What Is Perfect?
The first time I read, “Be Perfect,” in my English Bible translation I wondered why God would instruct perfection from a fallen world where nobody is perfect.
I have since found this to be another case of, “there are no perfect translations.”
The instruction to “be perfect” is repeated several times throughout Scripture, making it easy to connect it to the Hebrew word, תָּמִים Tamim #8549, so we can examine its original meaning:
“…I Am God Almighty, Walk before My Face and be Blameless, (Tamim #8549),” Genesis 17:1
“Noah was a Righteous/Just (צַדִיק Tzadiq #6662) man, Blameless, (Tamim #8549) in his generation. Noah Walked with God, Genesis 6:9.
The Hebrew verb תָּמַם Tamam #8552, means to Walk before our Creator’s Face, to be Righteous/Just is to Walk with God. It is defined as being Whole, Complete, Sound, Upright, Without Defect, Blemish…
How Do We Walk Blamelessly?
Notice the ancient Hebrew figurative language, “Walk before My face,” “Walked with God,” describes being “Blameless.”
“Blessed are those whose Way is Blameless, (Tamim #8549) who Walk in the Torah (תּוֹרָה) of YHVH (יְהוִֹה). Psalm 119:1
From beginning to end, the Bible speaks in physical, observable, concrete examples to reveal Spiritual Reality. Our Creator’s Torah instructs mankind to walk in the Direction/Way/Path that Is Straight, Level, Right, True because it Is Light and Life.
Love God and Love Others, the Rest Just Explains How
Unlike man-made legalism, our Creator’s instructions are not burdensome, Matthew 11:30. Jesus taught two simple Torah instructions that all the rest depend or hang on:
“On these two commandments depend all the Law (Torah) and the Prophets.” Matthew 22:40
Nobody is Perfect but it is Possible to Be Blameless
“You are witnesses and so is God, of how Holy/Set Apart, (Qodesh #6944) Righteous/those who walk in the Path of Life, (Tzadiq #6662) and Blameless, (Tamim #8549) our conduct was among you who believed.” 1 Thessalonians 2:10
“Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely, and may your entire spirit, soul, and body be kept Blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Thessalonians 5:23
“That you would be Blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and perverse generation in which you shine as lights in the world.” Philippians 2:15
“As God’s steward, an overseer must be Blameless, not self-absorbed, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not greedy for money.” Titus 1:7
“Allow perseverance to finish its work, so that you may be mature and complete, (Tamim) not lacking anything.” James 1:4
“And no lie was found in their mouths; they are Blameless.” Revelation 14:5