The English word "perfect" is translated from the Hebrew word "tamiym." "Tamiym" is the same Hebrew word that is translated numerous times in the Old Testament "without blemish" or "without spot". When the law, Old and New Covenant alike, demanded a lamb for sacrifice, it required one without blemish:
Your [Israel's - Exodus 12:3] lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats. (Exodus 12:5)
In order for Yeshua to have been that unblemished sacrifice, the law, which he kept, likewise had to have been unblemished. In other words, even if Yeshua had kept an imperfect law perfectly, He could not have been our Savior. Our salvation required both a perfect savior and a perfect law!
For most of Christendom there is no debate that we have a perfect Savior. However, when it comes to the law that Yeshua kept, many Christians believe that it was an imperfect law. This is demonstrated in at least two different ways. First, by the way which many Christians live their lives. They govern themselves by inferior laws (contrived by the church and/or government) that they somehow believe are superior to the perfect law described by King David. Secondly, many of today's Christians have chosen to believe their pastors who have told them that the Old Covenant law, which Yeshua kept, was superceded by a higher New Covenant law. It is true that the New Covenant superceded the Old Covenant:
…Jesus has become the guarantee of a better covenant. (Hebrews 7:22 NASV)
Nevertheless, there is no New Covenant canon that supercedes the Old Covenant canon, because they are one and the same law. There are two different covenants, and one replaced the other, but there is only one law. The Old Covenant was based upon forced compliance to the law that had been carved into stone, motivated primarily by fear, whereas, the New Covenant is based upon voluntary compliance to that same law written on hearts and minds, motivated primarily by love:
For finding fault with them [the Old Testament Israelites], he [Yahweh] saith … I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: …For this is the [New] covenant that I will make with the house of Israel … saith YHWH; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people. (Hebrews 8:8-10)
The perfect law that David wrote about is clearly one and the same as the perfect law that James endorsed:
…whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. (James 1:25)
James described it as the perfect law of liberty. It stands the test of reason that if Yahweh's Old Testament law is this same law of liberty that James referred to, and if we applied that law today, it would set us at liberty. However, setting us at liberty must not be confused with setting us free from our sins. Only Yeshua's blood atoning sacrifice can accomplish the latter. Nevertheless, there remains countless, innumerable liberties concentrated, integrated and embodied in the Old Covenant law.
There is not one problem facing America today that would not be resolved with the implementation of Yahweh's perfect laws. For example, the law of Yahweh has the potential for setting us at liberty from the following oppressive conditions:
All of this, and much more, is achievable in a heartbeat with the implementation of Yahweh's perfect law of liberty codified in the Old Testament. King David informed us that "the law of YHWH is perfect" and "in keeping [it] there is great reward" - Psalm 19:7-11. Why would Christians want to forfeit the perfect, never-changing, infallible law of Yahweh for the imperfect, ever-changing, fallible laws of man?
If America's federal regulations had been issued on stone at the time of Moses, he would not have come down from Mount Sinai with two tablets. He would have returned with a hernia and a major headache for the people of Israel.
Yeshua informed us that "if [He] therefore shall make [us] free, [we] shall be free indeed" - John 8:36. That freedom begins with salvation in Yeshua and is preserved by His perfect law of liberty.
1. Where the Tetragrammaton "YHWH" (the four Hebrew characters that represent the personal name of God) has been incorrectly rendered as "the LORD" or "GOD" in Scripture, the author has taken the liberty to correct those passages and insert "YHWH."
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