‘Lawlessness’ is more than ‘no law’ . . . WTWS

04 Oct

In Matthew 7:23, 13:41 and 23:28 (among other places), the greek word ‘anomia’ (no law) is used. What if we told you it is not speaking of ‘failure to keep Torah’. Remember, Yeshua was talking to, and, at times, rebuking ‘Torah observant’ folks. So what WAS He addressing? What’s The Word Say? What’s the word mean? Time to dig a little deeper in The Word.

We must first look at the context of these passages quoted by so many (Matt 7:23, 13:41,  23:28, just to mention a few). We submitted the concept to you that the word ‘anomia’ used there is not speaking of Torah observance. Remember, Yeshua was talking to, and, at times, rebuking ‘Torah-keeping folks’. (And yes, we keep and teach Torah) . The word ‘anomia’ carries a much deeper meaning than just ‘no law’. If we take the word ‘anomia’ back to it’s Hebrew equivalent, we are brought to the word ‘avon’ (long o sound) – Strong’s #5771 – depravity, perversity, deep wickedness – the root of which means to twist, distort or pervert.

It describes a mindset that is self-condoning and self-justifying and refuses to bow to authority other than itself. It is the kind of mindset Yeshua illustrates in His parable concerning the Wicked Tenants in Luke 20:9-19. Even when confronted with the truth concerning their hearts, they rebelled against His authority and, instead of repentance, there was more pride and rebellion. That is the ‘lawlessness’ He speaks of.

In the account recorded in Matthew23:23, Messiah Yeshua rebukes the Torah-keeping religious leaders of His day. They were tithing, according to Torah (which still applies today, by the way) but the were neglecting what Yeshua referred to as the weightier matters – justice, mercy and faithfulness. The Hebrew counterpart to the greek word for ‘weighty’ is the word ‘Kavod’. Kavod is the word used describing the literal heaviness of our Father’s Presence. It is the word used in 1 Kings 8 for the literal presence of YHVH our Father. “ . . . and the priests could not stand and minister because the Kavod of YHVH had filled the house . . .”

Keeping Torah does not show the presence of our Father in our lives. It merely shows our ability to follow guidelines. Practicing justice, mercy, grace, compassion, faithfulness, having a heart for the lost, feeding the hungry, clothing the needy, praying for the sick and the captive, doing the works of our Messiah AS we walk out Torah . . .  that shows the presence of our Father in us.


5771 עָוֹן `avon {aw-vone’} or עָווֹן `avown (2 Ki 7:9, Ps 51:5 [7]) {aw-vone’}

Meaning:  1) perversity, depravity, iniquity, guilt or punishment of iniquity 1a) iniquity 1b) guilt of iniquity, guilt (as great), guilt (of condition) 1c) consequence of or punishment for iniquity  Origin:  from 05753; TWOT – 1577a; n m

5753 עָוָה `avah {aw-vaw’}

Meaning:  1) to bend, twist, distort 1a) (Niphal) to be bent, be bowed down, be twisted, be perverted 1b) (Piel) to twist, distort 1c) (Hiphil) to do perversely 2) to commit iniquity, do wrong, pervert 2a) (Qal) to do wrong, commit iniquity 2b) (Hiphil) to commit iniquity   Origin:  a primitive root; TWOT – 1577; v



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