Did Yahusha abolish the Law of Moses? No, Yahusha kept, upheld and magnified the Law
Most Christians (Churchians) believe that the Law of Moses was abolished on the cross. They believe that the Anointed King (Christ and Messiah means Anointed) has freed them from the curse of the Law. And they claim that now we enjoy the "liberty" being without the Law. In this post, I'll show you that the opposite is true. Yahusha never abolished the Law and being without law is sin and the curse is not the keeping but the breaking of the law.
Our faith is the Israelite faith
The early Assemblies were keeping the Law of Moses, kept the Shabbats, the feast days and ate no pork. Is that a shock to you? In fact, the Assembly was inseparable from the Hebrew faith and the Law of Moses.
The nations (gentiles) were grafted into Israel. The nations are not a separate entity from Israel - like the Church tries to tell you.
The Assembly is Israel. Whether Jews or Gentiles (nations) they are Israel.
However, the Assembly left it's Hebrew roots, played the harlot, went after other gods and became the Church.
The Church is not the Assembly. The Church is the Harlot on the beast.
We have to keep in mind the fact that our faith is a Hebrew faith throughout this post in order to comprehend all the points we are going to discuss.
The early Assemblies did not have a "New Testament"
The "New Testament" books: the Good News (Gospel) according to Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, the letters of Peter, James, Jude and James were written at different times. So the early assemblies had access to only some of these at a time. As a matter of fact, they could not have and did not have a "New Testament" as such. Did you know that these early believers turned to Yahusha the Anointed King based on the so-called "Old Testament"? They didn't even have the remotest idea that what they are reading is going to be called by men the "Old Testament".
Though the Early Church used the Old Testament according to the canon of the Septuagint (LXX), perhaps as found in the Bryennios List or Melito's list, the Apostles did not otherwise leave a defined set of new scriptures; instead, the New Testament developed over time.
Martin Luther (1483–1546) made an attempt to remove the books of Hebrews, James, Jude and Revelation from the canon (partially because they were perceived to go against certain Protestant doctrines such as sola scriptura and sola fide), but this was not generally accepted among his followers.
The early assemblies didn't know anything about "Old Testament" and "New Testament", they only knew "Scriptures". The separation to "Old" and "New" was men's concept to deceive you that the Law is old and is not relevant to our lives. It's a lie. Yahuah never intended to have an "Old Testament" and a "New Testament". He meant to have Scriptures.
Read more about this in my post The early Assemblies did not have a "New Testament" and an "Old Testament"
The abolishing of the Law was not foretold by the prophets
First of all, if the Law of Moses was to be abolished the prophets would have foretold this. As Yahuah spoke through Amos:
Surely the Lord Yahuah will do nothing,
unless he reveals his secret to his servants the prophets.
- Amos 3:7
Knowing this let us find a verse in the Prophets that foretells us about the abolishing of the Law of Moses. Well, if you find one let me know because I found none. To the contrary, I found that the Anointed King was to magnify the Law of Moses and that he establishes the new covenant which is the Law written on our hearts.
See what the prophets had to say about the new covenant. Here's what Yahuah says by Jeremiah:
Behold, the days come, says Yahuah, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they broke, although I was a husband to them, says Yahuah. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says Yahuah: I will put my law in their inward parts, and in their heart will I write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people:
And here's what Yahuah says about the new covenant by Ezekiel:
I will also give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh. I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and you shall keep my ordinances, and do them.
My post Does the new covenant abolish the Law? No, the new covenant is the Law written on our hearts goes into more details about the new covenant. For now, suffice it to say that the whole point of the new covenant is to keep the Law.
But let assume for a moment that we do not need to keep the Law. Let's assume that since the Law is written on our hearts we automatically keep the Law so we don't need to be "bogged down" by the instructions in the "letter". Well, if it was so and if indeed the Law was written on our hearts we should feel in our hearts to keep the Sabbath, the feast days, to not to eat pork and to wear tzitzits as these are instructions from the Law. Do you feel in your heart by default that you should be doing these things? According to Scriptures if you have the Holy Spirit you should feel in your heart to do these things. If we indeed have the Holy Spirit, he shall compel us to intentionally read the Law and do our best to keep it.
Yahusha never said that he abolished the Law of Moses
“Don’t think that I came to destroy the law or the prophets. I didn't come to destroy, but to fulfill."
I thought for a long time that even though Yahusha did not come to destroy the law and the prophets he finished it or put a stop on it. And certainly, the wording can suggest this interpretation. Not only that but most Churches actually agree with this interpretation. However, by closer look this interpretation would mean the following:
“Don’t think that I came to destroy the law or the prophets. I didn't come to destroy, but to destroy."
Right, He did not come to abolish the Law but to abolish it.
That makes no sense.
Let's look at the word destroy used in this verse. It is the Greek word
that is transliterated as
καταλύω katalýō, kat-al-oo'-o; from G2596 and G3089; to loosen down (disintegrate), i.e. (by implication) to demolish (literally or figuratively); specially (compare G2646) to halt for the night:—destroy, dissolve, be guest, lodge, come to nought, overthrow, throw down.
Yahusha didn't come to demolish, dissolve or overthrow the Law.
Let's now look at the word fulfill in this verse. It is the Greek word
πληρόω plēróō, play-ro'-o; from G4134; to make replete, i.e. (literally) to cram (a net), level up (a hollow), or (figuratively) to furnish (or imbue, diffuse, influence), satisfy, execute (an office), finish (a period or task), verify (or coincide with a prediction), etc.:—accomplish, after, (be) complete, end, expire, fill (up), fulfil, (be, make) full (come), fully preach, perfect, supply.
Yahusha came to satisfy, to execute, to verify, to fully preach and to perfect the Law!
This made sense to his Hebrew audience since they knew the coming Anointed King would magnify the Law and make in honorable.
It pleased Yahuah, for his righteousness’ sake, to magnify the law,
and make it honorable.
Now this makes sense! Yahusha came not to abolish but to magnify the Law.
Here's a better translation of the discussed verse that would clarify misunderstandings:
“Don’t think that I came to abolish the law or the prophets. I didn't come to abolish, but to magnify it."
The word "fulfill" carries an extra meaning of putting a stop to something. As you can see from the original Greek this was far from what he meant.
Yahusha foretold that the Law will not be abolished
“Don’t think that I came to destroy the law or the prophets. I didn’t come to destroy, but to fulfill. For most certainly, I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not even one smallest letter or one tiny pen stroke shall in any way pass away from the law, until all things are accomplished.
Did heaven and earth pass away? When? How? We're still here. So how could have the law passed away? Does that even make sense?
Yahusha was a prophet and the foretold this: the Law will not be abolished unless heaven and earth be abolished.
Also, have all prophecies been fulfilled? Hardly so. How about the prophecies about Gog and Magog, Armageddon, the New Jerusalem? These have not been fulfilled as of yet.
Yahusha said we shall keep the Law of Moses
“Don’t think that I came to destroy the law or the prophets. I didn’t come to destroy, but to fulfill. For most certainly, I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not even one smallest letter or one tiny pen stroke shall in any way pass away from the law, until all things are accomplished. Whoever, therefore, shall break one of these least commandments, and teach others to do so, shall be called least in the Kingdom of Heaven; but whoever shall do and teach them shall be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven.
The Law consists of commandments, thereby when Yahusha talks about the commandments, he means the Law. Yahusha is clear here, we shall by no means break even the smallest commandment of the Law and teach others to do the same or we will be small in the Kingdom of Heaven. On the other hand, if we keep even the smallest commandment of the Law and teach others to do so the same we will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven.
He is clear that we shall keep the Law of Moses and not break it.
Why would he say He is the end of the Law and the next sentence to keep these commandments? Well, he didn't say he was the end of the Law.
He even goes as far as suggesting that keeping the commandments of the Law of Moses is required to enter into Eternal life. How is then that he abolished the Law? That would be an absolute contradiction. Well, He never abolished the Law in the first place.
Behold, one came to him and said, “Good teacher, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?”
He said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but one, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.”
In fact, Yahusha told us that our love should be manifested in obedience to keep the commandments of the Law.
If you love me, keep my commandments.
And John confirms this again in his letter:
For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. His commandments are not grievous.
Now we arrived to the crux of this matter. Yahusha even said that those who do not keep the Law will be told to depart from him.
Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven; but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will tell me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in your name, in your name cast out demons, and in your name do many mighty works?’ Then I will tell them, ‘I never knew you. Depart from me, you who practice lawlessness.’
The word translated as lawlessness, iniquity or wickedness in the Greek original reads anomia which means breaking of the Law. Yahusha clearly told us that just because we call him Lord and do wonders and signs doesn't mean we will do well. In fact if we continue to break the Law he may just tell us goodbye.
ἀνομία anomía, an-om-ee'-ah; from G459; illegality, i.e. violation of law or (genitive case) wickedness:—iniquity, transgress(-ion of) the law, unrighteousness.
Yahusha is the Law he could not have abolished himself
Not only did he not abolish the Law, but he is the Law. If he abolished the Law he abolished himself.
Yahusha said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father, except through me.
Compare this to:
And you shall teach them the statutes and the laws, and show them the way in which they must walk and the work they must do.
Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness.
Your law is truth.
The law of the wise is a fountain of life,To turn one away from the snares of death.
Yahusha the Anointed King is the Way, Truth and Life - He is the Law (Torah). If he abolished the Law he would have abolished himself and we would have no access to the Father.
I go into more details about this in my post Yahusha the Anointed King is the Law: the Way, Truth and Life
Yahusha kept the Law and did not sin
There are Christians who say that Yahusha abolished the Law and did not sin. However, they know not what the definition of sin is. In my article What is sin? Sin is the transgression of the Law I go into more details. In summary, sin is the breaking of the Law (lawlessness).
Everyone who sins also commits lawlessness. Sin is lawlessness.
If Yahusha didn't sin he then consequently kept the Law perfectly. Remember what we established above. Yahusha came to satisfy, to execute, to verify, to fully preach and to perfect the Law! That is opposite of sin. Peter writes that Yahusha did not sin, meaning he did not break the Law, consequently he kept the Law perfectly.
For to this you were called, because the Anointed King also suffered for us, leaving you an example, that you should follow his steps, who did not sin, “neither was deceit found in his mouth.”
Based on the definition of sin we could also put this verse in the following way without altering its meaning:
For to this you were called, because the Anointed King also suffered for us, leaving you an example, that you should follow his steps, who did not break the Law, “neither was deceit found in his mouth.”
For to this you were called, because the Anointed King also suffered for us, leaving you an example, that you should follow his steps, who kept the Law perfectly, “neither was deceit found in his mouth.”
First of all, if the Law was abolished why do Peter, John and the other apostles write about sin? Sin only makes sense if there is Law. If there is no Law, there is no sin, for there is nothing to transgress or disobey.Second, if Yahusha was really without sin he could not have abolished the Law as this would have made him a sinner according to the Law.
You shall not add to the word which I command you, neither shall you take away from it, that you may keep the commandments of Yahuah your God which I command you.
You see how the argument of the church becomes futile in light of the Scriptures?
If the testimony of Peter wouldn't be enough let's see some examples how Yahusha kept the Law.
For starters, he knew the Law of Moses well already at an early age.
"After three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the middle of the teachers, both listening to them, and asking them questions. All who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers."
He kept the Passover.
"The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Yahusha went up to Jerusalem."
Compare this to:
These are the set feasts of Yahuah, even holy convocations, which you shall proclaim in their appointed season. In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month in the evening, is Yahuah’s Passover.
He wore tzitzits (fringes or tassels on a garment).
A woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her living on physicians, and could not be healed by any, came behind him, and touched the fringe of his cloak, and immediately the flow of her blood stopped.
Compare this to:
“Speak to the children of Israel, and tell them that they should make themselves fringes in the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put on the fringe of each border a cord of blue:
He used the words of the Law against Satan.
But he answered, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’”
Compare this to:
He humbled you, and allowed you to be hungry, and fed you with manna, which you didn’t know, neither did your fathers know; that he might teach you that man does not live by bread only, but man lives by every word that proceeds out of Yahuah’s mouth.
Just no name a few examples.
What do we repent from if the Law was abolished?
Earlier we established that sin is the breaking of the Law. So when Yahusha said we need to repent it was to repent from our breaking the law (sin).
From that time, Yahusha began to preach, and to say, “Repent! For the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.”
If the Law was abolished what is it that we need to repent from?
The Pharisees broke the Law and Yahusha admonished them
When I was a child my father told me that the Pharisees were legalistic people who kept the Law and Yahusha was against their legalism. I saw the Pharisees as Law keepers and Yahusha as the one who liberated us from the legalistic ways of the Law. It turns out there's nothing further from the truth.
The Pharisees added and took away from the Law. And we know from the Law that we shall not add to it or take away from it.
You shall not add to the word which I command you, neither shall you take away from it, that you may keep the commandments of Yahuah your God which I command you.
This is a must watch by Nehemiah Gordon. He talks about a couple of examples where the Pharisees and Yahusha clash. And also gives a crash course to Phariseesm. You'll learn that the Pharisees indeed broke the Law but Yahusha upheld it.
Walk just like he walked
If Yahusha kept the Law should we not keep it? Should we walk just like Yahusha walked? John has the answer:
he who says he remains in him ought himself also to walk just like he walked.
John agrees that we should imitate Yahusha and walk just as he walked.
How did he walk? He wore tzitzits, kept the Shabbat, kept the appointed feasts, and in every aspect kept and upheld the Law.
If we want to walk as he walked we should do the same.
The disciples walked just like he walked
If Yahusha abolished the Law, the disciples should have known this and by example not keep it. However, time and time again we read that they did keep the Law. Were they confused? Was it only because they were Jews? They weren't confused, they kept the Law as Yahusha taught them and the Law is for both Jews and Gentiles.
Let's see what Yahusha had to say about this matter. He instructed his disciples to teach all nations to observe all things that he commanded them. As we established earlier when the Scriptures talk about commandment it usually refers to the Law.
Go, and make disciples of all nations, immersing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I commanded you. Behold, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
Which of course in accordance with the Law. The Law clearly states that the Gentiles who believe shall keep the same Law as the Jews.
"One law shall be to him who is born at home, and to the stranger who lives as a foreigner among you.”
Also, Yahuah foretold by Isaiah that the salvation will be for the foreigners (Gentiles) too and they will keep the Law (the covenant) including his Sabbath. The Gentiles shall not think of themselves as separate from Israel.
“Maintain justice, and do what is right; for my salvation is near, and my righteousness will soon be revealed. Blessed is the man who does this, and the son of man who holds it fast; who keeps the Sabbath without profaning it, and keeps his hand from doing any evil.” Let no foreigner, who has joined himself to Yahuah, speak, saying, “Yahuah will surely separate me from his people.” Do not let the eunuch say, “Behold, I am a dry tree.” For Yahuah says, “To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths, and choose the things that please me, and hold fast to my covenant: I will give them in my house and within my walls a memorial and a name better than of sons and of daughters. I will give them an everlasting name, that will not be cut off. Also the foreigners who join themselves to Yahuah, to serve him, and to love Yahuah’s name, to be his servants,everyone who keeps the Sabbath from profaning it, and holds fast my covenant; I will bring these to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house will be called a house of prayer for all peoples.”
Now as we established that there is one Law for both Jews and Gentiles let's have a look how the disciples kept the Law.
After the death of Yahusha his female followers kept the Sabbath day commandment. Note again that when the Scriptures talk about commandment it usually refers to the Law.
The women, who had come with him out of Galilee, followed after, and saw the tomb, and how his body was laid. They returned, and prepared spices and ointments. On the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment.
If Peter was a disciple and he after repenting and believing and getting the Holy Spirit haven't eaten anything unclean all his life the means he didn't eat anything unclean while he was with Yahusha nor after his death and resurrection. If Yahusha abolished the Law why didn't he free Peter from following this "silly custom" from the Law that brought Peter to "bondage"? If born again believers shall not keep the Law then why did Peter refrained from eating unclean food in all his life? All his life includes after he got the Holy Spirit. If he had the Holy Spirit, why is it that the Holy Spirit did not tell him to forsake practicing the Law?
He saw heaven opened and a certain container descending to him, like a great sheet let down by four corners on the earth,in which were all kinds of four-footed animals of the earth, wild animals, reptiles, and birds of the sky. A voice came to him, “Rise, Peter, kill and eat!”
But Peter said, “Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten anything that is common or unclean.”
Breaking the Law results in a curse and keeping it in a blessing
‘Cursed is he who doesn’t uphold the words of this law by doing them.’
All the people shall say, ‘Amen.’”
The curse is not the Law, the curse comes if one does not keep the Law. Here's another witness:
Behold, I set before you today a blessing and a curse: the blessing, if you listen to the commandments of Yahuah your God, which I command you today; and the curse, if you do not listen to the commandments of Yahuah your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you today, to go after other gods, which you have not known.
The curse is clearly the result of disobeying the Law. Keeping the Law, on the other side, inherits blessing. Should we not strive for blessing?
Everything is governed by laws
If you look at the World we live in everything is governed by laws.
Yahuah, who gives the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, who stirs up the sea, so that its waves roar; Yahuah of Armies is his name, says: If these ordinances depart from before me, says Yahuah, then the offspring of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me forever.
But what if the laws of the physical world or traffic regulations would be abolished? We would float in the air, sink in the water on our boats, and cause traffic accidents when we drive our cars.
How can one have a dog without rules? Without rules a dog would destroy our garden, bite our hands and tear the laundry apart. Rules and laws are necessary part of life.
Would it make sense then that Yahuah would suddenly abolish his Law? How can we live a godly life without Yahuah's clear instructions? If Yahuah didn't have a law for us we'd live according to our own wisdom and understanding - but how would that be different from the World?
If the Law of Yahuah would be abolished, the earth would be without form and void and there would be darkness, just as before the creation.
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and empty. Darkness was on the surface of the deep and God’s Spirit was hovering over the surface of the waters.
When Yahuah created the earth he established his Law in every created thing.
God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of sky to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs to mark seasons, days, and years;
If he didn't make a Law to separate the day and night and have light we would live in constant darkness.
Read Job chapter 38-41. Here's a portion:
“Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Declare, if you have understanding. Who determined its measures, if you know? Or who stretched the line on it? Whereupon were its foundations fastened? Or who laid its cornerstone, when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy? “Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it broke out of the womb, when I made clouds its garment, and wrapped it in thick darkness, marked out for it my bound, set bars and doors, and said, ‘Here you may come, but no further. Here your proud waves shall be stayed?’
The Law is Yahuah's standard. His creation can only exist healthily and safely within his Law. He created us in a way that we shall keep his Law. If we violate his Law we violate the way he created us, we would become sick and distanced from Him. If we want to be healthy and be close to him we shall live according to his standard, his Law.
He who turns away his ear from hearing the law,
even his prayer is an abomination.