as I continue in my journey of unlearning and relearning so much in my life, I’ve added learning the whole Bible to my list, and what Messiah calls me to as his follower. my eyes have been opened to so much I’ve been missing out on over the last 20+ years as a believer. it’s amazing what I focused on when everyone around me is also focusing on the same things. I’ve missed out on the full picture, the whole story, the beauty of the entirety of a book that I have loyally rested my heart on for years. and yet, as I discover more and more, I fall deeper and deeper in love with Messiah and his love for us through his law.
I want to share an example of a common conversation with someone following Yeshua, just like me, but they are confused … they find out I follow the old testament laws (to the most practical and best of my ability) and as human nature would have it, I’m immediately hit with a conversation that goes something like this:
them: YOU ARE A LEGALIST! Jesus kept the law PERFECTLY so that we don’t have to!
me: well, Yeshua (Jesus) is the one that said if you want to enter life, than keep the commandments.
And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is God, but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. Matthew 19:17
them: he was talking about his commandments, not the Old Testament ones.
me: so you think Jesus taught a different law? 2 Corinthians 11:4 says: for he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.
them: yes, because the old law was imperfect.
me: so before Yeshua (Jesus) came, the law of YAHWEH (God) was perfect in reviving the soul and it was a blessing. But after Calvary, it’s suddenly imperfect and a curse?
(reference Psalms 119 to hear the law of YAHWEH described beautifully. this Psalm glorifies YAH and His Word, referring to Scripture over and over again. The Psalm is remarkable for how often it refers to God’s written revelation, His word. It is referred to in almost every verse.)
them: the law is bondage.
me: that’s in direct contradiction to what the New Testament says about the commandments of YAH. 1 John 5:3 says it’s the love of Yah (God) that we keep His commandments and that they are not burdensome. We know he’s talking about the Old Testament commandments because he says it in 1 John 2:7 – The old command is the word they heard from the beginning – (the old testament law).
For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. 1 John 5:3
Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning. 1 John 2:7
them: well my pastor says those laws are done-away with.
me: are you going to follow your pastor or are you going to follow Yeshua (Jesus) and walk as He walked?
He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked. 1 John 2:6
But not ye called Rabbi for one is your Master, even Christ, and all ye are brethren. And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father which is in heaven. Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ. Matthew 23:8-10
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. John 10:27
and then I’m not really sure what happens in the conversation after that haha
I mentioned it’s human nature for a debate to ensue on this topic, and my prayers are filled with pondering. why? why would another christian care so deeply if their brother or sister is pursuing a life of following the old testament law?
practically, that translates like this for me: keeping the sabbath, keeping the biblical feasts, eating clean.
none of the these topics are salvation stoppers. these things do not gain or deny your salvation. they are simply god’s law – and have changed my entire relationship with YAH in only a few short months. they have not been burdensome in the least. in fact, they have lifted so much burden from my life. the pruning I’ve done, the mainstream way I used to think/live, that is what I consider so so burdensome. so so distracting. I continue to pray and ask Yah why it’s human nature to attack when someone lives differently than you. I want Yah to reveal my own sin and when I fall short in this area. the Bible is clear, and Yeshua did not stutter. And I’m happy to follow him, not matter what the world is doing around me. I imagine the push back is a part of conviction in someone’s heart. and that’s ok. truly. debating is off the table for me though. scripture is clear, and I will never try to hold someone else accountable for what scripture says – that’s not my job, or at least Yeshua has not put that call on my heart.
I know for me, I never knew about this whole bible way of living. I didn’t know people actually genuinely kept the Sabbath (and on Saturday). I never knew there were even biblical feasts and we are commanded to keep them for all generations. I never knew the origins of Christmas and Easter (and halloween and Valentine’s Day and the calendar we follow etc. etc.) I never knew. truly I was blind – and now I see. I never knew about clean eating and why Yeshua commanded what he did. I was never taught these things. I subconsciously believed that the old testament is old news and is great to learn some history but it’s a little over my head, boring and it’s mostly this or that and doesn’t really pertain to anything modern. oh contraire!
anyway, I’ll stop the chat here because my babies need a nap – I hope you all have a blessed day!