TORAH: All for One, and One for All
To say that the Torah (Law) is bondage, as many Christians so readily and easily do; then what sense does it make for God to deliver Israel from physical Egyptian bondage only to put them into a spiritual type of bondage called the Law! It makes absolutely no sense! That would make God out to be cruel and sadistic. It would be equally as cruel for God to lay upon them rules they in no conceivable way could keep. It would mean God set them up for failure. “I’m going to give you a set of Laws that is impossible for you to keep, and yet when you fail miserably, I will punish you for something you can’t help.” That’s insane and illogical. That’s not God. Again, that would make God out to be cruel, sadistic and twisted.
Deuteronomy 10:12-13 (KJV)
12 And now, Israel, what doth the Lord thy God require of thee, but to fear the Lord thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul,
13 To keep the commandments of the Lord, and his statutes, which I command thee this day for thy good?
ADOANI told Israel that these Laws were good, not a bondage.
Deuteronomy 30:10-14 (KJV)
10 If thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which are written in this book of the law, and if thou turn unto the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul.
11 For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off.
12 It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?
13 Neither is it beyond the sea, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?
14 But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it.
Nor did God say it was impossible for Israel to keep His Laws. Will they? No. Why? Because they, like us, are fallen human beings, fallible and prone to sin. And what is sin? I John 3:4 tells us that sin is disobedience to the Law. Together all this simply means that we will fail to always obey the Law, but it does not in any way mean it is impossible to keep and preform it.
To say the Torah is only for the Jews is ridiculous. When the Torah was given, yes, it was given to the Children of Israel, but remember, there was the mixed multitude that went out with them during the Exodus. (Exd. 12:38) The mixed multitude was there when the Torah was given. And they, like
agreed to obey and live by the Torah. Israel
It is in my opinion (and some Sages will agree with me) that in the mixed multitude there was a representative from all seventy nations of the world at that time. For everyone present, even the mixed multitude, said, “Yes, we will obey!” (Exd. 19:8), Even BEFORE they heard all that was expected of
them! In essence, God said to the people, “I want you to become my Bride.” And before He could tell them what the marital vows were they said, “I do!” And this is exactly how Jews view the Torah, not as a burdensome load of rules and regulations to follow, but as marital vows one is more than happy to keep because they love the Groom so much.
“…Christians said they loved their Husband, but yet they rejoiced at the thought that they had been set free from doing those things He had said would please Him.”- Norman B. Willis, Nazarene Israel: The Original Faith of the Apostles, pg.53
Marriage and its vows are founded and based on love, and so too the Torah, because they express God’s best for us physically, spiritually and mentally if we obey them. And like with any marriage we keep our vows because we love and are dedicated to our spouse. When one keeps ones marital vows and doesn’t sleep around, they are considered, “faithful” to their marriage. Likewise, when we obey the Torah we are being, “faithful” to our God.
“When properly understood, the Torah should be viewed not as some negative legal system, but as God’s instructions for living a life blessed by Him...” Barney Kasdan, Voice of the Lord, Tishri 23
In Exodus 19:16 it speaks of “thunders” which comes from the Hebrew word “kol” which also means, “voice,” and the Rabbinic writings say that the thunders was God speaking the Torah in the 70 voices or languages of the world so that all present, Israelite and mixed multitude could hear and understand and accept the Torah, His Laws, in their own language. Mankind agreed to obey the Torah through those ancestors who were at Sinai when the Torah was given.
One ordinance shall be both for you of the congregation, and also for the stranger that sojourneth with you, an ordinance for ever in your generations: as ye are, so shall the stranger be before the Lord. One law and one manner shall be for you, and for the stranger that sojourneth with you. – Numbers 15:15-16
The nations are to keep Torah if they choose to submit to and worship the God of Israel.
1. Because their ancestral representatives, in guise of the “mixed multitude,” symbolizing the 70 root nations from which the world sprang, accepted the Torah on their behalf along with Israel.
2. Because of exiles and the diaspora of Israel, you never know who of them that come to God through Yeshua today is actually a descendant of a Lost Tribe of Israel, who is obligated to submit to and obey Torah.
3. Repeatedly in the Scripture it says there is, ONE LAW for you (Israel) and the stranger (70 nations) that are among you. God only has ONE standard of LAW for ALL peoples. It’s just that Israel is the primary recipient and caretaker of the such a covenant and is why:
A. Yeshua first sent His disciples to the Lost Sheep of the House of Israel (Matthew 10:6, 15:24) and then to the rest of the nations.
B. Paul reaffirms this when he said, “to the Jew first then also to the Greek/Gentile” (Romans 1:6, 2:10).
Paul said in Romans 2:13 “For not the hearers of the Law (Torah) are just before God, but the doers of the Law (Torah) shall be justified.” He was speaking to Gentiles here. One Law for Jew and Gentile.
Romans 11 Paul talks about the Gentiles provoking the Jews to Jealousy. How can this be done unless they not only kept the spirit of the Law but the letter of the Law as well? Jews couldn’t care less about Gentiles who are not Torah obedient and therefore would have no reason for jealously!
It is said of the Torah in Scriptures (too numerous to mention) that it is forever, for all generations. Nowhere does it say that one day it will be done away with or annulled by the coming of the Messiah. On the contrary, Yeshua, our Messiah, said in Matthew 5:17-20 “Think not…” Some people stop there and fail to read on “…that I’ve come to destroy the Torah (Law) and the prophets, I didn’t come to abolish, but to fulfill.” The Greek and Hebrew word for fulfill does not mean to complete or stop, but to fill up, to bring it to full and complete meaning and understanding. Yeshua showed us how to live Torah appropriately. Some say that the “Law of Christ” supercedes the Law of ADONAI. When has it ever been proper for a son to tell a father what to do, or the command of a son to overrule the command of a father? Since when did sons make the rules to be followed and obeyed? What sense does it make for Yeshua, the Living manifestation of the Written Torah, and God in human form to say, “You know all the Rules my Father laid out for you to obey? Well, forget about ‘em. I’m calling the shots now; it’s a whole new ballgame.” That would make ADONAI:
1. A Liar – It is impossible for God to lie. (Num.23:19, Titus 1:2) He is always and forever the same. (Mal.3:6, Heb. 13:8)
2. Double minded. The Scriptures talk about one who is double minded is unstable in all he does. (James 1:8)
Is our God a liar? Double minded? Unstable? If I may use an old catch phrase, “NOT!” ADOANI and Yeshua are “Echad” one in plurality (John 10:30, John 17) and Yeshua said, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments (John 14:15).” He is referring to the Torah. Yeshua’s commandments are no different from the LORD’s. A couple of my personal mottos are, “If you don’t have Torah, you don’t have Messiah.” And, “A Messiah without Torah is no Messiah at all.” Yeshua the Messiah is the Living Torah, the Light of the world. A Messiah without the Torah is like a flashlight without batteries.
“The Christian doctrine that Yeshua was sent to abolish the Law is confusing, when one considers that it directly violates His own Words…
Ironically when confronted with Yeshua’s Words, many Christians will search through Shaul’s (Paul’s) letters, searching for something that can be used to explain Him away. When asked why they would use the words of a mere mortal to explain away the Words of the Son of Man, they don’t have an answer; but still they believe Shaul’s (Paul’s) words to be superior to Yeshua’s.” – Norman B. Willis, Nazarene Israel: The Original Faith of the Apostles, pg.46
Interesting, I’ve seen this very thing too; Christians using Paul to explain away the plain words of Messiah Himself. If Paul’s words contradict Messiah’s, either Paul is a heretic or we are misunderstanding Paul’s words, which Peter said that that is exactly what people do!
2 Peter 3:15-17
15 And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;
16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.
17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness.
The word “Torah” has been translated “Law”, and rightly so, but the root meaning is “Teachings” and “Instructions”. Therefore, does it make any sense to say that Yeshua came to do away with ADONAI’s Teachings and Instructions!? Absolutely not! If you went through survival training you would not get out there and say, “I’m not going to obey my survival instructor’s teachings, I’m going to pick and choose what I like that he taught and wing the rest.” NO! Survival instructions are as LAW to you, it is your life! You obey and live, or you ignore and die! Didn’t God say to Israel that the Torah was their life (Deut. 32:47)!?
Some may not be aware of there being a list of seven laws that Jews claim are the only ones that Gentiles must follow. They are called the Noachide Laws, claiming that God gave these laws to Noah after he departed from the ark but such a listing is not found anywhere in Canonical Scripture. These laws are a Rabbinic invention to keep Gentiles away from keeping Torah too, because they, like Christians, claim that the Torah is only for the Jews, which we clearly established that it is for all mankind.
“The Torah (as explained in the Talmud - Sanhedrin 58b) presents seven mitzvot for non-Jews to observe. These seven laws are the pillars of human civilization, and are named the "Seven Laws of Noah," since all humans are descended from Noah. They are:
1. Do not murder.
2. Do not steal.
3. Do not worship false gods.
4. Do not be sexually immoral.
5. Do not eat a limb removed from a live animal.
6. Do not curse God.
7. Set up courts and bring offenders to justice.”
There is no evidence that such laws, as a means for Gentiles to be righteous before God, were recognized in the pre-destruction Temple era or in very early Rabbinic literature. Again, these Noachide laws were a Rabbinic invention to keep Torah exclusively for the Jews.
Yes, God chose Israel to covenant with and be the primary receivers and caretakers of His Laws, but this does not mean that His Laws are exclusively for physical descendants of Israel and no one else. Are we going to believe what man says of what God Himself has said?
“There is ONE TORAH (LAW) for the native-born (Israelite) AND for the stranger (Gentile/Mixed Multitude) who sojourns among you.” (Exd. 12:49) (emphasis added)
There is a Christian in name only group who think that belief alone is enough. If I got bit by a venomous snake and held the vial with the antidote in my hand and yet didn’t use it, but I sincerely believed it would save me, I’d still die. Why? Because belief is not enough. I have to take the antidote in order to survive the poisonous snake bite, In other words, I have to back up my belief with actions that prove I believe.
These “in name only” Christians who claim they are Christians because they believe in Jesus, but do not live according to His teachings (Instructions, Laws, Torah), which is what he heard from the Father (John 5:19, 12:49-50) and as we’ve established, God does no change and is the same yesterday today and forever (Mal. 3:6, Heb. 13:8) and that his Torah is forever and that He and the Father are One (John 17). This means Yeshua’s teachings are Torah. These “in name only” Christians who believe Jesus is the Christ but does not live obedient to His teachings (Torah) will hear those fateful words from this Jesus whom they claim to believer in.
21 Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
Didn’t we believe in You!?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
No, because you didn’t do what I said. – Matt. 7:21-23 (italics mine)