The journey that started just a little over a year ago because of my dissatisfaction with “Christianity” & the things I’ve been taught; coupled with the inspiration of Ed Dobson’s book, The Year of Living like Jesus (http://www.amazon.com/Year-Living-like-Jesus-Discovering/dp/0310247772) has changed many of the views I once held.
While the journey is far from over and in many aspects is still in it’s infant stage, I push to seek & find what I feel many Christians are missing due to the lack of studying the ancient scriptures to find out just exactly what it was that Jesus was teaching. Christians follow a man that didn’t bring a “new religion”, everyone one of his teachings point to the Torah & Tanach. So if the man whom you claim to follow teaches from this ancient scroll, wouldn’t you want to follow that teaching?
G-d gave the Torah as his divine instruction or blueprint for moral & righteous living yet (as I’ve been taught before) Christians are quick to point out that those who believe in being Torah observant are “under the law” or practicing “legalism”. Nothing could be further from the truth as I have discovered in listening to the teachings of Jesus.
I’m not trying to bash Christianity or any other fellowship for that matter. James 4:11&12 - “Brothers, stop speaking against each other! Whoever speaks against a brother or judges a brother is speaking against Torah and judging Torah. And if you judge Torah, you are not a doer of what Torah says, but a judge. Brothers, stop speaking against each other! Whoever speaks against a brother or judges a brother is speaking against Torah and judging Torah. And if you judge Torah, you are not a doer of what Torah says, but a judge." I just believe that it’s time that those who follow a man that said the Law has not been abolished should begin follow just what it was Jesus was trying to teach.
What Jesus was trying to impress upon his followers was to learn and obey the Torah. It’s ludicrous to believe that Jesus was trying to introduce a “new religion” or that he “nailed the Law to the cross”. If Jesus was/is the Paschal lamb then what he nailed to the cross was the atonement for sin. In the Torah when animals were sacrificed to G-d, they didn’t magically abolish G-d’s commandments so why would the death of Jesus abolish G-d’s Law? It doesn’t make sense that the Sabbath day which the creator instituted & he himself observed in Genesis 2:2 was changed, or that pork somehow became “clean” just because Jesus died.
Jesus said himself in Matthew 5:17 that he did not come to abolish the Law, but just as important to that statement was the one where he said “not on Yodh or one stroke will pass from Torah until everything happens.” So my question is, has everything happened that must happen? Has all prophecy been fulfilled/completed? Has heaven & earth passed away? If none of this has taken place, why is the church ignoring the Torah? How does saying I’ve come to “fulfill” the law translate or equate to “abolished” or “done away with”? I blogged about this earlier in my journey so I am seeing a reoccurring theme here and what was convicting me to begin this journey.
I’m bothered by the fact that the church considers G-d’s original teachings a “curse”. How can anything that the Creator of the Universe creates be a “curse”? Aren’t we taught in kids church that G-d is the giver of every good an perfect gift? If the Torah is a curse, then why do both Isaiah and Micah tell us in the “last days” that the Torah/Law will be taught upon the arrival of the Messiah? If Jesus fulfilled the law and the law was a curse, then wouldn’t that mean that we will be living under a curse when Jesus returns to rule & reign? If so, why is everyone so eager to preach the “rapture”? The law is not a curse! The law is the blueprint by which to live your life by…
The next argument I have in regards to the “Law being nailed to the cross” and therefore we are not subject to G-d’s Laws today is that of the grace… When did grace replace the need to obey rules? Romans 2:12 “For those without Torah, who sin, will also perish without Torah; and those under the Torah, who sin, will be judged by the Torah.” And Romans 2:14 “For if Gentiles who have not the Torah shall, by THEIR nature, do the things of the Torah; they while without Torah, become a Torah TO THEMSELVES.” Notice that this scripture does not in any way infer that believers don’t need the Torah, but rather, without divine (Torah) guidance, they will make up their own rules & regulations and will attempt to interrupt right from wrong from a human standpoint.
The Torah confirms in several places, that there is one G-d with one divine instruction for the Jew & for the foreigner who has chosen to follow G-d (http://esv.to/Num15.13-16). Torah binds our relationship with G-d. Torah reveals who G-d is, explains how to worship Him, and shows how He wants us to live & behave according to His rules. If we desire a relationship with the Creator of the universe, we cannot pick and choose what we want to follow in the G-d’s word, we must either accept all or none of it…
I wrote this blog because I fully believe that Christians are missing the “big picture”. I believe that Christians are missing out on a huge blessing by ignoring G-d’s Torah & his Law and instead following the “good news” handed down to us by the “church fathers” which was the called the “truth” because the Law was a curse & nailed to the cross.
So I titled this blog as “changes…”, why did I title the blog this? I’ve decided that moving forward in this “journey” that I am going to take heed to Numbers 15:13-16 and the good news that Jesus was teaching… the good news of the message of the Torah. I understand that returning to the Torah could possibly result in rejection by my family, friends & faith fellowships who may not understand such convictions. But I believe that if I am going to follow a Torah observant, Sabbath keeping, kosher eating, feast keeping Jesus then it’s my duty to become Torah observant, keeping the Sabbath, eating kosher, & feast keeper.
שָׁלוֹם רָב, לְאֹהֲבֵי תוֹרָתֶךָ; וְאֵין-לָמוֹ מִכְשׁוֹל.
Psalm 119:165 - Great peace have they that love Thy law; and there is no stumbling for them.
Barukh atah Adonai Eloheinu, melekh ha’olam asher barcha banu mikkol ha’amim venatan lanu et torato. Barukh atah Adonai notein ha’torah.
English Translation: Blessed are You, LORD our God, king of the universe, who chose us from all the peoples and gave to us His Torah. Blessed are You, LORD, giver of the Torah.
G-d bless you,