True News 4 U — Bible Teachings — 03/21/2020
Was God’s Law Really Nailed to the Cross?
Before we get started, I want to state here that I will be using the Hebrew names for the Father (YHWH) and His Son (Yeshua) throughout this document. In most good Study Bibles, you will find up front where they will let you know that they have substituted YHWH (Yahweh) for LORD and GOD in all capital letters. If you were to look at the actual Hebrew text, you would see יהוה (reading from right to left: Yud-Hey-Vav-Hey) for the Father’s Hebrew name. Looking at the Hebrew New Testament Scriptures which I will refer to as the Messianic Scriptures, we will see the Hebrew name of Yeshua as יהושע (reading from right to left: Yud-Hey-Vav-Shin-Ayin) for the Son’s Hebrew name. Yeshua is a shortened form of the name Yehoshua (“Joshua” in our English Bibles). I noted above the Hebrew New Testament Scriptures because all of the New Testament Scriptures were originally written in Hebrew and then translated into Greek. Very few of the Hebrew text for the New Testament have surfaced to date. I will state that I have learned from a reliable source that an “eye witness” has seen the New Testament Hebrew Scriptures. They are currently being kept hidden from everyone’s eyes.
All Scripture verses used are from The Scriptures translation unless otherwise noted.
NAILED TO THE CROSS?
Many in Christianity, including myself, were taught in church that “Christ did away with the law” and “the law was nailed to the cross and it no longer applies to the church” or something close to this. I, like many others, said “I rest in the finished work of the cross” with the understanding from what I was taught in the church that (1) Yeshua paid my sin debt and (2) He did away with the Old Testament Laws. This teaching has been going on now for nearly two thousand years and yet most Christians do not take the time to test what they are being taught. I am just as guilty as all the others who have been taught this. My reasoning was the pastor, preacher or Christian Theologian went to Seminary or a Bible College and they should know the Bible to be able to teach what is in it. I asked myself, “Who am I to question what they teach?”
Christianity likewise has and continues to struggle to find a New Testament Scripture that supports their misconception that YHWH’s Law (known as the Mosaic Law/the Torah/YHWH’s Teachings and Instructions) is “done away with.” Many people, including myself in the past, in the church will point you to Colossians 2:14 as their “proof” text that Yeshua nailed the Law of YHWH to the cross. In fact, this verse becomes a major cornerstone in the church’s misleading argument that Christians are not required to keep YHWH’s “harsh Old Testament Laws” as some put it. Those who propose this teaching say that the “handwriting of requirements [translated as ordinances in the KJV]” refers to the Law “that was against us.” The Christian church further makes the claim that Yeshua “took it out of the way” or abolished the Torah/Laws of YHWH.
Over twenty years ago, YHWH crossed my path with a brother in Yeshua whom He used to reveal to me from His Absolute Written Word that He, in fact, did not nail His Teachings and Instructions to the cross and much more. I was hungry to learn His Truths from His Written Word. I cried out to Him (YHWH) and said “I want Your Truths from Your Word. I do not care how good or bad, i.e. difficult it may be. I just want Your Truths from Your Word.” It was then that He opened up the flood gates to my understanding of His Written Word. This dear brother and I had the same work schedule with one exception; he was off on Saturday and I was off on Sunday. Monday through Friday after work, we would go to the parking lot where we worked and we would spend two to four hours each day for months talking about things in the Bible. I learned more from our time in the parking lot than all the years combined when I was in the church. He always pointed me to what is written in the Bible.
After several months of our meeting in the company parking lot, questions started popping up in my mind and this is when I cried out to Him for His Truths from His Written Word. I questioned why the pastor of the churches I attended were not teaching the congregation these things. It taught me to use the Bible as my “plum-line” to “test all things” I read and heard about the Bible.
I was shown a few years ago by YHWH that there are two types of believers (1) Truth Seekers and (2) Truth Lovers. So, what is the difference between the two? A Truth Seeker is one who picks and chooses what they want to believe from the Bible. The Truth Lover embraces the Whole Bible and they do not leave out anything because they have come to the point of “knowing” that in order to “show” YHWH that they truly love Him, they do so by obeying what is written in the Torah (Law).
We need to ask ourselves, “Does Colossians 2:14 really do away with YHWH’s Law/Torah?” Do you know “What the handwriting of requirements is?” Do you know “What really was nailed to the cross?” We need to carefully examine Colossians 2:14 to see what the Apostle Paul is truly saying.
First of all, we need to pay close attention to the context of the text so we do not take the text out of context. Many people do this and they will read into the text what they want it to say which is known as eisegesis. Eisegesis is where the reader makes their own interpretation of the text written in the Bible by reading into it their own ideas. This is clearly opposite of exegesis which is letting the text speak for itself. In other words, reading “out” of the text and not reading “into” the text.
Looking at Colossians 2:11-13, Paul explains what Yeshua did for us sinners and how those who have believed in Yeshua are now spiritually circumcised:
“11 In Him (Yeshua) you were also circumcised with a circumcision not made with hands, in the putting off of the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Messiah, 12 having been buried with Him in immersion (baptism), in which you also were raised with Him through the belief in the working of Elohim (Mighty One, the Father of Yeshua), who raised Him from the dead. 13 And you (sinners), being dead in your trespasses (see Ephesians 2:1) and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He (YHWH) has made alive together with Him (Yeshua), having forgiven you all trespasses,” (Colossians 2:11-13, emphasis added)
In the above text, we can see that the subject being discussed here is the means of our justification before Almighty YHWH. What Paul is saying here is that when we sinners repented and when we were baptized, our “old man” nature of sin was buried in a watery grave and our sins were completely forgiven through our faith (belief) in the ultimate sacrifice of Yeshua. After being raised out of the water, we were “made alive” with Yeshua and imputed to be righteous in YHWH’s sight. Paul refers to this process as “circumcision made without hands,” that is, spiritual circumcision.
HANDWRITING of REQUIREMENTS
The first part of Colossians 2:14 is a continuation of the end of verse 13. Thus, Paul continues to explain how our justification was accomplished. Let us now look at verses 13 and 14:
“13 And you (sinners), being dead in your trespasses (see Ephesians 2:1) and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He (YHWH) has made alive together with Him (Yeshua), having forgiven you all trespasses, 14 having blotted (wiped) out the certificate (handwriting) of debt (requirements) against us – by the dogmas – which stood against us…” (Colossians 2:13-14, emphasis added)
Now we need to ask ourselves, “What was this certificate (handwriting) of debt (requirements)?” These words are translated from the Greek phrase cheirographon tois dogmasin. Cheirographon (Strong’s #G5498) which means anything written by hand but it can more specifically apply to a legal document, bond or note of debt. Dogmasin (Strong’s #G1378) refers to decrees, laws or ordinances and in this context; it means a body of beliefs or practices that have become the guidelines governing a person’s conduct or way of life.
What Paul is saying here is, by Yeshua’s death, He has wiped out the note of guilt or debt that we sinners owed as a result of our sins—sins which resulted from our past way of life. It is written…
“For the wages of sin is death, but the favourable gift of Elohim (Mighty One) is everlasting life in Messiah Yeshua our Master.” (Romans 6:23, emphasis added)
Before a person repents of their sins, their life is governed by the standards and values of this present, evil world which is the “decrees, laws and ordinances” of the society in which they live. Before we can repent of our sins, we need to “know” what sin is. So, how do we know what sin is? Let us look at what Paul said in Romans 7:7.
“…I did not know sin except through the Torah (Law/YHWH’s Teachings and Instructions)…”
For those who read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, they will learn what sin is and for all those who have never opened up a Bible, they will learn what sin is from life experiences. YHWH has put within all mankind what is good and what is not good. The “key” is, are we paying attention to what YHWH has put within each of us?
Everyone who has “truly” repented of their sins and accepted Yeshua as their Savior has embarked on a New Way of life. They should be living by YHWH’s Standards and Values and not man’s standards and values which are opposed to YHWH. Thankfully, YHWH has wiped out the sin debt we acquired as a result of our sins and He has imputed (imparted) righteousness to us.
Another way of finding out what the “handwriting of requirements” means is to take careful notice that “Having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us” parallels “having forgiven you all trespasses.” Thus, we see that Paul could not be referring to the Law/Torah itself but rather to the record of our transgression of that Law/Torah which is sin! Let’s see what sin is.
“Everyone doing sin also does lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.” (1 John 3:4, emphasis added)
WHAT IS LAWLESSNESS?
In the Tanakh, the Old Testament, lawlessness can be derived from the Hebrew word און aven, Strong’s #H205, meaning iniquity, wickedness and sorrow. Also, the Hebrew word עוה avah, Strong’s #H5753, plays into the sense with a meaning of bending, twisting, distorting and perverting.
The Greek word anomia (Strong’s #G458) is again and again translated “iniquity” or “lawlessness.” In the New Testament, it is derived from Strong’s #G459, anomos, which means “avoid of the Mosaic Law” and “transgression of God’s commandments written down for Moshe at Mount Sinai.” Anomos can also refer to contempt and violation of law or departure from law in a general sense. However, unless otherwise noted by context, such as in a setting of Greek and Roman law, Yeshua and the New Testament writers most-often used the idea of “lawlessness” to describe a devious attitude or lifestyle with respect to rebellion against the Mosaic commandments of the Hebrew Torah.
Based on the Hebraic perception that sin is lawlessness (iniquity) and sin (iniquity) refers to a lifestyle contrary to the Mosaic Law, Israel is said to have sinned and committed iniquity against YHWH and His Torah commandments.
“We (Israelites) have sinned with our fathers, we have committed iniquity, we have done wickedly.” (Psalm 106:6, KJV, emphasis added)
“35 But (they, the Israelites) mixed with the gentiles And learned their works (the ways of the gentiles which were against YHWH), 36 And served their (the gentiles) idols, And they (the gentiles) became a snare to them (the Israelites).” (Psalm 106:35-36, KJV, emphasis added)
King David further defined what lawlessness (iniquity) is in reference to those who turn away from the Torah.
“Order my (King David) steps in thy word (the Torah): and let not any iniquity (lawlessness) have dominion over me.” (Psalm 119:133, KJV, emphasis added)
“As for such as turn aside (from what is Written in the Torah) unto their crooked ways, the LORD (YHWH) shall lead them forth with the workers of iniquity (lawlessness): but peace shall be upon Israel.” (Psalm 125:5, KJV, emphasis added)
We learn that the prophet Daniel sought YHWH on behalf of the whole nation of Israel even though at the time he sought YHWH, only the Southern Tribes of Judah, Levi and Benjamin were taken into Babylon as captives; Daniel confessed the sins of his fathers and he called the sins of his people “iniquity.”
“4 And I prayed unto the LORD (YHWH) my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments; 5 We have sinned, and have committed iniquity (lawlessness), and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy judgments:” (Daniel 9:4-5, KJV, emphasis added)
When Yeshua spoke concerning the idea of sin and lawlessness, He referred to attitudes of inward and outward contempt against keeping the Torah commandments of Sinai. This is pictured in the following verses:
“22 Many shall say to Me (Yeshua) in that day, ‘Master, Master, have we not prophesied in Your Name, and cast out demons in Your Name, and done many mighty works in Your Name?’ 23 And then I shall declare to them, ‘I never knew you, depart from Me, you who work lawlessness! (Torahlessness)’ ” (Matthew 7:22-23, emphasis added)
Ask yourself these questions,
“Do non-believers call Him Master, Master?”
“Do non-believers prophesy in His Name?”
“Do non-believers cast out demons in His Name?”
“Do non-believers do many mighty works in His Name?”
It is safe to say that non-believers do none of these things. So, “who” is Yeshua talking about if He is not talking to the non-believers? It should be obvious that He is talking directly to believers. He is warning them not to stray from His Father’s Written Instructions contained in the Torah. It is true that there are Christians in name only who are doing some of these things. Sad to say there are many in the churches today. Yeshua’s message/warning is to the believer not to stray to the left nor to the right but rather to stay on His Path, the Ancient Path which is obedience to the Instructions given to us in the Torah.
“The Son of Aḏam shall send out His messengers, and they shall gather out of His reign all the stumbling-blocks (this includes Jews who are not obedient to the Torah as well as believers in Christianity), and those doing lawlessness (Torahlessness),” (Matthew 13:41, emphasis added)
“27 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you are like whitewashed tombs which outwardly indeed look well, but inside are filled with dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. 28 So you too outwardly indeed appear righteous to men, but inside you are filled with hypocrisy and lawlessness (Torahlessness). (Matthew 23:27-28, emphasis added)
“3 And as He (Yeshua) sat on the Mount of Olives, the taught ones (Disciples) came to Him separately, saying, ‘Say to us, when shall this be, and what is the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?’ 12 And because of the increase in lawlessness (Torahlessness), the love of many shall become cold.” (Matthew 24:3 and 12, emphasis added)
“For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall by no means enter into the reign of the heavens. (Matthew 5:20, emphasis added)
“And as He (Yeshua) sat on the Mount of Olives, the taught ones (Disciples) came to Him separately, saying, “Say to us, when shall this be, and what is the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” (Matthew 24:3, emphasis added)
 Matthew. 15:3-9; Mark 7:7-13; John 7:19; Acts 7:53; Romans 2:23-27; Galatians 6:13.
Paul clearly understood that a person who is lawless is also one who is not committed to the Mosaic Law. Hence, Paul wrote the following words to the believers in Corinth, Thessalonica and to Titus.
“Do not become unevenly yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness (Torahlessness)? And what fellowship has light with darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14, emphasis added)
“Let no one deceive you in any way, because the falling away is to come first, and the man of lawlessness (Torahlessness) is to be revealed, the son of destruction,” (2 Thessalonians 2:3, emphasis added)
“13 looking for the blessed expectation and esteemed appearance of the great Elohim and our Saviour Yeshua Messiah, 14 who gave Himself for us, to redeem us from all lawlessness (Torahlessness) and to cleanse for Himself a people, His own possession, ardent for good works.” (Titus 2:13-14, emphasis added) [Lawlessness is a synonym for sin. See 1 John 3:4; Matthew 1:21; Acts 3:19 and 26; 26:18; Romans 6:1-22; Ephesians 2:1-10; 1 John 3:8; Titus 3:5. For “good works, see Matthew 16:27.]
The phrase above in Titus 2:14, “His own possession” alludes to what is written in Exodus 19:5:
“And now, if you diligently obey My (YHWH) voice, and shall guard (keep/do/obey) My covenant, then you shall be My treasured possession above all the peoples…” (Exodus 19:5, emphasis added)
YHWH has defined in the above Scripture “who His people are.” They are those who keep His covenant which was given to Moses on Mount Sinai. These are His possession among all the peoples.
WHO IS A STUMBLING BLOCK?
In different Christian circles, the term “stumbling block” is generally very obscure. It is typically defined as something one does or says that causes another Christian not to walk boldly in his/her newfound freedom in Yeshua. There are other definitions of things said and/or done which offends other people. A stumbling block or an offense can have a broad or a narrow meaning depending upon what culture and situation a person may happen to be in at the time.
In Hebraic understanding, the term “stumbling block” is very specific. It is typically defined as something one does and/or says which causes a fellow Israelite to violate a positive commandment of YHWH or it transgresses a negative commandment of YHWH. For example: if I, an Israelite, should advise a fellow Israelite that he or she can work on the Sabbath or work on one of the High Sabbaths of one of the Mo’edim (Appointed Times/Feasts) like the first or last day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, I have put a stumbling block in that person’s path. I would have caused that person to have transgressed a negative commandment of YHWH. Now, on the other hand, if I do not encourage a brother to wear tzitziot (tassels) on a four-cornered garment, then I have put a stumbling block in their path causing them to violate a positive commandment given by YHWH which says:
“Speak to the children of Israel, and you shall say to them to make tzitziyot (fringes) on the corners of their garments throughout their generations, and to put a blue cord in the tzitzit (fringe) of the corners.” (Numbers 15:38, emphasis added)
Let’s use another example. If I speak evil (gossip) about someone to another person (in Hebrew this is known as Lashon Hara [Evil Tongue]), I have put a stumbling block in the path of the person who heard me speak evil about, which potentially gives that person cause to violate a negative commandment given in Leviticus:
“Do not go slandering (talebearer) among your people…” (Leviticus 19:16, emphasis added)
On the other hand, if I were to fail to teach my child the commandments of YHWH, then I would have violated a positive commandment.
“And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.” (Deuteronomy 6:7, KJV, emphasis added)
We want to avoid putting a stumbling block in the path of our children so as to prevent them from departing from the Written Words of YHWH.
There are perhaps hundreds of written commandments given to us from YHWH’s Written Word as well as hundreds or more valid teachings that I could easily disregard or teach incorrectly in some way, which could cause an offense to a fellow believer in Yeshua. It is this idea that defines the New Testament term “stumbling block.” From our biblical dictionary which is the Tanakh (Old Testament), we get these supporting passages:
“165 Great peace have those loving Your Torah (Law), And for them there is no stumbling-block. 166 YHWH, I have waited for Your deliverance, And I have done Your commands.” (Psalm 119:165-166, emphasis added)
“But My people have forgotten Me, they have burned incense to what is false, and they have stumbled from their ways, from the ancient paths, to walk in bypaths and not on a highway,” (Jeremiah 18:15, emphasis added)
“8 But you, you have turned from the way, you have caused many to stumble in the Torah (Law). You have corrupted the covenant of Levi, said YHWH of hosts. 9 And I also, I shall make you despised and low before all the people, because you are not guarding (keeping/doing/obeying) My ways, and are showing partiality in the Torah (Law).” (Malachi 2:8-9, emphasis added)
“Who is wise and understands these words, discerning and knows them? For the ways of YHWH are straight, and the righteous walk in them, but the transgressors stumble in them.” (Hosea 14:9, emphasis added)
“Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their hearts, and have put the stumbling-block of their crookedness before their face. Should I let them inquire of Me at all?” (Ezekiel 14:3, emphasis added)
The Written Word of Almighty YHWH gives us clear definitions of what it means to stumble or to cause another to stumble. In this light, we should be able to fully understand Yeshua’s intent and clearly understand His words, which sets the commandments of His Father on a firm foundation.
“But He (Yeshua) turned and said to Kĕpha (Peter), ‘Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling-block to Me, for your thoughts are not those of Elohim, but those of men.’ ” (Matthew 16:23, emphasis added)
“Woe to the world because of stumbling-blocks! For it is necessary that stumbling-blocks come, but woe to that man by whom the stumbling-block comes!” (Matthew 18:7, emphasis added)
“The Son of Aḏam shall send out His messengers, and they shall gather out of His reign all the stumbling-blocks, and those doing lawlessness,” (Matthew 13:41, emphasis added)
We see in the above Matthew Scripture reference where stumbling blocks and lawlessness are defined together. The term “lawlessness,” which sometimes appears as “iniquity,” is from the Greek word anomos (an’-om-os), which is Strong’s #G459. Anomos’s first definition from the Enhanced Strong’s Lexicon is “Destitute of the Mosaic law.”
If a person who is not living by the Teachings and Instructions Written in the Mosaic Law known as the Torah or the Law and they likewise teach others to also not live by the Torah, then they are lawless by sheer biblical definition and they are responsible for being a stumbling block to those whom they are teaching to disobey what is Written in the Torah. This is supported in the Day of Judgment when YHWH says the following:
“But I (Yeshua) have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.” (Revelation 2:14, KJV, emphasis added)
We saw in the above mentioned Scriptures where there are two stumbling blocks. They also appear as part of an expanded list for all Gentiles to beware of as noted in Acts 15:20 and 29. We also will find terms like “straight path” and “crooked path.” If a person is walking on a straight path that means that person is walking according to the commandments of YHWH both inwardly and outwardly. On the other hand, if a person is on a crooked path, then they are not walking according to the commandments of YHWH. Now, we will take a look at a few Scriptures to help us paint this picture in brighter, clearer colors.
“In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” (Proverbs 3:6, KJV, emphasis added)
“They shall come with weeping, and with supplications will I lead them: I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters in a straight way, wherein they shall not stumble: for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn.” (Jeremiah 31:9, KJV, emphasis added)
“9 Then Sha’ul (Paul), filled with the Set-apart (Holy) Spirit, looked intently at him, 10 and said, ‘O son of the devil, filled with all deceit and all recklessness, you enemy of all righteousness, shall you not cease perverting the straight ways of YHWH?’ ” (Acts 13:9-10, emphasis added)
“12 So, strengthen the hands which hang down and the weak knees, 13 and make straight paths for your feet, lest the lame be turned aside, but instead, to be healed.” (Hebrews 12:12-13, emphasis added)
Also look at all of Proverbs Chapter 2.
Summary of Stumbling Block:
A stumbling block is something said and/or done or it is the lack of something said and/or done that causes another person to fail in their responsibility to keep the words written in the Mosaic Torah.
Failure to walk in or teach others about obeying YHWH’s Mosaic Torah is equivalent to being a stumbling or causing another to stumble.
WHAT WAS NAILED TO THE CROSS?
Please take note of the last sentence in Colossians 2:14 where it says: “And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the stake (cross).” In this sentence, the word “it” is a singular pronoun and it refers us back to the singular word “handwriting” in verse 13. When we look at the word “requirements,” it cannot be its antecedent because “requirements” is plural and not singular. So, we see here that this is some kind of handwriting—a note, a record or a citation that was affixed to the cross.
Historically, there were only two objects that were nailed to the stake of crucifixion: (1) the condemned person and (2) an inscription naming the crimes for which the person was being punished. Thus, when Yeshua was crucified, only His physical body and Pilate’s inscription (“This is Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews;” see Matthew 27:37; Mark 15:26; Luke 23:38; John 19:19) were nailed to the cross. Normally, the inscription would be more accusative, saying something like, “This is Yeshua of Nazareth, who rebelled against Caesar.” Pilate’s complimentary inscription replaced the customary note or record of guilt—the “handwriting of requirements” that would have been found nailed to the crosses of the two malefactors and the two robbers who were crucified with Yeshua. There were five crosses—not three. Please see the picture below and check out the Scripture references.
Just before Yeshua died, when YHWH His Father forsook Him (Matthew 27:46), our sins were symbolically nailed to the cross in His body. “who Himself bore our sins in His body on the timber, so that we, having died to sins, might live unto righteousness (see Romans 6:2 and 1 Peter 4:1-2) – by whose stripes you were healed.” (1 Peter 2:24) At the time of His crucifixion, Yeshua became sin for us. “For He (YHWH) made Him (Yeshua) Who knew no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of Elohim.” (2 Corinthians 5:21) Our note of debt that we owed YHWH as a result of our sins is what was “taken out of the way” and “nailed . . . to the cross.”
We should clearly see here that it was not the Torah/the Law that was nailed to the cross. The Law is not against us nor is it contrary to us but rather it is a great blessing to us if we obey YHWH’s Teachings and Instructions contained in the Torah/the Law. “Moreover by them [YHWH’s commandments and statutes] your servant is warned, and in keeping them there is great reward.” (Psalm 19:11) Paul clearly writes in Romans 7:12, “So that the Torah truly is Set-Apart (Holy/Devoted), and the command Set-Apart (Holy/Devoted), and righteous, and good.”
We should now see more clearly that Colossians 2:14 does not do away with the Law but rather it establishes the foundation to explain the deep and profound truth which is the doctrine/teaching of our justification. The Apostle Paul describes the manner in which we are reckoned righteous in YHWH’s sight through faith (belief) in the sacrifice of His only begotten Son, Yeshua. Yeshua paid our sin debt in His own body on the cross. Now our sins have been “taken out of the way” and “nailed . . . to the cross.” Having risen from that watery grave, we now have His promise of eternal life as we live a New Way of life—a life of righteousness and service to Him!
LET US REASON TOGETHER
We will now take time to dig deeper and look at additional Scriptures and to ask ourselves some questions which should prod us to test all things we read and hear using YHWH’s Absolute Written Word.
If Yeshua did away with the Law, then why did He say He didn’t do away with the Law?
“17 Do not think that I (Yeshua) came to destroy the Torah (Law) or the Prophets (The Law and the Prophets are terms used for the pre-Messianic Scriptures). I did not come to destroy but to complete (bring it to its true meaning). 18 For truly, I say to you, till the heaven and the earth pass away, one jot or one tittle shall by no means pass from the Torah (Law) till all be done.” (Matthew 5:17-18, emphasis added)
“And it is easier for the heaven and the earth to pass away than for one tittle of the Torah (Law) to fall.” (Luke 16:17, emphasis added)
If Yeshua did away with the Law, then why will it be taught during the millennium?
“And many peoples shall come and say, “Come, and let us go up to the mountain of YHWH, to the House of the Elohim of Yaʽaqoḇ (Jacob), and let Him (Yeshua) teach us His ways, and let us walk in His paths, for out of Tsiyon comes forth the Torah (Law), and the Word of YHWH from Yerushalayim (Jerusalem).” [NOTE: in this Scripture verse where we come across the terms “teach, ways, paths, Torah and Word;” they are all used synonymously.] (Isaiah 2:3, emphasis added)
“And many nations shall come and say, “Come, and let us go up to the mountain of YHWH, to the House of the Elohim of Yaʽaqoḇ (Jacob), and let Him (Yeshua) teach us His ways, and let us walk in His paths. For out of Tsiyon comes forth the Torah (Law), and the word of YHWH from Yerushalayim (Jerusalem).” [NOTE: in this Scripture verse where we come across the terms “teach, ways, paths, Torah and Word;” they are all used synonymously.] (Micah 4:2, emphasis added)
If Yeshua did away with the Law, then why is the Torah (Law) prophesied to be written on our hearts?
“For this is the covenant I (YHWH) shall make with the house of Yisra’ĕl (Israel) after those days, declares YHWH: I shall put My Torah (Law) in their inward parts, and write it on their hearts. And I shall be their Elohim (Mighty One), and they shall be My people.” [This prophecy is currently un-fulfilled. It will be fulfilled after Yeshua returns to earth to Rule and Reign for a thousand years from Jerusalem.] (Jeremiah 31:33, emphasis added)
If Yeshua did away with the Law, then why is the Law given the same name as Yeshua which is Truth?
“Your righteousness is righteousness forever, And Your Torah (Law) is truth.” (Psalm 119:142, emphasis added)
Did Yeshua do away with Himself?
If Yeshua did away with the Law, then why are we to establish the Law?
“Do we then nullify the Torah (Law) through the belief? Let it not be! On the contrary, we establish the Torah (Law).” (Romans 3:31, emphasis added)
If Yeshua did away with the Law, then why does the Apostle Paul declare that the Law is Holy, Righteous, Good and Spiritual?
“So that the Torah (Law) truly is Set-Apart (Holy/Dedicated), and the command Set-Apart (Holy/Dedicated), and righteous, and good.” (Romans 7:12, emphasis added)
“For we know that the Torah (Law) is Spiritual, but I am fleshly, sold under sin.” (Romans 7:14, emphasis added)
If Yeshua did away with the Law, then why does the Apostle James declare the Law to be perfect and why does he call it the Law of freedom (liberty)?
“But he that looked into the perfect Torah (Law), that of freedom, and continues in it, not becoming a hearer that forgets, but a doer of work, this one shall be blessed in his doing of the Torah (Law).” (James 1:25, emphasis added)
“So speak and so do as those who are to be judged by a Torah (Law) of freedom.” (James 2:12, emphasis added)
“32 and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. 33 They answered Him, “We are the seed of Aḇraham, and have been servants to no one at any time. How do You (Yeshua) say, ‘You shall become free’?” 34 Yeshua answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone doing sin is a servant of sin. 35 And the servant does not stay in the house forever – a son stays forever. 36 If, then, the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” ” (John 8:32-36, emphasis added)
If Yeshua did away with the Law, then why did the Apostle Paul delight in YHWH’s Law?
“For I (Paul) delight in the Torah (Law) of Elohim (Mighty One) according to the inward man,” (Romans 7:22, emphasis added)
“I (David) delight myself in Your laws; I do not forget Your word.” (Psalm 119:16, emphasis added. Also see Psalm 119:24, 35, 47, 70, 77, 92, 143, and 174)
If Yeshua did away with the Law, then why does 1 John teach us that those who break the Law have sinned?
“Everyone doing sin also does lawlessness (Torahlessness), and sin is lawlessness (Torahlessness).” (1 John 3:4, emphasis added)
If Yeshua did away with the Law, then why does 1 John teach us that those who love YHWH will obey His commands which are written in the Law?
“2 By this we know that we love the children of Elohim (Mighty One), when we love Elohim and guard (keep/do/obey) His commands. 3 For this is the love for Elohim, that we guard (keep/do/obey) His commands, and His commands are not heavy,” (1 John 5:2-3, emphasis added)
“And this is the love, that we walk (keep/do/obey) according to His commands. This is the command, that as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it.” (2 John verse 6, emphasis added)
“If you love Me (Yeshua), you shall guard (keep/do/obey) My commands.” (John 14:15, emphasis added)
“but showing kindness to thousands, to those who love Me (YHWH) and guard (keep/do/obey) My commands.” (Exodus 20:6, emphasis added)
If Yeshua did away with the Law, then would He not be breaking the Law Himself?
“All the words I (YHWH) am commanding you, guard (keep/do/obey) to do it – do not add to it nor take away from it.” (Deuteronomy 12:32, emphasis added)
“Do not add to the Word which I (YHWH) command you, and do not take away from it, so as to guard (keep/do/obey) the commands of YHWH your Elohim (Mighty One) which I am commanding you.” (Deuteronomy 4:2, emphasis added)
“Do not add to His Words, Lest He reprove you, and you be found a liar.” (Proverbs 30:6, emphasis added)
“18 For I (Yeshua) witness to everyone hearing the words of the prophecy of this book (the book of Revelation): If anyone adds to them, Elohim shall add to him the plagues that are written in this book, 19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, Elohim shall take away his part from the Book of Life, and out of the Set-Apart (Holy/Dedicated) city, which are written in this Book.” (Revelation 22:18-19, emphasis added)
Needless to say these last few verses (Deuteronomy 12:32, 4:2, Proverbs 30:6 and Revelation 22:18-19) are stern warnings not to add to nor take away from His Written Word. We are talking about from Genesis to Revelation. So, if Yeshua “nailed His Father’s Law to His cross,” He would have ‘changed’ the Written Word of His Father. Thus, bringing on His Father’s curse for changing what His Father had given Moses.
For those teaching that YHWH’s Torah (Law) has been nailed to the cross, they are adding to and taking away from His Written Word. They would do well to repent of their sins of breaking His Teachings and Instructions which are written in the Torah.
If Yeshua did away with the Law, then is it okay to disrespect your mother and father?
“Respect your father and your mother, so that your days are prolonged upon the soil which YHWH your Elohim is giving you.” (Exodus 20:12, emphasis added)
If Yeshua did away with the Law, then is it okay to murder someone?
“You do not murder.” (Exodus 20:13, emphasis added)
If Yeshua did away with the Law, then is it okay to commit adultery?
“You do not commit adultery.” (Exodus 20:14, emphasis added)
If Yeshua did away with the Law, then is it okay to steal from others?
“You do not steal.” (Exodus 20:15, emphasis added)
If Yeshua did away with the Law, then is it okay to bear false witness against our neighbor?
“You do not bear false witness against your neighbour.” (Exodus 20:16, emphasis added)
If Yeshua did away with the Law, then is it okay to covet our neighbor’s house, wife, male and female servants or any of their possessions?
“You do not covet your neighbour’s house, you do not covet your neighbour’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, or whatever belongs to your neighbour.” (Exodus 20:17, emphasis added)
The above questions have been presented to provoke the reader to question what they have been taught about the Law being nailed to the cross and that it no longer applies to them. These questions are meant to stir within the reader to take a serious look on the teaching that the Law has been done away with and nailed to Yeshua’s cross. The “key” is to be honest with yourself when trying to answer the above questions. It is clear that the above questions clearly demonstrate to us that YHWH’s Torah (Law) was not nailed to Yeshua’s cross.
If Yeshua did away with the Law, then why is the test of a “true” prophet one who teaches the Law?
“1 When there arises among you a prophet or a dreamer of dreams, and he shall give you a sign or a wonder, 2 and the sign or the wonder shall come true, of which he has spoken to you, saying, ‘Let us go after other mighty ones – which you have not known – and serve them,’ 3 do not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams, for YHWH your Elohim is trying you to know whether you love YHWH your Elohim with all your heart and with all your being. 4 Walk after YHWH your Elohim and fear Him, and guard (keep/do/obey) His commands and obey His voice, and serve Him and cling to Him.” (Deuteronomy 13:1-4, emphasis added)
“13 Certainmen, the children of Belial, are gone out from among you, and have withdrawn the inhabitants of their city, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which ye have not known; 14 Then shalt thou enquire, and make search, and ask diligently; and, behold, if it be truth, andthe thing certain, thatsuch abomination is wrought among you; 15 Thou shalt surely smite the inhabitants of that city with the edge of the sword, destroying it utterly, and all that is therein, and the cattle thereof, with the edge of the sword. 16 And thou shalt gather all the spoil of it into the midst of the street thereof, and shalt burn with fire the city, and all the spoil thereof every whit, for the LORD (YHWH) thy God: and it shall be an heap for ever; it shall not be built again. 17 And there shall cleave nought of the cursed thing to thine hand: that the LORD (YHWH) may turn from the fierceness of his anger, and shew thee mercy, and have compassion upon thee, and multiply thee, as he hath sworn unto thy fathers; 18 When thou shalt hearken to the voice of the LORD (YHWH) thy God, to keep all his commandments which I command thee this day, to do that which isright in the eyes of the LORD thy God.” (Deuteronomy 13:13-18, KJV, emphasis added)
If Yeshua did away with the Law, then why do we not see ALL Scripture instructions in righteousness and not just in the New Testament?
“All Scripture (from Genesis to Revelation) is breathed by Elohim and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for setting straight, for instruction in righteousness,” (2 Timothy 3:16, emphasis added)
If Yeshua did away with the Law, then why do ALL the Law and Prophets still hang off of the two most important commandments which are written in the Torah (the Law)?
“34 But the Pharisees, having heard that He (Yeshua) had silenced the Sadducees, were gathered together, 35 and one of them, one learned in the Torah, did question, trying Him, and saying, 36 Teacher, which is the great command in the Torah? 37 And Yeshua said to him, ‘You shall love YHWH your Elohim with all your heart, and with all your being, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great command. 39 And the second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ 40 On these two commands hang all the Torah and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:34-40, emphasis added)
“If anyone does not love the Master Yeshua Messiah, let him be a curse. Maranatha!” (1 Corinthians 16:22)
“If you truly accomplish the sovereign law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbour as yourself,” you do well,” (James 2:8, emphasis added)
These two great commandments to love YHWH with our whole being and to love our neighbor as our self are contained in the Ten Commandments. The first Four Commandments tell us how to love YHWH with our whole being and the remaining Six Commandments teach us how to love our neighbor as our self. In order to get more details on how to love YHWH and our neighbors, we have to go to the Torah in order to learn the specifics on both.
If Yeshua did away with the Law, then how can Yeshua be the Word of YHWH which includes the whole Law of YHWH?
“I (Yeshua) have given them Your (YHWH) Word, and the world hated them because they are not of the world, as I am not of the world.” (John 17:14, emphasis added)
“and having been dressed in a robe dipped in blood – and His (Yeshua) Name is called: The Word of YHWH.” (Revelation 19:13, emphasis added)
“What was from the beginning (which is Yeshua), what we (the Disciples) have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life:” (1 John 1:1, emphasis added)
“And the Word became flesh and pitched His tent among us, and we saw His esteem, esteem as of an only brought-forth of a father, complete in favour and truth” (John 1:14, emphasis added)
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with Elohim, and the Word was Elohim.” (John 1:1, emphasis added)
“Yeshua said to him, ‘I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.’ ” (John 14:6, emphasis added)
If Yeshua did away with the Law, then why does the Scripture say that, Stephen was falsely accused of teaching against the Law?"
“13 And they [some of those of the so-called Congregation of the Freedmen (Cyrenians, Alexandrians, and those from Kilikia and Asia), see verse 9.] set up false witnesses who said, ‘This man (Stephen) does not cease to speak blasphemous words against this set-apart (Holy) place (Temple) and the Torah (Law), 14 for we have heard him saying that this Yeshua of Natsareth shall overthrow this place (the Temple) and change the institutes which Mosheh delivered unto us (which was the Torah).’ ” (Acts 6:13-14, emphasis added)
So, did Yeshua alter the customs or not?
If Yeshua did away with the Law, then why did Paul say to imitate him, who followed the Law?
“Become imitators of me (Paul), as I also am of Messiah.” (1 Corinthians 11:1, emphasis added)
If Yeshua had nailed the Law to the cross, why would the Apostle Paul or any of the other Apostles and believers in Yeshua continue to obey the Law?
“Take them and be cleansed with them, and pay their expenses so that they shave their heads. And all shall know that what they have been informed about you (Paul) is not so, but that you yourself also walk orderly, keeping the Torah.” (Acts 21:24, emphasis added)
Again, if Yeshua had nailed the Law to the cross, why would the Apostle Paul continue to obey the Law?
If Yeshua did away with the Law, then why did Paul inform them to keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread?
“So then let us (notice here that Paul is including himself here) observe the festival, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of evil and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” (1 Corinthians 5:8, emphasis added)
If Yeshua did away with the Law, then is heaven and earth also done away with?
“For truly, I (Yeshua) say to you, till the heaven and the earth pass away, one jot or one tittle shall by no means pass from the Torah (Law) till all be done.” (Matthew 5:18, emphasis added)
“And it is easier for the heaven and the earth to pass away than for one tittle of the Torah (Law) to fall.” (Luke 16:17, emphasis added)
If Yeshua did away with the Law, then why did Paul say it was good when used properly?
“And we know that the Torah (Law) is good if one uses it legitimately,” (1 Timothy 1:8, emphasis added)
If Yeshua did away with the Law, then why did Paul say he was a slave to YHWH’s Law?
“Thanks to Elohim (YHWH the Father), through Yeshua Messiah our Master! So then, with the mind I myself truly serve the Torah (Law) of Elohim, but with the flesh the law (not the Torah) of sin.” (Romans 7:25, emphasis added)
If Yeshua did away with the Law, then how can we know what sin is?
“What, then, shall we say? Is the Torah sin? Let it not be!However, I (Paul) did not know sin except through the Torah (Law). For also the covetousness I knew not if the Torah (Law) had not said, “You shall not covet.” (Romans 7:7, emphasis added)
“2 By this we know that we love the children of Elohim, when we love Elohim and guard (keep/do/obey) His commands (which are contained in the Torah). 3 For this is the love for Elohim, that we guard (keep/do/obey) His commands, and His commands are not heavy,” (1 John 5:2-3, emphasis added)
“Everyone doing sin also does lawlessness (lawlessness is all things coming against what is written in the Torah-thus, lawlessness=Torahlessness), and sin is lawlessness (thus, sin is not obeying what is written in the Torah).” (1 John 3:4, emphasis added)
“And this is the love, that we walk (keep/do/obey) according to His commands. This is the command, that as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it.” (2 John verse 6, emphasis added)
“If you love Me (Yeshua), you shall guard (keep/do/obey) My commands.” (John 14:15, emphasis added)
If Yeshua did away with the Law, then why does the Scripture say that Yeshua condemned sin so that the requirements of the Law can be fulfilled in us?
“3 For the Torah (Law) being powerless, in that it was weak through the flesh, Elohim, having His own Son in the likeness of flesh of sin, and concerning sin, condemned sin in the flesh (notice here that it was the “sin in the flesh” that was condemned and not the Torah), 4 so that the righteousness of the Torah (Law) should be completed in us who do not walk according to the flesh (doing things our own way) but according to the Spirit.” (Romans 8:3-4, emphasis added)
If Yeshua did away with the Law, then why are we instructed to walk like Yeshua who walked according to the Torah (Law)?
“The one who says he stays in Him (Yeshua) ought himself also to walk (keep/do/obey what is written in the Torah), even as He (Yeshua) walked (Yeshua obeyed His Father’s Instructions which were given to Moses. In other words, do as He did and we know that He kept all of what is written in the Torah.).” (1 John 2:6, emphasis added)
So the next time you hear the question ... “What Would Jesus Do? (WWJD),” ... we should “know” what the answer is. We should be doing all the things He did. Everything is written in the Torah that He did. If we are to walk in His footsteps, we need to do as He did—be obedient to doing the things written in the Torah.
There is a great deal more evidence from Scripture that could have been presented here but I did not want you, the reader, to be overwhelmed. It is my hope that you the reader will be honest with yourself after reading all of the above and especially looking at all the questions and Scripture references to see what the Written Word has to say on this matter to come to the conclusion that, no, the Law (Torah) was not nailed to the cross. What was nailed to the cross was our sin debt. “For the wages of sin is death,…” (Romans 6:23, emphasis added)
May Almighty YHWH be with you, the reader, and help you see what He has given you—Life from His Absolute Written Word to all who will obey His Written Teachings and Instructions.
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Shalom, Eddie Rogers, Minister, D.D. One Crying In The Wilderness!