I have written and will accelerate my writing on Yahusha and salvation. The Truth is that there is a “New Covenant”, one superior to its predecessor in every way. Yet disregarding the former solitary covenant is to reject the stated Will of Yahuah, His Will which He promised would stand eternally.
Mat 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.
Mat 5:18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled (“all”, not the “law”. “All” refers to everything prophetic right up to His physical return to rule on earth – jd).
Jesus DID fulfill the law. All was fulfilled through Him, not to abolish the Law, but to be the perfect sacrificial lamb. He obeyed all of God’s Law to perfection, but disregarded the Rabbinical oral and written “laws”, calling the religious leaders “white-washed tombs, filled with dead mens’ bones.
That’s a powerful statement. Then the Living Truth, the Eternal Word which has always been, followed that up with His reaffirmation that the commands of Yahuah will remain in full until heaven and earth pass away.
Jesus commands us to obey ALL of the commands, and to teach others, our families first (less we be worse than infidels).
Mat 5:19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. (These are all future-tense, not past-tense. He speaks forward, not as to the past. This therefore applies to the saved. -jd)
Mat 5:20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness (“righteousness” is adherence to the instructions of Yahuah) shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees (by following Torah-jd), ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. (Q: What makes one “righteous”? Bear in mind that this is Yahusha, speaking in the New Testament commanding that we adhere to the ‘Law’, which is the very definition of ‘Righteousness‘) jd) The “New Covenant” is eternal life. That is what makes it superior to the former covenant in every way . We are required to be righteous.
Torah, Salvation and The Way
Torah is precisely as long-lived as Yahuah says it is, and although there is a New Covenant, it did not replace the first one. The perfect commands of Yahuah stand as pristine and as holy as they were the day Moses wrote them down. The Holy days of Yahuah are and will be, and we are fully expected to adhere to them.
“The Way” is a term applied to those saved by grace and faith in Yahusha (aka Jesus) who research and practice Torah. The Law cannot save a man; Rather, it condemns all men. Yahusha saves man, and the Torah leads unto or establishes Righteousness. The two combined, Salvation through faith in Yahusha and Righteousness through adherence to Torah combine into The Way, the path taught by Yahusha and followed by every one of His hand-picked disciples, even after Yahusha was crucified and gone many years.
This is that path. It is so powerful that in The Revelation, Satan himself comes specifically to hunt us down. He comes soon.
Rev 12:17 And the dragon was enraged over the woman, and went away to make war with the rest of her seed, those keeping the commandments of God, and having the testimony of Jesus Christ. (The Way)
Yahuah Loves Those Who Obey The Commands of Yahusha
John 14:21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
Since Yahusha is the Living Word and The Truth and has always been, then the commands of Yahuah are the commands of Yahusha.
“I and the Father are one.“
Bear in mind that Sha’ul was arrested and eventually had his head cut off for teaching The Way, a combination of Salvation through Yahusha and Torah. That is the specific charge by the Pharisees, those children of Satan who despise the Light.
Act 24:14 (Paul – Sha’ul speaks) “However, I admit to you that in accordance with the Way, which they call a heresy, I worship the God of our ancestors and believe in everything written in the Law and the Prophets.
There is an interesting teaching by Sha’ul which liberates the saved to eat unclean as long as the eating of it is not in the presence of one who considers such an act as being a transgression of the law and therefore offensive.
Rom 14:13 Let us not therefore judge one another anymore: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumbling block or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way.
Rom 14:14 I know, and am persuaded by Adonai Yahusha, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him who considers anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean”.
Rom 14:15 But if your brother be grieved with your food, now walk you not charitably. Destroy not him with your meat, for whom Mashiach died.
Rom 14:16 Let not then your good be evil spoken of:
Rom 14:17 For the Kingdom of Elohiym is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Ruach Ha’Qodesh.
Rom 14:18 For he that in these things serves Mashiach is acceptable to Elohiym, and approved of men.
Rom 14:19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.
Rom 14:20 For food destroys not the work of Elohiym. All things indeedare clean, but they are evilfor the man who eats and gives offense
Yahusha Himself states in Mark that nothing which goes into the body of a man can defile him, but rather it is wickedness that originates from the heart of a man which leads him into darkness. One can conclude from this statement that there are no more dietary restrictions, but that might not be correct.
“And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him.
Mark 7:14 And calling all the crowd near, He said to them, All hear Me and understand.
Mar 7:15 “There is nothing from outside the man, having entered into him, which is able to defile him. But the things going out from him, those are the things defiling the man.
Mar 7:16 If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.
Mar 7:17 And when He entered into a house from the crowd, His disciples questioned Him about the parable.
Mar 7:18 And He said to them, “Are you also so undiscerning? Do you not perceive that all which enters from the outside into the man is not able to defile him? “
Did Yahuah Change His Mind On Food?
For example, if you want to eat a juicy pork ribeye, that desire originates within you, right? It is a desire from the heart and this is all that matters to Yahuah. Sin begins within us, not externally from us. Eating that pig meat is the lessor of two evils. The greater evil is the desire to eat it. Sin begins within us, which is what Yahusha wants us to understand. The meat does not harm us, The desire to disobey Yahuah – that harms us.
So does Sha’ul “blow it”? Does he teach wrongly? Is it ok for a person to eat unclean as long as no one else is offended by it?
Apparently, because Sha’ul was hand-picked by Yahusha and Sha’ul was a totally “all in” follower of the Mashiach. Sha’ul hunted Christians and killed them. He literally had a license to kill. He fought for Torah like no other in history. He lost everything for following Yahusha. As a Pharisee he had to be married, but where was his wife in all these years? He had a nice home in Tarsus where he retreated to study and learn after the Damascus road calling. What happened to his house? Did his wife live there, divorced from Sha’ul?
He was also the pre-eminent Pharisee in Jerusalem. A brilliant and rising star. He was at the top of his game, highly respected as a keeper of the faith, yet he left all of that for the honor of being stoned to death in the dirt for His Lord Yahusha.
Never disregard Sha’ul. He paid a massive price for his adoration of the Mashiach, up to and including having his head cut off.
Will your weak Torah obedience cost you your life? No. Yahusha teaches that those who downgrade Torah will be downgraded in Heaven. Teaching anything contrary to Torah diminishes the teacher and also those who follow that teacher. Yahuah was very specific about what He considered “food”. Pig, shrimp, squirrels, rabbits, deep-fried jumbo coconut shrimp and more – all bad. Do not eat.
Yahuah says His ordinances are for eternity, throughout our generations. The scriptures tell us that Yahuah does not change, but He does seem to change. Not in the essence of His being, but in His desires for us. Never forget that he got so fed up with the Hebrews in the wilderness that he wanted to exterminate all of them and start over with offspring from Moses. Moses was adamantly against that but what stopped Yahuah from doing it was the realization that Satan would eternally take credit for making Yahuah so angry with the Hebrews that He exterminated His own people. Yahuah did not want to hear that every day for the next several thousand years.
But He was willing to drop the whole Abrahamic covenant and make a covenant with Moses instead. So certainly Yahuah changes His mind. For example:
Exo 32:14 So the LORD changed his mind about the calamity he had said he would bring on his people.
Why would He do that? Why isn’t His plan always perfect? Why did He want to drop the promises He made to Abraham and give them to Moses? How come He seems imperfect here? Wouldn’t a perfect God have a perfect grasp on all of His decisions for all time? Would He ever be surprised or confused? Knowing all things and never being wrong, He had to know for an eternity in advance that He would flood the earth. Does Yahuah ever not know something? Anything? And since time does not exist for Him, then all things are “now”.
Personally, I think Yahuah puts Himself through the agonies that He experiences because He wants to be part of the human tapestry. He wants to experience the pain and agony and doubt and unknown on purpose. He shares in the human experience right beside us. Our story is also His story. He is participating in our lives perfectly and putting Himself through many problems along side of us. What an awesome God Yahuah is.
1John 2:4 He that saith, “I know him”, but keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
Listen to your heart. Just listen to your heart. So much is in there.