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As Christians, Should We Keep the Torah?

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Should Christians Keep the law today? The law that is being referenced is the Torah. 2nd Timothy mentions this: "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness."[1] Many Christians feel that they do not need to follow the Torah or God's instructions. The Torah is imperative to one's walk with God. The Torah consists of the first five books of the Bible. These were specific Instructions given to God's people. People were to care for those in poverty, avoid lying, stealing, adultery, and things like that. These parts may be understandable to follow, but several areas of the Torah are ignored by Christians, like resting on the seventh day. This is considered like Sabbath. Also, there are the questions of the Biblical Feast days, such as the Passover. The Torah also mentions avoiding eating foods that are considered unclean, such as individual animals. Why should Christians follow the Torah today's modern age if they are already saved through Jesus's sacrifice? The Torah has its focus on Yeshua, as Jesus is known in Hebrew. This was mentioned in John 5:46-47. For if you believed in Moses, you would think in Me; for he wrote of Me but if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?"[2] Moses originally wrote the Torah through God's instructions, as mentioned earlier. God used Moses to share the special message to His people. The Torah is essential because it has prophetic clues about who the Messiah is. It mentions what kind of character he has and what kind of things the Messiah will do.

As one reads the New Testament, it is discovered that the First Fruits and the Passover represent symbols of the death and resurrection of Christ, the Messiah. It is known that the Israelites were shown mercy, and therefore spared, from looming death through the blood of the Passover lamb as they spread it on their homes as instructed. Believers are delivered from eternal death through the blood of Jesus, the Messiah on the doors of our hearts, in place of ancient doorposts. Believers have the select command written to remove the leaven from their homes before the Passover. The Bible correlates sin with leaven; one can see how Jesus wants His people freed from their sins. The Sabbath also has special significance. The Sabbath alludes to one's salvation within God. Resting on the seventh day of each week, a believer is lining their life up with the gospel's message. Resting on the seventh day of the week reflects on how proper rest is only discovered in Jesus.

It is important to note that Jesus not only taught the Torah, but he kept it as well. Many people agree that Jesus live was lived as a Jew that observed the Torah. He took part in Passover and other special feasts mentioned in the Bible and rested on the seventh day. Jesus also wholly avoided the consumption of animals that were considered unclean. Often, people feel that their twenty-first-century views are immediately transposed into Jesus, his beliefs, and who he was. It is almost as if we are trying to warp our interpretations onto Jesus when it should be Jesus influencing our lives. Our western values and our modern concerns start to form ways that we should live our lives, and in turn, creating separate religions such as Catholics, Baptists, Anglicans, and more. In the end, Jesus, as History knows Him, was a Jew and is a Jew. He was faithful to his father, God, and he was obedient to Him as well. At the center of Jesus's heart were the special laws shared at mount Sinai, the Torah. Jesus mentioned that he did not come to abolish the Torah'. Matthew 5 says that nothing from the Torah will pass away until heaven and earth pass away, and everything is fulfilled.[3] The word "Christian" means a "follower of Christ." That means that true Christians should walk in the same path that Jesus walked. Since Jesus walked on the Torah path, why shouldn't modern Christians follow this?

It's important to understand that the Apostles respected the Torah, and they taught it to others as well. Their rabbi was Jesus. Therefore, they appreciated the feasts, the food, and the Sabbath laws. Before Jesus ascended, Jesus let the disciples know that they were to make disciples of all nations and teach the commands He wanted them to do. This should have included the Torah since these are the scriptures Jesus used to teach from. Paul believed, like Jesus, that the Torah should not be abolished and that Christians should keep it close to their hearts. Romans 3:31 mentions this: "Do we, then, nullify the law by this faith? Not at all! Rather, we uphold the law."[4] Jesus wanted Gentiles to observe the feast, and this is seen in 1 Corinthians 5 to celebrate Passover. Disciples kept the Pentecost as well, and this is also known as the Shavuot. This is reflected in Acts 17: 1-2 when Paul and Silas were in Thessalonica. "Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. 2 And Paul went in, as was his custom, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures,"[5] Paul was used to going to the synagogue on every Sabbath. Paul even defended himself against very unfair and false accusations against the Torah. Interestingly modern Christians also are making those strange accusations against Paul to this day.



[1] Tyndale, Holy Bible: Inspire Bible NLT. (Tyndale House Publishers, 2016).

[2] Tyndale, Holy Bible: Inspire Bible NLT. (Tyndale House Publishers, 2016).

[3] Tyndale, Holy Bible: Inspire Bible NLT. (Tyndale House Publishers, 2016).

[4] Tyndale, Holy Bible: Inspire Bible NLT. (Tyndale House Publishers, 2016).

[5] Tyndale, Holy Bible: Inspire Bible NLT. (Tyndale House Publishers, 2016).

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Comments

Mark Richardson from Utah on March 14, 2021:

Yes, I believe we can still learn from the Old Testament. In my opinion, we should look at the Bible as a whole. While Jesus Christ fulfilled the law and taught about obeying the spirit of the law (versus the letter of the law of the law of Moses), we can still learn valuable principles.

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