When I was in the mainstream churches, I was taught that Israel broke the covenant with the Father, Yahweh. Because of their breaking this covenant, Yahweh had to send His Son, Yahshua (Jesus) to die on the cross so there could be a new covenant.
Of course, with the new covenant, there were new rules, new commandments and even new holidays. The old was done away with, we didn’t have to follow that old archaic law anymore. The Jewish holidays weren’t for followers of Jesus.
But, is that true? I’ll give you a real life example to ponder on.
My husband and I have 3 wonderful children. We love them without fail, they don’t need to earn it, they have our love. Our natural born children did nothing, and can do nothing to earn our love. They did nothing to “earn” their place in our family.
We DO have rules in our house. Rules such as taking out the trash, doing the dishes, obeying curfew. Our love is not contingent on them obeying, but when they obey those rules they get blessings. When they were younger, it was in the form of allowances. As they have gotten older, the blessings were a bit different, such as later curfews, the ability to take Mom’s car when they went out, and so forth. Makes sense, right?
When they disobeyed the rules, or didn’t follow through, there was punishments. Such as being grounded, not being allowed to visit with friends and so forth. Still with me?
A few years ago, we adopted my niece. She saw that my kids had a stable life, one that she desired to be a part of. She liked the idea of being allowed to do things, and getting allowances or other benefits that went with it. That led to the decision of her wanting to live in our house and be part of our family. We became ONE family.
The clincher here? We didn’t set up different rules for her. She had to follow the rules that were already established. The rules that our natural born children were already following. It was GRACE that brought her into our house, but OBEDIENCE that kept her flowing in the blessings. Remember, allowances, borrowing the family car, getting to go out with friends? All blessings to them. And all easily obtained by following the rules.
What do you think would have happened if we had given my niece different rules?
“Oh, you’re new to this, and since our daughter didn’t obey the rules, well, you don’t have to either. Just love your neighbor. Forget all this curfew stuff, helping out around the house, and other rules. Those just don’t apply to you anymore”
We would have been seen as horrible, unfair, and even psychotic. Why would we allow someone to come into our house, share in the blessings, but have a different set of rules placed on them? Why would it be okay for my niece to eat in her bedroom, but not my daughter? How does this drive my daughter to want to continue to try and follow my rules, and my niece to see me as a loving, fair parent? In short, it doesn’t. It can’t.
The rules are still there, they never went away. The rules are the rules in our house, regardless if my children obey them or not. For example, curfew during the school year is 11 PM. If my daughter is late, and comes in at 11:05, I don’t say that the curfew is done away with. It’s still the rule. She can repent and follow that rule the next time because I love her. I will give her grace to try again. Maybe after a punishment of being grounded, but she WILL get a second chance.
As for my niece, just because my daughter was late and broke our rules doesn’t give her the license to break them too. If she wants to live in our house, she has to follow our rules. If she chooses to not follow our rules, then she is free to leave.
Thus, I struggle with Christians today in mainstream churches who believe the law is done away with. “We don’t need to follow that anymore, Christ did away with it” is what I hear over and over. What they are in essence saying is that they are like my niece, wanting to live in the Father’s house with all His blessings, but they get their own set of rules. They don’t have to follow the rules that the natural born children already have in place, simply because the natural born children broke them.
As a matter of fact, the covenant that Yahweh gave to Abraham is still in effect. I believe that it existed in the beginning, as John 1:1 states.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Is it too far fetched to think that ADAM was given the Torah by Yahweh Himself, in the spoken word? We know that Adam had many children, and I am sure they were all taught about Yahweh and His ways directly from Adam. Otherwise, how would Cain and Able have known HOW to sacrifice to Yahweh? Or, even what to sacrifice?
I believe the Torah was given in spoken form, to be passed down generation to generation. It’s not out of reality to understand Noah knew what was “clean and unclean” to sacrifice. (Genesis 7:2) Back then, they were vegetarians. So, when they were given all animals to eat, that didn’t include pig, or shellfish. They already KNEW what was clean and unclean.
Like a game of “telephone”, where you pass a message down to another person and they have to rely on what YOU heard, the Torah was given in spoken messages. However, like all humans who have hearts bent on evil from birth (Genesis 6:5), the Torah was not followed. Human-kind once again became corrupt and broke the rules.
Just like when my daughter was late for her curfew. She was an hour late one night, and was grounded for a week.
Israel went into captivity to Egypt. I believe that they were tested by Yahweh as a result of disobedience. When Moses led them out of Egypt, at Sinai they were given the Torah once again. BUT, this time it was written in stone. No more “but I didn’t know, my father never taught me that” excuses. They had it in writing for all to follow for ALL their generations.
One law shall be to him that is homeborn, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you. Exodus 12:49
Then, when Israel continued to disobey (do we EVER learn!), Yahshua came to us. He was the perfect example of HOW to walk out the Torah. He showed us, in both word and deed, how to daily follow the Father’s ways. He didn’t speak His own words, but that of the Father.
For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. (John 12:49)
The “new” covenant that so many Christians are excited about is NOT that we can “eat all things” or follow after pagan holidays (christmas, easter etc.) BUT that the Torah will be written on our HEARTS.
“This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.” (Hebrews 10:16)
What it all boils down to is this. When we call on our Savior Yahshua, it’s because we have sinned. We have transgressed against the law, the Torah (1 John 3:4) and we need Him to show us the way, and to cover us with his blood so we can be forgiven.
Like my niece, we want to be in the Father’s house. We want to be saved. BUT, we need to obey. We need to follow the rules. THAT is how we show that we love Him.
Whoever has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me. The one who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and reveal Myself to him.” (John 14:21)
Are you walking in the truth today? Follow the Messiah’s example, and walk out the Torah.