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Did Jesus Add or Take Away from Torah?

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Deuteronomy 4:2; 12;32; Psalm 30:6

Religious bias makes it appear like Jesus changed the Word of God/Torah, the first five books of the Bible.  Although Jesus was falsely accused of blasphemy when He claimed to be One with God, everyone who heard Him speak knew He did not add or take away from Torah.

“Truth I speak to you, Until heaven and earth pass away not one yod or vav could pass away from Torah until everything would come to pass.” Matthew 5:18

Jesus Is the Word of God/Torah, John 1:1-14.  He did not break Torah, which defines sin. He was sinless, fulfilling/obeying Torah.  Jesus only revealed the deeper, Spiritual, meanings of Torah, in parables, that would not be understood by the rebellious.

“This is why I speak to them in parables, ‘though seeing they do not see, though hearing they do not hear,”   “…things hidden since the creation of the world,” Matthew 13:13, 35; Ezekiel 12:2; Psalm 78:2.

The Torah is called Unchanging, Perfect, Living and Eternal.  It existed before creation and will exist forever, Isaiah 40:8; Psalm 119: 89; Matthew 24:35; 1 Peter 1:20, 25.

Jesus clearly taught the Torah and Prophets were speaking about Him, Luke 4:21; Isaiah 58:6; Isaiah 61:2; Matthew 26:54, 56; Acts 3:18; 13:27, 33; John 2:22, 5:39, 19:36; Hebrews 10:7; Psalm 40:6-8.

Although most of us would agree that Jesus fulfilled the Torah and Profits, many remain confused about the New (Spiritual) Covenant and the Old (physical) covenant that was a shadow/copy of the Spiritual, Hebrews 10:1; Exodus 26:30.

Here are 5 topics I misunderstood until I began looking for Jesus in the Torah and Prophets:

  1. Did Jesus break the Sabbath or change it in any way?
  2. Did Jesus change Torah when He said, “you have heard it said, but I say…”
  3. Did Jesus abolish Torah when He died on the cross?
  4. Did Jesus declare all foods clean?
  5. Did Jesus start a new religion?

1.  It is a misconception that Jesus broke the Sabbath by allowing His disciples to pluck  and eat grain as they passed through the grain-fields when they were hungry.  Please search for the Spiritual meaning, “Lord of the Sabbath,” in Matthew 12:1-8.

What does Torah teach?

“When you enter your neighbor’s grain-field you may pluck the heads of grain with your hand but you shall not yield a sickle…,” Deuteronomy 23:25

No Torah observant person would harvest with a sickle on Sabbath but Jesus knew it was permissible to pluck grain with you hand.  He also pointed out other exceptions, 1 Samuel 21:7.  He told the Pharisees they had completely missed God’s Love by accusing the innocent:

“If you would have understood what is written, ‘I desire Loving Kindness, not sacrifice,’ (Hosea 6:6), you would not have accused the innocent.” Matthew 12:7

Jesus certainly did not change the Sabbath in any way.  He announced to the Pharisees, “the son of Adam, (referring to Himself, Daniel 7:13)) is Lord, (YHVH) of the Sabbath.”  Still they did not have eyes or ears to perceive that He was saying, He Is, Was and Will Be the eternal/spiritual fulfillment of the physical Seventh Day.

2.   Jesus uses the phrase, “You have heard it said…but I say…” in Matthew 5:21-43.  The misconception here is that Jesus was saying something different than Torah.  In reality, this Hebrew idiom means, you have interpreted…but I say…

Jesus was correcting the wrong interpretations of the Pharisees and revealing the true meaning of Torah.

Do not murder means, don’t even think it, Exodus 20:13

Do not commit adultery means, don’t even imagine it, Exodus 20:13.

Do not swear falsely means, just say yes or no, anything beyond this comes from maliciousness:  Leviticus 19:12; Numbers 30:2, 3; Deuteronomy 23:21, 22; Psalm 76:12; Ecclesiastes 5:4; James 5:12.

“An eye for and eye, a tooth for a tooth,” was never literal, Exodus 21:24. Only two verses later a slave is to be set free if his master strikes him in the eye and it is damaged, Exodus 21:26.  These are examples of even/equal/fair penalties for loss, Leviticus 24:20; Deuteronomy 19:21.

Jesus revealed that beyond knowing what is fair we are to give more than was taken, asked, demanded or expected from us.

You will love your neighbor, Leviticus 19:18 means, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.  “Hate your enemies” is not found in Torah.

3.  Jesus did not abolish Torah on the cross.  The word Law is used to translate several Hebrew words: Torah, Legalism, The curse of sin and death…  This is the main cause of the misconception about the Law being done away with on the cross.  Read Matthew 5:17-19.  Jesus said He did not come to abolish the Torah or the Prophets but to fulfill/obey them.

…whoever would break the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the Kingdom of God…Matthew 5:19

4.  Jesus did not declare all foods clean.  Mark 7:19 read in context, is referring to unwashed hands but translators took the liberty to add their own bias in parenthesis, (thus all foods are clean).

Some also misinterpret Peter’s vision, found in Acts 10 to mean that God made unclean food clean.  Yet Peter himself does not interpret his vision to be about food but about human beings.

“God has explained to me not to say in anyway a man is common or unclean.” Acts 10:28

“In truth, now I understand that God does not show partiality.” Acts 10:34; Deuteronomy 10:17.

5.  Jesus did not start a new religion.  Born from the line of Judah, Jesus practiced, or should I say straightened out, the 1st century Jewish religion.  During His three year ministry He instructed people to hear and obey what was read in the synagogues each Sabbath but not to do what the religious leaders did.  Matthew 23 makes it clear why we are not to follow religious leaders but seek God’s Spirit to lead us into all Truth/Torah.
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All the Torah and Prophets Hang on These Two Commandments:

Finally and most importantly, without adding or taking away from Torah, Jesus reveals Merciful Loving Kindness is the sum of Torah.

Quoting the Shema (Hear and do), as the Greatest commandment, Deuteronomy 6:4-6, He then explained Leviticus 19:18 is like the first.  The kind of Love Jesus demonstrated is the only way that leads to Life.

“You shall love YHVH your God with all your heart and all your soul and all your might,” Matthew 22:37.

“and the second is like it, Love your neighbor as yourself.”  Matthew 22:38.

“All the Torah and the Prophets hang on these two commands.”  Matthew 22:39.

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The Scriptures Call Everyone Who is Thirsty

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But the Religious Leaders Thought the Scriptures Were Eternal Life.

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Yehoshua, (YHVH’s Salvation) Revealed His Spirit is The Living Water.

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Yehoshua Took the Curse of a Broken Blood Covenant, which is Death.

Redeeming All Who Thirst by Cutting an Everlasting/Spiritual Covenant With His Own Body and Blood.

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Man’s Religion (Legalism) Vs The Way that Leads to Life

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Messiah, (Anointed of God) is the end/culmination/outcome, (Telos #5056) of the Law, (Nomos #3551) Righteousness to All the Faithful. Romans 10:4

Are You Worshiping Your Religion or Seeking Your Creator?

“I Was Born This Religion and I’ll Die This Religion.”  I’ve heard this statement come from the mouths of Catholics, Protestants, Jewish, Muslims, Hindus…Lets say God does decide which religious division you are to be born into, but God is not divided, God is One, Deuteronomy 6:4

Refusing to seek God beyond ones religion, or non-religion, is not seeking.

  “But from there you will seek the LORD, (YHVH) your God, and you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul. Deuteronomy 4:29; Jeremiah 29:13 Matthew 7:7

Bad Translations Misrepresent God’s Word, Torah

When we read the word Law, in our English Bible translations, it can have up to three very different meanings.  Law can refer to Legalism, (man-made laws), Galatians 2:16; sometimes it refers to, The Curse of Sin and Death, Romans 8:2; and sometimes it’s referring to TorahMatthew 5:17.  (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legalism_(theology)

The Hebrew word “Torah” can not be translated by one English word, and the word “Law” is a bad translation.  Torah is Spiritual/Lasting/Eternal/Forever… (Olam #5769).

We know that the Law (Torah) is Spiritual…” Romans 7:14; Isaiah 40:8…

Torah has a three letter root, YRH, meaning to flow, throw, show, or point in a Direction.  Torah #8451, is best translated as Teaching/Instruction.  Like a Loving Father to a child, shining a Light, (Or #216) in the Way/Direction of Truth and (Lasting) Life.

“For the commandment, (mitzvah #4687) is a lamp and the Teaching, (Torah #8451) is Light; And reproofs for discipline are the Way of Life.” Proverbs 6:23

Y’shua (Jesus) is Torah, and The Torah Became Flesh…

Over two thousand years ago Y’shua repeatedly denounced the religious leaders for adding heavy burdens to the True meaning of Torah.

“They (Religious experts) tie up heavy, burdensome loads and lay them on men’s shoulders…” Matthew 23:4 

“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:28… 

The Essence of Torah is Summed up by Love

“In everything, then, do to others as you would have them do to you.  For this is the essence of the Law (Torah) and the prophets.” Matthew 7:12

All the Law (Torah) and the Prophets” depend on these two commandments;”  Matthew 22:40(quoting from Torah…)

1.)  “You shall love the LORD (YHVH) your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” Deuteronomy 6:5 

2.)  “You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the sons of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself; I am the LORD, (YHVH).” Leviticus 19:18

Man-Made Religions Add Their Own Traditions/Righteousness

“They worship Me in vain; they teach as doctrine the traditions of men.’” Matthew 15:9

“Then the LORD, (YHVH) said, “… And their reverence for Me is taught by the commands/traditions, (mitzvah #4687) of men, (rote/repitions)” Isaiah 29:13

God’s Righteousness, (not Man’s) Leads to Life, 

“In the Way of Righteousness is Life, And in its Pathway there is no death.” Proverbs 12:28

“For this is the Love of God, that we keep His Commandments. And His Commandments are not burdensome,” 1 John 5:3

 We are All called out of the divisions of the world, to simple walk in the only Way that leads to Life.

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Do You Understand “The Good News” Like Abraham Did?

“The Scripture foresaw that God would justify the gentiles/nations by faithfulness, and foretold the Good News to Abraham:  “All nations will be Blessed through you.”  Galatians 3:8 

The Good News Predates all the worlds religious divisions, because it existed from the beginning.

Even those who say Y’shua, (Jesus), is The Good News, rarely understand the Spiritual Scriptures of Moses and the Prophets:

“and beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He (Y’shua) explained to them what was written in all the Scriptures about Himself.” Luke 24:27; Genesis 3:15Genesis 12:3

“You, (religious experts) pore over the Scriptures because you presume that by them you possess Eternal Life. These are the very Words that Testify about Me, (Y’shua),  John 5:39.

Physical eyes cannot see, or perceive, the Spiritual Mystery of The Good News,  1 Peter 1:25Romans 7:14Revelation 14:6.

What Does The Good News of Salvation Mean?

David was the King of Israel, a Hebrew descendant from the tribe of Judah, (prior to Jewish religion), wrote Psalms about The Good News of Salvation, 1040-970 B.C.

“Sing to YHVH, bless His Name; Proclaim the Good News of His Salvation from day to day.” Psalm 96:2 

Before David, Moses wrote the Words of Torah, (The Way of Truth and Life), giving us a physical picture of the Spiritual Good news.  Abraham, the first Hebrew, and father of all nations, knew, just as Noah and Adam and Eve.  They all died with hope in the Good news of *YHVH’s Salvation.

*For the meaning of YHVH; https://kaylened.wordpress.com/category/yhvh/

From the beginning, at the origin of the Curse, the consequence of Sin being Death, YHVH promised a Blessing.

“For as in Adam all die, so in Messiah all will be made alive.” 1 Corinthians 15:22 

A Curse = Death, A Blessing = Life

“I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you Life and death, the Blessing and the curse. So choose Life in order that you may Live, you and your descendants,” Deuteronomy 30:19Jeremiah 21:8

Adam and Eve put their trust in YHVH’s promise, someday a Woman’s “Seed” would have victory over death.

“And I will put enmity between you, (the serpent=satan) and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall crush your head, (satan=death)…” Genesis 3:15

“The God of Peace will soon crush satan, (the serpent=death) under your feet…” Romans 16:20

“For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feetThe last enemy to be destroyed is death.” 1 Corinthians 15:26 

*”Under Your Feet,”  “Crush your Head,” “make your enemy a footstool,” these Hebrew idioms portray Victory.   Picture a Victorious King standing with His feet on the back of his enemies head, Joshua 10:242 Samuel 22:41Hebrews 1:13.

The Good News Is Salvation From Death

How lovely on the mountains Are the feet of him who brings Good News, (Basar #1319), to proclaim/hear and do, (Shama #8085) Peace, (Shalom #7965), bringing News, (Basar #1319) of Good. (Tov #2896b), to proclaim/hear and do, (Shama #8085) Salvation/Victory/Deliverance, (Yeshua #3444) And say to Tzion, “Your God reigns!” Isaiah 52:7

Translation difficulties and bias have been the cause of unnecessary obscurity, but the original Hebrew is very clear:

Shama, is translated; proclaim, announce… but it also means; Hear, Listen, Do, Obey.

Shalom, means so much more than peace, it’s Complete Wholeness, Health, Security, Safety, being made Right, the opposite of everything wrong.

Tov, means, Everything Good, as opposed to everything Bad.

Y’shua, you may recognize as the original Hebrew name of Jesus.  It means Salvation, Deliverance, Victory, Help…The full name, Y’hoshua, (Joshua) means YHVH is Salvation.

Y’shua’s Full Name, Y’hoshua, Means “YHVH’s Salvation”

“Everyone who calls on the Name of  YHVH will be saved.” Romans 10:13Acts 2:21; quoting, Joel 2:32

“And how can they proclaim unless they are sent?  As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring Good News!” Romans 10:15; quoting Isaiah 52:7.

Salvation Means Inheriting Spiritual Life on the New Earth

“Therefore Messiah (the Promised Seed) is the mediator of a re-newed covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised Eternal (Spiritual) Inheritance, now that He has died to redeem them from the transgressions, (curse of Sin and Death) committed under the first covenant.”  Hebrews 9:15 

“YHVH knows the days of the Blameless, (Tamim #8549): and their Inheritance shall be Forever, (Spiritual).  Psalm 37:18 

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“So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being;” the last Adam a Life-giving Spirit.”  1 Corinthians 15:45 

“Blessed are the humble, for they will Inherit the earth, (Not this earth. The Lasting/Spiritual/Eternal Life is on the reNEWed earth).” Matthew 5:5Psalm 37:9; Psalm 37:11

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Who Will Inherit the Eternal, (Olam) Land, (Eretz)?

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That’s right, the Humble are Those Who Turn From Doing Bad and do Good.  So What Land, (Eretz) Lasts Forever, (Olam)?

We All Know it’s not this Earth, (Eretz), It’s only Temporary.

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Only YHVH’s Word/Promise/Covenant is Eternal, (Olam).

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YHVH’s Eternal, (Olam) Word Became Flesh and Dwelt With Us.

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Y’shua is YHVH’s Eternal (Olam) Word.

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Eternal (Olam) Life=Wisdom.

WISDOM

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The Blessing of Eternal, (Olam) Life is for All people.  From Adam and Eve to the Covenant YHVH cut with Abraham, the physical Inheritance of the Land (Eretz) gives us all a picture of the Eternal, (Olam) Inheritance that will bless All people:  Genesis 12:3; Genesis 13:15Isaiah 60:21; Hebrews 9:15Acts 3:25; Acts 13:32Acts 13:33; Galatians 3:8 Galatians 3:14 2 Peter 3:13…

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Developing an Eye for the Scorpion

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Moving to Arizona, from the state of Washington, I was pretty oblivious about scorpions.  I’d actually only seen the big black kind on the television and equated them with pure evil and death.  So you can imagine my fear when I discovered the first bark scorpion in my house.

“Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?” Luke 11:12

The Bible even used the scorpion as a metaphor for something that was the opposite of Good.  My exaggerated fear did eventually subside as I learned how to avoid this new danger.  Unlike the Brown Recluse or Black widow spider, the scorpion seemed fearlessly blind and clueless to retreat when it was discovered.

The first time I noticed this was when I was sitting on the floor in the middle of my living room and I spotted a very small, dark shadow moving toward me, like it had a heat seeking radar.  It was a long way off, so this time I was able to remain calm and observe as it slowly made its way across the shag carpet.

When it got close I jumped up to grab a glass jar.  I noticed my quick movement caused it to freeze and flatten itself out from its previous, high stepping, curly tailed, posture.  Somehow it was able to make itself look like a very thin, flat piece of paper, something one could easily mistake for a dead leaf.

It was easy for me to capture it as it continued to play dead, but when I forced it inside with a piece of cardboard and put the lid on, it puffed back up and began thrashing its tail violently.

I’ve lived in Arizona for over thirty years now and finding the occasional scorpion in my home has become a normal part of life.  Last night I was prompted to write this after spotting the tell-tale, dark shadow on the carpet of a dark bedroom as I passed by.  It brought back the memory of my first dark shadow experience but this time I realized something that gave me comfort;

I have Developed an Eye for the Scorpion

Adapting to the possibility of a venomous sting makes it second nature to shake shoes before putting them on, keeping everything up off the floor, even if you’re not tidy, and no more feeling around in your cupboards where you can’t see or jumping into bed without a quick check.  If you get up at night, and don’t want to disturb anyone by turning on the light, you learn to keep flip flops by your bed, because walking barefoot in the dark is like playing Russian roulette with a scorpion.  It is more likely to freeze in the path of your next step than to run out of your way.

Scorpions lurk in dark places, especially warm, moist environments.  If I ever want to check to see if a scorpion might be hiding somewhere all I have to do is leave a warm, damp cloth on the floor overnight.  In the morning I shake the cloth and the scorpion freezes, as if I can’t see it if it doesn’t move.  This makes it easier to capture, although I occasionally miss as it scurries toward the nearest wall, at least now, I know they don’t attack like a bee protecting its hive.

Scorpions Sting Because We Don’t See Them

People come in contact with Scorpions, in countless ways, when they aren’t looking for them.  If we stick our hand into a dark place without first checking it with a light, and continue walking barefoot in the dark, sitting on, rolling over on, or putting on clothes without checking them in the light, that’s when we get stung.

I have learned venomous scorpions, spiders and snakes work hard to produce their venom and they need it to live.  They don’t waste it on things they don’t eat, unless they have to.  Their actions are as predictable as their existence in keeping the desert vermin and insect population under control.

Unlike the scorpion, we are made to walk in the light.  The Light, both figuratively and literally, illuminates the harmful things in this life.  It is possible to develop an eye for the scorpion and avoid them by cautiously shining light on those dark shadows.

“Your Word is a lamp to my feet And a Light to my path.” Psalm 119:105

In the Way of Righteousness is Life, And in its pathway there is no death.” Proverbs 12:28

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My First Song

When I close my eyes, it’s then I see.  Just beyond my senses, I’m aware.  Silence calms my heart and mind with Peace.  Breathing in Your presence, and I’m there.

Chorus:  This is the place where I feel safe, keeping very near to You.  My soul is filled with joy and praise, hidden in Your Secret place.

Resting in Your Love, transforming me, more and more like You, I long to be.  Time apart with You, alone in prayer.  Strengthened by Your presence, and I’m there.

Chorus:  This is the place where I feel safe, keeping very near to You.  My soul is filled with joy and praise, hidden in Your Secret place.

No voice no word need to convey, as I wait with You I know.  You’re here in me, You’re everywhere.  Conscious of Your presence and I’m there.

 

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