I spent one evening last week having a passionate online debate with some fellow believers and christians about the Torah. There were so many good talking points put forth by so many people it was hard to keep the conversation going in a specific direction. During the audio debate there was chatting going on as well by those listening in.
One thing I kept seeing over and over inside the chat area from one of the christians in particular was this: “Jesus was not the living law.”
One of the most remarkable things I’m learning as I come to the understanding of Torah was that he indeed was the Torah made flesh. We have all heard that phrase, “He was the Word made Flesh”. The Book of John gives so much understanding to this topic.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning.
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.
Those verses above are indeed bold and amazing! Think of what this was saying to the religious leadership of the time. They had about the same reaction as Christian leaders have today when you tell them that Jesus/Yeshua was the Torah made flesh, that he was the Living Torah. An example by which we should follow. Be cautious of exploding heads.
But it gets better!
“I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No man cometh unto the Father but by me”
Woah! What does that mean? We see in the Old Testament over and over again, the writings keep telling us what is the Way, what is Truth and what is Life. Torah!
“Blessed are the undefiled in the WAY, who walk in the LAW of the LORD.”
“Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy LAW is the TRUTH.”
The LAW of the wise is a fountain of LIFE, to depart from the snares of death.
We see over and over again in the scriptures what is called the Way, the Truth and the Life and even the Light. It is his Torah. God’s law/instructions to those who would be his people. We see that the Olive Tree is used in scripture to compare us to Israel. If we are indeed grafted in as Paul says in Romans 11, then are we not Israel? Being Israel, God gives us his commandments, his instructions that are to be kept forever throughout all generations He says. It’s not a means to be saved. The instructions come after salvation. It’s our instructions for righteousness.
Those of you who are parents sometimes have other children over or maybe you attend playdates with other parents. You don’t normally see Mom “A” scolding and instructing the children of Mom “B” do you? Of course not. Mom “A” instructs her children according to the rules and behaviors she and her husband have set forth in their home. It’s the same way for the Father. He has his instructions for his children. Not keeping these instructions perfectly doesn’t make you unsaved, ie making you no longer a child of the Father. That would be silly.
Yeshua/Jesus came to this earth to keep the Torah perfectly. He in doing so gave us all a perfect example to follow and at the same time, taking ALL of our transgressions of the law (sins) and doing away with them.
We will never be perfect children at keeping his instructions. In fact, because of certain circumstances, its impossible to do so. But we should be striving to do the best we can and never thumb our nose at any of those instructions DESPITE what some seminary-taught pastor teaches us. Not being perfect is not the same as outright rebellion and disobedience. But just as a Father will kick a 17 year old mouthing-off teenager out of the house for continued disrespect and disobedience, so will our heavenly Father do the same to us if we continue to rebel and thumb our nose at what he calls, the Way, the Truth and the Life.
That should give us all a moment of pause.
“And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity(LAWLESSNESS).”