What Did YahShua Teach?
So what did YahShua teach concerning the Torah? The is certainly the most important question to ask about the subject. Most Christians will teach that YahShua came to do away with the Torah, that his "fulfilling" it voided it and paved a new way through Him. But this is the exact opposite of what He said He came to do.
Rather than going through all four gospels, I'm going to simply examine a small portion of Matthew. Matthew chapters 5-7 deal with YahShua's interpretation of the Torah (often referred to as the law and the prophets). Starting in Matthew 5:17 "Think not that I am come to destroy the Torah, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy but to fulfill."
The very first statement YahShua makes completely contradicts the idea that YahShua came to do away with the Torah, to make it void. In fact, Yahshua said THINK NOT, or do NOT even let it enter into your mind that I came to destroy the Torah. I don't even want you to consider that! I didn't come to void the Torah, to do away with the law and prophets! On the contrary, I came to fulfill them or to FILL THEM UP!
Now, some Christians at this point will declare that YahShua did in fact fulfill all the Torah and the prophets. Not so. First of all, you will never find a single verse in which YahShua or any New Testament writing says that YahShua fulfilled all the Torah. Not one. Second, it is actually very easy to see that Scripture states that YahShua DID NOT finish fulfilling all the Torah and the prophets.
Throughout the Torah and Prophets, scripture refers to two separate comings of YahShua. One describes a suffering Messiah, whose blood is poured out for the sins of the world. The other describes a ruling and reigning Messiah, who sits enthroned in Jerusalem, and who forces His commandments upon all the peoples of the earth under His rod of iron. No two visions could be more distinctly opposite. This is why so many of the Hebrews expected YahShua to crush the Roman Empire when He arrived.
Instead YahShua, when He arrived 2000 years ago, fulfilled the first vision only. He came as a suffering Messiah, poured out His blood for mankind, and redeemed those who would repent. Quite obviously, He has not yet fulfilled the second vision. He is not sitting enthroned in Jerusalem. All the peoples of the earth are not forced to keep the Feast of Tabernacles under YahShua's rod as described in the last chapter of Zachariah. In fact, we can look at YahShua's very first public announcement of His ministry to prove that He did not intend to fulfill the whole Torah and Prophets while on earth the first time.
In Luke 4:17-21, we read "And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, "The Spirit of YHVH is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of YHVH." And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. And he began to say unto them, "This day is this Scripture fulfilled in your ears."
The passage YahShua quoted from can be found in Isaiah 61:1-2 "The Spirit of YHVH is upon me; because YHVH hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of YHVH, and the day of vengeance of our Elohim . . ."
Now, why did YahShua not finish the rest of the passage? He literally stopped in mid sentence! He did not go on to quote "and the day of vengeance of our Elohim." The reason is obvious. YahShua did not come to fulfill the day of vengeance. That will happen when He returns for a second time. He came only to fulfill the first part. Thus, all the Torah and the prophets have not been fulfilled.
Again, in Acts 1:6-7 we read, "When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, 'Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?' And he said unto them, 'It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.'" Here the disciples ask Yahshua when a specific prophecy will be fulfilled: the restoration of the kingdom to Israel. YahShua basically says not yet. That will come later, and only the Father knows. Your job is to go out and preach.
So, YahShua HAS NOT fulfilled all the Torah and the prophets.
Let's move on to YahShua's second statement in 5:18. "For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled." Can it get any more clearer? YahShua says that until the heavens and earth pass away, not one single letter or stroke of the Torah will pass away. The entire Torah will remain in effect until the heavens and earth pass away. He also parallels heaven and earth passing away with all being fulfilled. Everything will not be fulfilled until the heavens and earth pass away.
The heavens are still here. We still stand upon the earth. As long as this continues to be, the Torah remains in effect, and we are held up to the light of that Torah. But, in case you are still not convinced, let's continue to see what else YahShua has to say about the Torah.
Verse 19, "Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least command00ments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven."
What commandments is YahShua referring too? Context, context, context. In the above verses, YahShua was speaking of the Torah and Prophets. What makes up the jots and tittles of the Torah? Why the many commandments found therein. He did not specify only the Ten Commandments or the "law of love". His Jewish listeners would have understood him to mean the Torah, plain and simple. In light of this, it becomes pretty obvious what YahShua thinks of those who break even the least commandment in the Torah and teach others to do so. He describes them as "least in the kingdom of heaven." Would you want your parents to think "least" of you? Would you like your wife to think "least" of you? How about your boss? Would you like him to think "least" of your performance at work? How much more should we dread having the Eternal King think "least" of our performance here on earth?
YahShua says as clearly as possible, if you keep the Torah and teach others to keep the Torah, you will be known as great in the kingdom of heaven.
Verse 20 says, "For I say unto you, that except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven." In Matthew 23:23, YahShua rebukes the Pharisees by saying, "Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cumin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the Torah, judgment, mercy and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone."
YahShua is not rebuking the Pharisees for what they did do but for what they failed to do. YahShua tells them they should have kept the large commandments in the Torah, like the ones centered around love, while continuing to keep the smaller commandments. So, in 5:20, we see that YahShua expects us not only to follow all the jots and tittles of the Torah that the Pharisees kept with great show ("the letter"), but to also keep the larger parts of the Torah that the Pharisees ignored, also known as the "spirit of the law".
So, again, YahShua reaffirms that He expects us to not only keep parts of the Torah as the Pharisees did, but to keep the entire Torah as He Himself did as an example for us.
YahShua goes on to describe the Spirit of the Torah, showing over and over again what the Pharisees and many of the Jews being taught by them had ignored. Matthew 5, 6 and 7 is really one whole section of YahShua's teaching. The whole passage is good to read as a whole, but we will skip ahead to Matthew 7:21. "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? And in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works?" And then will I profess unto them, 'I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.'"
Here it is best to examine the actual words being used. Iniquity comes from the word antinomia which means to work lawlessness. Antinomia can literally be rendered anti law or anti Torah. So, YahShua is actually saying, "depart from me, ye that work against the Torah." The anti-Torah ones are those supposed believers who will be totally shocked on judgment day when they are sent away by the Savior.
Could YahShua be any clearer than in these passages, that He desires all His servants to keep and observe the entire Torah? Will you continue to go along with the majority of western, gentile churches, ignoring the Torah, shutting out the "Old Testament", blindly following a Jesus that si00mply does not exist? This will probably be the most important decision you will ever make. Having read this article, you are now responsible for the information presented. You can no longer profess ignorance. Either you will continue to seek this out on your own, and begin to walk in the Torah or you will shut this teaching out and set yourself in opposition to the Torah. There is no middle road now that you know.