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Messiah expects Torah observance

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ELISA NORMAN

The Dallas MJ Examiner

In our contemporary environment of coddled culture, permissive parenting and emotional pseudo-religious experiences, we have lost sight of the transforming beauty of the scriptures.

The plain meaning is so simple, but the message gets buried under layers of misinterpretation.

To clear the muddle and find the gems, we must first accept the Bible is our authority.

The words of the scripture are useless to us if we don’t ground ourselves within them by faith (John 5:39-40).

This truth is a stumbling block for many in our culture where faith is viewed as either an emotional experience (from which we eventually come down) or a panacea for the uneducated.

Grounding ourselves in the Bible subjects us to criticism from those who are grounded in non-biblical concentrations such as science or philosophy.

Second, the Word of God and the Messiah are one and the same (John 1:1).

One cannot tell a different story than the other; they are in agreement.

Third, we express our love for God by obeying his Word (1 John 5:3).

Fourth, we must know which of his Words to obey. This is where many of us get stuck.

As a general rule, Christians suggest we keep the big two: loving God and loving neighbor.

When pressed, most would accept the Ten Commandments (or maybe nine of them).

However, close scrutiny of the scriptures suggests that Messiah desires that we follow all of the commandments to the best of our ability.

When he returns, he will require Torah observance (Genesis 49:10, Exodus 12:49, Zechariah 14, Acts 15:21, and 19-20, Isaiah 66:17, 22-24, Revelation 14:12, 12:17, etc.)

This message of obedience is not a popular one in our coddled culture, but cultures come and cultures go while the Word of the LORD endures forever.

We show our love for God by obeying his Word, and he shows his love for us by giving us his Word.

His commandments teach us right from wrong, keep us safe, give us purpose and direction, keep order in our society, and change us from within to be choosers of the good who eschew evil. His law is the great antidote to the lawless ways of the nations. 

Elisa Norman, MTS, is ordained pastor of The Living Word: Jewish Christian Congregation of DeSoto and author of "Sacred Living: Interpreting and Applying the Bible." Find out more or contact her at www.LivingWord-JewishChri stian.com.


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