Chapter 2


 The Word of God is HisEternal Law

         
         Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful
         to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.
  Joshua 1:8

 

 Contents


1.  Parts of the Law That Apply Today
2.  
God's Commandments vs. Rome's
     Commandments

3.  
The Meaning of "Torah"
4.  
The Sabbath - Q&A Sabbath Discussion 
5.  
God's Dietary Law
6.  
Videos - Christians Who Accepted the Torah
7.  God's "Core Law"

Torah Testimony From Former Christian Pastor



     The Way of God is to Keep His "Law" theTorah


Confusion lies as to which of God's Laws are those we keep?  Are they the 10 written in stone? Are they all 613 of the "Mosaic Law"?  Are they the Catholic/Christian Commandments?

After years of confusion of attempting to reconcile the diametrically opposed personalities and character of the iron-fisted Old Testament God and that of the compassionate Messiah, I came to one key realization:  The Messiah of the book of Revelation IS NO DIFFERENT from the Old Testament God.  They BOTH command us to keep THEIR COMMANDMENTS which are one and the same:


            "For I AM the LORD, I CHANGE NOT; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed."  Malachi 3:6

Are the Commandments limited to the "10 Commandments"?  No. 

In Deuteronomy 6:1-–3 we read of laws, commands, commandments, decrees, and statutes: “Now this is the commandment—the statutes and the rules—that the LORD your God commanded me to teach you” (HCSB, verse 1, emphasis added). Other translations use words like decrees or laws. All these are part of God’s Law, with some slight distinctions.

A look at the various Hebrew words used helps highlight some of the differences:

“Commandments” in verses 1 and 2 (mitzvah): This is the general Hebrew term for “commandment” and usually refers to the comprehensive list of laws or body of laws given by the Lord in the Books of Moses. This is also the Hebrew term often used when the Lord spoke directly in the Old Testament.

“Statutes” (choq): According to Vine’s Expository Dictionary, this word means “statute, prescription, rule, law, regulation” and can refer to laws of nature (Job 28:26Jeremiah 5:2231:35–36) or what is allocated, rationed, or apportioned to someone (Genesis 47:22Exodus 29:28).

“Rules” (mishpat): A judicial verdict or formal decree. In the Law of Moses, some of the legal types of rules would fall under this category.

“Statutes/Commands” in verse 2 (chuqqah): Chuqqah has a more specific meaning than choq, according to Vine’s dictionary. It refers to a particular law related to a festival or ritual, such as Passover (Exodus 12:14), the Days of Unleavened Bread (Exodus 12:17), or the Feast of Tabernacles (Leviticus 23:41).

All four of these Hebrew words are used throughout the writings of Moses to refer to commands from God to be obeyed by God’s people. Distinctions are sometimes made regarding one word from the other, yet the overall principle is one of obedience to all that the Lord commands, whether it’s a general command, a prescribed law, a legal verdict, or a religious festival or ritual.


Most everyone who reads the NT overlooks the profound admiration, love and veneration the Messiah has for His Father that would make any dad proud. Matthew 21-23 makes this very clear - in so many words He is saying He won't waste His time with those who ignored His Father's Laws (Torah) come Judgment Day. 

The New Covenant ("New Testament") is about REPENTANCE OF SIN.  In other words, we were given OPPORTUNITY in our lifetime to reconsider our sinning ways to stop doing them - in effect, we were given time to redeem ourselves thru choice.  In the Old Testament, no such opportunity for redemption was given - death came swiftly and brutally for the disobedient children of Israel and particularly its enemies.  That is precisely what awaits those on Judgment Day when there are no longer "second chances".

The story of the adulterous woman in John 8:4 is a microcosm of the Old Covenant, New Covenant and Revelation because EVERYONE would be subject to immediate death - However - everyone, including the adulterous woman - MUST REPENT AND SIN NO MORE.  Obviously, if she returned to her adulterous ways, she will not have mercy on the Day of Judgment from the Messiah who gave her - and all of us - the OPPORTUNITY TO REPENT OF OUR SINNING and REDEEM OURSELVES BEFORE HIM.


God the Father was and is merciful - He sent His Son to give everyone OPPORTUNITY TO REPENT AND FORSAKE THEIR SINNING WAYS - in other words, REDEMPTION thru REPENTANCE instead of automatic death as was the case in the Old Testament.  The Messiah's ministry and ultimate price of torture and death was FOR THOSE THAT BELIEVE He was the Messenger spoken of by the prophets and do His Will which is to KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS AND TESTIFY HE IS THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD. 

Make no mistake - the Messiah WILL NOT HAVE MERCY on those who forsook Him and His gift of OPPORTUNITY TO REPENT OF OUR SINNING WAYS, forgiveness of others and keeping God's Law come Judgment Day - He Himself has made this VERY CLEAR in Matthew 7:21-23 and from the wrath He will unleash during the Apocalypse. The consequence is still ETERNAL DEATH as His Father ordered and warned in the Old Testament.


The Parts of  the Law / Commands / Torah That Apply Today

1. God's Ten Commandments (Exodus 20 and 34 - which included several "forever" commandments).

2. The Seventh Day Sabbath (Exodus 31:13; Exodus 31:16-17; Leviticus 23:3). God told us that the Sabbath would forever be a sign between Him and the children of Israel (which includes every believer, grafted-in or otherwise!) In the end times (which we are in now) the seventh day Sabbath will distinguish TRUE believers from the "lukewarm" - especially when the Antichrist starts putting pressure on people to conform to his rules:

Exodus 31: 13 "Speak also to the children of Israel, saying: 'Surely My Sabbaths you shall keep, for it is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am the Lord who sanctifies you."

Exodus 31: 16 "Therefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant. 17 It is a sign between Me and the children of Israel forever; for in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day He rested and was refreshed.'"

See "Keep the True Sabbath" Chapter here

3. The Biblical Feasts are outlined in Leviticus 23 which states after each feast: "it shall be a statute for ever in all your dwellings throughout your generations."

4. Keeping Kosher. Yes, eating "clean" foods was a "forever" commandment. You can search the Bible through, but you will never see that command negated. Kosher Law always was, and still is, YHWH's Law. He never said pork, shellfish, etc. were food! People called it food in rebellion against God. The NT passages (which Christians like to use as proof that appear to suggest we can eat whatever we want) deal with animals God gave us to eat and whether they are ceremonially clean and can be eaten at that time. Even in Peter's vision (Acts 11), Peter would never have eaten the kosher animals that had been in contact with treife (non-kosher) animals. Peter's vision was to show that the kosher animals were no longer considered unclean because they were among the treife. This was illustrating that the Gentiles were now to be accepted! The rest of the passage in Acts 11 shows that this is the correct interpretation and what the vision was all about....

For a complete outline, See Deuteronomy 14:1-21 and Leviticus 11. Also see Pastor Larry Lasiter's article, Food in the Bible.

5. Wearing tzit-zit, the "tassels" on the four corners of our garments. Today, we don't have "four-cornered" garments, but we can loop them through our belt loops or wear speak shirts (Google tzit-tzit for more info). Please see our articles on tzit-tzits and tallits.

Numbers 15: 37 ADONAI said to Moshe, 38 "Speak to the people of Isra'el (this includes women!), instructing them to make, through all their generations, tzitziyot on the corners of their garments, and to put with the tzitzit on each corner a blue thread. 39 It is to be a tzitzit for you to look at and thereby remember all of ADONAI's mitzvot and obey them, so that you won't go around wherever your own heart and eyes lead you to prostitute yourselves; 40 but it will help you remember and obey all my mitzvot and be holy for your God. 41 I am ADONAI your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt in order to be your God. I am ADONAI your God."

6. Circumsicion. Abrahim, as part of his covenant with God, was commanded to circumcise his foreskin. "This is My covenant which you shall keep,