1. Man’s Duty
We live in a world in which the Law of the Most High is given little or no
attention. Sad to say even in the churches Yahweh's law is considered by
many to be obsolete, a veritable burden and of little
practical use to the new-covenant believer. Is this conclusion the Truth:?
and if so does the Bible teach it? Listen to these words of wisdom by
two of the wisest men that ever walked this earth (Solomon son of David and
Jesus Son of God):
In view of such statements let all beware of classifying the Almighty's law as
- Solomon in Ecclesiastes 12:13
- Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty
- Jesus in Matthew 19:16-17
- And behold one came and said unto him, 'Good Master, what good thing
shall I do, that I may have eternal life?' And he said unto him. 'Why callest
thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt
enter into life, keep the commandments.
2. The Greatest Commandment
Yes the commandments are important no matter what people may say: and some
commandments are more important than others. In Matthew 22:36-39 we discover
Let us examine those two important words 'fear' and 'love' as
used in these passages of Scripture.
||Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
||Jesus said unto him:
- Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy
soul and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.
- And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as
3. Fear Yahweh
An unpleasant emotion caused by the nearness of danger or expectation of pain.
Or the reverence or awe felt for God.
Hebrew 'yare': to fear, revere, be afraid, stand in awe of, honour,
Greek 'phobos': fear, dread, terror; or reverence
for one's husband
When used in connection with man's duty to God the word 'fear' means
primarily to 'hold Jehovah in reverential awe;' to consider
Him so great a person that His will must be placed above one's own. To
fear God means to be afraid to the extent of abandoning one's own
wishes in favour of His - to walk in His ways. It is an expression
which begins with holy awe, progresses to respectful admiration and matures
to reverential love and worship. And mature love always manifests itself in
willing obedience. This process begins a chain of benefits.
||"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and a good
understanding have they that do His commandments."
|Fountain of Life
||"In the fear of the Lord is strong confidence: and his children
shall have a place of refuge. The fear of the Lord a fountain of
life, to depart from the snares of death."
||"Better is a little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and
||"The fear of the Lord tendeth to life: and he that hath it
abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil."
4. Love the LORD thy God
The word ‘love’ is probably the most misunderstood word
in the English language. It means different things to different people. Just
say the word ‘love’ and into a dozen minds will spring a
dozen different ideas. Your concept of the word ‘love’
will be somewhat different to others. In view of these differences of opinion
how can we express our ‘love’ to Yahweh? What do we have
to do? How can we be sure that our love is the type of love the Most High is
calling for? The Messiah answers these difficult questions for us in these words.
We see here that obedience is proof of love; and disobedience is proof that
love is absent. Obedience is, in fact, faith and love in action. The Bible says
that obedience is better than praise or sacrifice and that in the courts of
heaven is the most acceptable testimony a believer can give.
||15: “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”
||21: “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.”
||24: “He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me.”
In the final analysis we will all be judged, not by how much we possess,
not by how much we know or understand or even by how much we praise God;
but by whether we obey Him or not. And though we are not justified
(cleared of past sins) by the deeds of obedience, (for justification comes
through faith in Christ;) we are nevertheless evaluated, graded and
rewarded according to the deeds done in this life.
|1 Samuel 15:
||22: “And Samuel said: Hath the Lord as great a delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice and to hearken than the fat of rams.”
See study on Works ... Are they Important?
||6: “Who will render to every man according to his deeds:”
5. How are we to obey?
To what extent is obedience expected of us?
“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart,
mind and soul.”
This is not just a New Testament concept or command. It is old: and it was,
and still is, possible to keep; as the following examples prove.
Notice how Yahweh wants the whole individual; not to become a slave-like robot
incapable of individual thought who mechanically does what he is told. Yahweh
wants His followers to respect, love and obey Him, with heart and soul. That,
according to king Solomon, is the whole duty of mankind: and, as the Saviour said,
was the entrance to life.
||5: “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.”
|1 Chronicles 29:
||2: “Now I have prepared with all my might...”
|2 Kings 23:
||25: “And like unto him was there no king before him, that turned to the LORD with all his heart, and with all his soul, and with all his might...”
- The wisest men in both the Old and New Testaments (Solomon and Jesus)
recommend obedience to Yahweh's law as a duty and as evidence
of living faith and true love.
- Reverential awe of the Most High brings in its train: wisdom,
confidence and safety. Obedience is in itself a Fountain of Life.
- Obedience is love in action. It is proof of living faith and is far
better than sacrifice or praise.
- Believers are invited to love Yahweh, which means to obey Him
with total commitment - with everything we've got - with all
our physical, mental and spiritual powers. It is possible as the examples
In the Son’s Name — For the Father’s glory.
Elder: Max W. Mader