Why do I believe that the Torah is applicable for all believers in Messiah?; that the whole Bible is to be followed? This is intended as an introduction for traditional Christians, but I pray that others will also find it educational. A question you may ask is “Why is Chaz writing these posts?” I want anyone who cares to read my work to know that I have found deeper truth with following Torah than in all my years in traditional church (the Meat rather than the Milk) and I wish to share it with anybody who will listen!
Unless indicated otherwise, all quotes from Scripture are from the KJV, with Divine names restored to the original Hebrew.
THE INERRANT, INFALLIBLE WORD
Second Timothy 3:16 tells us that we can trust the whole Bible, YHWH God’s revealed, inspired Word, and use it to test what we believe. The verse states: “All scripture is given by inspiration of YHWH, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” When Paul wrote this to Timothy, the only scriptures available were those of the Old Testament, or the Tanakh. When the Bereans, mentioned by Paul in Acts 17:10-12, “searched the scriptures daily” they only had the Tanakh to search. Luke 24:27 states that Jesus (his original Hebrew name being Yeshua, which means Salvation) taught: “And beginning in Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning Himself.” We, as followers of Yeshua Messiah, know that everything in the Tanakh points forward in time to Yeshua and His work upon the tree:Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ Colossians 2:17.
John 1:1: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Yeshua IS God–They are ONE. Yeshua said of Himself in John 14:6:I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me. And Yeshua did not speak his own (or a different) doctrine, He spoke the Father’s: Yeshua answered them, and said, “My doctrine is not mine, but His that sent Me.” John 7:16. He would NOT give different doctrine for three reasons: the Deuteronomy 13 test, prophetic Scripture, and internal consistency/logic.
THE DEUTERONOMY 13 TEST
YHWH told us in Deuteronomy 13:1-4
If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder, and the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them; thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for YHWH your God proveth you, to know whether ye love YHWH your God with all your heart and with all your soul. Ye shall walk after YHWH your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.
The Father warned us here not to stray from Him, even if someone shows actual signs and wonders, to serve a different god; that He is testing us to see if we will stray. So if Yeshua, or Paul, told us to stop keeping the Father’s commandments, he would be considered a false prophet!
Amos 3:7 (NLT) Indeed, the Sovereign YHWH never does anything until he reveals his plans to his servants the prophets. Try to find ANYWHERE in Scripture where the Father Himself states that He is (even temporarily) setting aside His laws. Some might say that the law is now written in our hearts, from Jeremiah 31:33 and Hebrews 10:16.
But let’s examine the full context of Jeremiah, starting in verse 31 through 34:
Behold, the days come, saith YHWH, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith YHWH: But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith YHWH, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know YHWH: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith YHWH: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.9
One thing you may notice in the verse is that after the law is written on their hearts, no one will have to teach about YHWH anymore. This obviously has NOT happened yet, it has only been partially fulfilled at this time.
The other argument from traditional Christianity comes from Matthew 5:17: Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.
The Greek word used here for “fulfil” is pleroo, which is Strong’s G4137. One definition from Strong’s is to cause God’s will (as made known in the law) to be obeyed as it should be, and God’s promises (given through the prophets) to receive fulfilment. Other definitions include to make full, to fill up, to perform, to fully preach. Of the 90 times pleroo is used, only twice is it used in the context of completing (Colossians 2:10 and Colossians 4:12) and twice as ending (Luke 7:1 and Acts 19:21). None of these four has anything to do with keeping commandments.
And let’s look at Matthew 5:17-19 in context:
Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 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. 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.
Now I still see heaven and earth existing, so the law still exists. I want to be called great in the kingdom of heaven. How about you?
Yeshua Himself said that a house divided against itself cannot stand (Matthew 12:25, Mark 3:25, Luke 11:17. He would not, could not, be in opposition to what was taught in the Torah; He and the Father are One. The Apostle Paul, being as zealous and knowledgeable as he was, would not teach against Torah, either. (Exploring that, however, is a whole new series of posts in itself) And common sense compels me to ask “why would the Father establish His Instructions thousands of years ago, then suspend them after Yeshua was crucified, only to re-establish them again in the New Jerusalem? I don’t see any logic in that. 1 Corinthians 14:33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.
This concludes part one. I pray it gave you something to think about. Next time I will explore the Father’s doctrine in further depth, and how that led me to follow Torah also.