TORAH: The Law of G-D
By Richard Sison | 2013
"Many think that the Torah is the Law of Moses and it is no longer valid because we have the Law of Christ. It has no more bearing for us or no longer applicable. In this study, we examine the Scriptures whether this is true or not."
It is a fact that the Torah does contain a big percentage of direct words of G-D. The epistles in the New Testament like Galatians contain the teachings of the apostles but the Torah contains the actual words of G-D. We have to interpret Galatians and other books in the light of the Torah, not the other way around. Any books in the Bible including the teachings of Yeshua cannot go against the Torah and it will not go against the Torah (Matt 5:17-19).
The perspective of the Brit Chadasha about the Torah is given by Luke in Luke 2:22-23 and also in verse 39. He stated that the Law of Moses is also the Law of the L-RD. He clearly identified the purification according to the Law of Moses are actually those written in the Law of the L-RD.
There is a misunderstanding about the Torah and the Law of Christ. Many people think that we no longer have to do the Torah because we already have the Law of Christ as mentioned in Gal 6:2, but what is exactly is the Law of Christ from their perspective. If you ask them, they will say that these are the two greatest commandments as stated in Matt 22:37-40, therefore we are no longer obliged to do the other commandments in the Torah. This presumption is not correct for several reasons:
1. Yeshua said that He did not come to destroy the Law but to fulfill (Matt 5:17-19)
2. Yeshua kept all the commandments all through our His life. How can He do something and his followers do another thing? John said that we should walk as He walked (1 Jn 2:6)
3. There were no accusations against Him that He preached against the Torah
4. He even said that if you wish to enter life, keep the commandments (Matt 19:17)
5. Yeshua confirmed the statement of recitation of Shema and the commandments in Deuteronomy and Leviticus (Mark 12:29)
6. Yeshua confirmed the tithing of Mint and other things (Matt 23:23)
7. He took the ownership of the commandments of Torah when He said that if you love me keep my commandments (Jn 14:15)
James 4:12 clearly stated that there is only one Lawgiver and Judge and obviously it is Yeshua our Messiah. In Matt 7:21, Yeshua said that those who can enter the Kingdom of Heaven are those who do the ``will`` of the Father. The word ``will`` here is "thelema" in Greek, which could also mean "decrees" or commandments. It is further supported by the fact that the reason for the denial of entry of these so-called followers is "anomia", which means "against the Law ". The Law of Christ is the Torah of G-D and also known as the Law of Moses.
In this study also we will review what does the Torah contain and how the commandments can be applied to our lives, concluding that the Commandments are not too difficult or out of reach (Deuteronomy 30:11).
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