"But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed." James 1:25
Christendom today teaches that the Law is bondage. Some of these people have even said that they will not return again to the slavery of Yahovah's Torah (as if they had previously been therein). Others try to distinguish between the "moral" Law and the "ceremonial" Law, as if there is some distinction between the Laws and some they must follow and others they can disregard.
Jesus made no such distinction,
"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." Matthew 5:18
It is even said that one does not have to obey the Law because Jesus fulfilled that requirement for us, and quote Matthew 5:17 as if that somehow supports what they say.
But Jesus not only says that the Law shall in NO WAY pass away, but that,
"Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 5:19
"If ye love me, keep my commandments." John 14:15
The Apostle Paul equates Torahlessness with the anti-Christ.
"For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way." 2 Thessalonians 2:7
That word "iniquity" means without the Torah.
Indeed, if there is no Law, there is no sin because what is sin but transgression of the Law? If Jesus did away with the Law, what need is there of Salvation? If there is no Law, there is no transgression. If there is no transgression, there is no need of Salvation.
We saw in Genesis a choice. There was a choice between the Tree of Life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
And again in the so-called New Testament, we have a choice. We have the Jesus that taught the Torah, and the lawless Jesus. Today's Christianity has chosen the lawless Jesus, just as they did when they demanded that Yahovah Yeshua be crucified.
This is the great apostasy; Lawlessness. Torahlessness. The anti-Christ is even called the man of lawlessness. His followers are also lawless, without the Torah.
Jesus has a word for those that claim Him yet do not keep His Torah,
"And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." Matthew 7:23
There's that word iniquity again. Iniquity is not keeping Yahovah's Law. People will be astonished in that day, because they have prophesied in His name and cast out devils and in His Name done many wonderful works. Here's the thing, these things can be done because there is power in His Name, not because there was power in those lawless ones.
Are we to Sacrifice Animals in the Back Yard?!
Well you'd be breaking the Law if you did. First you would have to be a descendent of Aaron, a priest, and second it has to be in the appointed place, Jerusalem, and third, in the Temple. But lets think about this further. The Temple has been destroyed, and Israel is scattered. How did Daniel handle this situation? He followed the Laws he could keep while in captivity. He refused to break the Torah, even at the cost of his life. This is a good principle to follow, if you understand nothing else. Keep the Laws you can keep.
But there is something much further and deeper here if we can see it. In the animal sacrifices, the priest is to lay his hands on the head of the animal. This laying on of the hands is for our identity with the animal being sacrificed. There is a principle of the Law here that we must still follow and which Jesus taught us when He was here teaching the Torah. The Apostle Paul taught the same thing.
There are a couple things to consider here. One, we are now made priests. Two, we are the New Jerusalem and we are Temple. And three, we are the sacrifice. Thus the elements are all present for the legal, or Lawful, sacrifices. Some would object here and say that Jesus is the Sacrifice, and that is correct. But this is not a one-way street. Jesus made the ultimate Sacrifice, but we are still to do the daily sacrifices.
"Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me." Matthew 16:24
The Apostle Paul said "I die daily." And that is what Jesus was talking about. This is the principle of the Law that we must follow. You cannot do this of yourself or with your own strength; this is only by the power of the Ruach Kodesh.
So many Christians today say that they cannot keep the Law because of the weakness of their flesh. But we are not to live by the flesh, but by the Spirit. If you are still living by the flesh, you are not of Christ, and Christian in name only.
Striving to Keep the Law
Yeshua told us that unless our righteousness exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees we will not enter into the kingdom of heaven. We know that the scribes and Pharisees strove to keep the Law. So how is our striving any different? We also know that there is the letter of the Law and the Spirit of the Law.
"Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life." 2 Corinthians 3:6
How does the letter kill? If you follow only the letter of the Law, you exclude the principle, or Spirit, behind the Law. In other words, the letter kills the Spirit of the Law.
The letter of the law tells us not to kill. The Spirit tell us not to hate. The Spirit is the deeper application of the Law. Does that mean you can kill if you don't hate the person you want to murder? No! The Spirit of the Law does not do away with the letter, but expands it; demanding that our righteousness be greater than the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees.
What about the "Ceremonial" Law?
There is no distinction in the Word between the "Moral" Law and the "Ceremonial" Law. This distinction is completely man-made; just as all the additional laws made up by the Pharisees that negate the Law of God. Forget these and just follow the Law of God, as written by Moses and interpreted by Yeshua and His Apostles, as you are taught and lead by the Holy Spirit. The principle behind those Laws thought to be "ceremonial" concern "cleanness." As the Temple of the Holy Spirit we are to remain clean and undefiled, so as not to offend Him.
Learn these Laws. Then ask the Ruach Kodesh what is the principle behind these laws and follow the teaching and leading of the Holy Spirit.
Remember His Sabbaths
The Sabbath is not Sunday! No one has the right to change God's Laws, although the Roman Catholic Church has claimed such a right and in fact says that they have changed the Lord's Sabbath to Sunday. The Pharisees also claimed such a right, but Yeshua condemned them for it.
Yahovah tells us repeatedly to keep, or guard, His Sabbaths. When He says "Sabbaths" He means not only the weekly Sabbath, the seventh day of the week, but also the Sabbath Feasts, Passover and unleavened bread, First Fruits, Weeks, Trumpets, Atonement, and Tabernacles. And also the Shemitah and Jubilee years. As well as Hanukkah, and Purim. There are also principles behind these laws that we are to understand, but we must also observe these set apart days as Yahovah tells us, for this separates us from the common and unto the King of the Universe. This is part of our Temple service, if indeed the Spirit dwells in us.
Till heaven and earth pass
Neither has heaven nor earth passed and neither has the Law been done away with. Look into the perfect Law of Liberty and continue therein, being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, and be blessed in deed.
Study the entire Word. And be not deceived.
Yahovah bless you this Sabbath.