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Jun. 8, 2015

“The Divine purpose of the law to surpress and manifest sin.”

Every book in the Bible is a book of instruction and teaching to humanity imparting God’s truth and statutes. (Psalm 19:7 – Psalm 94:12-13 – Psalm 119:1-3)

            Is the law bad?  God doesn’t think so. The law, Torah or teaching is motivated by God’s truth.  I believe God wants us to keep his Torah or teaching; and we are to be motivated by love and obedience.

According to Psalm 37: God wrote His Torah or law on our hearts so that we would not slip. God also wants us to open our eyes so that we can see the wondrous things in His Torah. (Psalm 119:18)

In the New Testament book of Ephesians chapter 1; the Apostle Paul writes that God wants to give us wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Jesus Messiah. (Eph 1:17) The fingerprint of God and the testimony of Jesus Messiah; Who is evident in the Torah. In Genesis is the breath of life; and Exodus the Passover lamb; and Leviticus Jesus is our high priest; Numbers; Jesus is the fire by night that leads the Israelites to the wilderness; and finally in the book of Deuteronomy he is the one who speaks for God through Moses.

            The Bible is an integrated message that was dictated to men by God and was written by 40 different authors, divided into 66 books over the span of 1600 years.

            Our modern Christian Bible is divided into two Testaments (a written declaration as a promise or covenant) the Old and the New. The Old Testament has 39 books divided into sections, The Law (Torah), The Prophets, Poetry, and the writings of history for Israel. There are over 300 prophesies of the coming of the LORD in the Old Testament. I believe the Bible is a holographic message; of things that have already happened, are happening now, and will happen in the future.

The New Testament is the revealing and unveiling of Jesus Christ as LORD, God and Messiah. The New Testament is divided into sections as well. The Gospels tell us of Jesus’ birth, life, death and resurrection from the dead. The book of Acts tells of how the Holy Spirit came with fire and started a revolution for the Kingdom of God. There are also letters to churches written by the Apostles and church fathers and finally the Book of Revelation that tells of the “Second Coming” of Jesus the Christ.  

There is a divine purpose throughout the Bible that relates to God’s law. Its ability to suppress and at the same time manifest man’s sin and man’s failure to pay for his own sin towards God and his inability to attain righteousness by works.

The first five books in the Bible are Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. These books were estimated to have been written between 1445 -1405 B.C.  These five books are commonly referred to as, “The Law”, “The Torah” or translated as “teaching”.

 The word Genesis means “origins”. At the hand of Moses, God documents the story of the creation, of heaven and earth, Adam and Eve and the fall of mankind. Adam and Eve are banished from the Garden of Eden for their disobedience.

The next book of the Torah is Exodus. The book of Exodus chronicles Israel’s path to Egypt, their captivity under Pharaoh, their deliverance and crossing the Red Sea and finally, the encampment in Sinai to receive the prescribed law of God known as the 10 Commandments. (Exodus 20:11)

The next book is Leviticus. This book gives specific instructions to the Levite priests who will represent God to the people and teaches the people how to approach God.  Much of the New Testament book of Hebrews quotes Leviticus. 

God breaks down the sacrifices, offerings, feast days, Tabernacle worship, how the priesthood is to be conducted as it pertains to the garments and furniture in the temple. God also has specific directions on how the people were to approach Him in   moral conduct and their holiness; with cleansing rituals and health issues.

The book of Numbers chronicles the wandering around in the wilderness by the faithless generation.  Their unbelief, sin and rebellion along with their complaining and murmuring caused them to wander around in the wilderness for 40 years until the generation that complained had died off. God gave specific instructions on how the tents in the camps were to be arranged by tribe; and chronicles the journey to their Promised Land. The estimated population for the Jews wandering in the wilderness was somewhere between 2 to 3 million people; during that time their shoes never wore out and neither did their clothing ; God also provided for them daily, with a portion of Manna that was a supernatural manifestation of His power.  The word Manna simply means, “What is it?”  The Ark of the Covenant contained Aaron’s staff that budded, (Heb 9:4) a jar of Manna and the 10 Commandment tablets. This was to signify God’s presence with the people. 

Deuteronomy is considered the fifth book of the law; this entire book covers about one month’s time.  The word Deuteronomy is the Hebrew title which means “The message” or “Second Law”.

The book of Deuteronomy covers a review of the history or refreshment of the law, the covenant and the death of Moses.  It also reminds us that Jesus is the deliverer and delivers His people from sin.  Much of Leviticus is repeated in Deuteronomy. God goes over some of the disobedient practices that led to most of the children in the wilderness to die out there.  Moses reminds them that before entering into the Promised Land that they could still die in their sins when they are not obedient.

Sin is a matter that God takes very seriously and He must punish sins.  He does so because sin, is rooted in pride, disobedience, rebellion and is a stench in His nostrils.  He also provides a way of escape in the Old Testament and it was through sacrifice and burnt offerings. Much of the regulations are covered in the Old Testament books of the Torah.  However, we have a new and better way through Jesus Christ; who in the very nature being equal with God fulfilled every law, sacrifice, offering and in Christ we have freedom in His blood and redemption from sin. 

The book of Romans was believed to be written by the apostle Paul from Corinth in Greece. This book was to have been written towards the end of Paul’s missionary journeys.  There are approximately 67 scripture references to the Old Testament. 

The book of Romans covers major Christian doctrine as humanities sinfulness, justification by faith, sanctification and the transformation of our mind. The book of Romans is described as a book of instruction to the church at Rome. The Apostle Paul commends the church in Rome leadership for their humility and service to the Saints.

According to Dr. Chuck Missiler the book of Romans, is written to Jewish and Gentile believers in the first century Church. He refers to specifically Chapter 7 as the “law book”.  (D. C. Missler) We know this book was primarily written to believers because in Romans 7:1 the Apostle Paul addresses  the “brethren”; some believers were perhaps displaced and ended up in Rome or were true believers in Yeshua.

 For the purpose of this writing the word “law”, can be interchangeably used with “Torah” or “teaching”. The noun teach; means impart knowledge or practical skill to educate or instruct.  (W. M. Dictionary pg 532)

In the Bible we have parallel themes in the Old Testament and the New Testament. Dr. Chuck Missler states: “The Old Testament concealed; and the New Testament revealed”, he is speaking about Messiah. The Mosaic “law” or Torah became the rule for life when the children of Israel were delivered from Egypt. In the Old Testament the term law meant teaching, or instruction. However, in the New Testament the Greek word “Nomos” (Strong’s 3551) is used meaning customs, a rule governing one’s actions.

The Mosaic Law or teaching as taught and was covered in the first five books of the Bible. The Mosaic Law was broken down into three parts.

Part 1:The moral law and 10 Commandments: this is the part of the teaching that governed the moral life and guided Israel and the principles of right and wrong in relation to God and man. (Exodus 20:1-17)

Part 2: The judgments (rendered decisions) or social law: this part of the teaching governed Israel in their secular, social, political, and economic life. (Exodus 21:1-23:13).

Part 3: The ordinances or the ceremonial law: this was the religious portion of the law which guided and instructed Israel in their worship and spiritual relationship in fellowship with God.  It included instructions for the priesthood, Tabernacle and sacrifices offered in the temple. (Exodus 25-31 & the entire book of Leviticus)

The Mosaic Torah-teaching was a covenant made specifically for Israel to govern their lives in the promised-land. The Mosaic Torah teaching is good and spiritual (Romans 7:12 & 14). However, the Torah was not meant to be designed as a regular way of life.  It was a tutor to guide Israel until the coming of the Messiah. The Torah was given, to show Israel and humanity that they have violated God’s instruction.

(Galatians 3:19-20)

The Apostle Paul writes in 1 Tim 1:8 “We know that the law (torah) is good if one uses it properly” NI V. In response to Jews who wanted to impose the ceremonial mosaic Torah on the church as a necessity for salvation.  (MacArthur pg. 1860)

The Jews in the Old Testament had attached over 600 additional Commandments to the 10 as listed in Exodus. The Jewish people with respect to the Torah did not make a distinction within their culture for the three parts of the Torah. The Torah was a system of ordinances and rules that obligated the person to fulfill the entire law.  When a law or ordinance was violated, there were penalties and decisions made in judgment which were binding and in some cases severe. (Galatians 3:10, Galatians 5:3)

According to James Chapter 2:8-12, one should keep the whole Torah and do not stumble in one thing, or you are guilty of the entire Torah. Also, evidenced in the Torah is that there is a penalty of death for disobedience and attached instructions to all parts of the Torah.

The Torah was given to show its proper use that man is helpless and hopeless in his condition before a righteous and just God. First Timothy 1:8-10, states the law was given for lawbreakers; and was not intended for a righteous person but for the lawless and rebellious.

God gave the Torah to Moses on Mount Sinai as teaching and instruction to reveal His standard of righteousness. (Psalm 19:7) The Torah was given to identify sin and reveal man’s sinful, bankrupt condition guilty before God. Since the Torah was extensive and tedious; it was totally impossible for the works of man; to be able to declare himself righteous through the Torah.

The Torah reveals man’s sinful humanity and his separation from God that he is unable to bridge in his own strength.

In Romans 3:19-20 “but we know that the Torah speaks; it says to those in the Torah teaching so that every mouth should be closed and entire world should become liable to judgment of God; because the flesh will not be justified (or sinless) liable to judgment by God; because no flesh will be justified or sinless before Him who works by the Torah, or knowledge of sin is through the Torah.” (One New Man Bible, Morford  pg. 1485)

Romans 3:22-24 states that righteousness is of God through faith for all those who believe in Yeshua Messiah and there is no distinction because all have sinned and fall short of God’s glory. The only way humanity can be made righteous is through the redemption that Jesus the Messiah provided and faith in his blood is proof of righteousness.

In Romans 3:26 states that God used Jesus as a “propitiation” or atoning sacrifice (W. N. Dictionary pg. 924)

The word atonement means: to become reconciled; Harmony; to supply satisfaction; reparation for an offense or injury. (W. M. Dictionary pg 72)

In the Old Testament a blood sacrifice was to be offered by the priests three times a day; and once on the Day of Atonement for the sins of the nation. This is observed in the Passover feast in Exodus Chapter 12. Later in the New Testament, John the Baptist would declare that Jesus was the Lamb of God; who would take away the sins of the world.  (John 1:29)

 

In Hebrews chapter 11:4, it says that Able trusted that his sacrifice was a better offering to God and it was testified to him as righteous. Although, Abel died, his gift is a witness and it still speaks. In Hebrews chapter 9:22, the Torah requires that all vessels be cleansed by blood and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.

 

In Hebrews chapter 12:24 it speaks of Jesus the mediator in the new covenant; whose’ sprinkled blood speaks a more useful message than Able’s blood.  (One New Man Bible pg 1609)

 

In Hebrews chapter 9:12-13, Jesus did not enter the holy of holies by the blood of goats and calves but to his own blood. Jesus entered once into the holy of holies finding redemption for us; for if the blood of goats and bowls sprinkled the ashes of a heifer sanctified those who have been defiled making their flesh clean; how much more the blood of the Messiah, who through the eternal Spirit presented himself blameless as an offering to God, cleansed conscience from dead works in service to a living God. (One New Man Bible pg 1603)

 

            Righteousness does not come through the Torah, if it did then Christ died for nothing. (Galatians 3:21)

 

            Hebrews chapter 7 states that if perfection could have been attained through the Levitical priesthood, why was there a need for a priest in the order of Melchizedek?  It is evident that Jesus came from the tribe of Judah and not the Levitical priesthood.  But yet, the Bible says that He (Jesus) is a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek. The Torah was a shadow of former ordinances and because of its weakness was un-profitable. The Torah made nothing perfect and there is a better way which brings us back to communion with God.  Hebrews 7:22,  so much more Jesus has become a surety of a better covenant.    

 

Jesus’ priesthood is unchangeable and is forever and He is also able to make intercession for us; because He is holy and undefiled and separated from sinners. The Torah stated they appointed high priests who had weakness but by the word of his mouth got appointed His Son who is a perfect sacrifice forever and for everyone.

 

The book of Romans in verse 5:20 explained to us that we have the Torah, so that the  Torah would expose our sin and dead works.