Jurisdiction of the Lawgiver (the MeChoqeck)
Some amazing revelations await us as we delve deeper into the Hebrew Scriptures surrounding this topic of the Law of YHVH and Judah’s designation as the Mechoqeck of YHVH.
May the contents of this study assist in bringing some agreement and unity, by accentuating the Divine appointment of Judah as the Mechoqeck of YHVH, i.e. the ‘Law Giver’ or Law Interpreter and authority.
What does the Law of YHVH entail – of which Judah has been declared ‘the Mechoqeck (Lawgiver) of YHVH’?
In its broader sense, the Law of YHVH is referred to as:
THE TORAH – “law; teaching, direction; instruction.” This noun occurs 220 times in the Hebrew Tanach (OT). In Judaism it entails the first 5 Books of the Bible which specifies the 613 Laws of YHVH. Often referred to as ‘The Laws of Moses’ – meaning, ‘as given through Moses’.
Ps 119 defines the Torah in finer detail:
Verse 1: “Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the Torah of YHVH” – followed by 176 verses praising the Laws, Statutes, Judgments, Commandments, Decrees, Precepts etc. We will shortly define the total encompassment of His Torah (Instruction, teaching, direction, system).
God gave Israel the Torah in order that they might observe it and enjoy the Blessings of Life which come through observing it:
Deut 4:8 “And what nation is there so great, that has Statutes and Judgments so righteous as all this Law, which I set before you this day?”.
The Prophets called Israel to repentance by returning to the Torah Instructions: Isaiah 1:10. Jeremiah prophesied of a future time when God would renew His Eternal Covenant with His People in terms of the ‘New Covenant’, according to which the Torah would be internalized: God’s people would willingly obey Him, according to a loving spiritual obedience of their hearts and minds: “I will put My Law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people” Jer 31:33. The closing paragraphs of the Tanach (O.T.) reminds and challenges God’s people to remember the “Law of Moses” in preparation for the coming of Messiah – Mal 4:4.
Is. 56:3-7 “And the foreigners who join themselves to God to serve Him and to love the Name of God to become servants unto Him, all who guard the Sabbath against desecration and grasp My covenant tightly— I will bring them to My Holy Mountain, and I will gladden them in My House of \Prayer; their elevation offerings and their feast offerings will find favour on My Altar, for My House will be called the House of Prayer for all peoples.”
What does this Law of Moses entail, to which the people are admonished to return?
The word ‘Torah’ is derived from the Hebrew root verb yarah – (2 Chron 26:15) meaning to show the way, to shoot, to throw (like an arrow), to pour water, to point out (as if by aiming the finger), to teach, archer, direct, inform, instruct, to lay a cornerstone.
The word for a teacher, in Hebrew (Moreh), is a direct derivative of this verb.
Do we have an indication here, that by being appointed and declared the ‘Mechoqeck’ of YHVH (‘The Lawgiver’), that Judah has been Divinely intended to be the Law Teacher of the 12 Tribes and of the world? Let us see if we find further references in our search for this answer, by delving further into the meanings of the various Hebrew words used for ‘Law’ in the Bible. Let us throughout our study also bear in mind the mandated pointers of Shevet (Sceptre) and Mechoqeck given for Judah in Gen. 49:10.
Ps 119 confirms that the Law of YHVH entails various concepts which we will list here for those readers who want to make an in-depth study.
This wide encompassment of His Law, gives clear indication of how shallow the reasoning goes, which claims that God has no Law – or, that it is only the 10 Commandments which have to be observed. YHVH’s Laws and System is for the purposes of running a country and a nation – and this requires as wide a set of laws, rules and regulations as any country requires.
It should resolve from this, amongst the professing followers of YHVH across the world, who read and search the Bible, that the authority regarding the spiritual operation and determination of this much wider encompassment of His Law has been given to the spiritual leaders of Judah – “until Shiloh comes, to Whom the Rule belongs,” … when nations will be subdued to His Rule of Law – as in any government in the world.
From this broad Biblical and ‘national’ perspective, the jurisdiction of the Rabbinic authorities should be clear, as also authorised by Messiah Himself in:
Math. 23:1-3 “Then YAHU’SHUAH said to the crowds and to His disciples: “The teachers of the Law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. So you must obey them and do everything they tell you. …”
Romans 3:2 “They (the Jews) have been entrusted with the very Words of God“.
Math. 23:2 closely relays the Torah instruction of Deuteronomy 17: 8 -13 which we have quoted earlier here above, with its directives to turn to YHVH’s appointed Mechoqeck for Law interpretation – and to strictly abide to it
Modern day Messianic Hebraic Roots Restorers who are in the process of returning to Torah (as prophesied in Ezek. 37:15 and other Prophecies), take great exception to the suggestion that Math. 23:2 above, pronounces YAHU’SHUAH Messiah’s sanction of Deut. 17’s Divine declaration. Could it really be co-incidence that YAHU’SHUAH’s instruction so precisely echoes the Deut. 17 instruction?