Heart and Soul of the Law

The soul, while it is in the form of a body, is physical while the heart is spiritual. Actions and knowledge are manifested in the soul while thoughts and intentions that drive the actions come from the heart. Let it be known that God cannot be fooled. Gal 6:7] He not only sees the actions manifested through the soul and the body, but He also discerns the thoughts, desires, and intentions that manifest in the heart. Ps 139:23, Mt 12:25, Lu 6:8 There are sins of the soul and there are sins of the heart. Lev 19:17, Mt 5:27-28

The God of Israel instructs His children to walk in His ways with both heart and soul. The heart and soul must be one. He requires the oneness of heart and soul when we love Him, Deut 6:5] when we seek to find Him, Deut 4:29, 1Chro 22:19, 2Chro 15:2 and when we serve and obey Him. Deut 10:12, Deut 11:13, Deut 26:16, Jos 22:5 When studying and learning God’s ways, righteousness dictates to learn the physical actions of each commandment to be performed in the soul and to understand the thought, purpose, desire, and intention of the commandment through the heart. Deut 11:18 It is only through the heart that we can apply God’s commandments correctly in accordance with the situation we are in.

To this end, The God of Israel has given the children of Israel teachings and instructions in two forms, including the written law and the oral law, as it is written, “Moses went up unto God, and the LORD called unto him out of the mountain, saying, This is what you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel; ‘You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto myself. Now therefore, if you will obey my voice (oral) indeed, and keep my covenant (written), then you shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: And you shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and a holy nation.’ These are the words which you shall speak unto the children of Israel.” Ex 19:3-6

The written commandments given through Moses are the physical aspect or knowledge of God’s law. These words instruct the children of Israel how to obey God through the actions of their soul. God’s voice is the oral aspect of God’s law which is given through His Prophets. These words instruct the sons of Israel as to the purpose, intentions, and desires of the written law that they may be properly applied to every situation as well as to reveal God’s purpose and intentions to His people.

In this light, God’s written law is like unto the soul of His Word, depicting what to obey where God’s oral law is like unto the heart of His Word, revealing the intentions of how (and sometimes why) to obey. The soul of the law is given through God’s servant Moses while the heart of the law is given through Yeshua of Nazareth and His prophets as it is written, “For the law was given by Moses, grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.” Jo 1:17

For example, in the written law we find the following commandment, “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath of the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and made it holy.” Ex 20:8-11 This commandment begs the following questions: First, if we can’t work then what are we supposed to do? Second, How do we define “work?” To find the answer to these questions we must go to the oral law to find the intent, context, and heart of the matter. We find the answer to the first question when God speaks through the prophet Isaiah, as it is written, “If because of the sabbath, you turn your foot From doing your own pleasure on My holy day, And call the sabbath a delight, the holy day of the Lord honorable, And honor it, desisting from your own ways, From seeking your own pleasure And speaking your own word, Then you will take delight in the Lord, And I will make you ride on the heights of the earth; And I will feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father, For the mouth of the Lord (Yeshua) has spoken.” Is 58:13-14 We find the answer to the second question from The Prophet, Yeshua (Jesus) Himself as it is written, “What man is there among you who has a sheep, and if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will he not take hold of it and lift it out? (work) How much more valuable then is a man than a sheep! So then, it is lawful to do good (work) on the Sabbath.” Mt 12:11-12

In this light, God’s written law is like unto the soul of His Word, depicting what to obey where God’s oral law is like unto the heart of His Word, revealing the intentions of how (and sometimes why) to obey. We find a second example when Yeshua (Jesus) is teaching on this very subject, the heart of the law, as it is written, “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery’; (written law) but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. (oral law)” Mt 5:27-28 Does the oral law replace the written law? Yeshua says NO!, as it is written, “Think not that I am come to destroy the law (written) or the prophets (oral)”. Mt 5:17, Mr 2:21, Lu 5:36

It is impossible to compile a list of how to obey God’s Word for every situation that may arise. Every situation is unique. Each commandment must be obeyed physically (action) through a spiritual heart (intent) that is one with Yeshua who is the very Voice of God. Yeshua is the oral law, as it is written, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God … And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.” Jo 1 … 14

In the last days, there will be a remnant of both the House of Judah and the House of Israel. They will be one in God’s purpose, Ez 37:15-28 loving Him though obedience of both the written law given through Moses and the oral law given through Yeshua and His prophets. As a result, we see them victorious, singing both the song of Moses (written law) and the song of the Lamb (oral law). Rev 15:3 By loving God and each other, the remnant will fight for the God’s Kingdom, for God’s Truth, and to free those who have beed deceived. Hear oh Israel! The Commandments and The Prophet(s) are one! The Spirit and Truth are one! The heart and soul must be one in order to manifest the will of God – love.

Ultimately, we all manifest the God we serve. The only way evil can win is if good people stand by and do nothing. May The God of Israel Bless The United States of America. – Michael Okulski.org Praise Yah!

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