“Redeem me from human exploitation, and I will observe Your precepts (Torah). Let Your face shine upon Your servant, and teach me Your Statutes. My eyes shed streams of water, because they did not keep Your Torah.” Psalms 119:134-136
As of late the world is collapsing into absolute chaos, anarchy, debauchery, rebellion and embracing all manner of evil, while at the same time the main religious systems are striving for unifying under the banner of ‘Jesus Christ’ such as we saw with several sects of Christendom signing a pact with moderate Islam in Indonesia a while ago. The purpose of this pact is to unify and bring peace to the world under the banner of ‘Jesus Christ.’
Or a while ago at a speed way track in Texas, 90,000 Christian teens attended an event aimed at again unity and proclaiming the name of ‘Jesus Christ’.
Now am I attacking Christendom as I have so often been accused of doing so? No, I am not attacking Christendom, my point for this is look at the state of the country and the world in relation to these major attempts at unifying under the banner of ‘Jesus Christ?’ Are things getting better or are the disasters accelerating from one to the next? Are people unifying or is the division growing by the day?
Sadly the unity Christendom and other religious systems so desperately seeks is not happening and will certainly not happen with the endorsement and blessing of HaShem. In reality, the opposite is occurring….the rise of the kingdom of the False Messiah is slowly being unfurled onto the world scene, but I digress.
With this all said, once again, we need to examine the Scriptural evidence that the Messiah of HaShem is very pro-Torah and teaches only what HaShem has taught, which leads into the following questions:
Did Messiah Yeshua (Not Jesus) redeem HaShem’s people for the purpose of freeing us from HaShem and His Torah which by default would be a message of lawlessness? Or did Messiah Yeshua redeem HaShem’s people for the purpose of keeping His Torah?
Let’s explore this further.
But first, just to quickly recap:
– HaShem never changes per Num 23:19/Mal 3:6/Hebrews 13:8/James 1:17
– His Word is firmly established per Psalm 119:89
– He reveals the end out of the beginning per Is 46:10
– He does nothing without first revealing it to His prophets per Amos 3:7
– He says there is nothing new under the sun per Ecclesiastes 1:9
– He says His Torah is eternal per Proverbs 3:19 and Psalm 119:160
– He says His Torah is perfect and restores the soul per Psalm 19:7
– He says His Torah makes the simple one wise per Psalm 19:7
– He says His Torah Is freedom and liberty per Psalm Ps 119:45 and James 1:25
– He says His Torah is the only good doctrine there is Proverbs 4:2
– He says His Torah will add length of days and years of life and peace per Proverbs 3:2
– He says all of the ways of His Torah are ways of pleasantness and peace per Proverbs 3:17
– He says His Torah is for our good and well-being per Deuteronomy 6:24
– He says His Torah is health for our lives per Proverbs 3:8
– He says His Torah is life to our soul and a graceful ornament for our neck per Prov 3:22
– He says His Torah is better than pearls and all desires cannot compare to it per Prov 8:11
– He says those who walk with His Torah are praiseworthy per Psalms 119:1
– He says observing His Torah is how we purify our path per Psalms 119:9
– He says His Torah is better than thousands in gold and silver per Psalms 119:72
– He says His Torah brings abundant peace to those who love Him and His Torah per Psalms 119:165
– He says there is one Torah for all per Exodus 12:49/Leviticus 24:22
– He says those who hate His Torah love death per Proverbs 8:36
We know from HaShem’s Word that He is unchanging, He reveals the end out of the beginning and He does nothing without first revealing it to His prophets per the references above. As such, can He change His mind? Yes He can change His mind, but then He would loose all credibility and His Word would mean nothing! Point is, if He declares something to be eternal, then He cannot ever rescind nor replace this declaration!
For example, when HaShem says in His Word in Ecclesiastes 12:13 “The sum of the matter, when all has been considered, fear HaShem and keep His commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind.”
What is He telling us here? This topic is discussed in Tractate Shabbos 30b in the Talmud Bavli in detail and says “The entire world was created ONLY for the sake of this person i.e. the person who fears HaShem and keeps His commandments. The person who fears HaShem and keeps His commandments is equal in importance to the entire world.”
We know HaShem’s purpose from the beginning was that mankind live in the Garden in complete shalom and obey His Torah, which is a tree of life to those who take hold of it per Proverbs 3 and since He reveals the end out of the beginning, means He will restore all things to what they were in the beginning before the fall!!
With this said, is it possible He could send a Messiah i.e. His Agent, His Representative, to redeem humanity and then teach a doctrine that the Torah is now ‘fulfilled, obsolete, useless and tossed aside?’ Not a chance! In fact, the Apostolic Writings confirms this many times but for the sake of time and space, lets look at Titus 2!
Titus 2:11-14 says “For the saving Gift of Elohim has appeared to all men, instructing us to renounce wickedness and worldly lusts, and to live sensibly, righteously, and reverently in the present age, looking for the blessed expectation and esteemed appearance of the great Elohim and our Savior Yeshua (Not jesus) Messiah, who gave Himself for us, to REDEEM US FROM ALL LAWLESSNESS and to cleanse for Himself a people, His own possession, ARDENT FOR GOOD WORKS.”
On a side note, this word ‘Lawlessness’ is the Greek word ‘Anomia’ which means ‘Without the Torah of Moshe, violating the Torah, breaking the Torah.’
Very interesting!! So Yeshua Messiah redeemed HaShem’s people FROM all lawlessness i.e. breaking the Torah of Moshe and then says He did so to cleanse for Himself a people ardent for good works! What are the good works He is referring to? The only good works there are which are contained in the Torah of Moshe!
So is it then possible for Yeshua to come teaching a message that the Torah is now tossed aside and by default teaches a message of ‘Anomia’ i.e. lawlessness? Would that not be contrary to what HaShem taught from the beginning? Would that not make HaShem and Yeshua both to be psychotic?
It is interesting to note once more that the False Messiah is described in Daniel 11 and 2 Thess as being a ‘Man of lawlessness’ which again this word ‘Lawlessness’ is ‘Anomia’ i.e. without the Torah of Moshe.
Paul himself warns about the ‘Mystery of lawlessness (Anomia/Without the Torah of Moshe) is already at work’ per 2 Thess 2. If Paul is anti-Torah i.e. embraces lawlessness, then when is he warning everyone about the mystery of lawlessness that is already at work? This would make him psychotic as well.
The point for all of this is the fact that HaShem says His Torah is good, perfect, restores the soul, is a tree of life and is the only truth there is, among many other positive descriptions. Then He sends His Messiah to redeem mankind from all lawlessness and cleanse us in order to be ardent for good works i.e. keeping His Torah out of love, devotion and loyalty unto Him. ***It should be noted, keeping Torah is NOT about obtaining or maintaining salvation, but keeping Torah is the result of true salvation i.e. being led by the Spirit of HaShem. Not perfectly as that is not possible….yet, but one day it will be, may it be soon in our days!
Consider what Acts 21:20 says in light of this which says “And when they (The council in Jerusalem who received Paul) heard it (What HaShem had been doing among the gentiles converting) they praised the Master. And they said to him (Paul), ‘You see brother, how many thousands of Yehudim who have believed and all are ARDENT for the Torah.'”
So again we can see there is absolutely zero conflict between Yeshua and the Torah! In fact, Torah is a requirement in order to have a relationship with Yeshua in order to know how to live unto HaShem and how to live like Yeshua lived!
Is it now more sobering when we read what Yeshua says in Matthew 7 that for those who willfully and knowingly rejected His Torah He will tell them in the End ‘Depart from Me, you workers of lawlessness (Anomia/Without the Torah of Moshe) for I never knew you?’ Does this not once more imply and prove that Yeshua teaches only what HaShem taught and that Torah is the only way to live unto HaShem as His people? Point is, once more, nothing has changed and by default exposes Torah abolishing ‘Jesus Christ’ as being the very False Messiah HaShem, Yeshua and Paul all warn about! No wonder ‘Jesus Christ’ is so angry with people who are striving keep the Torah of HaShem and have the testimony of Yeshua Messiah!
Keep this all in mind the more we hear and read about the various sects of Christendom and the other religious systems seeking and teaching a message of tolerance and unity all under the banner of Jesus Christ. The mystery of lawlessness is truly at work today!
Much to consider.
-The Scriptures by the Institute for Scripture Research
-Tractate Shabbos from the Talmud Bavli by Artscroll