Keep My Commandments Always
While the law was delivered to ancient Israel, the Word of God teaches that the nature of His law is perpetual and that we are actually Israel.
NOT AS THOUGH THE WORD OF GOD HATH TAKEN NONE EFFECT. FOR THEY ARE NOT ALL ISRAEL, WHICH ARE OF ISRAEL: NEITHER, BECAUSE THEY ARE THE SEED OF ABRAHAM, ARE THEY ALL CHILDREN: BUT, IN ISAAC SHALL THY SEED BE CALLED. THAT IS, THEY WHICH ARE THE CHILDREN OF THE FLESH, THESE ARE NOT THE CHILDREN OF GOD: BUT THE CHILDREN OF THE PROMISE ARE COUNTED FOR THE SEED. ROMANS 9:6–8
Spiritual things must be spiritually understood (see 1 Corinthians 2:6–16), which is reflected in every truth given to us in Scripture. Thus, from the beginning of time God has had an Israel: His sons and daughters who choose to live by the faith of His Son at the expense of anything that might interfere. These individuals are who the children of the promise represent; they lived long before Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob were born—and they have lived ever after, even until and within the present time.
This being the case, the law was purposed for Yah's Israel—then and now. In fact, it is part of an everlasting covenant and has no end.
Whatever God does is forever. Looking more deeply into the original Hebrew meaning of ‘for ever’ we can understand it to mean something that is perpetual and without end (see Strong's number H5769). This is characteristic of Yahweh, as He Himself is without end. Naturally, whatever God does should indeed reflect Him as the Doer.
What the Bible highlights as lasting ‘for ever’ is undeniably the law. This first verse in Ecclesiastes connects the same truths line upon line (see Isaiah 28:10). Solomon teaches that God establishes in a perpetual manner, and that nothing can be added to nor taken away from what He does. This is the same principle of which David testifies and Moses declares—both being under the same Inspiration as Solomon—regarding how we keep God's Law. God put forth His law that men might be liberated by its protection. (James 1:25; Deuteronomy 5:29; Deuteronomy 30:16; Exodus 23:25) He even set it in stone, showing that it is to stand everlasting.
BE YE MINDFUL ALWAYS OF HIS COVENANT; THE WORD WHICH HE COMMANDED TO A THOUSAND GENERATIONS; EVEN OF THE COVENANT WHICH HE MADE WITH ABRAHAM, AND OF HIS OATH UNTO ISAAC; AND HATH CONFIRMED THE SAME TO JACOB FOR A LAW, AND TO ISRAEL FOR AN EVERLASTING COVENANT… 1 CHRONICLES 16:15–17, PSALM 105:8–10
The WORD of God (see John 1:1) calls us to always remember His covenant. Words/phrases like ‘always,’ ‘everlasting,’ and ‘all generations’ in these verses literally denote something that will not pass away, something with perpetual weight upon the hearts of Yah's Israel. (See Strong's number H5769, which is the Hebrew word behind ‘always’ and ‘everlasting’ in the verses above.) Furthermore, Scripture clearly shows how the law of God is the truth of God, and how His truth has a duration which touches all generations—even you and me.
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