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The Torah is Forever

How often we have heard people make the claim “God did away with the Law from the Old Testament and it was nailed to the cross”.

This is very obviously a wrong statement because it presupposes that Yahuah did not know what He was doing, that He made a big mistake which had to be corrected by His Son. Not possible. He is omnipotent.

Before Yahusha came as our Redeemer, the Torah or commandments of Yahuah had to be spelled out in detail to mankind in their fallen state (the Schoolmaster). It was only after Yahusha died for us and reconciled us to the Father that we were able to live by His Torah, as it is now written on our hearts. This happened when his loved ones received His Holy Spirit on the Feast of Shavuot.

He did not change His Word because we could not keep it,

 rather He changed us by His Spirit so that we could .

Let us start at the beginning in Bereshith (Genesis) 2:15-17 And Yahuah Elohim took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and to guard it. And Yahuah Elohim commanded the man, saying, “Eat of every tree of the garden, but do not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for in the day that you eat of it you shall certainly die”.

This was simple and clear cut. Yahuah ordered obedience in just that one thing or the penalty was death.

Then enter the evil one in the form of a serpent to tempt Adam and Eve with the sin of pride.

Bereshith 3: 1-5 And the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which Yahuah Elohim had made, and he said to the woman, “Is it true that Elohim has said, ‘Do not eat of every tree of the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We are to eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden, but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, Elohim has said, ‘Do not eat of it, nor touch it, lest you die’.” And the serpent said to the woman, “You shall certainly not die. For Elohim knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes shall be opened, and you shall be like Elohim knowing good and evil”.

There follows in chapter 3:6-24 the results of disobeying Elohim in His command

“Do not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil”.

Adam blames his wife ……………. Eve blames the serpent …………… Nobody blames themselves. We cannot be forgiven until we admit fault and repent.

In verses 14 and 15 Yahuah curses the serpent, but in His great mercy He promises a Redeemer to save humanity from the results of their iniquity and the Law of Sin and Death which is SIN AND YOU DIE. But here comes the promise that will save us from that fate.

Bereshith 3:22 And Yahuah Elohim said, “See, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever…”.

23, 24 so Yahuah Elohim sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken. And He drove the man out. And He placed kerubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.

The flaming sword is the Word of Yahuah guarding eternal life.

Here comes the serpent again in the form of a Pharisee -

Matthew 22:34-40 But the Pharisees, having heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, were gathered together, and one of them learned in the Torah, did question, trying Him, and saying, “Teacher, which is the great command in the Torah?” And Yahusha said to him,

“You shall love Yahuah your Elohim with all your heart, and with all your being, and with all your mind’. This is the first and great command.

And the second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself’.

“On these two commands hang all the Torah and the Prophets”.

Acts chapter 2 describes the pouring out of the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit) in the temple on the Feast of Shavuot when His loved ones were gathered to celebrate the giving of the Ten Commandments at Mount Sinai. The same fire that scorched the top of Mount Sinai swept into the temple and tongues of flame stood above the head of each of His loved ones and they were filled with the Holy Spirit. This was the moment when the Word of Yahuah was written on their hearts not on tablets of stone as before. Now they could follow the two great commandments of Yahusha which covered our love of Yahuah and our love of each other to perfection. No longer did they need to have the Torah spelled out to them in great detail as a Schoolmaster, but His Torah was written on each heart.

The Tree of Life

Revelation 22:1-4 And he showed me a river of water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of Elohim and of the Lamb, in the midst of its street, and on either side of the river was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And no longer shall there be any curse, and the throne of Elohim and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. And they shall see His face, and His Name shall be upon their foreheads.


Neville and June Shaw

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