Monday, 27 May 2019
Question of the day: In 1 Kings 2:3, why does the Bible mention four types of God's ways: "His statutes (chukim), His commandments (mitzvot), His ordinances (mishpatim), and His decrees (aydot)?"
Answer: David is giving his son, Solomon, God's command in his life. 1 Kings 2:3 "Keep (V'Sh'martem) the charge (Mish'meret) of Adonai your God, to walk in His ways, to keep (Lish'mor) His statutes, His commandments, His ordinances, and His decrees, according to what is written in the Torah of Moses, so that you may succeed in all that you do and wherever you turn."
A Chauk is a mysterious command. Many times God gives us commands that seem to make no sense to our finite minds, but we obey anyway.
A Mitvah is a positive command or good deed. God wants us to do good.
A Mishpat is a judgement from God. These are verdicts. There is the trial and the verdict and they are not the same thing. After the trial, there is the Mishpat.
An Aydut is a testimony. Testimony is considered evidence. It is not hard (physical) evidence, but it is considered as evidence by a jury.
The moment I accepted the Yeshua as my Savior and Lord I heard the speaker say as part of his invitation, "If you were on trial as a believer, would there be enough evidence to convict you?" Now I had never been a believer, but for some reason that spoke to my heart, so I decided right then and there that I wanted to answer yes. That was 37 years ago. No regrets.
Be blessed, Rabbi Michael
Rabbi Michael Weiner,