Many Christians today view God’s Laws as a negative thing. They say that “we are not under Law but under grace”. Many have not even bothered to study the Old Testament because they believe that the death and resurrection of Jesus, (Yeshua) did away with the Old Testament commands to observe God’s Kosher Laws and Holy Days and they quote Colossians 2: 16-17 as proof of this: “Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Messiah.”

But in spite of popular belief in many churches, the New Testament writings were not Gentile in nature, but were primarily written BY Jewish believers TO Jewish believers. Look at the whole chapter of Colossians 2: Paul (Sha’ul) is expressing his concern for the Colossians and he cautions them against false teachers among the Jews who were infecting the Colossian congregations with Gentile philosophies which were taking the focus off of Yeshua. (v8-12)

Sha’ul was reminding the Colossian believers of their life in Yeshua and not to let anyone judge them for their faithfulness towards God’s commands and Holy Days. Sha’ul wisely points out that these convocations were a “shadow” of things to come. In other words, every observance of God’s Holy Days is actually pointing to Yeshua Himself — the one who triumphed on our behalf! So Sha’ul exhorts the Colossians not to let these false teachers judge them–or worse, to persuade them to stop observing these things! They are to stand firm and CONTINUE the observance!

The Holy Days always pointed to Yeshua. And now that Yeshua has come, we should continue to keep God’s appointed times, but with greater understanding of Yeshua to whom they point to! So we are to keep the feasts not refrain from them!

“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. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. 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 5:17-19)

Some misinterpret the Bible verse above and teach that Yeshua accomplished everything when he was crucified and thereby fulfilled the Law. But let’s look at this passage and see what Yeshua would be saying if this were true and see if it would make any sense:

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but I have come to fulfill them. Now that I have come to fulfill the Law and hence abolished the law, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law that I am ending. And since I have fulfilled the Law, anyone who ignores these commands and teaches others to do the same, will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”

No one in their right mind could possibly say that this makes one iota of common sense or logic!

The Two Greatest Commandments
Loving God with all your heart, soul and might and loving your neighbor as yourself was quoted not only by Yeshua in the New Testament in Matthew 22:40, but is also found in the Old Testament. (See Deuteronomy 6:5 and Leviticus 19:18) Yeshua was actually quoting the Old Testament scriptures as he quite frequently did because when Yeshua and the apostles walked the earth, THERE WAS NO NEW TESTAMENT!

Does ALL the Law hang on these two Commandments even if they were first quoted in the Old Testament? Deuteronomy 6:5 actually proves this stating that to love God with all your heart, soul and might is to keep every one of the Ten Commandments that had just been read 17 verses earlier!

The first four commandments relates to our relationship with God, while the last six commandments relates to our relationship with our neighbor. Yeshua did not destroy any of these ten magnificent rules of love or any other commandment of God.

If we love God with all our heart, soul and might, will we have other gods before Him, worship idols, take His name in vain, or deny God the quality time of praise and worship He desires from us on His Sabbath? No!

When Israel was given the Law at Mount Sinai, it was not just for the people of God, but it also applied to the mixed nation from Egypt. (See Exodus 12:37-38 and Num. 15:15-16)

So what has changed? Absolutely nothing!

“What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means!” (Romans 6:15)

“For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. For he who said, ‘You shall not commit adultery’, also said, ‘You shall not murder.’ If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker.” (James 2: 10-11)
Strong’s defines Law as “teaching” occurring 219 times in 213 verses. So what does the Law teach us? It teaches us that although the Law is good, we are sinful. But God, in His mercy and grace, delivers us through Yeshua our Messiah and Lord! (Rom 7:1-25)

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