The Torah of the Messiah

Galatians 6:1-2, “Brothers, even if a man is caught in some fault, you who are spiritual must restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; looking to yourself so that you are not also tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the Torah of the Messiah.”

Paul, in Galatians 6:2, makes mention of the “law of the Messiah”, and this one reference has been used by Replacement Theologians to support their assertion that the Torah of Moses has been somehow replaced by the Torah of Yeshua. However, if such a stance is to be maintained, then there should be at least a shred of evidence from the words of the Messiah that such a transition was to occur. The purpose of this short article is to examine if there is any evidence from the words of the Messiah as to which law He considered valid.

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Matthew 5:17-19

“Do not think that I came to destroy the Torah or the Prophets. I did not 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 Torah, 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. For I tell you that unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, there is no way you will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.”

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Mark 2:23-28

It happened that He was going on the Sabbath day through the grain fields, and His disciples began, as they went, to pluck the ears of grain. The Pharisees said to Him, “Behold, why do they do that which is not lawful on the Sabbath day?”

He said to them, “Did you never read what David did, when he had need, and was hungry— he, and those who were with him? How he entered into God’s house when Abiathar was high priest, and ate the show bread, which is not lawful to eat except for the priests, and gave also to those who were with him?”

He said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. Therefore the Son of Man is lord even of the Sabbath.”

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Luke 16:19-31

“Now there was a certain rich man, and he was clothed in purple and fine linen, living in luxury every day. A certain beggar, named Lazarus, was laid at his gate, full of sores, and desiring to be fed with the crumbs that fell from the rich man’s table. Yes, even the dogs came and licked his sores. It happened that the beggar died, and that he was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died, and was buried. In Hades, he lifted up his eyes, being in torment, and saw Abraham far off, and Lazarus at his bosom. He cried and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue! For I am in anguish in this flame.’

“But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that you, in your lifetime, received your good things, and Lazarus, in the same way, bad things. But now here he is comforted and you are in anguish. Besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, that those who want to pass from here to you are not able, and that none may cross over from there to us.’

“He said, ‘I ask you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father’s house; for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, so they won’t also come into this place of torment.’

“But Abraham said to him, ‘They have Moses and the prophets. Let them listen to them.’

“He said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’

“He said to him, ‘If they don’t listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded if one rises from the dead.’”

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John 14:15, 14:21, 15:10

“If you love Me, keep My commandments.”

“One who has My commandments, and keeps them, that person is one who loves Me. One who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him, and will reveal Myself to him.”

“If you keep My commandments, you will remain in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and remain in his love.”

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And there you have it…

From the very words of the Messiah in all four Gospels, this is a brief summation of what He thought of the Torah: it will not pass away, His day is the Sabbath, He can profit you nothing if you have not heard it, and the way we show our love to Him is by keeping it. These are the Messiah’s words- not my own.

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