I snapped a picture of the hand-out sheet given us in seminary, by Dr. Brad Young. Incredible insight in it, as you look at the Hebrew language of the text.
Under the law, Torah reads:
17 He shall not multiply wives for himself, [a]or else his heart will turn away; nor shall he greatly increase silver and gold for himself.
18 “Now it shall come about when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, he shall write for himself a copy of this law on a scroll [b]in the presence of the Levitical priests.
In Hebrew (Stepping into the unknown here)
17 וְלֹ֤א יַרְבֶּה־לּוֹ֙ נָשִׁ֔ים וְלֹ֥א יָס֖וּר לְבָב֑וֹ וְכֶ֣סֶף וְזָהָ֔ב לֹ֥א יַרְבֶּה־לּ֖וֹ מְאֹֽד׃
18 וְהָיָ֣ה כְשִׁבְתּ֔וֹ עַ֖ל כִּסֵּ֣א מַמְלַכְתּ֑וֹ וְכָ֨תַב ל֜וֹ אֶת־מִשְׁנֵ֨ה הַתּוֹרָ֤ה הַזֹּאת֙ עַל־סֵ֔פֶר מִלִּפְנֵ֥י הַכֹּהֲנִ֖ים הַלְוִיִּֽם׃
He showed us on the whiteboard, the Hebrew, and explained how by removing the yod, the verse took on a completely different meaning, that instead of expressly forbidding the king from multiplying horses and wives to himself, Solomon apparently said it was okay for him to have horses and wives multiplied to himself.
This sin brought destruction to Israel, hence the impassioned cry of prayer from this account of a Hebrew scholar, sage, and clearly one concerned with God’s truth and holiness.
This gives much deeper meaning and understanding to the words of Jesus
The law is holy.
While the letter of the law kills, the spirit of the law is love, truth, and holiness – the hunger of every human heart.
In any case, on this blog, we all seek Jesus, and He is Jewish, and He is truth. He fulfilled the law, so that we can be forgiven, adopted, and can actually pursue a life of love and true holiness, not merely the letter of the law, but as the law is written upon our hearts, changing our very thoughts and motives.
I am so grateful for what I am learning….