Torah Keeping in the New Covenant

The Torah is often misconstrued as a legalistic law given to us by a grumpy God, as some sort of temporary appeasement until his son would get out of bed and come downstairs to fix things. And, yes, Yahweh allowed the Levitical Temple system to temporarily stand in for the blood of Yeshua. However, Yahweh never meant for his instructions to be written off later. Rather they are a permanent guide from a loving Father to teach us how we can live in the way that is best for us and most honoring to him.

Reading through the Tanakh it is easy to see that the core of the stories are centered around keeping Yahweh's Torah. The first books of the Bible are about those who were obedient to Yahweh's spoken instructions and then about receiving the Torah in writing. Judges is a cycle of things going well when the Israelites kept the word, and disaster happening when the people were disobedient by not keeping the Feast Days or intermarrying with those not serving Yahweh. Kings is about the rulers who didn't keep the Torah, and the few who did. Ezra is a celebration of the Torah. King David wrote Psalms of the Torah being more valuable than millions in gold. King Josiah tore his clothes when a Torah scroll was found in the Temple for he realized Yahweh was angry they weren't keeping it. Nehemiah is a return of the walls of Jerusalem and the Festivals of Yahweh. Daniel is the story of a man who refused to violate the Torah by eating forbidden meat. There are prophecies of the destruction that comes on nations who are disobedient to Torah, and the hope of a greater day when Yahweh's instructions are honored. The Proverbs admonish us to keep Torah. The whole thing is about that. Surprising as it may be, Yahweh's Word is about keeping Yahweh's Word.

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So we can see the significance Yahweh's instructions take in 2/3 of the canon of Scripture. But what about the rest of it? Once you read of the beauty and the value of Yahweh's word it is hard to swallow the pill of 'he got rid of that and now we don't have to keep Torah anymore' that the traditions of Christianity push. A closer look at the New Covenant reveals that Yeshua and his followers kept and honored the Torah.

Torah Keeping in the New Testament

“I did not come to abolish the Torah.” – Matthew 5:17 This statement alone should send us into prayer and reevaluation of what we have been taught. The Messiah said so himself that he wasn't getting rid of Yahweh's instructions.

“I will put my Torah in their mind, and write it on their hearts.”   Hebrews 8:10 The book of Hebrews was written some thirty years after Yeshua's death and Yahweh still desired the hearts and minds of his people to be filled with his instructions.

“Let everyone who names the name of Moshiach depart from Torah-breaking. ” – 2 Timothy 2:19 Faith in the Messiah does not let us off the hook to act however we please. Paul is telling us that if we are going to claim to be believers in Yeshua we had better start honoring his word.

“I have never eaten food that was unclean or treif.” – Acts 10:14 This statement from Peter is a big clue. He made this statement years after the ascension of Yeshua. That whole time he never considered it okay to violate the dietary instructions. Why? Because Yeshua never taught that.

“The doers of Torah are being made righteous.” – Romans 2:13 This tells us that Torah observance a sign that Yahweh is working in that person to make them righteous. In the same way, if you want to be made righteous you should start keeping the commandments.

“By going after the error of the Torahless, you fall.”  2 Peter 3:17 Peter not only taught that disregarding the Torah was an error but one that is damaging and destructive!

“What good is it if someone has faith but has no actions to prove it?” – Yaakov (James) 2:14 Much of the writings of Yeshua's half-brother and leader of the Israelite congregation are devoted to reminding us that simply having faith is not enough. Yaakov questioned the supposed faith of those who weren't willing to prove it by putting the Torah instructions into practice.

“Lot was tormented with the filthy conduct of the Torahless.” – 2 Peter 2:7 One of Yeshua's most trusted disciples and leaders of The Way said this. The conduct of those who are without Torah is tormenting to the righteous. Believers should be saddened when someone disobeys the Word.

“Sin is the transgression of Torah.” – 1 John 3:4 Decades after Yeshua, sin was still defined by violating the commandments of Yahweh. This is no different today.

 “All the Scriptures are given by YHWH and are profitable for teaching the truth, convicting of sin, correcting of faults, and training in righteousness. – 2 Timothy 3:16 There was no "New Testament" when Paul wrote this. He is talking about the whole of the Tanakh, including Yahweh's instructions.

“Acting contrary to the Torah insults Elohim himself.” Romans 2:23 Yahweh is insulted when we are unwilling to keep his commandments.

 “Keeping the Torah of YHWH is everything.” – 1 Corinthians 7:19 Yes, the instructions of Yahweh like Shabbat guarding, clean eating, and the Feast days. Paul tells us these should be of the utmost importance to us.

“Be doers of the Torah, and not hearers only deceiving yourselves.”
 – Yaakov 1:22 A person believes lies when they decide it's important to study Scripture but that they are not required to implement it in their lives. While we may be deceived by this, Yahweh is not.  

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