Are we, as committed Christians, fully aware of what Jesus meant when He said Matt 5:17 “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.
5:18 “For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.
5:19 “Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
5:20 “For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.
This was of course Jesus’ words to his Disciple on the slopes of Mount Beatitude pertaining to the Law as given by God to Moses… This was written by God Himself EX 31:18 And when He had made an end of speaking with him on Mount Sinai, He gave Moses two tablets of the Testimony, tablets of stone, written with the finger of God. These have in time become known as the 10 Commandments.
This is the written commandments of Torah (the five books of Moses) and the only ones written by God… all the other commandments where given orally to Moses and they involved practical things for every day cleanliness and good health and living etc etc…It was this oral law that the Pharisees, in the time of the Babylonian 70 year incarceration of the Jews; rewrote as the Talmud…the most evil of all books.
Jesus concentrates on the commandments given and written by God and expands upon them in Matt 5, 6 and 7 (Go to your bibles and read)…And then summarizes the teaching of the commandments; and the unmistakable message here is LOVE, compassion and caring, all fruits of His Holy Spirit (GAL 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness),
Matt 7:12 “Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.
Jesus then concludes his teaching with a parable
Matt 7:24 “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock:
7:25 “and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.(Jesus)
7:26 “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand:
7:27 “and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”
7:28 And so it was, when Jesus had ended these sayings, that the people were astonished at His teaching,
7:29 for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.
Jesus did not teach the Torah as the scribes did…He had essentially reduced the entire Ten commandments to two simple, but profound sentences …Matt 22:37 Jesus said to him,
‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’
22:38 “This is the first and great commandment.
22:39 “And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’
22:40 “On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
When Jesus died for mankind on Calvary’s cross, He ushered in the New Covenant in His blood…He had fulfilled the law and the Prophets …His ‘Law’ is now in our hearts, minds and souls through His Holy Spirit within us… we no longer need the words to be seen and read, we are guided by His Holy Spirit… We are to be as He is … and what exactly is Jesus?… John tells us in the most simple but profound way 1JN 4:8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. …Jesus is LOVE
Paul told the congregation in Rome
ROM 8:4 that the righteous requirement of the law(Torah) might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit
ROM 13:8 Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law. (Torah)
And he told those in Galatia
GAL 5:14 For all the law(Torah) is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
And he told Timothy
1 Tim 1:5 Now the purpose of the commandment(Torah) is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith,.
If we posses Jesus’ love within us, by His New Covenant through His shed blood…then there is no necessity to have the written Law (Torah) at all … We will not break any of the WRITTEN law if we have His love within us; remembering Jesus’ words. Matt 12:8 “For the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.” Jesus The Christ is our Sabbath rest as well…
Now in conclusion I ask you a simple question “Is your Christian walk still determined by the Torah?”…Remembering that Torah alone does not include the books of the Prophets; and these books are absolutely vital in our understanding of God’s true will for us …
JOHN 3:17 “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.