The Book of the Law or Book of Moses, the Ceremonial Law or Mosaic Law

The Book Of The Law Or Book Of Moses

The Book of the Law or Book of Moses (also called Ceremonial Law or the Mosaic Law) is different from the Spiritual Law (the Ten Commandments). There is too much confusion between these two and today we are going to address it and share the truth about this very important biblical topic. This subject matter is so crucial to the faith that we believe it is time to shed light on this right now by way of the inspiration given to us by the Holy Spirit of Yahweh to discuss this to our beloved readers around the world. Many think the Ten Commandments of Elohim was nailed to the “cross” based on their own interpretation of Colossians 2:14. Was it the Ten Commandments, or was it really the Book of the Law written by Moses? As always, we will let the Bible interpret itself and we hope and pray for your clear understanding and your enlightenment for this matter after you’re done reading this. May you have the eyes to see and the ears to hear for this true and faithful heavenly message. May this divine truth set you free from confusion and deception!

Now, let’s review the Law of Moses. The Old Covenant was an expression of Elohim’s commitment to rescue the world from sin through Israel. Moses wrote the covenant terms in the Book of the Covenant, which the Bible also refers to as the Book of the Law. The Bible tells us in Exodus 24 how Moses wrote all the words of Yahweh in the “Book of the Covenant” and built an altar. Before Yahweh confirmed the covenant with sacrificial blood, Moses read all the words he had written in the Book of the Covenant to the people gathered at Mount Sinai. They (Israelites) accepted the terms and declared their covenant obedience. So Moses took the blood and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people (Hebrews 9:19; Exodus 24:8) and said, “This is the blood of the covenant which Yahweh has made with you according to all these words” (Exodus 24:7-8). “So it was , when Moses had completed writing the words of this law in a book, when they were finished, that Moses commanded the Levites, who bore the ark of the covenant of Yahweh, saying: “Take this Book of the Law, and put it beside the ark of the covenant of Yahweh your Elohim, that it may be there as a witness against you” (Deuteronomy 31:24-26).  Moses wrote these special covenant ordinances—in his own handwriting—in the Book of the Law (Book of the Covenant).

Unfortunately, the Israelites began to apply the Book of the Law as a means by which to obtain righteousness—twisting Elohim’s purpose to their own destruction! Centuries later, the apostle Paul commented on this by saying if righteousness could have been obtained through the Law of Moses, then Yahshua the Messiah died in vain (Galatians 2:21)! Notice the only kind of righteousness that has ever existed from Elohim’s viewpoint is the one of  righteousness by faith! Yes, even under the Old Covenant, the true followers of Elohim knew they could not earn righteousness. Yes, no one can earn righteousness! The prophet Jeremiah clearly declared Elohim’s name to be this: “…The Elohim of righteousness” (Jeremiah 23:6). And prophet Hosea cried out and said, “Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek Yahweh, till He comes and rains righteousness on you” (Hosea 10:12). The prophet Isaiah knew the best that man could offer Elohim paled in comparison to Elohim’s holiness: “For we have all become like one who is unclean…and all our righteousness (our best deeds of rightness and justice) is like filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6). He also declared this: “I will greatly rejoice in Yahweh, my soul shall be joyful in my Elohim; For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness…” (Isaiah 61:10). Got the point?

Furthermore, the Law of Moses described ceremonies and practices given to the Israelites that pointed forward to Yahshua the Messiah as the true Lamb of Elohim. Because of this, it sometimes was referred to as the Ceremonial Law, and had a limited time of effectiveness attached to it. Notice! The New Testament writer of Hebrews points out its purpose—“It was symbolic for the present time in which both gifts and sacrifices are offered which cannot make him who performed the service perfect in regard to the conscience. The Law of Moses was a special contract Elohim made with the Israelites. The apostle Paul clearly defined the Old Covenant as Moses’ writings (the Book of the Law)—“For until this very day at the reading of the old covenant the same veil remains unlifted, because it is removed in Messiah. But to this day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their heart; but whenever a person turns to Yahweh, the veil is taken away” (2 Corinthians 3:14-16). Therefore, the Old Covenant was contained in the writings of Moses—the Book of the Law—not the Ten Commandments Law of Elohim alone. There is no doubt, however, that the Ten Commandments were the central part of the Old Covenant. The Bible says Moses wrote all the words spoken by Yahweh in his book. And Moses confirmed this in Deuteronomy 4:13-14. And Moses called the tablets of stone the “tablets of the covenant” (Deuteronomy 9:11). Ten Commandments were the heart of the Covenant!

Read below a quick summary about the Book of the Law or Book of Moses:

  • The Law of Moses was written in Moses’ own handwriting.
  • The Mosaic Law contained civil laws and ceremonial ordinances.
  • It was written on a parchment scroll and called the “Book of the Law” or “Book of the Covenant.”
  • It contained curses against those who did not obey the works of the Law of Moses.
  • The Book of the Law was placed on the side of the ark—as a witness against Israel.
  • Unlike the Ten Commandments, the Law of Moses was symbolic and ceremonial (the Ten Commandments are eternal and universal and not done away with when “Jesus” (Yahshua) died on the “cross” (stake/tree).
  • The Law of Moses was the Old Covenant contract made with Israel.
  • The Book of the Law embraced the Ten Commandments as the central part of the covenant.

In closing, the Book of the Covenant and the Book of the Law are one and the same. Bible writers used the terms interchangeably. Also, the Book of Moses or the Book of the Law was an important book or lesson to prepare Heavenly Father’s (Almighty Yahweh) people for the time when Yahshua the Messiah would come to bring reformation to this world. The laws that are taken away when Yahshua died on the “cross” (tree/stake) that many religious clerics (including many Christians) must talk about are the laws of Moses in regards to the sacrifices mentioned in Hebrews 9 and the ritual circumcision practices (Genesis 17:10-14, Leviticus 12:3; Exodus 12:44; Joshua 5:4-8). These handwriting ordinances of the Law of Moses was replaced by Yahshua Messiah’s coming in the New Covenant and not the Law of Ten Commandments which are eternal and universal! Do not ever believe anyone telling you the Ten Commandments are done away with when the Savior of mankind Yahshua was nailed and died on a stake or a tree. That “lawless” doctrine is a blatant and utter lie! Do not fall for it! We hope that you always remember this and that this fact resonates well with you now. Please share this Great News of truth to others and be blessed for doing it. Brethren, may the Father in heaven comfort you and protect you for doing His divine work and for sharing His true Gospel to as many people and nations as possible. We pray these things to Yahweh through His Son Yahshua the Messiah, our Master and our King, Amen. Halleluyah, Shalom!