What if I told you that the phrase “disannulling of the commandment” in Hebrews 7:17 is probably not what you were taught it was? But in fact, it’s actually the opposite.
Let’s dig for His Word of Truth in this regard:
“For it is attested of Him, ‘You are a priest forever according to the Order of Melchizedek.’ For, on the one hand, there is a SETTING ASIDE OF A FORMER COMMANDMENT because of its weakness and uselessness. (For the Law made nothing perfect), and on the other hand there is a bringing in a better hope, through which we draw near to God.” (Hebrews 7:17-19 NASB).
The “setting aside” in the NASB is the “disannulling” in the KJV. When I happened upon these verses, I stopped because these translations were vexing my spirit. Why would Yeshua (Jesus) Himself declare: “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill” (Matthew 5:17 KJV), and then turn around and say that the commandments He fulfilled are now being set aside, if we are called to walk in the same manner as He did (2 John 2:6)?
So I rolled up my sleeves and asked the Holy Spirit to teach me. He first directed me to my Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary. What was strange is when I looked up the word “disannul;” and then, the words “dis” and “annul” separately, they appeared to contradict one another:
• DISANNUAL ~verb – ANNUL : CANCEL
• ANNUAL ~verb – to reduce to nothing : OBLITERATE : to make ineffective or inoperative : NEUTRALIZE : to declare or make legally invalid or void : syn NULLIFY
• DIS ~prefix – do the opposite of : deprive of : exclude or expel from : opposite or absence of : not : completely
So “disannul” is supposed to cancel something, but “dis” + “annual” is supposed to do the opposite of reducing something to nothing and making it legally invalid or void. Say what?! Okay… that doesn’t make sense. It was time to pull out the Strong’s Concordance.
The word “disannulling” on the surface was defined in the Strong’s Concordance as “cancellation” or putting away, and the word it came from also described “disannulling” as neutralizing or violating something, to set it aside, to disesteem it, bring it to nought, frustrate it, despise it, and reject it.
So I thought maybe I was off and chasing a wild rabbit, but the Spirit would not let up. When I dug deeper a different picture developed. I found out that just like my dictionary when I dug into the root for the Greek word “disannulling,” it spoke of something way different than setting something aside or cancelling it or making something null and void.
There are two Greek root words for the word “disannulling.” One of the words describes a sense of union while the other word describes something being placed in a passive or horizontal posture (i.e., rest) as well as speaking about advising, appointing and various worship stances (bowing, kneeling, laying down).
At the ROOT of the whole concept of that word “disannulling” is a picture of entering His rest where through the better hope in which we draw near to God, we show that we are a letter from Christ written not on tablets of stone but on the tablets of human hearts:
“You are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read by all men; being manifested that you are a letter of Christ, cared for by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts” (2 Corinthians 3:2-3 NASB).
It’s the fulfillment of Ezekiel 36:26-27: “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.”
Aha!!! So NOW the Spirit of the Living God makes the Law that was once weak and externally written on tablets of stone a walking-talking demonstration of the Word of God – Word with flesh on written on human hearts. This is the reality His people need to understand in order to advance His Kingdom from Psalms 19:
” 7 The law of the LORD is perfect, restoring the soul; The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. 8 The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. 9 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the LORD are true; they are righteous altogether. 10 They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb. 11 Moreover, by them Your servant is warned; In keeping them there is great reward.”
So the next time you hear that grace cancelled or set aside the Law, think again. Yeshua did not come to abolish the law, but He fulfilled it — He filled it up full of meaning. Let’s walk as Yeshua walked. He was not legalistic, yet He was holy. He was not full of unsanctified mercy or “hyper-grace,” yet He personified perfect love and the kind of kindness that leads a person to repentance.
One of the most misunderstood verses of all time is found in Romans 6:14-15 where Paul wrote, “For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law, but under grace. What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? May it never be!” Please first note that this statement comes in the context of Paul’s dissertation about lawless Christians. Then when we consider the full counsel of Scripture, all we have to do is back up three chapters to run smack dab into Romans 3:31 “Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.”
Let’s press those tablets of human hearts into Him and establish as well as fulfill the law by doing what He did:
“One of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, ‘Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?’ And He said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and all your soul, and all your mind. This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:35-40 NASB).
“And a lawyer stood up and put Him to the test, saying, ‘Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” And He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How does it read to you?” And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and all your soul, and all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.’ And He said to him, ‘You have answered correctly; Do this and you will live” (Luke 10:25-28 NASB).
~ Robin Main
Originally published on February 23, 2014 via FB => https://www.facebook.com/SapphireThroneMinistries/photos/a.436008649804968.101323.436004819805351/636877786384719/?type=3&theater