Section 1: Yehuveh’s Love, Article 10

Under Grace or Under Law

“That in blessing I will bless thee, . . .
because thou hast obeyed My voice.”
Genesis 22:17-18.

he siren and flashing lights got my attention and I pulled to the side of the Interstate to see why I had been stopped. Within moments an officer, a tall man of sturdy build, stood beside my window and asked, “May I see your license and registration, please.”
        I handed him the documents. “What’s the problem, Sir?”
         “Speeding. Didn’t you see the signs?”
         “No, sir. The last sign I saw was for 70 miles per hour. I was holding that speed very steady.”
         “You are coming into a metro area and the speed just dropped to 55,” he informed me.
         “Really? I constantly watch for such signs, but I don’t recall seeing any, Sir.”
         With a sweeping gesture, the officer turned my attention to a sign just a few hundred yards ahead of my vehicle and said, “There’s the second one.” I nodded.
         Then the most bizarre thing happened. The officer handed me back my license and registration, asked me to stay where I was for a moment, and laid his citation pad on the gravel beside my front tire. While I watched, he walked up the shoulder of the road to where the speed limit sign stood and climbed the bank. With considerable effort, he loosened and then pulled the post from the ground. Glancing my way with obvious satisfaction, he dropped the sign and stake into the tall grass. Returning at a brisk stride, he picked up his citation pad and stooped once more to peer in my window. “There! No sign! No broken law! No problem! Have a great day!” I sat stunned.
This was indeed living under grace!
         Get real! In my wildest fantasies, I still get the citation! Yet without seeing an absurdity of even greater proportion, intelligent pastors and church leaders don’t hesitate tell us the Law of
Yehuveh is no longer in effect, for it was “nailed to the cross.” We are now free to do what we want; we are “covered by the sacrifice of our Saviour.” Really? Does that make more sense that my fantastic story? Can Yehuveh run a government without law? Furthermore, do we really want to live in a world in which His law is removed? We still want some of it, like that “Thou shalt not kill, not steel, not bear false witness” stuff. Is it really grace to remove all boundaries, limits and directions?
Clarification is needed. What is law and what is grace? What is Yehuveh’s law? Has it been done away with? If it is still in effect, can it be broken? What happens if it is broken? The Scriptural picture may surprise us.
Yehuveh’s law is called Torah, a Hebrew word which simply means instruction. Contrary to the way we casually think of human law as those regulations which rigidly structures our lives from without, Yehuveh’s law is all of His instructions, which permit us to personally and wisely control our own lives from within.

Gael Bataman         
Originally Written:     20 October 2005
Latest Update:             1 March 2011

Complete Study Guide to Article 10   

What is Law and What is Grace?        What is Yehuveh’s Law?       
Can Yehuveh’s Law be Broken?        Yehuveh’s Appeal     

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