Have you ever wondered why Jesus had to die on a cross? If you are a mainstream Christian, you know He died to atone for your sins. How could Jesus atone for our sins when His Blood was not shed on the altar in the temple? Lev 17:!1 says atonement is made when Blood is shed on the altar in the temple, but the Blood of Yeshua (Jesus) was shed outside the temple. And what does it mean when the Bible says He was made a curse for us (Gal 3:13) and freed us from the curse of the law?
Let us open the Bible together and find the answers to these questions. Before we allow the Bible to answer these questions for us, there are two important things we need to be reminded of.
Did you know that the New Testament did not exist until 200 years after Yeshua and His disciples lived? The Bible they used, and the Bible the first Christians used for 200 years was the Old Testament. Everything Paul, Yeshua and the Apostles taught were based on the Old Testament. So it is only natural that if we want to understand what they said in the New Testament, we first have to learn and understand the Old Testament. Paul the Apostle reminds us of this in 2. Tim 3:16-17. When he wrote those words to Timoteus he did not have a New Testament and Timoteus did not have a New Testament. So the scripture he is referring to in 2.Tim 3:16-17 is the Old Testament.
It is also important for us to have the mind of a Hebrew when we read the Bible. Yeshua, His disciples and Paul the Apostle were all Jews. When the Apostles and Paul came to faith in Yeshua as their Messiah they continued being Jews and lived as Jews believing in Yeshua as their Messiah. At no point did they stop being Jews and started living as Christians. Even Cornelius in Acts 19 lived as a Jew, even though he was not born from a Jewish mother. Cornelius was a Roman citizen who had made the same choice as Ruth in the Old Testament, but he had not gone all the way and formally converted to Judaism.
Yeshua, the Apostles, Paul, and even Cornelius had the mind of a Hebrew. We who live outside of Israel today have the mind of a Greek. There are vast differences between Greek culture and a Hebrew culture. Greek culture has strong influences from Greek philosophy and their way of thinking wich differences significantly from the Hebrew way of thinking.
The Old Testament, the Bible Yeshua, His disciples, Paul the Apostle, and the first Christians used is written to Hebrews and their Hebraic God whose name is Yehovah. If we want to understand the New Testament, we first have to understand the Old Testament. If we want to understand the Old Testament, we first have to understand Hebraic culture and way of thinking. If we try to read the Bible from a Greek mindset, and a Greek way of thinking, we can not properly understand the teachings of Yeshua, Paul and the Apostles. If we cant understand what they said, how can we know for sure we understand why Yeshua died for us? How can we even know for sure we are saved?
So with this in mind, let’s open our Bibles and try to answer today’s questions.
Have you ever heard it said in a sermon how Jesus freed us from the curse of the law? If you are a mainstream Christian, chances are you have heard one or more sermons on Gal 3:13 “Jesus redeemed us from the curse of the law when He became a curse for us because it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree”. Usually, this verse is taken as proof that the written law of Moses is a curse, but what happens if we read this verse like a Hebrew remembering what Paul said about the Old Testament in 2.Tim?
In this verse, Paul says “because it is written” so it is obvious he is referring to something in his Bible that would help us understand what he means. What Paul is referring to is Deut 21:22-23 “If someone guilty of a capital offense is put to death and their body is exposed on a pole, you must not leave the body hanging overnight. Be sure to bury it the same day, because anyone who is hung on a pole is under Gods curse”.
What Paul is saying Gal 3:13 is this, we are all guilty of a capital offense so we deserve death. While we are still alive, we are all cursed by Yehovah. But because Yeshua died for our sins on a tree, He freed us from the curse we are all under and took our punishment for us. So now we are free from the Yehovah’s curse and declared not guilty if we will believe Yeshua died for us and repent from doing the things that made us guilty in the first place.
What is the capital offense that has cursed us and given us the death sentence?
Paul answers this question for us in Gal 3:10-12 ” For as many as are from works of the law, they are under a curse: for it has been written that Cursed is everyone who does not abide in all those things which have been written in the law to do them. And that no one is made righteous in God by the law is clear, because the Righteous will live by faith. And legalism is not by faith, but the one who does these things will live by means of them”.
If we read Gal 3:10-12 with a Greek mindset, we end up with the erroneous conclusion that the written law of Moses is a curse for us and we can’t be made righteous by it. But what happens if we read it with a Hebrew mindset remembering that Pauls Bible was the Old Testament?
Paul says in Gal 3:10, it has been written that cursed is everyone who does not abide in all those things which have been written in the law to do them. When Paul says, “it has been written,” he is always referring to his Bible, the Old Testament. We find what he is referring to in Deut 27:26 where it says “Cursed is everyone who does not uphold the words of the Torah ” So what Paul is saying here is that if we do not obey the Torah, we will be cursed by Yehovah. So now we know from Gal 3:10 and Deut 27:26, if we disobey the Torah, Yehovah (God) will curse us.
Every time a mainstream Christian pastor tells you not to obey the Torah (the written law of Moses), he or she is actually telling you how to be cursed be God. Every time a mainstream Christian pastor tells you that now you are under grace, and not law, and if you try to obey the law of Moses you will fall from grace, they are telling you how to be cursed by God.
Do you really want to be cursed by Yehovah (God)? Of course not, so why are you listening to them when you now know what the Bible says?
In Ezekiel 18:20 it says the soul that sins shall die. So disobedience to the Torah not only brings a curse, but it also brings death. That is why the Bible says in Gal 3:13 Yeshua freed us from the curse that comes upon us when we disobey the Torah, but He also freed us from the death penalty that comes when we violate the Torah.
When a mainstream Christian pastor tells you not to obey the Torah, and if you try to follow it, you will fall from grace and make Christ of no effect, he or she is telling you how to be cursed by Yehovah and killed by Yehovah. Do you really want to be cursed by Yehovah and have Him sentence you to death? Of course not, so why then are you listening to your pastor when you now know what the Bible says?
In Gal 3:11-12 Paul says ” No one is made righteous in God by legalism is clear, because “the righteous will live by faith. And legalism is not by faith but the one who does these things will live by means of them”.
We remember that Pauls Bible is not the New Testament, it would take another 200 years before there was a New Testament. What scriptures is Paul referring to in Gal 3:11-12? He is referring to Hab 2:4 and Lev 18:5.
In Hab 2:4 we read how the righteous person will live by his faithfulness and Lev 18:5 says the one who obeys and keeps Yehovahs Torah (the written law of Moses) will live by it. So now we understand Gal 3:11-12 where Pauls says if we are righteous it will show itself in our faithfulness to the Torah. And if we are faithful to the Torah (the written law of Moses), we will have life and live.
What then is Paul referring to when he says no one is made righteous by God in legalism?
The answer is found in Gal 3:13, Gal 3:10-12, Deut 21:22-23, Hab 2:4, and Lev 18:5. If we are cursed and sentenced to death when we disobey the Torah, if we are righteous and have life when we obey the Torah, legalism is the opposite of Torah obedience.
Every time your pastor tells you the law of Moses is a burden/only for the Jews/impossible to obey/done away with at the cross they are telling you how to be cursed and sentenced to death by Yehovah. Even though they believe the law of Moses is done away with, they always replace Yehovah’s instructions to us with their own laws or the laws of their denomination. Denominational laws and denominational traditions and everything else that replaces Torah obedience is legalisms according to the Bible. Paul says in Gal 3:11-12 no one can be made righteous by legalism, in 1. Cor 6:9-11 Paul says the unrighteous can not inherit the Kingdom of Yehovah. In Matthew 7:21-23 Yeshua says He does recognize those who are unrighteous. So every time your pastor tells you not to obey the Torah, but instead to obey tradition/denominational rules and laws, they are telling you how to be denied entrance to heaven when you die.
Why do you want to be cursed by Yehovah, sentenced to death by Yehovah and denied entrance to heaven when you now know how to obtain entrance to heaven, be blessed by Yehovah and saved according to the Bible?
Why did Yeshua have to die for us?
He died to free you from the curse you are under right now, and to reconcile you to Yehovah by taking it upon Himself the death penalty you deserve. You are cursed by Yehovah, sentenced to death for disobeying His Torah (the written law of Moses). If you will believe Yeshua died for your sins, repent from sinning and start obeying the Torah again, you will pass from death and cursing into life and blessing. (Deut 28:1-13, John 3:16).
Why was it possible for Yeshua to atone for our sins outside the temple?
The Torah (the law of Moses, the written law) says everyone who is hung on a tree for capital offenses is cursed by Yehovah. So He did not have to die in the temple, and His Blood did not have to be shed in the temple to atone for our sins. He fulfilled the requirements of the Torah for atonement outside the temple, and then took His Blood into the heavenly temple to atone for our sins on the altar. (Hebr 9:12)
The Bible says in John 3:16, Gal 3:10-13 if you do not believe Yeshua died for your sins, and decide to repent from breaking the law of Moses (turn from living a lawless life to begin living a law-abiding life), you will never see heaven when you die. You will live your life on this earth cursed by Yehovah, and end up in hell for all eternity. (Matt 7:21-23)
If you, on the other hand, decide to repent from living a lawless life and believe Yeshua died for your sins, you will be reconciled to Yehovah. You will live your life on this earth blessed by HIm (Deut 28:1-14) and you will inherit eternal life and the Kingdom of Yehovah when you die.
Modern mainstream Christianity teaches you how to be cursed by Yehovah and how to end up in hell when you die when they tell you the law of Moses is done away with.
Decide today to repent and come back to the Bible before it is to late.
The Bible tells us that right now there are confessing Christians, born again believers, who think they are going to heaven when they die. They confess the name of Yeshua, some of them even have spiritual gifts, but because they believe the written law of Moses does not apply to them they are deceived. When they die, after having lived a lifetime on earth as a born again believer, they will hear Yeshua say to them “depart from Me for I do not know you, your workers of lawlessness”. (Matt 7:21-23).
Can you imagine the horror it must be to hear Him say those words? When He speaks those words to that group of people it will be too late for them. They can’t go back and live all over again in obedience to righteousness (the written law of Moses). They will spend an eternity in hell, regretting having listened to preachers who told them not to obey the Mosaic law. They will spend an eternity in hell, regretting never having opened their Bible, regretting having put more faith in what a preacher told them then what their Bible said.
Do not be one of them!
Today it is Friday, and in a few hours from now, the Shabbat will begin when the sun sets. There are tons of man-made traditions and “laws” when it comes to the Shabbat, but Yehovah has only commanded us not to work for money on the Shabbat and not make others work for money. We are not to be legalistic and obey man-made rules, traditions, and laws. We are to be righteous people who obey Yehovah’s laws, so make sure you do your groceries today before the sun sets. When the sun has gone down, you can’t work for money and you cant make others work for money.
There are of course exceptions to this, Yeshua teaches us that the Shabbat is not to inflict physical harm on us or someone we love. So if you have a medical emergency, or someone you love has a medical emergency, you are allowed to break Shabbat and make others work for money. So if you, for instance, need medication, you are allowed to go to the pharmacy and purchase what you need on Shabbat. And if you have a medical condition that prohibits you from doing things during the week, and only allows you to do them on the Shabbat, you are allowed to break Shabbat.
But the rule is this, if it can wait until tomorrow when the sun sets it has to wait.
I will see you again next week when we open our Bibles again for another teaching and sermon from the word of Yehovah. Next teaching will be published at 01:00 am CEST (Central European Summer Time) on Friday one week from now.
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Yehovah bless you.