A DIFFERENT SET OF LAWS

alternate textLaws are not always in the format: “You must do A”, or “You must not do B”. Sometimes they look like this: “If A happens, B will always follow” or “If A is true, B will also be true”. An example of this second kind of laws are the laws of nature, like “If a person has no fresh air to breath in, that person will die” or “If someone does not sleep, or drink water, or eat, or exercise regularly, that person will die.” Murphy’s law is another example, perhaps slightly different and somewhat tongue in the cheek: “If anything can go wrong, it will go wrong.” Apparently Murphy was an American engineer working together with a good-for-nothing technician at an air force base, shortly after the Second World War. They were involved in a project to find out how much sudden deceleration a pilot can stand in a crash. At one critical stage the technician made a complete hash of the wiring of the test aircraft, after which Murphy had this to say about the technician: “If there is any way to do it wrong, he’ll find it!” As one would expect, the legend of Murphy underwent many changes through the decades and today there are numerous additional stories attached to this character to illustrate the so-called Law of Murphy. One such addition is the story of how Murphy’s life ended. Murphy was driving with his car in the dark when his car ran out of petrol. He got out of his car and hitch-hiked alongside the road, facing the approaching traffic, somewhere between two towns in America. Out of nowhere he was struck from behind by a British tourist who didn’t realize that he was driving on the wrong side of the road.

There are many of these special kind of laws that one would hear about from time to time, may of them well thought out and quite true. Here are just a few of these:

If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
Help a man when he is in trouble and he will remember you when he is in trouble again.
Friends come and go but enemies accumulate.
Whenever you cut your fingernails, you will find a need for them an hour later.
If you change lines, the one you just left will start to move faster than the one you are now in.
For every action, there is an equal and opposite criticism.
For the majority it’s not how much an item costs that matters, it’s how much you save.

What about the laws that we are reminded of in Scriptures? Not the ones included in the Ten Commandments or the 600 others officially recorded in the first five books of Torah. The laws and commandments that constitute the official Torah or “Mitsvot” are embedded within a larger bulk of writings that are aimed at teaching us the universal laws of Yahweh. Laws that are just as valid and just as true and even more important than the rules of nature. Let us take a good look at some of these laws. And let us ask ourselves, truly and honestly, if we have done all that is needed to make these laws part of our lives as believers in Yahweh and followers of Y’shua.

One of the well known laws of Scriptures is the one about sowing and reaping. This law is found in many places in Scriptures, one of which is Gal 6:7 – “Whatever a man sows, that he shall also reap.” This verse is often grossly abused to encourage people to give generously to their church so that they may receive even more generously in return. As far as I can see in Scriptures, this law of sowing and reaping was never given to motivate people to give money to a church or a ministry. Galatians 6 explains this law by adding: “He who sows to his own flesh shall reap corruption from the flesh, but he who sows to the Spirit shall reap everlasting life from the Spirit” (verse 8). In Job 4:8 we read: “Those who plough wickedness and sow suffering reap the same.” and in Mishleh (Prov) 11:18: “The wrong one earns false wages, but the one sowing righteousness, a true reward.” This law of sowing and reaping is therefore all about being very careful and watchful about what exactly one puts into life and making sure that the investments that one makes are not primarily investments of a material nature but investments that will bring reward of a much more precious nature.

Let us look at 6 more of the “lesser known” laws of Scriptures – two from the Book of Tehillim, two from Mishleh and two from the teachings of Messiah:

The Law of the eye of Yahweh: Ps 33:18 “See, the eye of Yahweh is on those fearing Him, on those waiting for His kindness.” The fear of Yahweh, which includes waiting upon his kindness from day tot day, can make a huge difference in someone’s life. This is a law that will bring about a sensation that many people are searching for and many religions are trying to accomplish: the sensation that the very eye of Yahweh is upon one and that nothing can take away his presence and his protection.

The law of the kindness of Yahweh: Ps 103:17 “But the kindness of Yahweh is from everlasting to everlasting upon those who fear Him, and His righteousness to children’s children.” This law is also about the fear of Yahweh. Those who fear Him will experience his kindness and his righteousness from everlasting to everlasting – not only they themselves, but also their children and their children’s children. In a world where kindness and righteousness are becoming more and more difficult to find, this is a law worth taking notice of.

The law of the Name of Yahweh: Pro 18:10 “The Name of Yahweh is a strong tower; The righteous run into it and are safe.” Although each of these six laws contain the Name of Yahweh, this one specifically refers to the Name of Yahweh and undeniably emphasizes the importance of Yahweh’s Name. His Name, and the rightful use of his Name, and the uncompromising trust in his Name, is a strong tower. It is like a safe haven into which the righteous can run and know: Here I will be protected and here nothing of this world can bring harm to me that is beyond repair.

The law of the fear of Yahweh: Pro 19:23 “The fear of Yahweh leads to life, and he remains satisfied, He is not visited by evil.” Once more we have a law that is about the fear of Yahweh. Nothing is more important than the fear of Yahweh, because the fear of Yahweh leads to life and the one serious about restoring the fear of Yahweh in his own life, will be satisfied and fulfilled and will not be affected by the efforts of the evil one to disrupt the lives of believers. Those who are persistently looking for satisfaction in other areas of life, should take notice of this law.

The law of the mouth of Yahweh: Mat 4:4 “But He answering, said, It has been written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of Yahweh.” This is a law that all modern-minded people should take notice of. The word “bread” in this verse can also be translated with “food”. In a world where “food” has become the popular buzz word on everybody’s lips, a law that remind us that food is not all that is needed to stay alive, stands out like a fresh breath of life and should motivate us all to spend more time and energy to rediscover the Word of Yahweh. Studying the example of Messiah will help us a lot in this regard.

The law of the kingdom of Yahweh: Mat 18:4 “Whoever then humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” The words “kingdom of heaven” is sometimes used in the Messianic Scriptures in the place of “kingdom of Yahweh”. This law of the kingdom of Yahweh, once again, is much needed in our world with its promote-yourself-at-all-costs attitude. Just as it is a law (of nature?) that a balloon that is over-inflated, will eventually burst, so it is a law of Yahweh that pride will come to a fall and that those who cannot humble themselves like little children and confess their total dependance upon Yahweh’s favour, will never be suited to enter into the kingdom of Yahweh, that has been prepared for the true believers since the beginning of time.

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