Titles of YHWH’s Law.
Laying the framework for understanding the Law of God
When I speak about the law that was given to Moses, the first response I get from most Christians is that of disgust because many have the concept in their mind that God has done away with the old law and brought in a new law called Christ. It appears to me that there is a misunderstanding about what the law is.
The words of the Messiah intone a more complex sentiment as per Matthew 5:17-20:
(Matt 5:17 [KJV])
Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
(Matt 5:18 [KJV])
For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
(Matt 5:19 [KJV])
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: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
(Matt 5:20 [KJV])
For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Can I say safely that the ten (10) commandments are “law?”
If I can without reservation say that the 10 commandments are law, then the next step is to define the term law.
Perhaps we need to define the term law and explore what exactly God’s law is.
I refer to the Chadman’s Dictionary of Law published in 1900.
“Law: Rules laid down by governing power; that which is established; a rule or method of action; order of sequences.
A rule of civil conduct prescribed by the supreme power of a state, commanding what is right and prohibiting what is wrong.
A rule of conduct contained i.e. command of a sovereign addressed to the subject.