V5 - You know that He appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him there is no sin.
Psalms 1 speaks of those who yield are like a tree and bear fruit:
Just let that sink in for a moment. Stop reading! Let it sink in…think about it. Okay, you might be thinking well Yeshua came and changed that. If that is your thought, then I have a few questions for you. Can G-d’s word come back void or empty (Isaiah 55:11)? Does G-d change his ways (Numbers 23:19 or Malachi 3:6)? One last question before we move on, but picture yourself as a Jew during the 1st century. G-d came and presented the Torah to the Israelites and told them to be a light unto the nations. The Torah is a lamp and the commandments a light (Psalm 119:105). He told them the Torah was forever. There is no indication in the Torah or in the Prophets nor in the writings that G-d was going to put an end to the Torah. You know this because you have studied the Tanakh (Genesis – Malachi) all your life. Then G-d sends Yeshua and ends following of Torah. Wait a minute. All your life, your father’s life, his father’s life, and on and on you were told and you could read that the Torah was forever. Then Yeshua comes and changes everything. How could you place any faith in G-d? How could you place faith in a G-d who said something was forever, but now it is not? How do you know He won’t come again and do the same thing? Now it is no longer placing your faith in Yeshua, but some other way for salvation.
Until next time….kadosh, kadosh, kadosh is Hashem!
The Messiah, Yeshua, spoke many times on the issue to bear fruit. So did His precursor John. In Matthew 3:8 John said to bear fruit in keeping with repentance. John is telling us we must repent from our sins and we would bear fruit. John could only be speaking about repenting from our sins based on Torah. When we turn from sin and towards G-d and His ways, which is Torah, we bear fruit. If you don’t bear good fruit then you will be cut down and thrown into the fire (v10). Can John come as the precursor to Christ and speak a different way? Absolutely not.
- The Torah was the actual spoken words to Moses and G-d met Moses and spoke to him unlike anyone else. The prophets Isaiah, Ezekiel, Jeremiah for example all saw dreams and visions. They never met with G-d.
- King David wrote of the word often and it always pointed back to Torah.
- When this Gospel was written the Gospels and Epistles would not be canonized into a what exists today as the Bible for a couple hundred years afterwards. Therefore at most, word could be pointing back to the whole Tanakh (Genesis – Malachi) not the “New Testament”
Many believe the Torah first was introduced at Mt Sinai to the Israelites, but is this true? Many believe the Torah was added due to sin, but is this true? Bizrat HaShem, let’s take a look into Scripture and see if there is a different perspective that can be presented.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with G-d, and the Word was G-d. He was in the beginning with G-d. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. John 1:1-5
That is a lot to digest! There is so much depth to what John is telling us in this passage, so let’s start in the beginning – In the beginning was the Word. Generally speaking, most know John is speaking about our salvation – Yeshua. John 1:14 – And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us…. Revelation 19:13 says His name (speaking of the Messiah) is called The Word of G-d. I think it is important then to determine what John means when he uses word in this way.
David spoke of the word many times throughout Psalms. Specifically, Psalm 119 speaks of the word.
Psalm 119:9 – How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping it according to Your word.
Verse 11 – Your word I have treasured in my heart, That I may not sin against You.
Verse 16 – I shall delight in Your statutes; I shall not forget Your word.
Verse 17 – Deal bountifully with Your servant, That I may live and keep Your word.
Verse 43 – And do not take the word of truth utterly out of my mouth, For I wait for Your ordinances.
Verse 67 – Before I was afflicted I went astray, But now I keep Your word.
Verse 89 – Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven.
Verse 101 – I have restrained my feet from every evil way, That I may keep Your word.
Verse 105 – Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.
Verse 130 – The unfolding of Your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple.
Verse 133 – Establish my footsteps in Your word, And do not let any iniquity have dominion over me.
Verse 139 – My zeal has consumed me, Because my adversaries have forgotten Your words.
Verse 148 – My eyes anticipate the night watches, That I may meditate on Your word.
Verse 160 – The sum of Your word is truth, And every one of Your righteous ordinances is everlasting.
Verse 172 – Let my tongue sing of Your word, For all Your commandments are righteousness.
A few of the above verses I want to highlight. Verses 9-11 state this – How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping it according to Your word. With all my heart I have sought You; Do not let me wander from Your commandments. Your word I have treasured in my heart, That I may not sin against You. Verses 16-17 are about delighting in His statutes so that he will not forget and keep His word. David says not to take the word out of his mouth and that he went astray, but not he keeps His word. Forever you word is settled in heaven. I could go on and on. Clearly David is using word synonymously with Torah. We also know from David that the Torah and the commandments are truth (v142, 151). Paul tells Timothy in 1 Timothy 1:8 that the law is good. Paul also calls the law holy, righteous, and good in Romans. We also know from Proverbs 6:23 that the commandment is a lamp, the Torah is a light, and reproofs for discipline are the way of life. We also saw in Psalm 119:105 that the word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. So word=light=Torah.
Now, Genesis 1:3-5 says this: Then G-d said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. G-d saw that the light was good; and G-d separated the light from the darkness. G-d called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day.
What is the light that G-d created for it is not the sun, moon and stars which are created on day four? It is the Torah. The Torah is the light. The light was good…just like Paul said the Torah was good. He separated the light from darkness. Why? John tells us the Light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not comprehend it in John 1:5. Isaiah 8:20 says To the Torah and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them. Thus why in Revelation 12:17 it says And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. In 3:19 John says the Light came into the world and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. So those who practice the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in G-d (v21). What is truth? As I already mentioned the Torah is truth. So those who practice Torah come to the Torah because they are not of darkness but of Light. Their deeds are not evil, because they practice Torah.
Genesis 1:4 says G-d saw that the light was good. In the English you cannot see this next point, but in Hebrew you can. Typically, the word את (Aleph Tav reading right to left) is not translated from Hebrew to English. That is right, the translators just skip it. Each time the Aleph Tav is mentioned in Scripture it is speaking about Yeshua and His work. The Aleph Tav are the first and last letters of the Hebrew alphabet. In Greek it is the Alpha and Omega, but in Hebrew it is the Aleph and Tav…the first and the last. In this verse it actually says את-האןר. That is Aleph Tav – heh aleph vav resh. The word for light is aleph vav resh or in Hebrew OR. I say all this to get to the gemetria of this light. If you don’t know about Hebrew Gemetria it is very powerful and has lots of uses. Each letter is assigned a numerical value. When you add the numerical value of this combination it will amaze you. Aleph = 1, Tav = 400, Heh = 5, Aleph = 1, Vav = 6, and the Resh = 200. Go ahead, add it up. What do you get? I hope you got 613! For there are 613 commandments! When G-d said the light was good, he was talking about the Torah. The Torah is the light! Without the Torah you do not have light, but darkness.
Hopefully, you followed along to this point. We know the Word is equal to Torah and equal to Light. We also know from John 1:14 that the Word become flesh and was full of grace and truth. In other words, the Torah became flesh. So Yeshua is the walking Torah. John later says in 14:6 that I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the father, but by me. In other words, you cannot go to the father except through the Torah!
Was the Torah given to anyone prior to Mt. Sinai? This I cannot prove emphatically. I have shown how the Torah definitely existed prior the foundations of the world though. We do know that Cain and Abel were bringing sacrifices to G-d. We do know there was a distinction between clean and unclean animals. We do know that Avraham was obedient to G-d’s commandments, statutes, and laws. We know Avraham made sacrifices and paid a tithe. All of this prior to the giving of the Torah at Mt Sinai.
The questions posed at the beginning were was the Torah introduced at Mt Sinai and was the Torah a result of sin. Based on the evidence presented here I do not believe one can conclude the answer to be yes. It has to be no. For Yeshua, the Messiah, existed from the beginning, for He is G-d. G-d is our salvation.
Baruch HaShem! I hope this has brought some understanding and clarity for you. At the very least has made you rethink your perspective.
Until next time…kadosh, kadosh, kadosh is HaShem!
Law, law, law! I am so confused. What is Paul saying in Galatians 3? You could read it and assume every time Paul says law he is speaking of the Torah, the commandments. Unfortunately, that can’t be correct! If you believe that you are wrong! Yes, I am saying that emphatically! How can I be so sure? Let’s take a look at v19 – Why the Law then? It was added because of transgressions, having been ordained through angels by the agency of a mediator, until the seed would come to whom the promise had been made.
If the law came as a result of transgressions (i.e. sins) then it is not possible to sin. You cannot sin if the law did not exist prior to the giving of the law at Mount Sinai by G-d to Israel. Sin is transgression of the law (1 John 4:3), therefore the law (Torah) could not have been added due to transgressions because the Torah needs to exist prior to the sin to sin. You might need to read that a couple times, but one needs to understand the Torah (law) is eternal. It is forever. The law spoken of in v19 cannot be the original commandments given by G-d otherwise there would be no sin before that time period.
Confused? Great. Let’s try and find out what law was added that Paul is referring to in this verse. Initially, all of the sons of Israel were to be a kingdom of priests and a holy nation (Exodus 19:5-6). Something happened though that caused this to change, the golden calf. The golden calf incident changed history forever. No longer were all the tribes going to serve as priests. Now, only the Levites. Prior to the incident HaShem already gave His instructions to the Israelites. Due to the incident new instructions came. The Levitical Priesthood would serve and teach the others. This is the law that was added because of transgressions. This is what Paul is referring to in v19.
Now that the Levitical Priests were setup to lead, for how long were they to lead? What does Paul mean until the seed would come to whom the promise had been made. The promise was to Avraham. Not sure of anyone who would disagree with that. So what does “until the seed would come” mean. Yeshua is the seed. Until Yeshua would come the Levitical Priesthood would serve and teach others. We know from Hebrews 7 that the Levitical priesthood was not perfect. We know they did not fulfill their mission of teaching Israel. When Yeshua came (possibly when He comes again) the priesthood changed. No longer were the Levitical priests going to be the teachers of the people. Who is going to be the teacher?
Jeremiah 31:33 says HaShem will put His Torah within them and write it on the hearts of Israel and Judah. They will no longer be teaching, because all will know Him. Ezekiel 36:26-27 says “Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances.”
HaShem is going to be the teacher. His Spirit is going to cause you to walk in His statutes and observe His ordinances. The Levites will still have their place in the Temple. In the Millennial they will be serving up sacrifices, including sin sacrifices. The Levites role of teachers ended though with the coming of the MaShiach.
Does Galatians 3:19 make a little more sense now? There is some detail still to be written, but for the sake of time that will come later.
Until next time…kadosh, kadosh, kadosh is HaShem
I did not realize it until today that I skipped over Romans 14:14-18. There is an interesting nugget in here that most people do not know. If you have not heard it before, you will now: the translators are bias. We all have our biases, right? The translators translated the Bible with preconceived notions and therefore translated the Bible to fit this view. I am not saying their intent was to deceive. Far from it, just their preconceived ideas about what the Bible says influenced the translation.
I am convinced, being fully persuaded in the Lord Jesus, that nothing is unclean in itself. But if anyone regards something as unclean, then for that person it is unclean. If your brother or sister is distressed because of what you eat, you are no longer acting in love. Do not by your eating destroy someone for whom Christ died. Therefore do not let what you know is good be spoken of as evil. For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and receives human approval. Romans 14:14-18
Many argue this passage is another area where Paul is showing all food is clean. Is this really what this passage is saying? Is the word for unclean really used here? The transliteration of the Greek word for unclean is akathartos. It is used during Peter’s vision when Peter said I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean. Interestingly enough the word for common is koinos. The word koinos is what is used in Romans 14. Instead of translating the word as common as before they translated koinos as unclean. Why? To present the idea that all food is clean.
There are other instances of translators translating words one way in some circumstances and another way in at other times. There are also times when translators just add words to “help” one understand what is being said. Some translations will somehow mark these added words, but not all of them. Just know, what you read in English is not always a proper translation.
Until next time…kadosh, kadosh, kadosh is HaShem!