WHAT DID YESHUA , THE MESSIAH OF ISRAEL, SAID ABOUT THE LAW OF MOSES
Yeshua said that he did not came to abolished it:
Matthew 5:17-18 “Do not think that I came to destroy the Torah or the Prophets.1 I did not come to destroy but to complete. For truly, I say to you, till the heaven and the earth pass away (IT HAS NOT HAPPEN), one jot or one tittle shall by no means pass from the Torah till all be done.“
And in addition, the Messiah of Israel claimed that the person that teaches others to not comply with the Law would be the lowest in the Kingdom of Heaven, and he who practice them (the commandments of the Law) would be great in the Kingdom of Heaven.
Matthew 5:19 “Whoever, then, breaks one of the least of these commands, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the reign of the heavens; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the reign of the heavens“.
Yeshua also made a prophecy that would happen almost 40 years later, in the year 70 A.D., with the destruction of the Temple of Solomon, and also at the end of them times. Somehow, Yeshua knew that the people of that day is would keep practicing the law of Moses (Torah), the day of rest (in this case), because you were not allowed, on that day, moving from the place where you were:
In Matthew 24:20 says “And pray that your flight does not take place in winter or on the Sabbath“.
Yeshua also declared once again, in Matthew 23:1-3, that the entire law of Moses should be kept as part of his commandments:
Matthew 23:1-3 “Then Yeshua spoke to the crowds and to His taught ones, saying, “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on the seat of Mosheh. Therefore, whatever they say to you to guard (from the Torah), guard and do. But do not do according to their works, for they say, and do not do“.
Yeshua was NEVER against the law of Moses, he was against the “commandments of men”: “the Oral law”. The “Oral Torah” includes legal and interpretative traditions of the rabbis of the Torah, not the law of Moses. These interpretations were transmitted orally through the ages and were later codified and written in the Talmud, the Mishnah and Midrash. As Yeshua said: Matthew 23:4 “(you) bind heavy and difficult loads (Oral law), and put them on the backs of men, but want them (the scribes and Pharisees) or with a finger to move them.”. Remember, the Talmud, the Mishnah and Midrash are interesting books, as long as they do not contradict to the Torah.
Matthew 23:13-15 ” But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation. Unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves”.
Probably you believe or you have heard tell that the law of Moses was abolished. If it is true, then Matthew 22:36-40 does not apply to us now, since Yeshua is citing the law of Moses (Deuteronomy 6:5 and Deuteronomy 19:18)
Matthew 22:36-40 “Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Yeshua said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy Elohim with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind (Found in Deuteronomy 6: 4-9). This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets”.
Of course, you and I know that those two commandments are part of the basis of Protestant churches beliefs.
Thus, we can see that the Law of Elohim STILL APPLIES, or is that We chose which parts of the Torah are useful or not? Of course, not.
WHAT DID THE APOSTLES AND THE FIRST YEJUDIM, FOLLOWERS OF YESHUA, SAID.
Paul, as well as the first Nazarene messianic Jews, spoke about the law of Moses on good terms.
Romans 3:31 “Do we then make void the law through faith (grace)? (NEVER) Elohim forbid: yea, we establish the law”.
Romans 7:12 “Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good”.
Even the followers of Yeshua complied with the law even after his death and Resurrection:
Luke 23:55-56 “And the women also, which came with him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the sepulchre, and how his body was laid. And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment“.
So, as we can clearly see in the first 40 years of Christianity the law of Moses, was kept by the followers of Christ.
Here are some more examples:
Acts 18:18 “And Paul after this tarried there yet a good while, and then took his leave of the brethren, and sailed thence into Syria, and with him Priscilla and Aquila; having shorn his head in Cenchrea: for he had a vow. (a commandment from the Torah)”.
Acts 20:6 “And we sailed away from Philippi after the days of unleavened bread (one of the laws of the Torah), and came unto them to Troas in five days; where we abode seven days”.
Act 20:16 “For Paul had determined to sail by Ephesus, because he would not spend the time in Asia: for he hasted, if it were possible for him, to be at Jerusalem the day of Pentecost (Shavuot) (Another religious festivity in the Law of Moses).
Act 21:19-20 “And when he had saluted them, he declared particularly what things Elohim had wrought among the Gentiles (Goy in Hebrew) by his ministry. And when they heard it, they glorified Adonai, and said unto him, Thou seest, brother, how many thousands of Jews there are which believe; and they are all zealous of the law: (those who keep the Law of Moses)”
Romans 8:1-2 Talks about the Law of the Spirit (The Law of Elohim)
Acts 21:26 “Then Paul took the men, and the next day purifying himself with them entered into the temple, to signify the accomplishment of the days of purification, until that an offering should be offered for every one of them”. (Paul kept the Law of Moses)
Paul did everything, based in the whole Torah (scriptures):
Acts 22:12,19 “And one Ananias, a devout man according to the law, having a good report of all the Jews which dwelt there ….. and I said, Lord, they know that I imprisoned and beat in every synagogue them that believed on thee” (messianic jews and and jews were together in the synagogues)
Acts 24:11, 14; 25: 8 “Because that thou mayest understand, that there are yet but twelve days since I went up to Jerusalem for to worship.. ¿ (24:14) But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the Elohim of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets: “(25: 8), While he answered for himself, Neither against the law of the Jews, neither against the temple, nor yet against Caesar, have I offended any thing at all.
WRONG INTERPRETED VERSES OF THE TORAH THAT SUPPOSEDLY AFFIRM THAT THE LAW OF MOSES WAS ELIMINATED
As fundamental basis to the interpretation we must take:
Peter clearly warned that the Epistles of Paul had things “hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.(2 Peter 3:16)”.
Yeshua affirm as Messiah of Israel: “And Yeshua answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name (Calling themselves christians), saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.” (Matthew 24:4-5).
In Acts 17:10-12 converted Jews investigated the Tanack to see if the Apostles were telling things according to Jewish Scripture“ And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few”.
The Laws of YHWH they were already comprehended before the Laws given to Moses: “Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws. ” (Génesis 26:5);
LETS EXAMINE THESE WRONG INTERPRETED VERSES
1-There are two verses that poorly interpreted seem to affirm that all the law was abolished:
Colossians 2:14 “Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross“.
Ephesians 2:14-16 “For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances (NOT ALL THE LAW JUST PART OF IT); for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby (SIN).”
On these verses John Calvin express his considerations, explaining the so-called law supposly abolished by Paul in Ephesians 2:14 and Colossians 2:13, and exposed: “There can be no doubt that it is there the ceremonies, when he speaks of the wall of division that separated Jews and Gentiles”, and clarifies that in that passage “the reason assigned by the Apostle does not apply to the Moral Law “, but to the ceremonial observations only“.
You should remembered that the laws given from Exodus 12 to Deuteronomy 34 include Ordinances, decrees and commands:
Deuteronomy 5:31 “But as for thee, stand thou here by me, and I will speak unto thee all the commandments, and the statutes, and the judgments, which thou shalt teach them, that they may do them in the land which I give them to possess it”.
2-Other two verses badly interpreted or out of context are:
Galitians 3:13 “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law (BECAUSE NOW WE CAN COME TO YESHUA AND THROUGH HIS SACRIFICE WE WILL BE REDEEM), being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree (ONLY YESHUA WAS HANGED ON A TREE, NONE OF US WAS)”
Galatians 3:24-26 “Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. For ye are all the children of Elohim by faith in Yeshua Ha Mashiaj“
In the first verse the Apostle Paul says to us that Yeshua by its blood redeemed us of the sin (curse of the law) and because all that could be left at the night in the madero was cursed. The law was our ayo: Professor, but now are all in Mashiach connoisseurs of it law in detail and of its intention so we now conform according to the commandments of Elohim.
The Apostle Paul said in Romans 2:13-16 “(For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified. For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;) In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.
In addition Paul said that law is for our instruction (v. 18) and that law actually defines what is sin (Romans 3:20 ” the law is the knowledge of sin“). Explains that faith does not invalidate the Law, but confirms it (v. 31); and “that the law the truth is holy, and the commandment Holy, just and good” (Romans 7:12)
Without Law there is not sin:
1 John 3:4 “sin is the transgression of the law. “
When we sin, we incur in a debt that is paid with death (Romans 6:23). The penalty of death that means the curse of which we redeemed Christ with his death (Galatians 3:13). The law of Elohim not can be a curse, since the same Paul said that was holy, just and good!
When he says that we are not “under the law, but under grace”, means that when we have repented and began to obey the laws of Elohim, and are no longer under the law [death] penalty, because we have received unmerited forgiveness, and we no longer practice Sin [will not transgress the laws of God (Romans 6:15).
Also affirms the same in Romans 8:6-8 “For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against Elohim: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please Elohim“.
That is way “he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.” (Romans 13:8-10). If you desire to love Elohim you have to comply with His word
WHAT DOES YHWH SAYS ABOUT THE FUTURE AND THE END OF TIMES
Ezekiel 11:17-20 “Therefore say, Thus saith YHWH our Elohim; I will even gather you from the people, and assemble you out of the countries where ye have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel (IT happen in 1948 with the State of Israel). And they shall come thither, and they shall take away all the detestable things thereof and all the abominations thereof from thence. And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh: That they may walk in my statutes, and keep mine ordinances, and do them (All of us will cumply with the Laws of Elohim): and they shall be my people, and I will be their Elohim“.
Hebrews 8:1-12 “Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest (YESHUA), who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens; A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man. For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices: wherefore it is of necessity that this man have somewhat also to offer. For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according to the law: Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of Elohim when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount. But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant (NO NEW COVENANT YET), which was established upon better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second. For finding fault with them, he saith (In Jeremiah 31:31-34), Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest (THIS HAS NOT HAPPEN YET). For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more”.
At the end of them times all will come to Israel to worship to YHWH in Shabbat and in Sukkot (feast of Tabernacles), as well as their Ordinances on food allowed and not allowed, following all its festivities and commandments of Exo 12 to Deu 34:
Isaiah 66:15-24 “For, behold, the LORD will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire. For by fire and by his sword will the LORD plead with all flesh: and the slain of the LORD shall be many (At the end of times). They that sanctify themselves, and purify themselves in the gardens behind one tree in the midst, eating swine’s flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse, (No kosher) shall be consumed together, saith the LORD. For I know their works and their thoughts (See Matthew 7:21-23 those who do not practice Torah’s Laws): it shall come, that I will gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come, and see my glory. And I will set a sign among them, and I will send those that escape of them unto the nations, to Tarshish, Pul, and Lud, that draw the bow, to Tubal, and Javan, to the isles afar off, that have not heard my fame, neither have seen my glory; and they shall declare my glory among the Gentiles. And they shall bring all your brethren for an offering unto the LORD out of all nations upon horses, and in chariots, and in litters, and upon mules, and upon swift beasts, to my holy mountain Jerusalem, saith the LORD, as the children of Israel bring an offering in a clean vessel into the house of the LORD (Not only jews, but everybody). And I will also take of them for priests and for Levites, saith the LORD. For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain. And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath (Day of rest) to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD. And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh“.
and everyone will be judged by his or her fulfillment of the law:
Zechariah 14:16-18 ” And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles (Sukkot). And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain. And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, that have no rain; there shall be the plague, wherewith the LORD will smite the heathen that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles“.
¿Was the Law of Moses abolished? ¿Are you sure? ¿Where is the proof of it?
Deuteronomy 30:19-20 “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: That thou mayest love the YHWH thy Elohim, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which YHWH sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.
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