Torah 6

Previously, I started working through the entire list of the laws. 1)Previous posts: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. I am now to the sixth command according to the list of Maimonides.

Text: and hold fast to him (Deuteronomy 10:20)

Maimonides says this law is: One must cling to God.

What did this law mean to the people at that time? For a negative example of what this meant, I turn to Peter Leithart discussing Solomon:

The beginning of chapter 11 refers back to the beginning of chapter 3 as well. Solomon marries Pharaoh’s daughter, but he continues to love Yahweh (3:1ff.). When he marries the other foreign women, he is drawn away to love them. His love for Yahweh leads him to build the temple of Yahweh, but his love for foreign women leads him to build shrines for idols. Instead of “clinging to Yahweh” as the law requires (Deuteronomy 10:20; 11:22; 13:5; 30:20), he “clings to” the foreign women, and their gods. 2)Source.

How was this law fulfilled by Christ? As with all of the initial laws in the list, the application from the life of Jesus is fairly obvious. No other person who walked the earth is a better example of clinging to God through a life of persecution then our Lord.

How does the Church, in union with Christ, manifest the fulfillment of this law? Paul tells us: But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him (1 Corinthians 6:17). Although anyone who is regenerated is then one spirit with the Lord, the active clinging to God is a part of our sanctification. To quote Leithart again:

The root of the problem is not merely that believers are attracted to and seize the forbidden fruit of unbelieving husbands and wives. The root of the problem is that the church herself is not clinging faithfully to her divine husband. This is both the root of intermarriage, and the effect of intermarriage: Because of faithlessness, Christians marry unbelievers; because of Christian marriage to unbelievers, the church becomes more unfaithful.

The solution to the problem of intermarriage, then, is not simply to give exhortations, orders, commands to our children. The solution is for the church to cling in faith and love to her divine husband. And this marriage Supper is one of the means by which we cling to Jesus, our Husband. 3)Source.

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1. Previous posts: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
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