The disciples of Yahusha kept and taught the Law and the Prophets - Gospels
Most Christians (Churchians) think that the Law was abolished and neither Yahusha, nor his disciples kept the Law. If they agree that the disciples kept the Law, they brush it off saying it's their baggage from Judaism. Nothing is further from the truth. In this post, I'll show you how the disciples kept the Law and it's not just a baggage from Judaism but a statue forever for those who joined to Yahuah.
Our faith is the Israelite faith
The early Assemblies were keeping the Law of Moses, kept the Shabbat, 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 disciples didn't have a baggage from Judaism
Keeping the Law is a sign for those who joined to Yahuah. It's not a baggage from Judaism. Read what Yahuah says through Isaiah:
“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.”
Of course, the Church, that preaches the traditions of men about the Law, will tell you otherwise. But the question is this: will you follow Yahuah or the traditions of men?
“For you set aside the commandment of God, and hold tightly to the tradition of men—the washing of pitchers and cups, and you do many other such things.”
- Mark 7:8
So let's dive into this and see how the disciples kept the Law.
They believed that Yahusha was the Anointed King prophesied by Moses
The Law and the Prophets foretold about the coming Anointed King. The disciples believed the Law and the Prophets and that's why they believed in the Anointed King. If you believe in Yahusha the Anointed King, you believe the Law and the Prophets, too. Yahusha and the Law are inseparable. Yahusha is the Law. If you believe in Yahusha you can't believe that he abolished the Law because that would nullify the prophecies about him being the Anointed King. The Yahusha that abolished the Law does not exist.
Peter believed that Yahusha was the Anointed King based on the Law and the Prophets:
Now when Yahusha came into the parts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?”
They said, “Some say John the Baptizer, some, Elijah, and others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.”
He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
Simon Peter answered, “You are the Anointed King, the Son of the living God.”
Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and know that you are the Anointed King, the Son of the living God.”
Andrew also believed that Yahusha was the Anointed King based on the Law and the Prophets:
One of the two who heard John, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first found his own brother, Simon, and said to him, “We have found the Mashiach!” (which is, being interpreted, the Anointed King). He brought him to Yahusha. Yahusha looked at him, and said, “You are Simon the son of Jonah. You shall be called Cephas” (which is by interpretation, Stone). On the next day, he was determined to go out into Galilee, and he found Philip. Yahusha said to him, “Follow me.” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, of the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael, and said to him, “We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, wrote: Yahusha of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”
Martha believed that Yahusha was the Anointed King based on the Law and the Prophets:
Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”
Yahusha said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will still live, even if he dies. Whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
She said to him, “Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Anointed King, God’s Son, he who comes into the world.”
John believed that Yahusha was the Anointed King based on the Law and the Prophets:
but these are written, that you may believe that Yahusha is the Anointed King, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in his name.
Even some Samaritans believed in the coming Anointed King based on the Law and the Prophets:
The woman said to him, “I know that Mashiach comes, he who is called the Anointed King. When he has come, he will declare to us all things.”
Yahusha said to her, “I am he, the one who speaks to you.”
They said to the woman, “Now we believe, not because of your speaking; for we have heard for ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Anointed King, the Savior of the world.”
Compare all this to what's written in the Law and the Prophets:
I will raise them up a prophet from among their brothers, like you. I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I shall command him. It shall happen, that whoever will not listen to my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.
But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, being small among the clans of Judah, out of you one will come out to me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings out are from of old, from ancient times.
The Lord Yahuah’s Spirit is on me; because Yahuah has anointed me to preach good news to the humble. He has sent me to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to those who are bound;
They preached that people should turn away from breaking the Law
He said to them, “Wherever you enter into a house, stay there until you depart from there. Whoever will not receive you nor hear you, as you depart from there, shake off the dust that is under your feet for a testimony against them. Assuredly, I tell you, it will be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city!”
They went out and preached that people should repent.
Repent from what? Obviously from sin, right? But what is sin? Sin is the transgression of the Law. So when they preached that people should repent from their sins. They preached that people should repent from transgressing the Law.
They kept the feasts
These Galileans must have been disciples too as they received him. The feast must have been Pesah (Passover), Shavuot (the Feast of Weeks), and Sukkot (the Festival of Booths) as these feasts should be kept in Jerusalem.
So when he came into Galilee, the Galileans received him, having seen all the things that he did in Jerusalem at the feast, for they also went to the feast.
John mentions the Feast of Booths as a matter of fact. If he didn't believe they need to keep the feast he could have omitted this detail but he didn't.
Now the feast of the Jews, the Feast of Booths, was at hand. His brothers therefore said to him, “Depart from here, and go into Judea, that your disciples also may see your works which you do.
Compare all this to what's written in the Law:
Three times in a year all of your males shall appear before Yahuah your God in the place which he chooses: in the feast of unleavened bread, in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tents. They shall not appear before Yahuah empty.
They kept the Passover according to the Law
Why is it that the disciples kept the Passover according to the Law of Moses? Certainly, if the point of the New Covenant was to abolish the Law, Yahusha would have taught his disciples not to keep the Passover. It would have been a perfect opportunity for Yahusha to tell his disciples: look, when I die I will abolish the Law and so let us not celebrate the Passover. But it seems this is not what he taught them.
Now on the first day of unleavened bread, the disciples came to Yahusha, saying to him, “Where do you want us to prepare for you to eat the Passover?”
He said, “Go into the city to a certain person, and tell him, ‘The Teacher says, “My time is at hand. I will keep the Passover at your house with my disciples.”’”
The disciples did as Yahusha commanded them, and they prepared the Passover.
Mark has the same testimony:
On the first day of unleavened bread, when they sacrificed the Passover, his disciples asked him, “Where do you want us to go and prepare that you may eat the Passover?”
He sent two of his disciples, and said to them, “Go into the city, and there you will meet a man carrying a pitcher of water. Follow him, and wherever he enters in, tell the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says, “Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?”’ He will himself show you a large upper room furnished and ready. Get ready for us there.”
His disciples went out, and came into the city, and found things as he had said to them, and they prepared the Passover.
So does Luke:
The day of unleavened bread came, on which the Passover must be sacrificed. He sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and prepare the Passover for us, that we may eat.”
They said to him, “Where do you want us to prepare?”
He said to them, “Behold, when you have entered into the city, a man carrying a pitcher of water will meet you. Follow him into the house which he enters. Tell the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says to you, “Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?”’ He will show you a large, furnished upper room. Make preparations there.”
They went, found things as he had told them, and they prepared the Passover.
So does John:
Now before the feast of the Passover, Yahusha, knowing that his time had come that he would depart from this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. During supper, the devil having already put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him,
Compare all this to what's written in the Law:
“‘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. On the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread to Yahuah. Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread. In the first day you shall have a holy convocation. You shall do no regular work. But you shall offer an offering made by fire to Yahuah seven days. In the seventh day is a holy convocation: you shall do no regular work.’”
On the Sabbath, they rested according to the Law
Why is it that the female disciples kept the Sabbath according to the Law of Moses? If Yahusha abolished the Law on the cross, including the Sabbath, why did these women kept it after his death? Simple answer: Yahusha never abolished the Law. Certainly, if the point of the New Covenant was to abolish the Law, Yahusha would have taught his disciples not to keep the Sabbath. But it seems this is not what he taught them.
Behold, a man named Joseph, who was a member of the council, a good and righteous man (he had not consented to their counsel and deed), from Arimathaea, a city of the Jews, who was also waiting for God’s Kingdom: this man went to Pilate, and asked for Yahusha’s body. He took it down, and wrapped it in a linen cloth, and laid him in a tomb that was cut in stone, where no one had ever been laid. It was the day of the Preparation, and the Sabbath was drawing near. 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.
Matthew agrees with Luke. He doesn't explicitly say that they rested on the Sabbath day, but he does say that after the Sabbath on the first day of the week the women came to see the tomb. Note that after the death of Yahusha the disciples still kept the Sabbath rest and started to work on the first day of the week.
Now after the Sabbath, as it began to dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb.
Mark agrees with Luke, too. He also talks about the Preparation Day, the Sabbath and the first day of the week.
When evening had now come, because it was the Preparation Day, that is, the day before the Sabbath, Joseph of Arimathaea, a prominent council member who also himself was looking for God’s Kingdom, came. He boldly went in to Pilate, and asked for Yahusha’s body. Pilate marveled if he were already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he had been dead long. When he found out from the centurion, he granted the body to Joseph. He bought a linen cloth, and taking him down, wound him in the linen cloth, and laid him in a tomb which had been cut out of a rock. He rolled a stone against the door of the tomb. Mary Magdalene and Mary, the mother of Joses, saw where he was laid.
When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, that they might come and anoint him. Very early on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen.
John agrees with them, also:
After these things, Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Yahusha, but secretly for fear of the Jews, asked of Pilate that he might take away Yahusha’s body. Pilate gave him permission. He came therefore and took away his body. Nicodemus, who at first came to Yahusha by night, also came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred Roman pounds. So they took Yahusha’s body, and bound it in linen cloths with the spices, as the custom of the Jews is to bury. Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden. In the garden was a new tomb in which no man had ever yet been laid. Then because of the Jews’ Preparation Day (for the tomb was near at hand) they laid Yahusha there.
Now on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene went early, while it was still dark, to the tomb, and saw the stone taken away from the tomb.
Compare all this evidence to what's written in the Law:
“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. You shall labor six days, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to Yahuah your God. You shall not do any work in it, you, nor your son, nor your daughter, your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your livestock, nor your stranger who is within your gates; for in six days Yahuah made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day; therefore Yahuah blessed the Sabbath day, and made it holy.
No doubt, the disciples of Yahusha kept and taught the Law and the Prophets. Are you a disciple of Yahusha? Do you think you're exempt? Yahusha never abolished the Law and so those who joined to the Lord shall observe the Law.