1/12/2013 Sabbath Broadcast Transcript
"Precepts & Principles of the Torah - Is the Law All About Death?”
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Shalom to all of you. Glad to be with you…very blessed to be with you once again on a Shabbat afternoon here in the Ozarks of Southern Missouri.
What a blessing… the Internet. We have an opportunity to share and to learn from others who also have done studies. We have an amazing opportunity to dig into the word deeply and to easily transmit that kind of information.
Every day, when I realize what this Internet thing is, I just stand amazed at the opportunity that sits in front of us… to be able to proclaim both Torah and Messiah. Halleluyah.
And isn’t that exactly what first century believers were doing? Some might think they were only sharing and proclaiming Messiah alone.
But the two are interdependent. They both require one another…at least we require both of them in order for us to fully understand what the good news is all about. And with that comes, you know….we have to be cautious.
Those of us who understand the blessing of keeping Torah, we have a danger of minimizing the work of the Messiah, and what He has done for us…and not putting due emphasis on forgiveness of sin and the grace that we receive through Him.
And conversely, we also have a danger of turning the Messiah into this ‘get out of hell free’… and you just use whenever you want to do what you want.
And so, we’ve got to strike the right balance or the right understanding of both. So, we want to talk about this today.
And for those that don’t know, we’ve been going through the Torah…that’s the first five books of the bible. It has nothing to do with traditions, or Jewish this or Jewish that. It has everything to do with Yahweh’s words and His words alone.
And we’ve been going through this and trying to find the principles that we need to live by and to find the right balance, and the right understanding of what the law is really for, and what we need to apply.
And so, we have been going through that. And this is, I don’t know, I guess our fifth series on this topic. And this may go on, and on, and on… however long, until Yahweh says stop. And maybe He’ll never do that.
But anyway…our fifth series and we’re going to focus and zoom in on the one portion here. And it’s not really any one scripture we’re going to focus on. We’re going to look at a multitude of scriptures.
And I feel this is important for us to lay a good ground work for the days ahead. And that is this question: Precepts and Principles of the Torah…Is the Law all about death?
And we do read about a lot of death in the Law. We read about Yahweh sending serpents, and Yahweh sending plagues. And we see a person commits that crime, and this crime. It’s a death penalty….and a death penalty there, and a death penalty here.
And so, we might be inclined to think, “Wow! There’s just so much there in the law that’s about death.” And there’s all these crimes…these transgressions of the law which are punishable by death.
Transgressions punishable by death
Sacrificing to idols
Sacrificing your children to Molech
Uttering False prophechy in Yahweh’s Name
Get that one…Sabbath breaking’s right there along with everything else? …Punishable by death. I mean, some of these you would understand…Sacrificing your children to Molech. Whoever does that needs to be eliminated.
But we see some crimes here that, maybe in our world today we won’t see that as being a big deal.
Here’s one…Sabbath breaking. And here’s another: adultery…more and more is ‘in vogue’, it seems. Although, I think most people hate adultery. There are enough people willing to commit it that they wouldn’t want to have the death sentence for having done that.
So, you know, we’ve got…
That’s another one people don’t want to hear about; but it is true….death penalty.
Being a false witness to a capital crime
Capital crime is one that is punishable by death. So, if you were to accuse someone of committing murder, then….and you were lying about it…then, you would be put to death. Instead of the person you were trying to be put to death.
So also, there’s…
Smiting a parent
If you were to hit your parent you would be put to death. If you would even curse your parent you were being put to death, also.
Cursing a parent
Yahweh upholds the weight of the parental office. So, if you were to assault or to curse your parent, you’re asking for a death sentence…in Israel.
And He viewed that as important because when you break down the authority structure in the home, you destroy a child’s view of authority and cause him to be rebellious.
And that’s a real problem…because that rebellion then extends into adulthood, and I don’t have to go into detail. We see the results of our standards today, with the youth that we see.
Contempt of court
Marring a woman and her daughter
All of these crimes are punishable by death in the Law of Yahweh. And I’m not saying this was an exhaustive list, but these were some of the key ones mentioned.
And so, with all these things punishable by death, is the law really just all about death, all the time? ...Just all about death and destruction?
You know, it does mention death quite a bit. But, that’s an important question for us to examine.
There were other crimes that were not punishable by death. It says, ‘Do not covet your neighbor’s wife’, or anything that belongs to your neighbors.
It never mentions a penalty for that. It’s just our accountability to Yahweh in our minds that is where we are accountable.
And the same is true about loving your neighbor as yourself. It says in Leviticus 19:28 to love your neighbor as yourself. That is something for which you would be personally accountable to the Creator for.
To not deal falsely with each other, to not take vengeance…a whole host of other things for which the judges were never given any sentencing guidelines if someone had broken.
But of course they would be expected, if the situation would arise…you know, usually when you’re not loving your neighbor as yourself… you’re committing some other crime, as well.
So, there were other crimes, like stealing. There was no death penalty for stealing, but you would have to restore multiple times over. If you stole one sheep you would have to restore four, and so on. And if you couldn’t restore it you might be even sold into slavery.
So, we have to realize, not every crime in the bible is punishable by death.
But you know, it only takes one sin. I’m not talking in a civil way; I’m talking in a spiritual way…between us and the Heavenly Father.
How many sins did it take for Adam to deserve death? It only took one…just a bite of the fruit. He was told not to do something. At that point, he did it. He was a sinner. He was a transgressor…worthy of death.
And so, with all this legislation that’s given in the Torah, you might be inclined to think, ‘Oh, the Old Testament’s death and the New Testament came along and abolished all of that’.
A major problem with that…
We have scripture indicating otherwise. That it’s still the will of Yahweh for there to be a human government exercising righteous judgment. And in some cases…death penalty. We see this in…
Rom 13:1-2 – Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is not authority except from Elohim, and the authorities that exist are appointed by Elohim. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of Elohim, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.
He’s talking to the Romans!
Rom 13:3-4 – For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil.
Now, sometimes that’s not always true. But that’s not what they’re called to be. They’re called to be a terror to evil works.
…Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. For he is Elohim’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is Elohim’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil.
Rom 13:5-6 – Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscience’ sake. For because of this you also pay taxes, for they are Elohim’s ministers attending continually to this very thing.
Yahweh is using these men, whether they want to be used for it, or not…to serve Him, and His purposes of executing wrath on different nations, different people who are doing wrong, different nations who are doing wrong.
And so, that’s still what He wants. We see this in a New Testament verse.
And we see…you know, the Old Testament…Yahweh’s sending plagues upon the people. And how many people die in this plague here or that plague there?
Or, when David did a census death and the plague came around and killed all these people.
You know, all this death and everything…Some might think, “Well, that’s not any longer. We don’t see that in the New Testament. Yahweh is all about kindness and mercy and grace.”
Well, I hate to say it, but there is death and destruction in the New Testament. I shouldn’t say I hate to say it; I want to say it so you no longer have this viewpoint and I can prove it directly.
Act 5:1-3 – But a certain man named Ananais, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession. And he kept back part of the proceeds,
In other words, he’s going to bring this possession to the Apostles and act like he gave the whole thing to them. But he’s going to keep back a portion for himself.
…his wife also being aware of it, and brought a certain part and laid it at the apostles’ feet. But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the price of the land for yourself?
He was just dealing falsely with the Holy Spirit here.
Act 5:4-6 – While it remained, was it not your own? And after it was sold, was it not in your own control? Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to Elohim. Then Ananias, hearing these words, fell down and breathed his last. So great fear came upon all those who heard these things.
See… there’s great fear even in the New Testament. Fear of death and destruction here in the New Testament.
And the young men arose and wrapped him up, carried him out, and buried him.
Act 5:7-9 – Now it was about three hours later when his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. And Peter answered her, “Tell me whether you sold the land for so much?” She said, “Yes, for so much.” Then Peter said to her, “How is it that you have agreed together to test the Spirit of Yahweh? Look, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out.”
Act 5:10-11 – Then immediately she fell down at his feet and breathed her last. And the young men came in and found her dead, and carrying her out, buried her by her husband. So great fear came upon all the church and upon all who heard these things.
So, what happened? …Great fear. Great fear came upon all the church, all the congregation. This fear came over them. They heard, and it was like…hear and fear. And upon all who heard these things.
Not just the congregation was afraid to test Yahweh and to be acting falsely in this way…but others outside were also afraid.
And so, Yahweh put Ananais and Sapphira to death; and that’s pretty serious when you thing about it. I mean, you might think it’s a fairly minor infraction to just hold back some of the money for yourself, but it was considered major enough to warrant the death penalty…in the New Testament era.
And this is not all. In 1 Corinthians chapter 11 verse 28 it says… it’s talking about taking part of the body of Messiah here…our Passover. It says…
1 Co 11:28-30 – But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Master’s body. For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep.
So Yahweh is killing people in Corinth because they’re not partaking of the body and blood of Messiah in a worth manner.
He’s killing them. He’s destroying them. …Death and destruction. And if He’s not doing that He’s heaping plagues on them, sicknesses, and causing them to be weak.
Because they are not giving the Master’s body it’s due reverence; recognizing the holiness and solemnity of the occasion.
Death, disease, and destruction in the New Testament….and I’m not finished.
Rev 2:18-20 – And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write, ‘These things says the Son of Elohim, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and His feet like fine brass: “I know your works, love, service, faith, and your patience; and as for your works, the last are more than the first.
This is Messiah talking here. He’s talking to the people in Thyatira. He says…
Nevertheless I have a few things against you, because you allow…
They’re allowing something that Messiah wouldn’t allow…
…because you allow that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce My servants to commit sexual immortality and eat things sacrificed to idols.
Rev 2:21-23 – “And I gave her time to repent of her sexual immorality, and she did not repent. Indeed I
Will do what? Yahushua Himself says…
I will cast her into a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of their deeds.
So, Messiah’s still judging on the earth today. And He says of this woman Jezebel…
I will kill her children with death,
And then others would hear and fear, right?
…and all the churches shall know that I am He who searches the mind and hearts. And I will give to each one of you according to your works.
So the Messiah Himself said he would kill the children of Jezebel; so that all the believers in Messiah would know Yahushua is the one who searches the hearts and minds.
And so, the death penalty is still being used by Yahweh. If the body of Messiah is unable to exercise capital punishment, then Messiah Himself is quite capable of doing it.
Now, this is a little different than the ‘cream-puff’ Messiah that we so often hear about today. You know, ‘Oh, He’s just everlasting patience and it doesn’t matter what you do wrong, He’s still there.’
You know, there is a point to where He gives people time to repent. He gives them time…He says He does there in verse 21. But just keep pushing it, and He will bring necessary judgment.
In fact, the Messiah says, He’s going to come and judge the earth.
Rev 19:11-13 – Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of Elohim.
Messiah’s called the word of Elohim.
Rev. 19:14-16 – And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty Elohim. And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND MASTER OF MASTERS.
…So much for the ‘cream puff’ Messiah.
Isa 11:3-4 – His delight is in the fear of Yahweh, and He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes, not decide by the hearing of His ears;
…A messianic prophecy.
…but with righteousness He shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked.
…Sounds like Messiah’s not soft on crime after all.
I think some of us have been sold an image of Messiah that’s quite different from the one we read about in the bible. He still feels the same way about sin. It’s just that He’s offering us a way to be cleansed of our sins, if we choose to enter into a relationship with Him.
That involves repentance, (that’s turning away from sin), and receiving Him as the Messiah. And that includes a multitude of things. But what we understand is wrong… we need to turn away from it.
He’s plenty patient when it comes to…I mean, if we don’t realize something’s wrong, (we’re learning, we’re growing), He has all the patience in the world. But when it comes to willful sin He has a limit.
And so, you see, it’s actually an act of love for the Messiah to not be soft on crime. I mean, why would it be hatred to eliminate wickedness from among us?
Wouldn’t that actually be loving for those who choose to do what’s right…to eliminate those who are doing wrong?
I mean, when people are walking in hatred toward others, what about the victims who are recipients of the hatred? Don’t they need to be loved?
Isn’t it an act of love for Messiah to purge out those who are being wicked toward others? …When Yahushua sends people to the lake of fire, that’s still an act of love.
I mean, every commandment in the bible is instruction on how to love. For those who refuse to walk in that way of love, He has to do something about it. I mean, who wants to spend eternity with a bunch of people who refuse to walk in love? That would corrupt everything.
Who would want to spend eternity with hateful people? They have to be eliminated and judged. And it’s an act of love toward those who choose what’s right; to eliminate those who refuse to turn to what’s right.
Now in ancient Israel, there was a death penalty for a lot of things. And if we only looked at things from a ‘this world’ mindset…for the death penalty to be instituted for so many crimes, you might think that’s a little bit sad.
But if you look at things from an eternal perspective, the way Yahweh looks at things…from Yahweh’s perspective, we might actually change our minds.
Now let’s suppose that someone actually recognized…Yahweh is the true Elohim. But they chose to live a life of crime anyway.
Now they get caught. They get caught committing a crime in Israel that required a death penalty. What do you think they would be doing on the day they were to be put to death?
What do you think they would be doing on that day as they’re about ready to be stoned to death? What do you think they would be doing?
I think we could all agree that probably most of them, knowing they were about ready to face their Creator, are on their faces in repentance and tears… knowing they’re about ready to face Elohim; and asking Yahweh to forgive them of their sin.
And what does Yahweh say He’ll do to them that come to Him with a tender heart and repentance? What did He do with the thief that was on the tree next to the Messiah? He forgave.
That man was being hung on a tree for a capital crime that was committed in Israel. He acknowledged he deserved to be killed for it, and to be cursed and be hanged on a tree.
And yet…there at that last moment, what happened? He repented, and he was received into eternal life.
And so, maybe the death penalty isn’t all that bad, if you look at it from an eternal perspective.
I mean, what’s our life on this earth? Fifty, Sixty, seventy years maybe...eighty? You might live to be a hundred, you never know. But compare that to eight quadrillion years. I mean, you could go trillions upon trillion years in eternity, and that little hundred years…fifty years, sixty years…is nothing.
And so the grand scheme of things… maybe the death penalty isn’t all that bad. They’ll miss out on a few things in this life, but gaining a whole lot more.
Now, if that criminal was sent to the jail cell for the rest of his life and died of natural causes, or if he thought he might be released from jail after a few years and he died of natural causes, or maybe he would even go to jail and there he would learn to be more effective at evading the law, and then be set free to die of natural causes… that person may never come to repentance for their sin.
And they die suddenly, and there is no joy in eternity for them.
And so when Yahweh required the death penalty, in the long run, if we believe that the scriptures are true and that Yahweh is Elohim and he is going to judge us and some will be sent to everlasting punishment and others to everlasting life, then it’s actually better for the criminal that he’s be given an opportunity to say his prayers and meet his maker.
And so, if they were to go on and die in their sins and face Yahweh, He would condemn them and that would be it. But Yahweh is all about trying to bring righteous repentant people into His kingdom.
And so, I try to look at things from an eternal perspective.
How about our own court system? Should we have more death penalties? Well, only if the nation we live in submits to the rest of Yahweh’s laws… regarding the accountability of judges; the bribery that takes place in the court proceedings is ridiculous, and it’s wrong.
But in a justice system that Yahweh established…you know, false witnesses were actually punished.
Says Deuteronomy 19:18, as we’ve been sharing in the previous broadcasts, that the one who is a false witness shall be put to death if the crime that he’s accusing another person…is to be put to death.
So there was no pity or mercy for the one who testifies falsely in Israel. And if we had those kinds of laws on the books, maybe by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word could be established.
But today in America’s court system they actually reward people for testifying falsely in some cases. They call it ‘plea bargaining ‘.
I know the man who was put in prison for a crime he never committed, because the other person was approached first, and than in exchange for getting a lesser sentence, the man was coerced into testifying falsely against this man who I know is in prison now.
And it’s wrong. Plea bargaining is the tampering with witnesses.
Think about how happier society would be if we knew that the people around us would actually be accountable for their actions; knowing that crime would actually be dealt with.
They wouldn’t get slapped on the wrist, thrown in a cage with other criminals for a few years, and let loose again.
And with the death penalty being the sentencing guideline for all these laws, how do you think how disciplined Israel would be? How many lives would be saved? How much righteous a nation it would be?
And maybe some of you listening to the program think that our nation’s laws are superior. Or, that Yahweh should relax a little bit and not have been so harsh. But we need to understand, it only took that one sin for Adam and Eve to be worthy of death.
And so, unless we really comprehend the gravity of what sin is, we won’t really comprehend how much we need Yahushua the Messiah to cleanse us. …And how much we need Him.
The problem is most people don’t think they need Him.
They don’t think they’ve lived that bad of a life. They don’t believe that they’ve really been that bad of a person. And so, what’s the Messiah for?
They feel like they’ll make it their own way and He’ll forgive them; they haven’t been that bad. But by who’s standard?
And that’s the whole problem. We need to hear the bad news before we can appreciate the good news. And that’s the point. That’s the point.
And for Yahweh to institute the death penalty for so many crimes…it was necessary. It was necessary…for people to understand the gravity and significance of how serious sin is.
And unless we understand that, where’s the power in the blood?
So the wages of sin is death. And until we realize the weight of sin, until we take an inventory and look at ourselves, we will not bow before the feet of the Messiah.
Unless we realize our illness, we will not come to Him and be healed. Unless we’ve had all of our self-righteous thoughts crushed, we will not turn to the Messiah.
In Israel, although they did not have the knowledge we have about the Messiah, unless they realized how serious Yahweh was about sin in the camp, they would not have seen the significance of it; and they would not be coming to the Messiah.
Heb 10:28-29 – Anyone who has rejected Moses’ (Moshe’s) law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has tramped the Son of Elohim underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace?
You think rejecting the Torah is a bad thing. You think dying by Moshe’s law was bad. How much worse punishment, he says, do you think…will he be thought worthy…tramples the son of Elohim under foot and count the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace?
How do you do that?
You just keep going on in your sins after you’ve been cleansed. And just treat it like… ‘Oh, I can do what I want. That’s an insult to the Spirit of grace…like His blood was just some common thing. …Trampling Him under foot.
Heb 10:30-31 – For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says Yahweh. And again, “Yahweh will judge His people.” It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living Elohim.
So, lots of New Testament verses about the wrath of Yahweh and the danger that we have.
Now, it may come as a surprise to you… did you know, the judges of Israel…the judges of Israel had a choice of allowing a person who had a death penalty imposed on them to be redeemed.
You might have noticed this if you watched last week’s broadcast. We can read about it in.
Exo 21:28-3 – If an ox gores a man or a woman to death, then the ox shall surely be stoned, and its flesh shall not be eaten; but the owner of the ox shall be acquitted. But if the ox tended to thrust with its horn in times past, and it has been made known to his owner, and he has not kept it confined, so that it has killed a man or a woman, the ox shall be stoned and its owner also shall be put to death.
So there’s a sentence: the owner shall be put to death. But here we go…
If there is imposed on him a sum of money, then he shall pay to redeem his life, whatever is imposed on him.
So even though he was given the death penalty, Yahweh allowed for there to be imposed on him a sum of money, for which he could redeem his life.
So even if the death penalty was given, and maybe the amount of money would depend upon the severity of the crime, but there could be a ransom for them…they could be redeemed.
They didn’t always; even though they were put to death…according to Torah they were supposed to be put to death… the judges had the freedom to discern the situation. And instead allow for a person to redeem his life.
Only in one exception did Yahweh forbid there to be redemption.
Num 35:31-33 – For you shall take no ransom for the life of a murderer
No ransom, at all.
who is guilty of death, but he shall surely be put to death.
…Only in the case of blood being shed. Yahweh is very serious about the shedding or blood.
And you shall take no ransom for him who has fled to his city of refuge, that he may return to dwell in the land before the death of the priest. So you shall not pollute the land where you are; for blood defiles the land, and no atonement can be made for the land, for the blood that is shed on it, except by the blood of him who shed it.
So that had to be dealt with quickly.
Now, the idea of ransom is not new with the law of Moses, or the law of Moshe. It’s mentioned in an earlier book….the book of Job. It says… (This is Elihu speaking) –
Job 33:14-16 - For Elohim may speak in one way, or in another, yet man does not perceive it. In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls upon men, while slumbering on their beds, then He opens the ears of men, and seals their instruction.
You ever had this before? I mean you’re sitting there trying to figure something out. You’re just racking your brain…or something in the scriptures and you’re trying to figure out and understand it, and you’re not getting it.
And you go to bed; you sleep on it; you wake up and you got your answer. First thought in the morning…it comes into your head. There it is. You know exactly what the answer is.
And this is something that Yahweh does for us. In the deep sleep in the night he opens our ears and seals our instruction. We may never remember where it came from, but there it is.
Job 33:17-19 – In order to turn man from his deed, and conceal pride from man, hHe keeps back his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing by the sword. Man is also chastened with pain on his bed, and with strong pain in many of his bones.
Job 33:20-22 – So that his life abhors bread, and his soul succulent food. His flesh wastes away from sight, and his bones stick out which once were not seen. Yes, his soul draws near the pit, and his life to the executioners.
Job 33:23-35 – If there is a messenger for him, a mediator, one among a thousand, to show man his His uprightness, then He is gracious to him,
A messenger, a mediator…He’s gracious to him.
and says Deliver him from going down to the pit; I have found a ransom’; His flesh shall be young like a child’s, He shall return to the days of his youth.
Job 33:26-28 – He shall pray to Elohim, and He will delight in him, He shall see His face with joy, for He restores to man His righteousness.
Who’s righteousness? Yahweh’s righteousness...couldn’t be the man’s righteousness. …Yahweh’s righteousness.
Then he looks at men and says, ‘I have sinned, and perverted what was right, and it did not profit me.’
And then what happens He repents, and Yahweh says…
He will redeem his soul from going down to the pit, and his life shall see the light.
’The light of life’ is referring to the resurrection on a number of occasions in scripture. And it says…
Job 33:29-30 – Behold, Elohim works all these things, twice, in fact, three times with a man, to bring back his soul from the pit, that he may be enlightened with the light of life.
And so, we walk before Yahweh in the land of the living…we see the light…we are all given opportunities to seek a ransomer….a redeemer.
We have a picture here of a ransomer: a redeemer; a mediator …a Messiah-like figure shows man the righteousness of Yahweh. …And restores Yahweh’s righteousness in a person, redeeming that soul from going down into the pit.
And it says he’s enlightened with the light of life. And that speaking here is Elihu. He is not rebuked by Yahweh for speaking what was wrong. Job’s three friends were, but not Elihu. Yahweh did not rebuke Elihu, at all.
And so, there is a little precursor of what Messiah does for us here in the Old Testament with the ransom. …An Old Testament thing that Yahweh allowed for was, rather than having them put to death somebody could step forward as a mediator and say, ‘I will give a ransom. I think this man is repentant; I think he’s going to change; And I’m willing to put my money down to say he will be no longer doing these things.’
And so, we know that wasn’t going to necessarily save the man from Yahweh’s judgment, but at least civil judgment; because it says…
Psa 49:6-9 – Those who trust in their wealth and boast in the multitude of their riches, none of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to Elohim a ransom for him—for the redemption of their souls is costly, and it shall cease forever—that he should continue to live eternally, and not see the pit.
So riches might save a man from judgment…from civil judgment, but it still does not redeem the soul, and allow them to live eternally. For that, we need a man named Yahusha.
Mar 10:44-45 – And whoever of you desires to be first shall be
What? We talked about this a couple of weeks ago….
…slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give
What? His life…
…His life a ransom for many.
1 Ti 2:5-6 – For there is one Elohim and one Mediator
We need a mediator, don’t we? To give a ransom, don’t we?
…between Elohim and men, the Man Messiah Yahushua, who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time,
And so, what he offered…His life… to be the ransom. And He purchased us. He offered us His life to be the ransom, to save us from eternal death and damnation. Then, even if we committed murder, the death penalty has been satisfied.
Now when Yahushua was sentenced to death, there was no option give to redeem His life by the Sanhedrin. And so Pilate, in an effort to want to see Yahushua released, offered to let Him go. It says…
Mat 27:15-17 – Now at the feast the governor was accustomerd to releasing to the multitude one prisoner whom they wished. And at that time they had a notorious prisoner called Barabbas. Therefore, when they had gathered together, Pilate said to them, “Whom do you want me to release to you? Barabbas, or Yahushua who is called Messiah?”
Mat 27:18-20 – For he knew that they had handed Him over because of envy. While he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent to him, saying, “Have nothing to do with that just Man, for I have suffered many things today in a dream because of Him.” But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the multitudes that they should ask for Barabbas and destroy Yahushua.
So there was opportunity to redeem Him, but they chose not.
Mat 27:21-23 – The governor answered and said to them, “Which of the two do you want me to release to you?” They said, “Barabbas!” Pilate said to them, “What then shall I do with Yahushua who is called Messiah: They all said to him, “Let Him be crucified!” Then the governor said, “Why, what evil has He done?” But they cried out all the more, saying, “Let Him be crucified!”
Mat 27:24-26 – When Pilate saw that he could not prevail at all, but rather that a tumult was rising, he took water and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, “I am innocent of the blood of this just person. You see to it.” And all the people answered and said, “His blood be on us and on our children.” Then he released Barabbas to them; and when he had scourged Yahushua, he delivered Him to be crucified.
So the crowds had the opportunity to redeem the Messiah and have Him set free. But instead they chose to have His blood on them and on their children.
Maybe in one sense that’s not bad…in that we want the Messiah’s blood to cover us, but we don’t want to be in partnership with those who killed Him…who murdered Him. We don’t want to have that blood upon us in that sense.
So, we see the judgment on the descendants as a result…partly for that reason. They should never have released Barrabas.
Act 3:12-13 – So when Peter saw it, he responded to the people:
In context here, he had healed the lame man. And the Sanhedrin…the Jewish judges are calling Peter in; and Peter saw and responds to the people and says…
“Men of Israel, why do you marvel at this?
…The fact that the man was healed.
Or why look so intently at us, as though by our won power or godliness we had mae this man walk: The Elohim of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the Elohim of our fathers, glorified His Servant Yahushua, whom you delivered up and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let Him go.
Act 3:14-15 – But you denied the Holy One and the Just, and asked for…
…a murderer to be granted to you, and killed the Prince of life, whom Elohim raised from the dead, of which we are witnesses.
And so the judges of Israel and their desire to see Yahushua, an innocent man, killed… actually disobeyed what the Torah said. The Torah said…
Num 35:31 – Moreover you shall take no ransom for the life of a murderer who is guilty of death, but he shall surely be put to death.
So they disobeyed the Torah twice. They killed…the murdered an innocent man; and they freed a murderer.
But Yahushua’s blood covers even that…if they would have turned to Him.
I mean, look what happened to Saul…he was a murdered. He was a murderer, and yet he was forgiven for being a murderer. He became a mighty apostle.
And in fact, I would say probably every one of you listening to this broadcast today is a murderer….if it weren’t for Messiah.
You might look at me and say, “Well, I’ve never murdered anybody. What are you talking about?”
1 Jo 3:15 – Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murder has eternal life abiding in him.
If you have ever for a second hated somebody else, you are (according to the scripture) a murder! On par with those who take knives and kill people. On par with those who may have committed abortion… just by hating your brother.
Yahushua though, because He gave His life to be the ransom, He is able to cleanse us from even the sin of hatred…which is murder.
1 Jo 1:9 – If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
…Cleanse us. Can you envision the Messiah giving you a shower? That’s what He does...takes the dirt off of you and cleanses you.
Have you ever done something wrong to somebody, and you felt horrible and awful about it, and your conscience just kept nagging you and nagging you over it? You went to the person…you asked for forgiveness and they freely forgave you of that?
I hope you’ve experienced that. I hope all of us had. It’s like this huge weight off of our shoulders…and it was glorious. Wasn’t it?
Well, if you’ve not experienced that, let me tell you the difference. There’s a difference between the ministry of death and the ministry of life.
You see, the law was given to us; and its purpose was to show us the way of life. However, all of us found that it did not bring life at all. Instead, it brought death.
Rom 7:9-11 – I was alive once without the law, but when the commandment came, sin revived and I died. And the commandment, which was to bring life, I found to bring death. For sin,
…That’s the transgression of those commandments…
taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it killed me.
How did it kill you?
Well, because we haven’t kept the law. The law was given…you know, it was intended…to bring life, to show us the way of life. But because we haven’t kept it, we realize that we are worthy of death. It says…
Rom 7:12 – Therefore the law is holy,
Problem is, we’re not holy! The law is
and the commandment holy and just and good.
Now the law itself is not death, but it produces death in us because we have sinned. We have transgressed it.
So the law is good, and he asks a question…
Rom 7:13-14 – Has then what is good (that’s the law) become death to me?
No, the law…
Certainly not! The law is not death.
But sin, (that’s the transgression of His law) that it might appear sin, was producing death
Sin produces death. The law takes a role in that, in that it shows us what our wrong is, but it’s not responsible for our death. Our sin is what’s responsible for our being worthy of death.
But sin, that it might appear sin, was producing death in me through
what is good (the law), so that sin (that’s the transgression of His law) through the commandment might become exceedingly sinful.
So we had all these commandment s that are showing us how exceedingly sinful we have been.
For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin.
We need to be redeemed. Catch that? –
The law is just, and holy, and good…problem is we’re not and never will be. We are the problem. Yahweh’s law’s not the problem.
The Messiah did not die so He could take away the law and therefore cleanse us from our sin. That’s nonsense.
He died so He could take away our sin. So that, even though we have transgressed the law, we have One who will redeem us from the pit of destruction.
…And he bore our iniquities. He bore them. And so Yahweh laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
And so we need to understand here, because it’s a lack of understanding in what I’m just about ready to say that causes so much confusion as to whether or not we should be people who observe the law.
We need to understand, the law is just, its holy, its spiritual, its good. We have not been holy, just, spiritual and good.
We have One who was and is just, and holy, and spiritual, and good…. who is able to cleanse us from our unjust, unholy, unspiritual and evil ways.
Now that he has cleansed us from our unjust, unholy, unspiritual and evil ways….are we now licensed to be unjust …unspiritual…unholy? No! …Unless we want to return to our former ways which were not just, and holy, and spiritual, and good…
But, if we don’t do that...if we decide to go that avenue, then we’re not really being repentant. We are tramping the Son underfoot. Counting the covenant by which we were sanctified an accursed thing.
And so, he said right there that the law is holy. The commandment is just. It’s good. It’s holy and it’s spiritual.
For some reason today, people view the Law as something bad. Why is there such a negative view of it?
You know, sometimes…not always, but sometimes it’s like a child that doesn’t want to do what his parent tells him to do. And they pout because they feel like the parents wrong for having told them to do something…as if the parent was the problem.
And it’s only a rebellious child that would think that the problem is with the parent’s rules. You see, the problem is not with our Heavenly Father’s rules…it’s with us. We haven’t been willing to follow the rules.
Now, I’ve said all these things, but it’s also important that we understand that we are ministers of the New Covenant. And the New Covenant is an offer of grace. It’s an offer of grace to those who desire to be cleansed from all the rule breaking, from all the unjust, unholy, unspiritual and evil ways. It’s an offer, for those who desire to be cleansed… to be reconciled with Yahweh, the Father.
And so, as ministers of the New Covenant, we are part of a more glorious ministry than the one that even Moshe had; because, take a look at some comments here by Paul…
Now he’s defending himself and his ministry, and those who are with him, from those who are accusing them of various things.
2Co 3:1-3 – Do we begin again to commend ourselves: Or do we need, as some others, epistles of commendation to you or letters of commendation from you? You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men; clearly you are an epistle of Messiah, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living Elohim, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is of the heart.
So the Corinthians themselves were believers in Messiah, and that was a clear letter of commendation for Paul, and Barnabas, and others who were with him. They did not need a tablet, or an ink pen, or anything to show that their ministry was commendable.
And so, it was not Paul who founded the assembly in Corinth. It was Yahweh using Paul and others to establish His people in Corinth.
And that’s the point he’s trying to make. It says…
2 Co 3:4-6 – and we have such trust through Messiah toward Elohim. Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from Elohim, who also made us sufficient
He made us sufficient…
as ministers of
…of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit give life.
Because the letter tells us how evil we are. The Spirit cleanses us and causes to be righteous, in spite of the fact that we deserve death.
2 Co 3:7-8 – But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the face of Moses (Moshe) because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away, how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious?
So, he’s talking about. ..There’s a ministry of death. But what Moshe was giving was intended to give life, but it produced death because of our lack of obedience…to the thing that Moshe gave. In fact, we read…
Exo 34:29-31 – Now it saw so, when Moses (Moshe) came down from Mount Sinai (and the two tablets of the Testimony were in Moshe’s hand when he came down from the mountain), that Moshe did not know that the skin of his face shone while he talked with Him. So when Aaron and all the children of Israel saw Moshe, behold the skin of his face shone, and they were afraid to come near him. Then Moshe called to them, and Aaron and all the rulers of the congregation returned to him; and Moses talked with them.
They were afraid to come near Moshe because of the glory of this ministry that he had. They were afraid of him. And so we see here, this brightness and this glory of Moshe’s ministry.
Exo 34:32-34 – Afterward all the children of Israel came near, and he gave them as commandments all the Yahweh had spoken with him on Mount Sinai. And when Moshe had finished speaking with them, he put a veil on his face. But whenever Moshe went in before Yahweh to speak with Him, he would take the veil off until he came out; and he would come out and speak to the children of Israel whatever he had been commanded.
So we see here, the brightness and glory being related to each other. And it said that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the face of Moshe because of the glory of his countenance. And that glory was passing away…that glory.
That was a ministry intended to give life, but because it was so righteous and holy, and because every human being on the planet has failed to be righteous and holy, it became a ministry that produced death.
And so, the glory and ministry of law giving… passes away in favor of a greater glory. Does that mean the law passes away? No.
There’s a greater glory…a greater glory than the ministry of death is the ministry of life. A greater glory…a more wonderful, more beautiful glory than something that kills you is something that gives you life. Wouldn’t you say? I would say so. And so does scripture.
Well, that’s the ministry of righteousness in Yahushua.
None of the things I’m saying here minimizes…in any way, shape, or form…our need to be obedient to the commandments. That’s not what we’re talking about.
We’re talking about what the role of Yahweh’s law is. That’s what we’re referring to. It does not bring us life unless we’ve kept it. None of us have kept it. Therefore, it cannot bring us life.
There is one…Yahushua the Messiah…who has kept it and does give us life. Isn’t that more glorious? I think so.
And so that’s his point. He’s saying…
2 Co 3:7-78 – But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel couldn’t look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away, how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious?
So, when we give…when we talk about Yahweh’s standards, we got to make sure we communicate also the blessing of forgiveness in that greater ministry…the ministry of Messiah.
2 Co 3:9-11 – For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of righteousness exceeds much more in glory. For even what was made glorious had not glory in this respect, because of the glory that excels. For if what is passing away was glorious, what remains is much more glorious.
What’s passing away? …All the commandments? No. …A ministry of death.
The law does not bring us death anymore. The fact is death is passing away.
1 Co 15:26 – The last enemy that will be destroyed is death.
And so, without death there is life forever more.
And since the ministry of death and condemnation will pass away, what remains is a ministry of righteousness that will endure forever.
For what is passing away was glorious, but what remains is much more glorious.
And the fact remains, that in the Kingdom, when we who are righteous, we who have been cleansed, we who have put on the incorruptible, we’re not going to need a law to tell us…stop sinning. …Cause we won’t be sinning.
The law is not for a righteous person, it’s for the unrighteous. And so, what is passing away was glorious, but that corruptible putting on incorruptible is far more glorious.
2 Co:3:12 -14 – Therefore, since we have such hope, we use great boldness of speech—unlike Moshe, who put a veil over his face so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the end of what was passing away. But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Messiah.
some would twist these things and say, “ Ah…see right there. The law is taken away.”
It doesn’t say that. It says the veil is taken away and we don’t need to put a veil over our face when we look in the law. We don’t have to do that.
They couldn’t look at the face of Moshe…they couldn’t look into the commandments without feeling overwhelmed with the light, and truth, and righteousness that was there. But we can look at the glory of the law and not be overwhelmed by it, because we’ve turned to the Master.
2 Co 3:15-18 – But even to this day, when Moshe is read, a veil lies on their heart.
…A veil. It’s too much for them. They can’t handle it. They don’t have cleansing the Messiah offers.
Nevertheless when one turns to the Master, the veil is taken away. Now Yahweh is the Spirit; and where the Spirit off Yahweh is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of Yahweh, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of Yahweh.
See. They have not turned to the Messiah. He’s not talking about people who believe in the Messiah here. He’s talking about people who have not…have not turned to the Master. The veil lies on their heart.
Paul’s country men had not received the Messiah and therefore they had not received the Spirit of Yahweh. And so, when they read the Tenach…their Old Testament…they still had a veil. It was too much.
But we have, instead of a veil, we have what’s called liberty. What is liberty?
1Pe 2:15-16 – For this is the will of Elohim, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men—as free, yet not using
…whatever this is, this liberty…
…liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of Elohim.
Again we see…
Luk 4:18-19 – “The Spirit of Yahweh is upon Me, because HE has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor;
This is Yahushua speaking…quoting Isaiah.
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed;
Oppressed by what? …By sin.
…to proclaim the acceptable year of Yahweh.”
The liberty spoken of in the New Testament is not a liberty, or a freedom (which the word ‘liberty’ and ‘freedom’ mean similar)….it’s not a freedom to sin it’s a freedom from sin. From the power that sin had over us… mainly the power to condemn.
The freedom, the liberty spoken of in the New Testament is not the liberty to willfully do whatever we want. It is the power to do what we ought. And the freedom to learn Yahweh’s law and apply it at a pace that we can bear without fear of condemnation.
If we don’t have that liberty in our heart, we’re going to look at that law, “…Too much for me.”
We have liberty. We can stare at the ministry of Moshe and rather than feeling condemned, we can feel transformed.
2Co 3:18 – But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of Yahweh,
When we look at the law, we see a mirror. …’as in a mirror… the glory of Yahweh’… we see ourselves, because Yahushua lives in us.
And where we might see our own actions not lining up with the law…as it says in James, that we…‘like a man beholding himself in a mirror then goes away and forgets what manner of man he was’…
are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of Yahweh.
We are being transformed into the same image…the image and glory of Yahweh. That’s through Yahshua, the Messiah, who is the express image of His person, and the brightness of Yahweh’s glory. We are being transformed from glory to glory.
We’re being transformed from the glory that’s the first glory…being the ministry of death, to the second glory…the ministry of righteousness. Just as by the Spirit of Yahweh. Because Messiah dwells in us… giving us the power and freedom to live as we should.
We look at the law as a source of transformation …when we look at Messiah, as the One to whom that transformation takes place.
We see that…when we look at the law, what we really should be seeing there is the Messiah. And when we see the Messiah we should really be seeing a law keeping man. They are one and the same, if we really have received the forgiveness that Messiah offers us.
And in fact, that’s what the New Covenant really is. The New Covenant of which Paul and others were ministers of, and that we’re called to be ministers of, is…you know, there’s nothing that would change the law, or abolish the law. In fact, it writes the law on our hearts. That’s the New Covenant…
Jer 31:31-32 – Behold, the days are coming, says Yahweh, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah—“not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says Yahweh.
Different covenant altogether.
Jer 31:33-34 – But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says Yahweh: I will put My law
What law? …The law of Yahweh; the law given through Moshe. This is the book of Jeremiah. What else could it be talking about here?
…put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their Elohim, and they shall be My people. No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know Yahweh’, for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says Yahweh. For I will
…forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”
Forgiveness of sin and the writing of the law in our hearts are the two major promises of the New Testament. That’s the two major promises. And that’s how we are being transformed from glory to glory.
He’s writing the law in our hearts, and as we realize what His law is, we are having our iniquities forgiven. And our sins He remembers no more.
As we realize our need for Messiah the New Covenant promise is that we, as His people, can receive forgiveness. That’s a promise. That’s being administered of the New Covenant.
And the ministry of the New Covenant includes giving laws and commandments. You see, you don’t even need the Old Testament to find things to condemn you. I mean, you saw the one…He who hates is a murderer. And no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.
In fact, there are more commandments for you to follow in the New Testament than there is in the Old Testament. Don’t believe me? Read Dake’s Annotated Reference Bible. It has 1,050 commandments in the New Testament.
*abstaining from idols, *abstaining from fornication, *abstaining from strangled meats, *abstaining from eating blood, *abstaining from meat offered to idols, *abstaining from all appearances of evil, *abstaining from fleshly lusts, *avoid trouble makers, *avoid profane and vain babbling, *avoid unlearned questions, *avoid foolish questions, *don’t be like the hypocrites, *don’t be like the heathen in prayer, *don’t be hypocrites in fasting, *don’t be called rabbi, *don’t be called master, *don’t be afraid of man, *don’t have a doubtful mind, *don’t be deceived, *don’t be conformed to the world, *don’t be slothful in business, *don’t be conceited, *don’t be overcome by evil, *overcome evil with good, *don’t be mere servants of men, *don’t be children in understanding, *don’t be deceived by evil companions, *don’t be unequally yoked together with unbelievers……
The list goes on and on.
There’s plenty of law in the New Testament. It’s full of commandments. Isn’t it? You have to admit it.
And every one of them are based in the precepts and principles of the Torah. …The law of Yahweh given through Moshe. Almost every one of them...there’s some new ones.
But our focus on… our adherence to Yahweh’s law (what is found in the Old Testament, or Yahweh’s teaching that’s found in the New Testament)…it’s not evidence that we’re being bound by commandments, and that we lack the freedom in Messiah.
There’s evidence that Yahweh’s Spirit is working in us… to place Yahweh’s law in our inward parts, to write on our hearts, so that we might be transformed from glory to glory; so that we might be cleansed by the renewing of our minds by the blood of Messiah Yahushua.
That’s the ministry of the New Covenant.
First we have to learn what the law is, and why we would be worthy of death were it not for the Messiah who is that ransom. That ransom…our Redeemer; so that we might have our iniquities forgiven.
And listen, there’s plenty of condemnation in the New Testament, also. I mean, Paul has lists of people who won’t enter the Kingdom. He says…
1 Co 6:9-10 – Do you know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of Elohim: Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of Elohim.
You won’t. If you’re doing those things, you won’t….that’s what he says.
Sounds like death and condemnation, to me. Sounds like death and condemnation in our New Testament.
So listen, as we go through the precepts and principles of the Torah in the days ahead, let’s be sure we’re looking at it with an unveiled face. We don’t have to look at these things and feel condemned.
We can look at these things and rejoice that we better understand what the will of Yahweh is for our life. We can look at these things and rejoice that, even though we haven’t kept them, we have received forgiveness and cleansing of our sin.
The death penalty that the law requires has already been applied, because Yahushua was put to death for our sins. Yahweh laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
And since our old man was crucified with Him, we now have Messiah living in us…
Gal 2:20 – I have been crucified with Messiah;
We die. Death penalty satisfied right there.
I have been crucified with Messiah; it is not longer I who live, but Messiah lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of Elohim, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
And since Messiah lives in us, we have the power to do what we ought to do. And what we ought to do is to keep the commandments.
We have the power to keep the precepts and principles of the Torah as we learn them. For that, we praise Yahweh, and because the law’s being written in our hearts.
And that is evidence that Yahushua ha Mashiach (Messiah), who is the Living Word of Elohim, is dwelling there, too.
It’s all one word. It’s all one Messiah. He is the living Torah dwelling there.
And so, my brothers and sisters, the lesson here is…we need both the Torah and Messiah.
Without the Torah, we don’t see the need for Messiah. Without the Messiah, we cannot be cleansed for those times that we transgressed the Torah. We need both.
A New Covenant ministry must include both.
The forgiveness of sin is promised; the work of the Spirit; the greater glory of the ministry of righteousness; and the work of the Spirit, and the writing of Yahweh’s laws in our hearts and minds.
And also, we got to hear the bad news, too… that without Messiah we are all lost and without hope.
So, let’s allow the Spirit to do His work, as we continue to learn the precepts and principles of the Torah. For when we learn the precepts and principles of the Torah, we are learning exactly how Yahushua lived His life.
And if he dwells in us, then the way He chose to live His life will be in us, as well. It will be manifest in how we live ours.
So, as we cleave to both Torah and Messiah, and rejoice in the life that Messiah gives us, my brothers and sisters, may Yahweh bless you; and may Yahweh have mercy on us all.
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