Daily Tidbits 1/12/12 – Freedom

As this is my favorite movie I could not resist putting this picture on this tidbit. It is interesting to note though, that freedom came to the land during the Jubilee as the Great trump sounded (Leviticus 25:9). In Hebrew the shofar blast, ‘teruah,’ comes from the root ‘rah’ literally means a loud shouting…

Staying in theme with current events and going back to the New Hampshire primaries is the motto of New Hampshire.  ‘Live free or die.’  This is the concept of freedom in Scripture.  There is freedom IN THE LORD or freedom FROM THE LORD.  One brings life, the other death.

There are two different types of freedom in the Hebrew language.  There is freedom within the confines of the family, and there is also freedom from family and masters.  We can choose to be free from our Lord and slaves to sin, or we can choose to be free from sin and death and servants/sons to our Lord.  Those who want to be free from the Lord are free from righteousness, but slaves to sin.
Rom 6:16  Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
Rom 6:17  But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.
Rom 6:18  Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
Rom 6:19  I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.
Rom 6:21  What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.
Rom 6:22  But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.

The Word of God is only bondage to those walking in the flesh, it is a stronghold and place of refuge to those walking in the Spirit
Pro 10:29  The way of Jehovah is strength (stronghold, place of refuge) to the upright, but ruin (object of terror, a breaking) is to doers of iniquity.

There are a handful of Hebrew words that are translated as freedom/free/liberty in the Scriptures.

The first is חנם ‘chinam.’  It comes from the root חן ‘chen’ which is commonly translated as grace.  Literally it means a camp.

A similar Hebrew word is translated as freedom.  דּרור ‘deror’ meaning a free flowing or liberty.  This comes from the root דר ‘dar’ meaning a generation or the circle of the family or the cyclical process of life.  Again we see freedom being linked to the family.  In the year of Jubilee when the flowing shofar was sounded, man was re-united with his family and land.

Lev 25:9  And you shall let a ram’s horn resound, a signal in the seventh month, in the tenth of the month; in the day of atonement, let a ram’s horn pass throughout all your land;
Lev 25:10  and you shall make the fiftieth year holy, one year. And you shall proclaim liberty in the land to those living in it; it shall be a jubilee to you. And you shall return every man to his possession; yea, you shall turn back each to his family.

Another Hebrew word translated as freedom is נקה ‘naqah.’  It means to be drawn close, as in an infant drawn to its mother’s breast.  It suggests an innocency.  This is the freedom of those who are freed from the bondage of sin.  This is true freedom in Messiah {see The Bosom, the Family and Gathering at the Cross}.

Another  Hebrew word translated as freedom is חפש ‘chapash.’  It means freedom from a master.  This is the freedom that we have when we disregard the Word of God.  This is the freedom that unregenerate man wants.  They want freedom from the Master.

The word for liberty in Hebrew is רחב ‘rachab’ which literally means a wide open space.  Scripture defines this space as the Word.

Psa 119:44  So shall I keep thy law continually for ever and ever.
Psa 119:45  And I will walk at liberty {רחב ‘rachav’}: for I seek thy precepts.

Psa 119:96  I have seen an end to all perfection; Your command is exceedingly broad {רחב ‘rachav’}.

James called the Word of God the ‘law of liberty’
Jam 1:25  But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
Jam 2:10  For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.
Jam 2:11  For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law.
Jam 2:12  So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.

When are we FREE?  When he enlarges/makes free our heart
Psa 119:32  I will run the way of Your Commands, for You shall enlarge (רחב ‘rachav’) my heart.
Eze 36:26  And I will also give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit within you. And I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give to you a heart of flesh.
Eze 36:27  And I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you shall keep My judgments and do them.
Eze 11:19  And I shall give to them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you. And I will remove the stony heart out of their flesh, and I will give them a heart of flesh,
Eze 11:20  so that they may walk in My statutes and keep My judgments, and do them. And they shall be to Me for a people, and I will be to them for God.

This occurs when we come to Messiah and He leads us in the Truth, which is His Word.
Gal 5:1  Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

His disciples know the truth
Joh 8:31  Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
Joh 8:32  And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

Disciples are those who are yoked to Messiah.  The word disciple comes from the Hebrew word למוד ‘limmud’ meaning one who is yoked to an elder ox.

His disciples know the truth because they are walking therein.
Isa 8:16  Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.

Where the Spirit is, there if freedom.  When the Spirit is poured out on us, according to Ezekiel, we are led to walk in the Word.
2Co 3:17  Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

We are set free to serve God
1Pe 2:16  as free, and not having freedom as a cover of evil, but as slaves of God;

The English word ‘free’ traces back to two different Hebrew words.  פרע ‘para’ which means to break free and be unrestrained.  This is the word used in reference to Israel when they ‘broke free’ from the commands of God and made a golden calf (Exodus 32:25).  The Apostle Paul said that this ‘freedom’ in reality brought slavery (Galatians 4:24).

The other Hebrew word which the English word ‘free’ traces back to is פרק ‘paraq’ which means to be freed or saved from a yoke of slavery (Daniel 4:27).

We are delivered from the yoke of slavery to serve the Lord and be yoked with Him
Lev 26:13  I am the LORD your God, which brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, that ye should not be their bondmen; and I have broken the bands of your yoke, and made you go upright.
Mat 11:28  Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Mat 11:29  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
Mat 11:30  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

 

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  1. “The Torah is only bondage to those walking in the flesh, it is a stronghold and place of refuge to those walking in the Spirit–
    Pro 10:29 The way of YHWH is strength (stronghold, place of refuge) to the upright, but ruin (object of terror, a breaking) is to doers of iniquity.”

    Amen. A true and righteous distinction you make. Thanks for sharing this.

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