The Torah of Messiah
Updated: Dec 30, 2019
''My son, do not forget my Torah,
but let your heart keep my mitzvot
for length of days and years of life,
and shalom they will add to you.
Proverbs-Mishlei 3:1-2 (NJV Bible)
Solomon gives us a glimpse here of the goodness of God's Torah (law/instruction). Often it is taught that the Torah is abolished and should no longer be kept because a new and better covenant has come, a covenant that makes the Torah obsolete. Indeed a new covenant has come and the author of Hebrews writes:
''In that he says, ''A new covenant,'' he has made the first obsolete. And what is becoming obsolete and growing old is near to vanish away.'' Hebrews 8:13
Mistakenly this text has been interpreted that the Torah has been replaced, something the author never intended. He merely indicates that the first covenant (Mosaic covenant) is growing old (not replaced) and is near to vanish. As he was expecting Messiah to come soon, he was aware the Olam Haba (world to come) would make this world and every thing in it vanish. Also Yeshua is clear when it comes to the Torah:
''Do not think that I came to to destroy the Torah or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For amen, I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not even one smallest letter or one tiny pen stroke shall in any way pass away from the Torah, until all things are accomplished.'' Matthew-Mattityahu 5:17-18
As a fully Torah observant jew Yeshua came to fulfill the Torah and Prophets and not to destroy them. King Messiah even teaches us that when one goes against God's Torah and teaches others to do so ''he shall be called least in the Kingdom of Heaven'' Mt. 5:19. The Torah shall indeed one day pass away, but will hold until all things are accomplished. This will be at Messiah's second coming when the dead are raised, ''then the end comes, when he will deliver up the Kingdom to God, even the Father, when he will have abolished all rule and all authority and power.'' 1 Cor. 15:24. But until that day comes one should respect God's Torah.
When Yeshua, Paul and the author of Hebrews teach that the Torah will hold, who is one to go against God's Torah? Those who have a problem with the Torah actually have a problem with the written word of God, with Scripture itself. And he who teaches so will be the least in the Kingdom of God. No jew should ever abolish the Torah as long as he lives.
The Torah of Messiah is the Torah of the Father.
May the King come soon.