Are you cursed for following Torah?

Through the first two chapters of Galatians Paul has been presenting the idea that we are saved by faith and not by works.  We are justified by G-d’s grace alone.  He continue this theme into chapter 3.

ch3v10 – For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them”

Notice who is under a curse.  All who rely on works of the law…meaning all who rely on works to be saved.  Why?  No one can do all of the commandments without failing as Yeshua did.  So, if you fail in following Torah we are told throughout the Torah you will be under a curse.  Is the Torah a curse?  No, but disobedience to the Torah is a curse. Paul is quoting Deuteronomy 27:26.  This idea is not something Paul comes up with or was newly delivered to him.  This has always been the case.

See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse: the blessing, if you obey the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you today, and the curse, if you do not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside from the way that I am commanding you today, to go after other gods that you have not known (Deuteronomy 11:26-28).

So if you sin you are under a curse.  This is exactly why the Torah or Law exists, to show that you have a need for the Mashiach (Messiah).  This is why Paul says when the in Romans 5 and later on in Galatians 3 that “the Law came in so that the transgression would increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more”.  The Torah was given so we would recognize the need for G-d.  If you did not know you sin, why would you turn to G-d?  You would not know you needed to.

So what frees us from this curse?  The Mashiach.  Your trusting Him with your life brings salvation.  This has always been the only way to salvation.  Avraham and all our Patriarchs saw Yeshua.  They all had faith.  With faith brings obedience though.  With your faith you entered into a covenant with G-d.  A covenant typically has stipulations, things both sides must do.  For believers, the must do is Torah.

Hopefully, this clears up any confusion on Galatians 3:10.  Any questions?  Do you agree, disagree?

Until next time…kadosh, kadosh, kadosh is HaShem!

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