Torah Observance
Is that for Christians?

Torah observance is an Old Testament phenomenon, linked to Jewish Law and the Temple in Jerusalem. It is still practiced today by many Jewish groups. Since the Romans destroyed the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem in AD 70, the place Jehovah authorized for offering sacrifices no longer exists.

Pharisees chose legalism
over the grace of God

Jews and Christians rightly honor the Torah because it is G-d's holy word but its time to be honest about Torah Observance.

You and I cannot name all 613 commands in the Jewish Law unless we open the Torah and read them. And even if we could name them and keep all of them, doing so would not save us. G-d doesn't tell us to be a good person to get saved or to keep the law to get saved. If we can't name or keep all of G-d's commands, how can we live a life that pleases God?

Scripture uses limiting language to describe the Law of Moses. This language indicates that the Law Covenant was a temporary covenant and would eventually be replaced by a better covenant.

The Law had a definite ending point.

Jesus said: "For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John." Matthew 11:13.

Ancient Jewish Scroll

"Until" means up to and including John. "Until" indicates that John the Baptist marks the end
of the old covenant
and the beginning of
the new covenant.

"Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator." Galatians 3:19.
Scripture tells us the Law is "till" the seed should come. The seed is Jesus Christ, our Messiah. The Law of Moses was a temporary institution whose purpose was to point to Christ.

"For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth." Romans 10:4.

"End" means both fulfillment and termination.

"For if that which is done away [the Old Covenant of Law] was glorious, much more that which remaineth [the New Covenant] is glorious." 2 Corinthians 3:11.

According to the Bible, the Law
was done away and abolished

Paul contrasts law and grace, old covenant and new covenant and says the old covenant was "done away." If Torah Observance is a requirement for Christians, why does Paul describe the law as "done away?"

“And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished" [the law]. 2 Corinthians 3:13.

If Torah Observance is a requirement for Christians, why does Paul say the law was "abolished?" Paul describes the Law as "abolished" because Christians no longer have to keep the Law, Romans 6:14, to be right with God.

Torah Observance is never a requirement for born again Christians.

A beautiful old Torah scroll. God gave Moses
the Law, after Israel left Egypt, around 1450 BC

Is Torah Observance commanded
for New Testament Christians?
Absolutely Not!

  1. Jesus informed us the Law had an ending point, at which time the New Covenant would be in force.

  2. Paul informed us the Law had an ending point and referred to the Law as being “done away” and “abolished.”

Scripture contrasts the old covenant
and the new covenant.

The New Testament never says that Torah Observance is required. Instead, the Bible contrasts the Old and the New Covenant. The New Covenant is described as "everlasting" while the Old Covenant is described as "done away with" and "abolished."

The New Covenant Is Everlasting.

1. "And confirmed the same unto Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant." Psalm 105:10.

Here the Psalmist speaks of the Abrahamic Covenant, not the Mosaic Covenant.

2. "The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant." Isaiah 24:5.

Here Isaiah speaks of the Abrahamic Covenant, not the Mosaic Covenant.

3. "Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant..." Hebrews 13:20.

The Lord Jesus Christ was the fulfillment of the Abrahamic Covenant, God's promised seed to bless all nations of the earth.

Torah Observance
Are Christians Under The Law?

No - scripture is clear that Christians are not under law and therefore Torah Observance is not required for Christians.

  • "For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace." Romans 6:14.

  • Christians are dead to the law." Romans 7:4.

  • Christians are "delivered from the law." Romans 7:6.

  • "we are no longer a schoolmaster" [the law] Galatians 3:25.

Torah observance is not a requirement for Christians because

the Law required us to keep ALL its precepts and we are incapable of doing that. So, Jesus perfectly kept the Law for us, in our place. When we trust Jesus Christ as our Savior, God imputes (applies the righteousness of Christ to our account as a free gift). Its as if we had never sinned and instead, had led a perfect life, always keeping the Law and always pleasing G-d, as Jesus did. Can you get your mind around what a stunning gift God wants to give us?

  1. "Therefore shall ye observe all my statutes, and all my judgements, and do them: I am the LORD." Leviticus 19:37.

  2. "Ye shall therefore keep all my statutes, and all my judgements, and do them: that the land whither I bring you to dwell therein, spue you not out." Leviticus 20:22.

  3. "And if ye shall despise my statutes, or if your soul abhor my judgements, so that ye will not do all my commandments, but that ye break my covenant..." Leviticus 26:15.

  4. "That ye may remember, and do all my commandments, and be holy unto your God." Numbers 15:40.

  5. Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them." Galatians 3:10.

  6. "For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all." James 2:10.

This much loved Leipzig Torah scroll, survived the Holocaust.

The Torah is read from
right to left.

Here is a logical question
about Torah Observance.

Can anyone keep all 613 commandments in the Law? If you cannot, then according to James 2:10, you are defeated before you begin.

"For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all." James 2:10

If you mess up your Torah observance one time, if you fail to keep even one of the 613 commands in the Law, its as if you’ve broken all of them.

Think about it. If we are still required to keep the Law, what happens when we inevitably break the Law? There are no Levitical priests offering blood sacrifices in the Jewish Temple. The Jewish Temple was destroyed when Titus the Roman Emperor sacked Jerusalem in AD 70.

Apart from the sacrifice of Jesus our Messiah, which paid for all our sins forever, if we are still under the Law, we're in deep trouble.

We have no way to atone for our sins under the Law. Since there is no Levitical priesthood offering blood sacrifices and no Temple in Jerusalem in which to offer sacrifices, there is no way, under the Law, to deal with our sins.

Torah observance does not work when there's no Tabernacle, no Temple and no Levitical priesthood to offer sacrifices.

If you're trusting Jesus alone
instead of Torah Observance,
you'll be just fine

Jesus was God's passover Lamb. The blood payment for sins which Jesus made on the Cross, as our Substitute, was accepted by God the Father. God the Father was perfectly pleased with the blood sacrifice Jesus made for our sins. Now if you want to get saved, you must be satisfied with the payment for your sins that Jesus made. Jesus' payment satisfied God. Does it satisfy you?

"For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us." 1 Corinthians 5:7b

Jesus died and shed His sinless blood to pay for our sins. Because Jesus rose from the dead, we can have eternal life when we trust Jesus as our sin payment, as our Savior.

If you try to keep the Law but refuse to trust Jesus, what do you do with your sins? There's no way to get rid of your sins apart from Jesus, God's sacrifice for sins. Its easier and safer to trust Jesus alone and its the right thing to do.

Some modern Pharisees want to pick and choose which parts of the Law others must keep. They believe that Torah Observance is a requirement for gay Christians. They insist that gay Christians must comply with their unscriptural interpretation of Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13.

Scripture is clear that picking and choosing to keep only some parts of the Law is not acceptable to God. Paul shot down the picking and choosing argument in his letter to the Galatians.

"Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them." Galatians 3:10

If you want to be justified by law, then you've got to keep ALL of the law. The only thing God will accept is 100%, total compliance with His Law. Anything less than 100% perfect law-keeping puts you under a curse, according to Galatians 3:10.

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