You know how sometimes you want to be inspired directly by God? And how you'd rather be captivated by God's power to illuminate your mind than anything else. And how sometimes you beg God to supernaturally inspire you.
What you receive from God determines the decisions you make and how you move forward in life. The wonderful things you receive from God makes the greatest impression in you and can influence you years into the future.
Few people have the time or inclination to spend the resources to discover a few vital key phrases or sentences that explain how God's supernatural forces govern over us.
It astounds people when I tell them the work is already done. World renown scholars to ascetics all ascribe to the notion that God's word reveals spiritual wisdom worth infinite treasure.
By studying and carefully analyzing Old Testament law emerge a group of key phrases that puts an individual inclined to work with God's power in greater alignment.
What you don't know is that once you begin discovering the transforming power of God's word, your mind will automatically start questing into new future possibilities.
If you had a choice of starting your life with God's commandments you would gladly submit yourself to its help. It would be the greatest education you can receive setting in motion unlimited potential in your future. And the cost?
The most amazing thing about God's divine instruction is that is doesn't cost anything, nothing. God's word is available globally for free. So how does God's word dispense divine law anyone can follow?
In the verses I showed you in the last chapter, following “God’s commandments” is the condition by which you are blessed by His divine supernatural.
The “commandments” referred to in the book of Deuteronomy are the commandments spoken by God to Moses. To an Israelite, the first five books of the Old Testament are the holiest and known as the Torah because they contain the laws of God which dispense power unto people. Torah law is also known as the Mosaic law since it was given to and preserved by Moses.
In total, God delivers 613 laws to the people of Israel that if followed they will flourish like plants in a fertile field. The laws are generally grouped into three major categories: legal laws, Temple laws, and social laws. A few subgroups include laws about food, agriculture, tithing, worship, and celebrations.
It surprises people to know that Jesus taught from Torah law throughout His ministry. Throughout the gospels, we have evidence that Jesus taught directly from the 613 commandments written in the first 5 books of the Bible. Additionally, Jesus created much of the concept and principles he taught from the ancient laws.
The Son of God was and still is, a shining beacon of God's law, and you're the one He wants to bless. But here's a puzzle that's not so puzzling.
Jesus largely taught from social law, and here’s why.
Legal laws are a body of rules that settled disputes between people to create fairness. These laws were implemented by judges living in those times. Israel’s set of legal laws cannot be practiced by people in other countries because each country has its own set of legal standards.
Similarly, Temple laws can only be followed by certain family names mentioned in the Bible if they live in Israel during the time when the Temple existed.
This leaves us, God's creation, somewhat perplexed about living in His blessed power. But not for long.
Carefully examining the gospels we come to the conclusion that Jesus taught directly from Israel's social laws. In some cases, Jesus recited social law verbatim. The clearest evidence is located in Matthew chapters 5, 6, and 7. In these three chapters, Jesus expounds on 11 social laws and how to properly follow them according to Old Testament law.
During the discourse, Jesus states something extraordinary. In Matthew 5:48 it’s recorded like this:
“Therefore you shall be perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect.” Mt 5:48
Throughout chapter 5 Jesus teaches Torah law about kindness, forgiveness, mercy, compassion, and love. Then in verse 48 of the chapter, He explains that if anyone follows the commandments as taught by Him, they will be perfected. In other words, the nature of God will descend upon us until it perfects us to God's highest image. From a spiritual, your inner being would be full of God. This, of course, would have the effect of supernatural blessing. Sound familiar?
An important point to keep in mind while you study the commandments of Jesus, is that Jesus taught followers to observe His commands from a spiritual sense. In other words, Jesus wanted us to develop spiritual wholesomeness so we can develop holy lives first. After that, rewards in this world easily follow.
So as you read and study the commandments of Jesus pay close attention to how they would change you internally.
Jesus is my hero. He foresaw our conundrum of trying to follow laws given to people in a distant past bound by a land. Jesus stepped into our space and time to deliver a set of precepts everyone can follow. That's love.
Will you return His love by lovingly following Hid laws?
|Jeff Ordonez author is the founder, meditation program architect, and writer for Christ Audio. Jeff has expertly guided people for over a decade and has thousands of satisfied customers. Christ Audio is best known for scientifically-backed guided Christian meditations. Jeff is nationally recognized by World News, BlogHer.com, the Huffington Post and is a published Amazon author.|