Section 1: Yehuveh’s Love, Article 10
Under Grace or Under Law?
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What is Law and What is Grace?
        In Scriptures the Hebrew word translated law, Strong’s Hebrew Dictionary entry towrah [H8451], is incorrectly defined to be “a precept or statute, especially the Decalogue or Pentateuch.” More accurately, it simply means teaching, instruction, guidance. Yehuveh’s towrah is our owner’s manual, our instructions for how to best operate and maintain the mind and body He has entrusted to us. Amazing that we are eager to dispose of these instructions when we would never think of throwing out the manual that comes with our expensive automobile. Is this one of those “inherited lies, vanity, and things wherein there is no profit” that we’ve received without question? Jeremiah 16:19.
        
Grace, in Genesis, is simply a need or appeal for favor and acceptance that results in being spared or saved from the threatened situation. “But Noah found grace in the eyes of Yehuveh,” and he and his family were saved from the flood. Lot, spared from Sodom, asked for more grace: “Behold now, Thy servant hath found grace in Thy sight, and Thou hast magnified Thy mercy, which Thou hast shewed unto me in saving my life; and I cannot escape to the mountain, lest some evil take me, and I die.” Jacob sought amends with Esau in similar language: “I have oxen, and asses, flocks, and menservants, and womenservants: and I have sent to tell my lord, that I may find grace in thy sight.” Genesis 6:8; 19:19; 32:5.
         We need
grace. Our situation in this world is usually challenging and often unpleasant or worse. Being delivered from these circumstances is not an extra benefit or a luxury; it is an absolute necessity. However, this deliverance is never accomplished by discarding the owner’s manual and living without boundaries or directions. Rather, true deliverance comes in following Yehuveh’s directions.


What is Yehuveh’s Law?
         Loosely, most of us associate Yehuveh’s law with
the twelve commandments given on Mount Sinai, but if questioned closely, we aren’t really sure why. It’s what we were taught and we’ve never questioned it. In reality the picture is much larger. “Yehuveh said unto Moses, Come up to Me into the mount, and be there: and I will give thee tables of stone, and a law, and commandments which I have written; that thou mayest teach them.” [The words “which I have” are not in the Hebrew. It simply says, commandments written.]The word law here is from the Hebrew word towrah, which is from the primary root verb yarah [H3384], meaning “to flow as water; to point out, to teach.” Note that this verse distinguishes three aspects of what Yehuveh gave Moses to teach His people: part was solid and illusive (true Scriptural Qabbalah), part was fluid and transferable (oral instruction, Torah), and part was written (recorded Scriptures). Exodus 24:12.
        Without understanding, we have concluded that the
written Torah (all the written Scriptures) is merely the ten commandments written onto the stones. We carelessly read Exodus 31:18: He gave unto Moses . . . two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of Elohim,” and overlook that this is not commandments. The stones were that portion of Yehuveh’s instruction which was solid and recorded by Yehuveh Himself, namely the Qabbalah, and the twelve words written on these stones are not the twelve foundation commandments. In contrast, Yehuveh’s oral torah is instruction which was never written, not by Moses nor by Yehuveh, and written torah Moses wrote: Moses wrote all the words of Yehuveh,” “Moses wrote this instruction (Torah), and delivered it unto the priests the sons of Levi, . . . and unto all the elders of Israel.” We know practically nothing of Qabbalah and oral Torah, and have been taught to fear or reject them. We further confuse or reject what little we know of written Torah. Yet this ignorance and confusion need not exist. Yehuveh has presented His instruction in simple, comprehendable form! Exodus 24:4; Deuteronomy 31:9.
        How do we come to rightly understand Yehuveh’s instructions, so that we may gain the blessing of living His way? We must, of course, begin by doing solid and thorough research so we know what He has said. We must ever insist on being faithful to Scriptures. Regardless of what changes may be required of us by such honesty, we can only know Yehuveh aright if we read and believe His written instruction aright. We need to re-consider every related text prayerfully. For example, as noted in the past paragraph, the evidence is quite clear that
the tables of stone are altogether separate from Yehuveh’s commandments. Have we not carelessly overlooked this in our reading? 


Gael Bataman         
Originally Written:     20 October 2005
Latest Update:         27 September 2009


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