The Government of Yahweh
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulders…,” Isaiah 9:6.
“And Yahweh has set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, and after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, ‘governments,’ diversities of tongues,” 1 Corinthians 12:28.
As we consider the full meaning of this prophecy in Isaiah, concerning the ministry of the Son and the new covenant scriptures concerning the provision that the Holy Spirit provided for the growth of the Assembly, our attention is drawn to the word “governments.” Let us consider its full implication. That the New Testament clearly speaks of government within the Church and that the Church age must be swallowed up into the Kingdom age cannot be denied.
There can never be an effective government, or kingdom, without rules (laws) of conduct to restrain evil and protect freedom and righteousness. These are a must to any society and should not be looked upon with disdain.
If, as some are being taught, the so called ”law of Moses,” which was written by the finger of Yahweh, is no longer binding on the Church, it leaves the New Testament Covenant without a code of conduct or binding regulations. It would then appear that the Kingdom of Yahweh is an order where each individual has the liberty to live by the dictates of his own mind. If this be so, there would be no need for King Yasha or the Holy Spirit. Would there?
The Commandments written on tables of stones by the finger of Yahweh and given to Moses to deliver to the people were spiritual laws of conduct (Rom. 7:14), and they are needed as much today as they were in the days of Moses. These laws, though unwritten, were effective as a principle before creation.
Life is a condition, and a specific principle governs over that condition because the principle, or law, is the substance of the condition—it will always be present where Life exists.
The Commandments are nothing more than the Living Force that activates, or produces life. Life is produced when the principles of Life become activated and without these principles life ceases to be.
If these laws are ignored and broken, the agent that activates life does not exist in that situation. Murder was a transgression against the Spirit, or principle of Life, before Cain slew Abel. Lying, stealing, cheating, lusting, and other forms of low life have always been contrary to the principle of Life.
No man having the Spirit of Christ dwelling in him should have a problem with accepting the Commandments on the grounds of merit. What convert to Christianity can find a true hindrance to Life and happiness written into Yahweh’s Ten Commandments that would need to be “taken out of the way and nailed to the cross?” But should there be such a person, he could find no correct interpretation of the Holy Scriptures that say there was.
The Ten Commandments have never been anything but the law of the Spirit of Life, for they were written by the Spirit and delivered into the hands of Moses. They are not the laws of Moses. They were not written by Moses, nor did he have power to change them or to enforce them. Justice and wisdom would demand their existence even if they had never been written.
If we have the Spirit of Christ, we have a power that will give us the ability to overcome sin in all avenues of temptation. “There has no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but Yahweh is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that you are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that you may be able to bear it,” 1Corinthians 10:13.
Our Savior not only justified the Commandments while he was on earth, but lifted them into a higher dimension: “You have heard that it was said by them of old time, You shall not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looks on a woman to lust after her has committed adultery with her already in his heart,” Matthew 5:27-28. Many people stumble at this scripture because they are not aware of the availability of deliverance in Christ, and they feel there is no way to measure up to the Commandments of their Creator.
Yasha gave two commandments in Matthew 22:27-39, and in verse 40 he explains the meaning by saying, “On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” The Ten Commandments were on two tables. One of these tables contained the first four Commandments and revealed a righteous attitude toward Yahweh. The other contained the six that tell us our duty to society. In his discourse, the Savior expounds their full meaning. His first commandment was concerning a right attitude toward Yahweh. The second dealt with our attitude toward man.
If the Ten Commandments hang on these two new ones, the commandments are yet in force; these two commandments support the law. We could not hang a swing on a limb if either the swing or the limb did not exist. The swing would be supported by the strength of the limb.