Did God give us the Law to bring us into bondage or did He give us the Law so that we could live as free people?  The short answer is to allow us to live as free people.

Years ago someone said “the Law has been done away with because Jesus went to the cross, was crucified, buried, rose again to new life and is now at the right hand of God making intercession for us. The Law was nailed to the cross.” All of this statement is true except “the Law has been done away with and nailed to the cross”.

Malachi 3:6 “For I am the LORD, I change not…”

Numbers 23:19 “God is not a man that He should lie, neither the son of man, that He should repent. Has he said and shall He not do it? Or has He spoken and shall He not make it good?”

Hebrews 6:18 “…Impossible for God to lie…”

Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today and forever.

John 8:28 (Jesus speaking) “…I do nothing of myself, but as my Father has taught me, I speak these things.”

John 12:49 (Jesus speaking) “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 14:10, 11 (Jesus speaking) “The words that I speak to you I speak not of myself, but the Father that dwells in me, He does the works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me…”

John 10:30 (Jesus speaking) “I and my Father are one.”

God and Yeshua (Jesus) are one. If God the Father said not to do or to do something – so does Yeshua. Why would God the Father change His mind when He clearly says “I am the LORD, I change not”?

The fact is that the grace of God has always been. It was God’s grace that clothed Adam and Eve in the garden after they ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. God killed an animal that He had created in order to cover their nakedness. (Genesis 3:21) It was God’s grace that rescued Lot and his family from Sodom and Gomorrah. It was God’s grace that led Abraham to the land of Canaan and made a covenant with Abraham. It was God’s grace that called Moses from the back side of nowhere to return to Egypt and lead His people out of Egypt, a place of slavery and bondage. Why would God lead His people out of bondage/slavery only to put them again into bondage under the Law? The Law (Torah) was not given to bring us into bondage, but to give us His teachings and instructions so that we can live free, not subject to the lies of satan. When we are tempted, we can say with God’s authority “It is written” just as Yeshua did when he was tempted.

John Bevere, the author of “Good or God?” teaches that it is God’s grace that helps us withstand all the difficulties and tribulations that we face daily.

Matthew 5:17-20: [Yeshua speaking]: “Do not think I have come to destroy the law or the prophets. I have NOT come to destroy but to fulfill.   I say to you, until heaven and earth are gone, not one jot or one tittle shall be done away with until all that has been commanded and prophesied be fulfilled. Therefore, whoever shall break the least of My commandments and teach others to do the same, he will be called the least in the kingdom of heaven. But, the one who teaches My commandments the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. I say to you, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven unless your righteousness exceeds the “righteousness” of the scribes and Pharisees.”

The following is copied from “Exodus, Redemption Revealed” by Jane Owens.

                When Yeshua was talking about His commandments, He was referring to the Torah and the prophets, since the New Testament did not exist. The word jot in Hebrew means yōd, ( `) and is the smallest letter in Hebrew. Tittle is a punctuation mark, a dot                ( . ).   Jesus used it of the little lines or at projections, by which the Hebrew letters in other respects similar differ from one another; the meaning is, “not even the minutest part of the law shall perish”[1]. The meaning of the word Torah (Genesis through Deuteronomy) has no Greek equivalent thus the word was mistranslated as law. Strong’s concordance number H8451 defines Torah as teachings and instructions. The Torah does NOT save anyone and will never save anyone. Yeshua is our Savior. His commandments are lived through loving Yeshua, the Creator of the Universe. It does not come from a long list of do’s and don’ts.

                Yeshua did NOT come to destroy the law or the prophets. He came to fulfill what they said. The words fulfill in Strong’s Concordance G4137 means: “To cause God’s will (made known in the law – Torah) to be obeyed as it should be[2], and God’s promises (given through the prophets) to receive fulfillment.”

The scribes and Pharisees lived their lives with a legalistic approach to the Torah lifestyle. They thought they could gain access to God by good works or to adhere to the traditions and interpretations of man.

The 10 commandments in Exodus 20 are a summary of how to live a righteous, Torah observant lifestyle because we love Him because He first loved us. (1 John 4:19)

Do you want to be great in the kingdom of heaven or called the least? [3]

Read more about “Exodus, Redemption Revealed” by Jane Owens.
[1] Strong’s 2762 Blue Letter Bible

[2] Strong’s G4137 2.c.3

[3] Copied from “Exodus, Redemption Revealed” by Jane Owens http://janeowens.net/index.php/book-by-jane-owens/

 

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