 6 thru 15.)

Broken Commandments revealing a dead relationship with man. 

"Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God has commanded you, that your days may be prolonged, and that it may go well with you on the land which the LORD your God gives you".  "You shall not murder".  "You shall not commit adultery".  "You shall not steal".  "You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor".  "You shall not covet your neighbor's wife, and you shall not desire your neighbor's house, his field, or his male servant or his female servant, his ox or his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor. (Deuteronomy 5 verse 16 thru 21.)

Now that God's Promised Messiah has come in the flesh of Adam, then has the Law that reveals the destructive force of sin, passed away?  The TRUTH is the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the TRUTH has Declared the Word of His Father, "I have not come to abolish the (Book of the ) Law, or the prophets, but to fulfill": Which means to finish, the promise given before the foundation of the world. Jesus Christ is declaring that He is the Lamb of God's Covenant Word of Promise, given in the Garden of Eden, and He will finish the Promise of His Eternally Holy Father God Almighty that was declared before the world came into being within the fabric of time.

Furthermore the Lord confirms the Covenant strength of His Eternal Word, stating; Till heaven and earth pass away, not one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the Law, till all be fulfilled.  Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least Commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5 verse 18 thru 19.)  Seeing that we are still here, then heaven and earth have not passed away: And from the Master's Words, it becomes evident that in any time period, it is not wise for kingdom people, who are saved by God's Spirit of Life and Grace, for them to preach or teach against the Ten Commandments (that are also known as the Decalogue). "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due the person for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad". (2nd Corinthians 5 verse 10.) 

Perfect Love is in opposition to sin and death, and the fullness of God's Covenant of Perfect Love IN Christ Jesus, destroys sin's earthly body of death.  Elohim saw in His creation of time that the first Man/Adam would sin against His WORD, and Adam's sin would bring death to all of mankind.   But, the Eternal Elohim, in His foreknowledge the flow of His creation of time, would provide His Perfect Lamb, slain before the before the foundation of the world, and obviously before His creation of Man/Adam. The Eternal Yahweh God, saves the souls of those, who believe in His Son the TRUTH of GOD.  Nevertheless, the believers will be tried as they remain in their body of flesh that is subject to the law of sin and death.  Why languish in the dark prison of sin?  Why not come into the Light of Christ that reveals what manner of person we really are?

The fullness of God's New Covenant in the Life Giving Blood of Jesus Christ, is provided by God's Holy Spirit of Grace and is given for the remission of the confessed sins of Christ's disciples of Faith.  The Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty, in His Mercy that is is provided in His Son's Life giving Offering, is Faithful to remit the sins of all of His Son's repentant disciples, and cleanse them IN the Life giving Blood of the Glorious TRUTH of the WORD of God.

Just a few more moderating thoughts.

Let's review the written account of the day after the last Holy Sabbath of the Feast of Tabernacles when Jesus/Yeshua went again to the Temple to teach the Word of God.  The scribes and the Pharisees were there in the temple, and had taken with them a woman they accused of adultery.  Using the woman they caught in adultery, the unbelieving scribes and Pharisees were looking to bring accusations against the judgment of Jesus Christ.  In the end, all were judged as guilty of sin, including the woman, whom Christ told to sin no more.  Then Jesus said to the Jews that believed upon Him.  If you continue in My Word then you are indeed My disciples.  You shall know the TRUTH and the TRUTH shall set you free.  Even so, the Jews answered Jesus: We are of Abraham's seed and were never in bondage.  How can you say that we shall be made free. Then Jesus said to them: Truly, Truly, I say unto you, whosoever commits sin is the servant of sin. The servant (of sin) does not live in the house fore ever. But the Son abides fore ever.  Therefore, if the Son (the TRUTH) shall make you free, you shall be free indeed.  Jesus Christ is the Master of His House, and those who are the true servants of the Master, shall abide in His House forever.

For, the TRUTH of God, His Only Begotten Son, Yeshua/Jesus speaks to those present and to all sinful men born of violence: "You are of your father the devil, and the lust of your father you will do.  He was a murder from the beginning, and did not live in TRUTH. (See John 8 verse 42 thru 47.) All of mankind, was conceived in Satan's perversion of the soul,   Then Christ speaks of Abraham, "Your Father Abraham rejoiced to see My Day: And he saw it and was glad".  Abraham indeed, rejoiced in seeing the day of Christ's Bodily Resurrection from the dead, and in his faith in the Promise of God, Abraham believed in the Eternal Word of His Lord and Savior God.  (See John 8 verse 56.) The Eternal Word of God then declares: Absolutely, Absolutely, I say unto you: Before Abraham was, I AM"This is My Blood of the New Covenant shed for many for the remission of sin."

Choose today and tomorrow and every day after that, the Life of Christ, and live with the expectation of Christ's Faith.  Till heaven and earth pass away, not one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the Law, till all be fulfilled.  Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least Commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven.

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