What Is Perfect?
The first time I read, “Be Perfect,” in my English Bible translation I wondered why God would instruct imperfect, sin-prone human beings to be something they could never be.
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 look up the original Hebrew word, “Tamim,” and examine its true meaning.
“…I Am God Almighty, walk before My Face and be Blameless, (Tamim #8549),” Genesis 17:1
“Noah was a Righteous man, Blameless, (Tamim #8549) in his generation. Noah walked with God, Genesis 6:9.
The Hebrew verb Tamam #8552, means, to be Blameless, Complete, Whole, Mature…by God’s standard, not ours.
So what is God’s standard? Notice the figurative language connecting, “Walk before My face,” “Walked with God,” being “Blameless.”
To Walk With God Is To Walk Blamelessly in His Way/Torah
“Blessed are those whose Way is Blameless, (Tamim #8549) who walk in the Torah of YHVH. Psalm 119:1
From beginning to end, the Bible uses physical, observable, concrete examples to reveal Spiritual Reality. Walking in the Path that Is Straight, or Right, Is the Way of Truth and Life.
Our abstract ideas of “Be Perfect” came attached to the very first Greek translation of the Hebrew Scriptures, (250 B.C.E.). Keep in mind the original ancient Hebrew language was spoken by nomadic, or wandering herdsmen, not Greek philosophers.
“Be Blameless” Means to Walk In Torah, The Path of Life
“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 (Tamim) mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:4
“And no lie was found in their mouths; they are Blameless.” Revelation 14:5
The Hebrew word “Torah” is often translated “Law,” but a more accurate translation is, “Teaching or Instruction.”
Torah, like all Hebrew words, contains an ancient word pictures. To gain a better understanding of each word I check the link below as a foundation. Then I break down the word even further with the letter meanings from the Paleo Hebrew alphabet chart.
Torah Is The Light directing our Path. Walk Blamelessly in the Light as your Heavenly Father Is the Light.
“Your Word is a Lamp to my feet and a Light to my Path.” Psalm 119:105