What is the law of Moses?

          During these times there has been a great

controversy over whether followers of Christ Jesus

(Almighty Yahushua Hamashiach) are to adhere to

the 600 and something laws that was given through

Moses for the Israelites to follow during ancient times.

According to a consensus of scholars,  Moses

received the torah and gave it to the Israelites

traditionally translated ‘law’. ( Read Exodus 20 and

Deuteronomy 5). The law according to the ancient

Hebrews is the first five books of Moses and the rest

of the old testament was referred to as “the

prophets”. I will end this section with this scripture as

case in point.  Matthew 5:17 Christ Jesus states “Do

not think that I have come to abolish the law or the

prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill

them.”

Should we place ourselves under the law as believers?

         The answer to the above question is absolutely

not and anyone who is preaching that you should do

so is sadly mistaken and is leading their flock towards

the wrath of God. What is the law you may argue,

well there is numerous scripture verses that point to

the 613 laws adhered by orthodox jews. For example,

Hebrews chapter 10 verse 28 says “He that despised

Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three

witnesses:” , this is a reference to the 613 laws and

the apostle uses the term “the law”. Ephesians

chapter 2 verse 15 it says “Having abolished in his

flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments

contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of

twain one new man, so making peace;” the

terminology used in this verse differentiates

the law from the ten commandments written on the

tablets and clearly puts an end to the law still being

something to follow , this verse states Christ has

abolished the law. Abolish means to do away with

permanently. To bring it all together lets look at the

letter to the Galatians chapter 3 verse 10. It is written

“For all who rely on the works of the law are under a

curse, as it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does

not continue to do everything written in the Book of

the Law.” So a curse is upon all who place

themselves under the law, because to fail at keeping

even the least of the law condemns you the same as

if you failed at keeping any.  Going into the next verse

of Galatians 3 verse 11 you will read “Clearly no one

who relies on the law is justified before God, because

“the righteous will live by faith.” So what is faith? Well

Hebrews chapter 11 verse 1 states that “Now faith is

the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of

things not seen.” I can simply explain the meaning of

this by stating faith is the belief that there is a God

even though we have not seen him. And though we

have not seen him the evidence that there is a God is

all around us through his creation. Romans chapter 1

verse 20 states “For the invisible things of him from

the creation of the world are clearly seen, being

understood by the things that are made, even his

eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without

excuse.” So faith is belief. Hebrews chapter 11 verse

6 reads “But without faith it is impossible to please

him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he

is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently

seek him.” So it is your faith as a believer that bless

you with the gifts of God. Those gifts entail salvation,

eternal life, the Holy spirit, being covered in the

righteousness of God through Jesus Christ, which

takes you from being unclean to pleasing and holy to

God. 

 

If we are not under the law then why did Jesus say? “If you love me, keep my commandments.”

               The above scripture (John chapter 14 verse

15) is commonly quoted as a way to defend the

position that we are to continue to obey the laws of

Moses. This is causing much division and confusion

amongst believers. But the scriptures warn us that

For God is not the author of confusion, but of

peace, as in all churches of the saints.” So let us

bind and abolish this confusion now by the power of

the Holy spirit in the Mighty name of Jesus Christ. In

response to the above question I would state that the

commandments he refers to is summed up best in

Matthew chapter 19 verses 16-30. Jesus is asked by

a rich man what does he need to do to have eternal

life. This language is very important , because the

point of the coming of Jesus is to save of us from

perishing and to give us eternal life (John chapter 3

verse 16 and see also John chapter 3 verse 36). So

the rich man is showing that he clearly believes in

Jesus Christ as we are instructed to do and he wants

to know now what must he do action wise to reap the

benefit of his faith in him. I know many Pharisees and

Sadducees will be quick to object to my above

statement, by saying it is not by works that we are

saved, but by grace and I would agree. I would also

add that with being saved comes a changing from a

sinner to a saint. If you continue to willfully sin

after being saved then you are in danger of the wrath

of God. However, that is another topic for another

time. So I will express that we are to judge a tree by

its fruit. Matthew 17 verse 15, states “Do men gather

grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every

good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree

bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth

evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good

fruit.” All who receive salvation through Christ Jesus

are called to be holy and perfect.(Matthew 5:48, 1

Peter 1:16). Romans chapter 12 verse 1, expresses

this the best when the apostle states, “Therefore, I

urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s

mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy

and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper

worship.” This brings me back to Matthew 19;

how should a believer conduct themselves who

seeks eternal life? Jesus told the rich man “but if thou

wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. He saith

unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no

murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt

not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Honor thy

father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy

neighbor as thyself.” These amongst other things

Jesus instructed those who follow him to do. And out

of all the apostles who wrote and gave witness to the

life of Christ Jesus , none of them have ever quoted

Jesus as ever instructing someone to keep any of the

613 laws. His instructions to the rich man is clearly

derived from the ten commandments written on the

tablets that Moses brought down from Mount Sinai.

The Key

          It is not your work (will) that makes you holy but

submission to Christ Jesus and the work of the Holy

spirit in you that changes you to a new person in

Christ and through this process you begin to bear

good fruit. The key to the start of this process is in the

wisdom given by Christ Jesus that the summary of all

law is in these two precepts.“‘Love the Lord your God

with all your heart and with all your soul and with all

your mind.’[ This is the first and greatest

commandment; the second  ‘love your

neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets

hang on these two commandments.” By truly doing

these two things you will keep all his commandments

by the will of the Holy spirit . If you love God with all

your heart, you will not worship any other God , you

will not have any idols, you will not practice any

witchcraft, sorcery, try to contact the dead. You will

not blasphemy him and you will sanctify his name. I

can go on and on. And if you love your neighbor as

yourself you will not commit murder, adultery, nor will

you bear false witness, steal and commit other acts

that will harm another human because you will

operate by treating others the way you would like to

be treated. We keep the Sabbath by honoring the lord

of the Sabbath (Jesus Christ) by resting in him from

the works of the Law, which is Gods grace. Blessed

are you o Lord who has fulfilled all the law through

Yahushua Hamashiach ( Almighty Jesus Christ) and

covered us with his righteousness.