Is It Still For Us Today?

Still For Us TodayMost believers have been taught that after Y’shua came we no longer have to follow the instructions YHWH gave to His children through Moses in the Old Testament.  If we’re going to say this, we would need to be 110% sure and have some concrete evidence backing up this claim so we can know that we are living according to YHWH’s desires and not our own. Maybe you’ve found yourself asking questions about what you’ve been taught and have decided to let the Bible (YHWH’s inspired words) answer them instead of another man’s thoughts.  This way statements like “I believe” or “I think” cannot be a factor.

 

This resource was put together from different word searches and studies in hopes to bring clarity to certain topics taught in churches today claiming the law or Torah has been done away with.  We are going to post a LOT of scripture in this resource, so to keep the length down we are just going to post the Chapter and Verses instead of posting entire verses.

 

Let’s start with seeing if YHWH or Y’shua ever change or claimed they would?

 

Numbers 23:19; Malachi 3:6; Hebrews 13:8

 

In these verses, we see that they do not change!  Now the question is, has Y’shua always been or did He come into existence at the beginning of the “New Testament”?

 

Genesis 1:26

 

According to this verse, there was more than one but it doesn’t explicitly say that “US” and “OUR” are talking about Y’shua so let’s keep looking and put it all together, in the end, to see if He has been present since creation.

 

Luke 10:18; John 1:1-4; John 8:58; John 17:4-5; Colossians 1:15-17

 

After reading these verses, when we read the verse in Genesis 1:26 and see “US” and “OUR” we know that Y’shua was there in the beginning with YHWH.

 

Before we go any further let’s look at What the Bible’s definition of sin is and where we look for sin’s description?

 

1 John 3:4 1 John 5:16-17; Romans 7:7

 

John tells us that sin is the transgression of the law, YHWH’s instructions (Torah).  Paul tells us that without the law or Torah we wouldn’t know what sin is.  The Torah is like a mirror to show us where we fall short and how to live according to YHWH’s will for us.

 

Does YHWH listen or hear the prayers of people living a lawless life or living a life of willful sin?

 

Proverbs 28:9; John 9:31; Acts 5:31-32

 

So the lawless are people who willfully break YHWH’s commandments.  We also see He doesn’t listen to or hear their prayers, or reward them with His Spirit.  This is not to say that YHWH will never show mercy to people who willfully sin.  Look at Israel in the wilderness and we can see time and time again that YHWH blessed them and took care of them in spite of their disobedience.  Please understand that we are not suggesting that YHWH will shun someone who breaks the Torah because they were never taught to observe it.  We are talking about willful disobedience here, and even then YHWH can still bless us if he so chooses.

 

Okay, let’s look at Ezekiel’s definition/explanation of righteousness and lawlessness and ultimately who is responsible for sin.

 

Ezekiel 3:17-21; Ezekiel 18:5-31; Ezekiel 33:1-20

Also, refer to Deuteronomy 6:24-25 as a definition of righteousness.

 

So now let’s look at lawlessness, and fire in regards to obedience and disobedience.

 

Matthew 3:8-12; John 15:5-6; Matthew 7:13-23; Luke 13:24-28; Matthew 13:41-43;

Matthew 13:47-50; Matthew 18:8-9; Mark 9:43-50; Matthew 24:9-13; Matthew 25:40-46;

Luke 3:8-9, 16-17

 

It appears that those doing lawlessness will NOT be with YHWH and Y’shua in eternity.  According to the above scriptures, those who practice lawlessness will be thrown into the fire where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth.  These verses also make it clear that we are responsible for our own sins and actions as well as warning those people who are living in sin. It even looks like if we don’t warn those living in sin that their blood is on our hands.  So far the scriptures are making a compelling case for us keeping the Torah of YHWH.  But let’s keep searching to see if we should really be keeping all the laws, commandments, and instructions.

 

Heaven and earth are mentioned regarding keeping the commandments, let’s look at what the Bible has to say on that subject.

 

Matthew 5:17-18; Luke 16:1; Matthew 24:35; Mark 13:31; Isaiah 65:17-25; Isaiah 66:22-24; 2Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:1-8

 

We’re sure we can all agree that Heaven and Earth are still here but just to make sure, we just poked our head out the door and, YEP, Heaven, and Earth are still here.  So, if we say that the law is not for us today, then we are calling Y’shua a liar because He said that not even the crossing of a “t” or the dotting of an “i” would pass from the law as long as Heaven and Earth were still here.  Not that we need to second guess Y’shua’s words, but there are two more witnesses that confirm that the word of YHWH is forever.

 

I Peter 1:23-25; Isaiah 40:8

 

Since Heaven and Earth are still here, and the commandments/laws/instructions of YHWH are forever, shouldn’t we still be keeping them?  Does our future depend on it?

 

Revelation 12:17; Revelation 14:12

 

So from these two verses, it looks like we should be keeping the commandments and have the testimony of Y’shua, let’s keep searching, though.  Here are just three of many verses from the Old Testament that state how important the law/commandments are and that they should be followed forever.

 

Deuteronomy 6:24-25; Malachi 4:4; Ecclesiastes 12:13

 

Here are twenty-six verse from the New Testament:

 

Matthew 19:17; Matthew 22:34-40; Matthew 28:19-20; Luke 8:21; Luke 11:28 John 8:51; John 14:15; John 14:21-24; John 15:9-10; 1 John 2:3-6; 1 John 2:9-11; 1 John 3:4-10; 1 John 3:24; 1 John 5:2-5; 1 John 5:18; 1 Corinthians 7:19; Romans 6:15-23; 1 Timothy 6:12-16; Hebrews 5:9-14; Hebrews 4:6-12; 1 Peter 1:13-16; Revelation 1:3; Revelation 2:26-28;  Revelation 3:10; Revelation 16:15; Revelation 22:7

 

 

We’ve heard people say that the laws are a burden but are the instructions that YHWH gave us so we can be considered righteous in His sight really hard or burdensome?

 

Deuteronomy 30:11-19

 

Did Y’shua teach or preach a different message from YHWH and where did Y’shua get the commandments that He also gave and taught?

 

John 12:49-50; John 14:24

 

But that was before his death, burial, and resurrection, people will say.  We also have Him teaching the same message from the Torah and the Prophets after His resurrection on the road to Emmaus.

 

Luke 24:27

 

He taught the same thing YHWH gave in the beginning.

 

Here are a few examples of what His brother James and Paul had to say about the law.

 

Acts 24:13-14; Acts 28:23; Romans 2:13; James 1:22-25; James 2:18-20, 26; Romans 3:31; Romans 6:15; Romans 7:12; Romans 7:22; 1 Corinthians 9:21; Romans 8:5-8

 

What did Y’shua say about man’s ways, doctrines, and traditions?

 

Matthew 15:3-9; Mark 7:6-9

 

Many people are taught that we are under or part of the New Covenant today.  There is an important part mentioned about the New Covenant that states that the law/Torah is still a central part of the covenant.  So central that it will be written on our hearts, not done away with or fulfilled in the sense that we no longer have to obey them.

 

Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Jeremiah 31:31-34; Ezekiel 11:18-21

 

As far as we can tell sin is still sin, YHWH and Y’shua are one and never change, and we are to put the commandments above everything to show our love for YHWH.  We should be following the commandments because of our salvation, not for our salvation.  Our traditions and manmade doctrines mean nothing, and could be harming us.  Heaven and Earth are still here along with YHWH’s instructions that He established from the beginning.  The Torah is not supposed to be done away with.  How can it be when it is going to be written on our hearts?  If we choose not to be hearers and doers of the law we face the possibility of being thrown into the lake of fire.  YHWH is a fair and just God, and He has given us all a choice, Life or Death, Blessings or Curses.

 

“Therefore, fear the LORD and worship Him in sincerity and truth.  Get rid of the gods your fathers worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and worship Yahweh.  But if it doesn’t please you to worship Yahweh, choose for yourselves today the one you will worship: the gods your fathers worshiped beyond the Euphrates River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living.  As for me and my family, we will worship Yahweh.” Joshua 24:14-15

 

We will close with this, letting the Bible have the last word.

 

Ecclesiastes 12:13
When all has been heard, the conclusion of the matter is: fear God and keep His commands, because this is for all humanity.

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Posted on July 16, 2015 in Answering Tough Questions, Confronting Mainstream Christians, Foundational Teachings

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Jeremy lives in North Louisiana with his wife and three children. He grew up in Methodist and Baptist churches most of his life. His pastor, who also happened to be his Uncle, started realizing that Torah was still an important part of our relationship with God and began to incorporate Torah into his messages. Jeremy set out on a mission to prove his Uncle wrong and dove head first into the Word. He failed in his quest to disprove his Uncle and came to realize that the whole Word still applies to believers today.

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    July 17, 2015 at 2:38 pm · Reply

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  2. Liz Frasier
    July 19, 2015 at 7:47 pm · Reply

    Wonderful post!! Thank you!

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