LAWS OF YAHWEH
laws of Yahweh are very important for our well being, while we are resident on
this planet. Unfortunately, Christians have ignored these laws for many
centuries and we have been paying the price for this.
Most churches teach that the
Ten Commandments are all the laws we have to obey. If this were true, why did
Yahweh go to all the trouble of recording all the other laws that are in the
Bible records four kinds of divine law, the commandments, judgments, statutes
and the ordinances. Today's ministers, with rare exception, have no idea there
is any difference between these laws at all.
commandments are the major rules of conduct for the responsibility of man to
Yahweh. The Ten Commandments, in the twentieth chapter of Exodus, are the
outstanding example of this. Thou shalt not steal, thou shalt not commit murder,
thou shalt not commit adultery, and so forth. Contrary to what a good many
churches teach, these commandments are still in full effect.
use of the word judgments is a little misleading. Today we understand judgment
to mean the decision of a court after it has heard a case. However, as used in
the Bible, it is the rules by which a court is to decide a case. Following the
rules, recorded in what the King James Bible calls judgments, a court will know
how to decide a case. This is sometimes used in the Bible in the modern sense
also. From the point of view of Bible law, consider it as the rules by which a
court decides a case, but not all cases.
commandments need no rules of this sort, they are clear enough. What the Bible
classifies as judgments, are the cases between man and his fellow man. It
includes the laws in regard to property rights, master and servant, and this
sort of thing.
is an example in Exodus chapters 21-22. "Now these are the judgments
which thou shalt set before them. If thou buy an Hebrew servant, six years shall
he serve: and in the seventh he shall go out free for nothing. If he came in by
himself, he shall go out by himself; if he were married, then his wife shall go
out with him." Here is another example. "And he that stealeth a man,
and selleth him, or if he be found in his hand, he shall surely be put to
death", for kidnaping! No threat of a slap on the wrist and probation, for
kidnaping it was always the death sentence, even if the victim is rescued.
laws continue with excellent controls. "If a man shall steal an ox, or a
sheep, and kill it or sell it; he shall restore five oxen for an ox, and four
sheep for a sheep...If the theft be certainly found in his hand alive, whether
it be ox, or ass, or sheep; he shall restore double." That certainly takes
all the fun and profit out of theft. Why do people steal? They steal to make a
the result of stealing is not only having to return the stolen article, if the
thief still has it in his possession, he has to return double. If the thief has
disposed of the property, he has to return four to five times the amount of the
original theft. When these Bible laws were in effect, there wasn't much
thievery, I wonder why!
do you enforce these laws? Suppose the thief just laughs in your face and says,
"I'm broke, what are you going to do about it?" The law took care of
this situation also. The thief was simply sold into slavery or servitude, for
enough to make the required restitution.
the thief had to pay back $500.00. He would be put on the auction block and the
auctioneer would ask, "Who will bid $500.00 for a month of this man's
services, as a slave?" If the thief were the sort that nobody could rely on
him, the auctioneer would offer him for the same amount of money but for three
or more months labor.
demonstrates how scientific the laws of Yahweh are. The man's own attitude
determined his punishment. If the thief was really sorry and anxious to make
good, maybe he would be a willing worker and you would get a bid of $500.00 for
a month's work. However, if the thief was sullen and uncooperative, who knows
how long he would have to pledge to work to pay off his debt. He determined his
these just laws, the victim of the crime got his reimbursement. At the present
time, the best thing we know how to do, if we catch the criminal, is to put him
in prison. This way the victim isn't reimbursed and the public has to support
him and all the people it takes to run a prison. This way nobody wins and
usually the criminal just gets worse. If he doesn't go to prison and is given
probation instead, he is right back on the streets to continue his crimes. Under
Yahweh's laws, there was the perfect solution to the situation. The professional
sob sisters were not drawing up Yahweh's laws, so they were perfect.
third class of these laws was the statutes. These were general rules of conduct
for the government of the nation as a whole, for general good order and
prosperity. They were of less importance than the commandments, but they were
the rules for the civilization that separated the people of Israel from all the
other nations. Living according to these statutes, the nation of Israel was to
give a demonstration of what prosperity, peace and good order can come from
living under the statutes of Yahweh. These laws covered the dietary,
agricultural, social and financial life of the society.
example Leviticus 3:17 states, "It shall be a perpetual statute for
your generations throughout all your dwellings, that ye eat neither fat nor
blood." It took us 3,500 years, plus many doctor's bills, to find out that
animal fats are the heaviest in cholesterol. This fat builds up in our arteries,
leading to hardening of the arteries, heart attacks and strokes. If you cut out
the animal fats you can get the necessary fats and oils from vegetable sources,
the best of which is olive oil.
for the eating of blood, dietitians know there are a number of very unfavorable
factors present. Certain diseases are transmitted through the eating of blood,
besides other unwholesome chemical factors in blood as a food. As you can see,
this wasn't intended for your salvation or for your benefit in heaven. If we
didn't eat animal fats, it wasn't in heaven that you had a good heart; it was
here in this life.
excellent law is recorded in Leviticus 10:8-11. "And Yahweh spake
unto Aaron (the high priest that was the brother of Moses), saying, Do not drink
wine nor strong drink, thou nor thy sons with thee, when ye go into the
tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die: it shall be a statute forever
throughout your generations: And that ye may put differences between holy and
unholy, and between unclean and clean; And that ye may teach the children of
Israel all the statutes which Yahweh hath spoken unto them by the hand of
were to be no drunken priests on duty. The Bible didn't forbid the priests to
drink wine or beer, it was simply that when they were performing their priestly
functions, they were to be clear headed and sober. The duties of the priests
included not only the service in the temple, the offering and sacrifices, but
also the instruction of the people in the laws of Yahweh. There was to be no
thickheaded, drunken stumblebum doing the instructing.
fourth class of laws was the ordinances. These were the laws, which governed the
religious rituals, ceremonies, religious holidays, etc. Note that this is a
distinctly separate class of laws. The ordinances had nothing to do with the
general conduct of the people or the nation these are strictly religious laws.
example, in speaking about the Passover, Exodus 12:42-45 instructs us,
"It is a night to be much observed unto Yahweh for bringing them out of the
land of Egypt: this is the night of Yahweh to be observed of all the children of
Israel in their generations. And Yahweh said unto Moses and Aaron, This is the
ordinance of the Passover: There shall no stranger eat thereof." The
Passover was something between Yahweh and His people Israel. While transients
from other races could come in as merchants and travelers, they were not to be
part of Israel and entitled to all of Yahweh's special blessings and protection.
"But every man's servant that is bought for money, when thou hast
circumcised him, then shall he eat thereof. A foreigner and a hired servant
shall not eat thereof." Definitely this was between the Israelite and
following is a quote from Exodus 13:5-10 with rules about the feast of
unleavened bread. "And it shall be when Yahweh shall bring thee into the
land of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Hivites, and
the Jebusites, which He sware unto thy fathers to give thee, a land flowing with
milk and honey, that thou shalt keep this service in this month. Seven days
shalt thou eat unleavened bread, and in the seventh day shall be a feast to
Yahweh. Unleavened bread shall be eaten seven days; and there shall no leavened
bread be seen with thee, neither shall there be leaven bread seen with thee in
all thy quarters. And thou shalt show thy son in that day saying, this is done
because of that which Yahweh did unto me when I came forth out of Egypt. And it
shall be so a sign unto thee upon thy hand, and for a memorial between thine
eyes, that Yahweh's law may be in thy mouth: for with a strong hand hath Yahweh
brought thee out of Egypt. Thou shalt therefore keep this ordinance in his
season from year to year."
most of you know how most of our American laws originated? We started with the
common law of England; this wasn't in the form of statutes passed by parliament.
It was the fact that the recognized customs of the people had been recognized as
having the force of law by the courts. Since records were kept of all the major
cases that were decided, therefore the British courts were set up based on these
records and it became known as the common law.
even in England, this common law was modified and added to by statutes adopted
by parliament. Here in America, while we started with the basis of the English
common law, the bulk of our laws are now statutory.
number of the states, California among them, have tried to organize the law so
that all statutes, pertaining to a particular subject, are found grouped
together. For example, there is the motor vehicle code, then there is the civil
code of general regulations. There is the code of civil procedures, to govern
the courts and there is a separate evidence code, the rules of evidence to be
received in court etc.
Moses was given the law upon mount Sinai, it wasn't the origin of divine law. It
was what you might call a codifying of the law, reducing it to a systematic
statement. The Bible recognizes that Yahweh's laws were known, to some extent,
earlier than this.
2:16-17 records the first commandment. "And Yahweh God commanded the
man saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree
of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that
thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die."
26:3-5 Yahweh says this to Isaac. "Sojourn in this land, and I will be
with thee, and will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give
all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy
father because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, My
commandments, My statutes, and My laws." This shows there was a good deal
of divine law known before the time of Moses, although obviously not as well
modern day preachers teach that we aren't under divine law anymore, we are under
grace and that all the Biblical laws are done away with. It is interesting to
ask these preachers if they really believe we aren't under divine law anymore.
If this were true then we would be free to murder, steal; commit adultery and
many other crimes.
the seminaries, these future ministers and priests are not taught the Bible
systematically, because church doctrine takes first place and the Bible comes in
a poor second place. If verses are taken out of context, just about anything can
be taught. One of the popular verses this is done with is, "judge not that
ye be not judged". In this context we couldn't have courts and we couldn't
judge moral behavior etc.. However, if you continue to read it says if you judge
somebody for exactly the same thing you are doing wrong yourself, you will be
the churches are basing the teaching that the laws are done away with is where
Paul said, in two places, that Yahshua had done away with the ordinances,
nailing them to His cross. Here are the two verses; they don't say the law is
done away with, only the portion of the law contained in the ordinances
and rituals, in other words the ceremonies.
2:14-15 tells us, "For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and
hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us. Having abolished in
his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances;
for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace." Only those
commandments that were in the ordinances were abolished.
2:13-14 continues, "And you, being dead in your sins and the
uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having
forgiven you all trespasses; blotting out the handwriting of ordinances
that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way,
nailing it to his cross."
you limit Paul to what he actually said, and not to the large amount of
territory some of the ministers want to take this verse to, Paul is right. All
these ordinances were symbolic of Yahshua, what He was going to
accomplish for us. The ordinances were to keep alive the memory, understanding
and hope until Yahshua came. After He had come and fulfilled the promises of
Yahweh, then we are supposed to put our attention to the reality and not the
of the Passover was that by the death of the Passover lamb's blood being shed
and put on our front door, by a public proclamation of our faith, we would be
spared from death. Obviously this is symbolic of Yahshua and this is explained
in the book of Hebrews. Since Yahshua has come and fulfilled this Passover
ritual, we no longer observe Passover.
giving the ordinance of the Passover in the Old Testament, it states this was to
an ordinance for eternity. We no longer kill a lamb and put its blood on the
outside of the front door, as we did in the past. This is not because we are
neglecting it but because we have a different form of it.
the old Passover we proclaimed our faith that sometime in the future, the
Messiah who had not yet come, would come and make the real sacrifice for us. By
the shedding of His blood, our sins would be forgiven and the death penalty,
which our sins had earned, would not have to be paid by us. Yahshua would pay
the price to redeem us from our sins.
Yahshua had come and offered His life on the cross, we can't go through the old
ritual looking forward to His coming. The form of the ritual has been changed so
we have communion, with the bread substituted for the flesh of the lamb and the
wine substituted for the blood. Yet, we still have the essential meaning of the
Passover. If we still celebrated the Passover, this would be like saying that
our Savior Yahshua hadn't come yet.
didn't take long for the symbolic meaning of all these ordinances to be
completely lost. It is the sort of thing you would naturally expect when you set
up a professional priesthood, with rituals to go through. The tendency is to
give them an air of a certain amount of hocus-pocus. When the congregation can't
understand what is going on, then they have to depend on the clergy to perform
the rituals to receive the benefits. This way the churches were and are able to
extort money out of the people to get the clergy to perform these magic
ceremonies for them, supposedly to gain the benefits.
you want to put this scam over on the people, when you want to increase your
influence and importance, the only way you can do this is to cause the general
laity to forget what the meanings of the rituals are. To make a mystery of it
and the priests speedily did. The history of organized religion has never been
anything but the history of organized corruption.
over the books of the Bible, aside from the merely historical ones of Ezra,
Nehemiah, Kings and Chronicles. You will find, with the two exceptions of
Jeremiah and Ezekiel, when Yahweh needed a man to go out and say, thus saith
Yahweh, He had to go outside the priesthood to find him. So today you find the
professional clergy teaching their congregations that the law was all done away
to a church social supper, what is almost invariably served? Baked ham, which is
an abomination to Yahweh. You are supposed to violate the laws of Yahweh in
order to show you are under grace. Yahshua had some rather critical comments to
make about this.
18:3-5 tells us, "After the doings of the land of Egypt, wherein ye
dwelt, shall ye not do: and after the doing of the land of Canaan, whither I
bring you, shall ye not do: neither shall ye walk in their ordinances. Ye shall
do my judgments, and keep mine ordinances, to walk therein: I am Yahweh your
God. Ye shall therefor keep my statutes, and my judgments: which if a man do, he
shall live in them."
great bulk of the laws, ninety-eight percent of them, had nothing to do with
these moral phases. The dietary laws pointed out which foods were wholesome and
good for you. These laws also pointed out which foods were unwholesome and thus
bad for your health. If you ate unwholesome food, you weren't going to have a
stomachache in heaven after you died; you would have your ill health here in
you violated the agricultural laws, you weren't going to have poor crops later
on in heaven, you would have the poor crops here and now on earth. These laws
are every bit as valid today as they ever were. The violation of these laws is
one of the reason we have so much sickness today. The soil has been depleted of
important and necessary nutrients that are essential for good health. For
example, there are enzymes in the soil that help the plants absorb nutrients.
These enzymes get used up after a few years. However, if we follow the law to
let the land rest every seven years, these enzymes renew themselves and can
carry on for another six years.
aren't forfeiting our chance of salvation, if we are foolish enough to violate
the dietary laws; this wasn't the purpose of them. Here is what Yahshua said in Matthew
5:17-18, "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets:
I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. 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."
do heaven and earth pass away? It is not until after the millennium and the
thousand years reign of Yahshua. Revelation 21:1 is the first time where
we find the statement that the first heaven and the first earth are passed away.
Not only from Yahshua's lifetime down to now, but at least the next thousand
years to come, the laws are in effect.
5:19 continues, "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."
laws of Yahweh are still in effect. Nobody has ever succeeded in fully living up
to them. In Old Testament times, when you realized you had broken one of these
laws, you took your animal sacrifice to the temple and were assured of Yahweh's
forgiveness. Today we don't offer an animal sacrifice; we pray to be forgiven,
because Yahshua has made the real sacrifice for you.
ministers who teach that the law is all done away with, and has no power today,
you can see where they are going to wind up, even if they do get their salvation
and redemption. Proverbs 28:9 states, "He that turneth away his ear
from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination."
much for the general four categories of the law. Now let's take a little look at
what these laws are, in some of these groups. There is the law of military
training and military service as there is no pacifism whatsoever in the Bible.
Yahweh not only authorized war, He expressly commanded it in certain instances.
For example, Yahweh commanded the literal extermination of the Amalekites. Read Exodus
17:14-16 and also Deuteronomy 25:17-19. "And Yahweh said unto
Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of
Joshua: for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven.
And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Yahweh-nissi (Yahweh is my
banner): For he said, Because Yahweh hath sworn that Yahweh will have war with
Amalek from generation to generation."
Canaanites who lived in the land the people of Israel were to occupy Israel was
commanded to exterminate. They weren't to do, as we have done in Vietnam, and
say they didn't want to win the war, we just want to convince them to be
what Deuteronomy 7:1-4 records. "When Yahweh thy God shall bring
thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, and hath cast out many
nations before thee, the Hittites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites and the
Canaanites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites and the Jebusites, seven nations
greater and mightier than thou; And when Yahweh thy God shall deliver them
before thee; thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them, nor shew mercy
unto them: Neither shalt thou make marriages with them; thy daughter thou shalt
not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son. For they
will turn away thy son from following me, that they may serve other gods: so
will the anger of Yahweh be kindled against you, and destroy thee
of liberation, to drive out oppressive tyrants, were favored. Numbers 10:9
promises us, "And if ye go to war in your land against the enemy that
oppresseth you, then ye shall blow an alarm with the trumpets; and ye shall be
remembered before Yahweh your God and ye shall be saved from your enemies."
These aggressors who made war against our people, were not to be left in
condition to keep on repeating this aggression over and over again.
people had been warned, they were not to be aggressors themselves, attacking
others who were peacefully inclined toward them. However, if any other nation
made aggressive war on them, here was the rule stated in Deuteronomy 20:10-13.
"When thou comest nigh unto a city to fight against it, then proclaim peace
unto it. And it shall be, if it make thee an answer of peace, and open its gates
unto thee, then it shall be, that all the people that are found therein shall be
tributaries unto thee, and they shall serve thee. And if it will make no peace
with thee, but will make war with thee, then thou shall besiege it: And when
Yahweh thy God hath delivered it into thine hands, thou shalt smite every male
thereof with the edge of the sword." A little of this action in Vietnam
would restore peace in a hurry.
15:3 tells us, "Yahweh is a man of war." Psalms 144:1
continues, "Blessed by Yahweh my strength, which teacheth my hands to war,
and my fingers to fight." Remember Yahweh said that David was a man after
His own heart.
law was for universal military training, which is recorded in Numbers 26:1-2.
"And it came to pass after the plague, that Yahweh spake unto Moses and
unto Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest, saying, Take the sum of all the
congregation of the children of Israel, from twenty years old and upward,
throughout their father's house, all that are able to go to war in Israel."
They were all registered for the draft, from the age of twenty.
Christianity done away with all of this? Has it revealed that everything Yahweh
said before Yahshua came to redeem Israel was a mistake and has to be thrown
out? No, of course not, Yahshua confirmed the need for conscription laws in Luke
12:51. "Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you,
Nay; but rather division." If we would only heed what Yahshua said, there
was going to be division and with division comes battles.
us up with our enemies in the United Nations in one great, happy, satanic
family? No, division and separation. II Corinthians 6:17 commands us to,
"Come out from among them, and be ye separate...". It is a command
from the beginning.
22:36 Yahshua was speaking to His disciples and gave them important
instructions. "Then He said unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let
him take it, and likewise his script: and he that hath no sword, let him sell
his garment, and buy one." Matthew 10:34 continues, "Think not
that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a
cannot have real Christianity, uncompromising resistance to satanic evil,
without war. The satanic organizations of the earth aren't going to let you get
away with opposition, without war. We would have to do one of two things, we
would either have to desert Yahweh and join Satan's forces or stand by Yahweh
and have war with Satan, there is no intermediate ground.
Bible makes it very clear that Yahweh is not a pacifist, in the meaning of
today's pacifists. Does this mean that Yahweh doesn't like peace? Not at all, He
wants a true peace, which can only be had under His own rules. The kind of peace
that the communist controlled countries are having is not peace in the eyes of
Yahweh. In Leviticus chapter 26 Yahweh states this, "If ye walk in
my statutes, and keep my commandments, and do them,...I will give peace in the
land, and ye shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid: and I will rid evil
beasts out of the land, neither shall the sword go through your land. And ye
shall chase your enemies, and they shall fall before you by the sword. And five
of you shall chase an hundred, and a hundred of you shall put ten thousand to
flight: and your enemies shall fall before you by the sword."
of obeying Yahweh's laws, our politicians turn their back on Him in order to get
the votes of the minorities. We have over 40,000 dead Americans in South
Vietnam, against an enemy that isn't even fifth rate.
is hard to find anything in which we haven't perverted the laws of Yahweh. Take
for example the laws of citizenship and eligibility for public office. Anybody
from a country whose people are not of our race, whose civilization is not
compatible with ours, whose ideals are not like ours at all, can immigrate here
and after a relatively short period of time can be naturalized as a citizen.
They are given full citizenship equal to someone born here. This is completely
contrary to Yahweh's laws.
laws on immigration are explained in detail in Deuteronomy 23:3-8.
Remember there were descendants of Abraham by a number white women, only one of
whom, named Isaac, was selected to be the father of Yahweh's chosen people later
to be called Israel. These people who were racially the same, although not of
the Israel nations, were not permitted citizenship until the third generation
born in the land. By this time, these people would have well absorbed our way of
life. As to those who are racially not the same, they could not be admitted to
citizenship even to the tenth generation.
were not permitted to hold any public office. Deuteronomy 17:15 warns us,
"Thou mayest not set a stranger over thee, which is not thy brother."
This word stranger doesn't mean somebody to whom you haven't been
formally introduced. It is the Hebrew word nokriy, which means a person
of a different race. When any non-Israelite is able to gain public office, this
is plainly stated in the Bible as a curse upon us and a punishment for our
28:15 warns us, "But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken
unto the voice of Yahweh thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and
statutes, which I command thee this day; that these curses shall come upon thee,
and overtake thee." Then Deuteronomy 15:43-45 continues, "The
stranger that is within thee shall get up above thee very high; and thou shalt
come down very low. He shall lend to thee, and thou shalt not lend to him: he
shall be the head, and thou shalt be the tail...because thou hearkenedst not
unto the voice of Yahweh thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes
which he commanded thee."
very fact that we can have this Negro Bradley running for mayor of Los Angeles
shows to what an extent we have sunk in the eyes of Yahweh. You notice that this
is something that is always promoted by those that like to call themselves liberal;
this is also addressed in the Bible. Isaiah 32:5 tells us what it is
going to be like in the kingdom of Yahweh, when all our present troubles are
done away with and we are living under the reign of Yahweh. "The vile
person shall be no longer called liberal."
policy was also addressed. There are always stupid, uninformed people trying to
show they are Bible studying Christians. These pseudo Christians love to say,
"If you are a good Christian you will love your enemies." Remember,
the Bible is very careful to record that we are to love our enemies not
your fellow Israelite is your enemy, he is your enemy for one of two reasons.
Either you have done something wrong to him, in which case you should make
amends, or he mistakenly thinks you have done something wrong to him, in which
case you should try to get him to understand that you didn't do it. Yahweh's
enemies are a different story.
the breakup of Israel, upon the death of Solomon, the northern kingdom went into
idolatry immediately. The consequences of this were that Yahweh took away His
favor from the northern kingdom of Israel for this reason. A little while after
this, one of the kings of Judah, who was making a halfhearted attempt to be
good, sent military aid to help the king of Israel in a battle he was fighting. II
Chronicles 19:2 records Yahweh's rebuke. "Shouldest thou help the
ungodly, and love them that hate Yahweh? Therefore is wrath upon thee from
you help Yahweh's enemies, when you arrange yourself on their side, you yourself
become the enemy of Yahweh and can expect to pay the penalty accordingly. Saying
love your enemy, isn't going to change the facts a bit. You can't fool Yahweh
with catch phrases.
chapter 139 records King David saying the following. "Do not I hate
them, O Yahweh, that hate thee? And am I not grieved with those that rise up
against thee? I hate them with a perfect hatred: I count them mine
enemies." Did Yahweh look down His nose and tell David he was one of those
terrible hate mongers? In two places in the Bible, I Samuel 13:14 and Acts
13:22, Yahweh had this to say about David. "I have found David the son
of Jesse, a man after mine own heart..." If any one of us could get that
much approval, it would really be something!
let's address the economic laws governing business. The strictest honesty was no
required, no false measures or false weights. These laws are recorded in Deuteronomy
25:13-16 and Leviticus 19:35-36.
labor laws have their foundation in the Bible. There must be no oppression of
the workmen who work for you. In the Bible they are called servants, but most
people employed today wouldn't take kindly to the use of that word. However, as
used in the English language of three and a half centuries ago, one who was
hired to do work for another could be classified as a servant.
25:39-42, 47-55 records there must be no oppression and wages must be paid
when due. In those days, wages were paid daily. The average working man didn't
have enough money so he could go along for a week or a month without pay.
Consequently wages had to be paid not later than sunset of every day.
loans, no interest whatever could be charged, except from aliens. To your fellow
Israelite, you could not charge interest. Today we say that usury is anything
above 42% a year. As usury is used in the King James Bible, usury is anything
above one trillionth of one percent a year, or anything above it. Anything
whatsoever, anything that is paid for the use of money or thing of value is
usury. In other words, the borrower must pay back the principal of what he
borrowed, but not interest.
weren't under any obligation to try to make the people of other races as
prosperous as Israel. If they wanted to borrow from us to get some of our
prosperity, it was fair enough that they pay us something for it, so we could
charge interest to any non Israelite. Read Deuteronomy 23:19-20 and Leviticus
were mortgages in ancient times. If a person became hard pressed and had to
mortgage the family homestead or farm and had to sell it, he had the right of
redemption. You couldn't lose the farm that was the source of the family's
living, permanently. A house within a walled city was a little different
classification. If you sold a house within a walled city, you had one year in
which to redeem it. If you didn't redeem it within a year, it was gone
the people within the walled city weren't depending on that house primarily for
their living. If you were a saddle maker, silversmith, or whatever, living in
town doing your work, you could move to another house and do your work just as
to the farm, which was the source of the family's living, every fiftieth year,
the jubilee year, whatever property had been sold or taken on mortgage
foreclosure, if it hadn't been redeemed before the jubilee year, it reverted
back to the original owner without the payment of anything. This doesn't mean
fifty years from the time you sold the property, it was every fiftieth year on
last year was the jubilee year, you could mortgage or sell your property this
year for fifty years. If next year was the jubilee year, you could only mortgage
the property or sell it for the remainder of the year. When the jubilee year
arrived, the property came back without any payment.
you remember what happened to the Roman Empire? When they were a nation of
sturdy, independent farmers, they became a powerful empire that ruled most of
the then known world. Then the inevitable happened. Farmers are subject to the
vagaries of bad weather, insect plagues and other disasters.
a farmer has a bad year and doesn't get a crop, the average farmer doesn't have
enough saved up to see him through another year. Then the farm gets mortgaged,
trying to buy time, and then when the mortgage can't be paid, the farm is lost
through foreclosure or it has to be sold. These farmers then drift into town to
become a landless city rabble. This is what happened to Rome, so there you have
the beginning of the fall of the Roman Empire. You can find the documentation of
this in great detail in Gibbon's "Decline and fall of the Roman
was not to happen to Yahweh's people Israel. Every seventh year, the year of
release, the Israelites were freed from the burden of unpayable debts. However,
it was the obligation of every man, who was in debt, to make every honest effort
to pay off his debt. But it was bound to happen to many, that with all honesty
and good faith, they just couldn't make the payments.
know how it is today when a man owes some money. The creditors won't wait, he
gets a judgment, then he levies an attachment on the man's wages. Because of
this garnishment the debtor gets fired from his job, adding insult to injury.
Whenever the debtor gets a new job, the creditor again levies a garnishment on
the wages, and gets the debtor fired from that job also.
sort of thing couldn't happen under the rules of the kingdom of Yahweh. Whatever
remained unpaid, after all fair and honest efforts were made to pay the debt,
when the seventh year came around, the debt was canceled. Then the debtor got a
promised that if the nation would live up to this, if the creditors would
recognize the release of debts in the seventh year, Yahweh would send
prosperity. The creditors would not suffer any loss from not continuing to
extract every penny from their debtors. It would be very difficult for an
individual to do this. We are more or less the prisoner of the social system or
economic system we live under. If the nation would adopt these economic laws, we
were promised prosperity, and we would have it.
seven of these seven year periods, came the jubilee year. Where you had sold
your farm property, or lost it in foreclosure, no further proceedings could be
taken to try to collect a deficiency judgment when the jubilee year arrived. The
property didn't go back to you in the seventh year, it was returned to you in
the jubilee year.
the agricultural laws, there were the rules, which we violate constantly and we
pay the penalty. One of these rules was that when you plant fruit trees, you
cannot eagerly grab the first apple or orange or whatever the tree produces. For
the first three years no fruit is to be allowed to form on the tree. All the
buds are to be nipped off so no fruit is formed. The fourth year fruit may be
allowed to form on the tree, but this fruit isn't for the owner. Every bit of
fruit has to be taken to the temple as an offering. The fifth year and
thereafter, belongs to the grower.
had an interesting experience watching the effects of this law in action. A
friend of mine bought some land in Escondido, some twenty miles north of San
Diego, and planted an orange grove there. The very same year there was a
neighbor that also planted an orange grove. Both these groves were planted with
exactly the same conditions; the only thing that separated them was a wire
friend had obeyed the agricultural laws of Yahweh and hadn't allowed any fruit
to form on the orange trees for four years. The neighbor had allowed fruit to
form with the first blossoming. When I saw the neighbor's trees they were not
particularly big or high and the branches were thin and spindly. There were some
oranges on these trees but not very many. Under every one of these little thin
branches was a wooden prop, so the branches wouldn't be broken by the weight of
obeying the laws of Yahweh, the trees my friend had planted were nearly double
the size of his neighbor's, with thick, strong branches. His crop of oranges was
more than double and the branches didn't need any props, not even one. At the
end of the fifth year, my friend would have more profit, a more salable crop,
than his neighbor had for the entire five years. These trees, raised by the laws
of Yahweh, would always produce more and better fruit than the neighbor's.
doesn't bother arguing with you, as to why you should obey these laws. He tells
you this is the best way to do it and that's it. If you are curious enough to
look into it, you will find there is always a good reason.
the time this neighbor's trees were very little bigger than weeds, he was trying
to coax every little orange off of them. The strength of the growing plants was
being too much diverted in the production of fruit and too little left for
growing big, strong, sound wood. My friend followed Yahweh's laws. Not a bit of
the strength of the growing trees was wasted on inferior fruit, it all went into
growing sturdy, big, strong, healthy trees. Then when its proper growth period
was completed, then fruit may be allowed to grow and you will have an abundant
of these agricultural laws is that your land must get its Sabbath of rest, the
same as you do. One year in seven the land must be allowed to lie fallow. You
plant and harvest your crops for six years and the next year the land is to get
its rest, but we have gotten too greedy to do this.
you remember the dust bowl stories of around 1932 and 1933? The farmers followed
the customary greed; they were constantly planting and replanting the land. The
Bible warned us but we paid no heed. Yahweh warned us, "I will make the sky
like brass, and your rain shall be powder and dust." As night follows day,
cause and effect will happen and it sure did. The land had to be left alone or
it would have blown away completely.
the one year of rest in seven? A plant has to get out of the soil two things. It
has to get the humus, the nitrogen bearing remains of former plant life and
minerals. There is much being written today about hidden hunger. Plants grown on
worn out soil are lacking in vitamins and especially in minerals. Plants can't
get out of the soil what isn't in the soil to start with.
grain of sand is all mineral, and it isn't of any use to the plant. The mineral
is mainly quartz and quartz is completely insoluble in water. The plants can
only absorb what is soluble in water. There are bacteria that grow in the soil
in great numbers. As a by-product of their existence, they produce certain
acids. These acids corrode away the surface of the sand grains, breaking them
down into water-soluble salts, which dissolve in the water.
roots of the plant draw this water out of the ground and they get the minerals
for a healthy plant. Ammonium sulfate fertilizers can be poured onto the land,
in any amount you want, and it is like a shot in the arm to the plants. This
makes the plant green the same way green paint would, but it doesn't make it
healthy to eat. It is absolutely essential to have those soluble minerals.
thousands of years we bred our food plants for producing a heavy yield, meaning
they feed heavily on the soil. At the end of six years you have, as you might
say, overdrawn your bank account of soluble minerals in the soil. Whatever
reserve was there, has been used up and you are now taking the minerals out
faster than the bacteria can replace it.
the land is allowed to lie fallow the seventh year, not growing anything, the
bacteria continue working and you have a whole year's production of soluble
mineral salts there, ready to start out with. Your bank account of minerals has
been replenished with a new deposit. The eighth year, when you plant your crops,
they have one whole year's production, in addition to the current year's
production. The crops draw a little bit on the reserve that is there, and this
will carry the farmer through the next six years. Then the farmer should start
out with another year of rest.
few years ago I read some figures put out by someone who unquestionably knew
nothing about the divine laws regarding agriculture. He was just recording what
the statistics showed. The Agriculture Department knew exactly what the yield
had been per acre on these dust bowl areas, when they were planted to wheat,
before the dust storms finally compelled giving the land its rest. The land was
to lie fallow for several years when finally the farmers began to cautiously
start to plant some areas. The report said that, "The first year's crop
that was harvested, after the land had rested several years, the yield was as
high as 400 percent of what it had been before the dust storm period
let's see what happens when we violate the laws of Yahweh. For most of the
prairie states of the Midwest, there are pretty exact statistics on what the
yield per acre was for wheat and corn from the time they were first put under
cultivation. The production is not as high per acre now as it was 75 to 100
years ago, it has gone down. Let's assume there was a steady level of
production. Let's count one year's crop as a unit. There is one unit for each of
eight years, so this is 8 units.
suppose the laws of Yahweh are followed. There is one unit for each of the first
six years, then the seventh year is skipped, getting nothing. Then in the eighth
year the production is 4 units. Six and four are ten, as compared with eight, if
the land wasn't given its rest. People think they are too smart when they are
merely too greedy to follow Yahweh's laws. But, if these laws are followed, they
really pay off in the long run. There is always a good and logical reason for
all of Yahweh's laws.
go on to the dietary laws, reading from Deuteronomy 12:23-25, we weren't
to eat fat or blood from meat. Leviticus 7:19,23-24 also discusses this
law. Another law is you aren't supposed to eat any kind of contaminated meat.
This is meat that has been in contact with things that might put some bacterial
infection into it, or any other poisonous thing.
law as to what meats are fit to eat is, you could eat the meat from any animal
that chewed its cud and had a cloven hoof. A rabbit chews its cud but it has
paws, not cloven hooves. A pig has cloven hooves but it doesn't chew a cud. Pork
and rabbit are therefore forbidden. Cattle, sheep, and deer, all have cloven
hooves and chew their cud so are acceptable foods.
shouldn't we eat any of these forbidden meats, aren't the rules arbitrary? You
can disregard Yahweh's laws, eat pork and get trichinosis. There are thousands
of cases of this every year in the United States much of it isn't diagnosed.
Trichinosis is tiny little worms that are microscopically small. They work
themselves all though the muscles of the host they have gotten into. Each one
settles down, chews out a little hollow for itself, then the body sort of walls
it in with a membrane around the worm, and there they settle in for a long stay.
worms then thrive on the nourishment carried to them by the blood. When we eat
the meat of an infected pig that isn't extremely well cooked, to kill the worms,
the following happens. The meat is digested in our stomach; this means that the
little sacks around these worms are also digested, setting them free. The worms
then burrow through the walls of the intestines into the blood vessels there.
Then they drift with the blood throughout the body to wherever the idea occurs
to them that they have gone far enough. Then they burrow through the wall of the
blood vessel, into the muscles and set up housekeeping.
some of these worms burrow into the liver, you can be diagnosed as having
jaundice or perhaps cirrhosis of the liver. However, without an autopsy cutting
up the liver to see, the doctors can't be sure whether it is trichinosis or not.
If these worms get into the heart muscle, you are really in trouble. This
explains why so many cases of trichinosis aren't discovered until it is too
late. There isn't much than can be done about it anyway
if pork was cooked well enough to kill all the trichinosis worms, this doesn't
make it a wholesome food, there is too much else wrong with it. There are a
number of other diseases we can get from pork. Even if the bacteria and worms
themselves are killed, just think of what it has done to the flesh of that
diseased animal. There is a chemical condition that is set up, which is causing
the sickness in the animal; this is what we would be taking into our bodies.
Rabbits are subject to a good many diseases such as tularemia. This is often
kind of fish with fins and scales is permissible as food. A lot of people like
to eat catfish. Catfish has fins but it has no scales, it just has skin. The
catfish is a carrion eater; it eats dead and rotting things it finds in the
birds, there is a long list of forbidden birds. The vulture and buzzard are
forbidden, as they are carrion eaters. In general the carnivorous birds, such as
the eagles and hawks, are also forbidden. Any animals or birds that eat meat are
forbidden. Some people will even eat the forbidden bear meat. Snails, mice, and
lizards are forbidden but believe it or not, some people will eat these things.
All these forbidden creatures are unwholesome and should never be consumed.
no flesh of any animal that has died of disease. If you go out in the field and
find the carcass of a cow that has died of hoof and mouth disease and you take
it home and eat it, you are not going to lose your redemption and salvation. In
fact, you may wind up in heaven a lot quicker. You are going to lose your health
immediately and quite probably your life; it won't be an easy death either.
of the laws, which make up the practical group, do not deal with your spiritual
salvation and redemption. They deal with our physical life here and now. Why
then did Yahweh do more than just make suggestions? Yahweh basically said,
"I want a healthy nation to serve Me. I don't want you debilitated with
these filthy diseases. Don't defile yourselves with these things when you are
going to be My special people, My demonstration of what a nation should be. I
have promised that if you obey My laws you will have good health, long life,
peace and prosperity. Now don't spoil this demonstration by making yourselves
sick, by violating the very laws that I have given you for your guidance."
these laws were enforced. In fact, in Old Testament days, they were enforced by
the death penalty, because Yahweh wanted this nation to show the world what
obedience to His laws would accomplish.
we are ready to get back on the ball and live up to the laws of Yahweh, we can
get all the benefits of doing this.