One Law

The traditional Gentile Christian says that we are no longer under the Law. Or sometimes they say the Law was never intended for us to begin with. They can’t seem to get their story straight. It’s pick-and-choose. Don’t worry about the Law of Moses – that was given only to the Israelites. Oh, but don’t kill anyone. That’s not right. Keep the 10 Commandments. Those were intended for everyone. Oh, well, except the sabbath day; don’t worry about that one. You know what though? You really shouldn’t get a tattoo or cut yourself. Only rebellious people do that. Oh, and if you commit homosexuality, you’re a reprobate. That’s an abomination. What? So is eating pig? Well, Deuteronomy doesn’t count anymore. Setting up a Christmas tree in your house is okay though. (I know that originated with fertility worship, but God shouldn’t care as long as we use the tree to worship Him.) Forget about the feast days. Yeah, He says they’re perpetual, but since they’ve been fulfilled, it would be sacrilege to keep them anymore. Oh, but you had better pay your tithes!!!!!

No wonder atheists and Jews think we’re crazy.

The Jews that I talk to say that the Law of Moses was never intended for Gentiles at all. But let’s see what their own Torah has to say about that:

“Ye shall have one manner of law, as well for the stranger, as for one of your own country: for I am the LORD your God.” Leviticus 24:22

“One law shall be to him that is homeborn, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you.” Exodus 12:49

“One law and one manner shall be for you, and for the stranger that sojourneth with you.” Numbers 15:16

“Cursed be he that confirmeth not all the words of this law to do them. And all the people shall say, Amen.” Deuteronomy 27:26

The above passage is interesting in that it specifically doesn’t mention foreigners. However, it is referring to a future event, one that actually takes place in Joshua 8, after the fall of Jericho and Ai. Read the whole chapter, but take special note of the last verse:

“There was not a word of all that Moses commanded, which Joshua read not before all the congregation of Israel, with the women, and the little ones, and the strangers that were conversant among them” Joshua 8:35

Why would it be a sin for a Gentile to disobey Hebrew Laws? Because they are first and foremost Yahweh’s Laws. They are the very definition of righteousness itself.

Psalm 119:142: “Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth.”

Psalm 119:172: “My tongue shall speak of thy word: for all thy commandments are righteousness.”

And the righteousness of God did not morph somehow with the coming of Christ: “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.” I John 3:4

Could our Father be any more clear? All of these apologetics you’ve been reading your whole life are merely that – man’s method of explaining away the things they don’t understand.

We seem to think that God and His righteousness and His Law are three separate things, but they aren’t. Since Jesus is the Word made flesh, we should realize that the Torah and the Messiah are inseparable. All of the following verses relate to the pre-incarnate Christ: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.”

Read the whole chapter to see what I’m talking about.

Food for thought – how would you suggest that a Messianic Jew live? Should he throw out the perpetual commandments? What does “perpetual” mean to you?

What if you are among the ten lost tribes? What if you are Hebrew and you don’t know it? Most of us probably are: Genesis 48:19. What then?

What about an adopted child? Is he excluded from the laws of the family, or is he treated as a natural-born son? Galatians 3:29

Listen, if you really want to know what’s going on, read the entire Bible. Let it challenge your misconceptions, then dig until you find the answers. Then read it again. You will understand more the next time through, and expose the next layer of misconception. Rinse and repeat – it’s an incredible journey!

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9 responses to “One Law

  1. I hear what you are saying but it is not easy to decipher. Could you throw out a series of blogs or point me in a direction for understanding the different law types – ceremonial, sacrificial, etc… and then how Jesus relates? Thanks. – Keith

    • Out of curiosity, Keith, where do you stand on this topic?

      I don’t believe there are any different law types. The “kinds” of laws are man’s feeble attempt to explain passages that confuse them. God never makes a distinction. Jesus said man should live by EVERY word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Matthew 4:4. Timothy said (before the New Testament existed) that ALL scripture is profitable for doctrine and instruction in righteousness. 2 Timothy 3:16.

      God is the one who defines righteousness for us, and His Law is righteousness (Psalm 119:172). If we leave it up to man to decide the difference between “moral” laws, “health” laws, etc, we are bound to get it wrong. “In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” Judges 21:25 – And if you read the book of Judges, you’ll see that the writer wasn’t bragging on them. We have to do what’s right in the sight of God, not man. And He didn’t leave us clueless.

      Some will continue to insist that there are different types of laws. Who is man to say whether the laws concerning homosexuality and fornication are moral laws or health laws? Who says there is even a difference? Circumcision for instance, seems to us to be a cultural law. However, it serves a function as a health law as well, including the fact that it was performed on the eighth day of life, when blood-clotting is at its peak, and risk of infection is lowest (something not discovered until quite recently). It also serves to foreshadow salvation.

      Jesus Christ Himself was circumcised on the eighth day of life, and don’t we always say that He is our example? Paul thought so: “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.” I Corinthians 11:1

      Jesus certainly did not speak as though any part of the Law would be nullified: “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

      18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

      19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:17

      What does “every word” (Matthew 4:4) mean? What does “all scripture” (II Timothy 3:16) mean? How about “jot and tittle”? These are things that one must answer if one wants to continue to believe that parts of the Law have been nullified.

      • The Timothy passage was not referring to any New Testament writings. It is to be understood as Hebrew scriptures. I will write more tomorrow.

      • I agree with you. I tend to think of Paul’s writings as inspired commentary on the Old Testament writings. And lots of explanations, lol.

      • I guess when I think of the Law I think of the Torah. But within the Torah aren’t there classifications of the laws?

        What exactly did Jesus do? Do we remove Leviticus 16 from our Bibles now but keep the rest of the Torah? I guess I am having trouble understanding how the Torah is to be understood and practiced in relation to Jesus’s atonement for mankind.

      • I agree about your definition of the Law. It is the Torah. I hope I didn’t say anything that would suggest otherwise.

        The classifications of the law are man-made labels. They are used as an excuse to get by with saying that parts of the Law have been abolished. Jesus said exactly the opposite. “For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” Matthew 5:18. Heaven and earth are still here, and we are still waiting for the fulfillment of the fall feast days (at the very least).

        “What exactly did Jesus do?” He lived out the Torah, keeping it perfectly. He fulfilled it in that He was absolutely true to it – He was true to Himself. He is the Torah, the Word of God. Being perfect, He was the only possible once-for-all sacrifice that could be made in our behalf. He earned eternal life by living according to the Law. “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 Lord thy God, 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 the Lord sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.” After living a perfect life and earning eternal life, He became our substitute and paid the death penalty in our behalf. The curse of the Law fell on Him, whereas the blessing (of eternal life) was imputed to us (as though we had kept it ourselves). In this way, God was able to justly give us eternal life – because the sin WAS paid for by a perfect substitute. THAT’S what Christ did. That’s why we have eternal life and not eternal death. Jesus’ sacrifice in no way voids any of God’s Torah – which is the definition of His righteousness. Psalm 119:172: “My tongue shall speak of thy word: for all thy commandments are righteousness.” If God could nullify His righteousness (as if He wanted to), then Jesus would not have had to die for us. God could have just changed His mind at any point and said, “never mind about all that.” But His righteousness demands justice. This is the same reason why those who reject Him cannot have eternal life. They have earned death for themselves, and because the Law still stands, justice demands that they die (thereby paying for their own sins). “And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.” Hebrews 9:22. The shedding of blood remits sin – either your blood or His blood. It’s that simple.

        Leviticus 16:34 “And this shall be an everlasting statute unto you, to make an atonement for the children of Israel for all their sins once a year. And he did as the Lord commanded Moses.”

        Everlasting. If the temple were still standing today, and if there were a Levite to serve in ministry, then this mandate would still be in effect.
        One of the misconceptions that is running rampant today is that any sacrifice or ceremony performed after Christ’s death somehow nullifies His redemptive work. This is just simply not the case. Read Ezekiel, especially chapters 40-48. You will notice that the temple and its sacrifices will be reinstated. These rituals will point backward to what Christ did for us, just as the OT rituals pointed forward to Him. In fact, no animal sacrifice, past, present, or future, ever redeemed us from sin: “For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.” Hebrews 10:4
        Just think about how many times God commanded them to keep the Passover as a memorial of what He did in delivering them from Egypt! He never said, if you keep this ritual, you are denying the salvation of the Israelite people. In fact, Jesus himself asked us to partake of the wine and the bread as a memorial for what He was about to do. The Old Testament laws and feast days are memorials that remind us of God’s redemption. It is not heresy to keep them, as the modern church would have you believe. Ask yourself this: How could it ever be heresy to perform obedience to the words of God, His Torah?

        Sorry this was so long. I hope it is clear enough to be understood. Thank you for your question! If you have more, or if you need me to be more specific or give you more references, let me know. Also, I am not correct about everything, of course, so if you see an error in my thinking or explanations, please be sure to point them out so I can study more in-depth.

      • So we should be sacrificing goats, sheep, doves, etc? I am not saying I disagree with you but even the Jewish rabbis don’t believe this. This is more than I can do by phone or a comments section. My email is wadley.keith@gmail.com.

      • I will try to remember to email you, but I will reply here as well in case anyone else is interested.

        No, “we” should not be making any sacrifices. God explicitly commanded in His Torah that only the Levitical line can offer sacrifices, and only at the place He chose. The rabbis know this. Remember how much trouble King Saul got into for making a sacrifice himself?

        Unfortunately, there is a Muslim mosque on the temple site right now. The fact that God allowed the temple to be destroyed was a punishment. It will be reinstated during the Millennium (or before, idk), and at that time, the sacrifices will be reinstated as well. Please read Ezekiel. Just as God promised David that a son of his would reign forever, He promised that there would never fail to be a son of Levi to minister before Him. Sorry, I will find the passage for you, but I am replying from my phone right now.

        In addition, if you read Hebrews 8 (I think: I will look that one up later too), you will see that Jesus Himself could not be our high priest if He had remained on the earth, because there is already a God-ordained, earthly priesthood in place. Paul doesn’t say that the earthly priesthood has been abolished. Instead, he explains to the Hebrews how it is not breaking God’s Law for Jesus to be a priest in heaven, after the order of Melchizedek.

        Thank you for your good questions! Again, I may not be right about everything, so please look all these things up to see if I am interpreing it correctly.

        A website that has been a great help to me is 119 Ministries. Some of their videos are short, some are long, but they are very, very thorough, and they will also encourage you to read the Bible for yourself to test their explanations against the Word of God.

        I will try to remember to email you soon!

      • Sorry this is so long, but hopefully it clears a few things up. I will email you as well. 🙂

        Because Saul offered sacrifices in a manner not prescribed by God, God gave his kingdom to someone else.
        “And Saul said, Bring hither a burnt offering to me, and peace offerings. And he offered the burnt offering. And it came to pass, that as soon as he had made an end of offering the burnt offering, behold, Samuel came; and Saul went out to meet him, that he might salute him. And Samuel said, What hast thou done? And Saul said, Because I saw that the people were scattered from me, and that thou camest not within the days appointed, and that the Philistines gathered themselves together at Michmash; Therefore said I, The Philistines will come down now upon me to Gilgal, and I have not made supplication unto the Lord: I forced myself therefore, and offered a burnt offering. And Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast done foolishly: thou hast not kept the commandment of the Lord thy God, which he commanded thee: for now would the Lord have established thy kingdom upon Israel for ever. But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the Lord hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the Lord hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the Lord commanded thee.” I Samuel 13:9-14

        Pretty hefty punishment. This is why we should be careful to worship only in the place and in the manner prescribed.
        “26 Only thy holy things which thou hast, and thy vows, thou shalt take, and go unto the place which the Lord shall choose: And thou shalt offer thy burnt offerings, the flesh and the blood, upon the altar of the Lord thy God: and the blood of thy sacrifices shall be poured out upon the altar of the Lord thy God, and thou shalt eat the flesh. Observe and hear all these words which I command thee, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee for ever, when thou doest that which is good and right in the sight of the Lord thy God. When the Lord thy God shall cut off the nations from before thee, whither thou goest to possess them, and thou succeedest them, and dwellest in their land; Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou enquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise. Thou shalt not do so unto the Lord thy God: for every abomination to the Lord, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods. What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.” Deuteronomy 12:26-32

        Future event: “And he said unto me, This chamber, whose prospect is toward the south, is for the priests, the keepers of the charge of the house. And the chamber whose prospect is toward the north is for the priests, the keepers of the charge of the altar: these are the sons of Zadok among the sons of Levi, which come near to the Lord to minister unto him.” Ezekiel 40:45-46

        Future event: “The posts of the temple were squared, and the face of the sanctuary; the appearance of the one as the appearance of the other. The altar of wood was three cubits high, and the length thereof two cubits; and the corners thereof, and the length thereof, and the walls thereof, were of wood: and he said unto me, This is the table that is before the Lord.” Ezekiel 41:21-22

        Future event: “Then said he unto me, The north chambers and the south chambers, which are before the separate place, they be holy chambers, where the priests that approach unto the Lord shall eat the most holy things: there shall they lay the most holy things, and the meat offering, and the sin offering, and the trespass offering; for the place is holy. When the priests enter therein, then shall they not go out of the holy place into the utter court, but there they shall lay their garments wherein they minister; for they are holy; and shall put on other garments, and shall approach to those things which are for the people.” Ezekiel 42:13-14

        There’s a lot more, if you read the rest of Ezekiel.

        Destruction of temple as punishment:
        “And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it, Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes. For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side, And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.” Luke 19:41-44

        “And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.” Matthew 24:1-2

        If you get on Jewish websites, you will see that they acknowledge the destruction of the temple as punishment, but they can’t seem to put their finger on what they were being punished for. Jesus told them plainly – because they knew not the time of their visitation.

        This is a bit more clear than what I wrote earlier, complete with the correct references:
        The entirety of Hebrews 7 is a defense to the Hebrews of how in the world Jesus could be our high priest since He wasn’t in the Levitical priesthood. Because God is righteous and His Law is righteousness (Psalm 119:72), the Hebrews were well aware that God wouldn’t break His own righteous commandments. (That would make Him unrighteous.) They wanted to know why Paul claimed that a member of the tribe of Judah could suddenly be our high priest. Do you see how they were testing what he taught against the OT, to see if his doctrine was true? If he had been teaching something not in accordance with scripture, they would have had to throw out his doctrine (as would we). Turns out, there’s an easy explanation: Paul’s answer is not that the Law was annulled. He argues that Jesus can be our high priest without breaking the Law. In fact, he says in Hebrews 8:4 that if Christ had stayed on earth, He could not legally be our high priest. In order to be an earthly priest, you must be of the Levitical line. In the Millennial Reign, I believe that the sacrificial system (Zech 14, Isaiah 56) will be reinstated and ministered by the Levites: “For thus says the LORD, ‘David shall never lack a man to sit on the throne of the house of Israel; and the Levitical priests shall never lack a man before Me to offer burnt offerings, to burn grain offerings and to prepare sacrifices continually.’” Jeremiah 33:18

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