Category Archives: Torah in the New Testament

Sanctify YOURSELVES – BE Holy

This was a very difficult article for me.  It began as a Temple-class homework assignment, but ended as a painful self-evaluation.  My study group will tell you that I was in tears as I read this to them, but they asked me to “please, please” publish this article because, as difficult as the message is, everything we’ve found in the Word (OT and NT) bears it out.  Continue reading Sanctify YOURSELVES – BE Holy

Ten Commandments PIE CHART

Torah Commands Pie Chart, created by Shane Benson and posted at Facebook on 27 Jan 2016.

A Facebook friend by the name of Shane Benson posted this today, and I found it REALLY helpful.

A few years ago, I realized that Y’shua could not possibly have kept ALL of Torah, for the simple reason that ALL of Torah did not apply to Him!  He was not a woman, so He wouldn’t have been able to obey commands that specifically applied to women.  He was not a High Priest of the Levitical order (nor even a regular priest or Levite), so He could not obey the MANY commands pertaining to their duties.  He was not a farmer, so the agricultural commands would not have applied to Him.  He was not the ruling king at the time, so those commands did not apply to Him.  Etc., etc.  You get the idea.

What Y’shua could and DID do was follow every command that DID apply to Him, and He followed them out of love for the Father and love for people.  And that’s all He asks of us.  🙂

Here is Shane’s comment on his pie chart:

Have you ever heard someone say, “If you’re going to obey the law, then you have to obey them all.”, meaning all 613 commandments? Then to prove it, they quote James 2:10, “If you break one, then you’re guilty of breaking them all.

For the past few days I have been putting together this chart. I started in Exodus and read to the end of Deuteronomy. I wrote down different categories of people that some laws would apply to, such as women, men, kings, priests, farmers, etc. Every time I saw a law, statute, or commandment for any of these groups, I made a mark in the group.

After adding up all the marks, I converted it to a pie chart showing each group. As you can see, I highly doubt there would be a single person that would fit into every single category.

Keep in mind that this pie chart is not 100% accurate. I say this because there are many commandments and laws that are repeated several times. When I came across a law that was already stated, I skipped over it, rather than counting it twice. (Remember that Deuteronomy is a repeat of events, spoken 40 years later)

This chart does not assume the total number is 613. From my own studying, that appears to be a man made number, as God, Moses, or anyone else ever gave such a number.

The point of this chart is not to negate the law, nor lead people away from it, but rather, I put this together to show that it is impossible for anyone to follow the ENTIRE law. Not even Moses could do it. Yeshua Himself could not even do it, as He was not a woman, nor married, nor fit some of the other categories. He simply obeyed what was applicable to Him, which is what we should be doing, and that is the point of this chart.


Published with the permission of Shane Benson.

Paul, a Ringleader of the Sect of the Nazarenes

For we have found this man [referring to Paul] a plague, a creator of dissension among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes.”  Acts 24:5 NKJV

Pete Rambo (natsab blog) has drawn my attention to a brief 12-minute video published by 119 Ministries, which , to quote Pete, is a “Terrific video articulating what it means to be a Nazarene, who the Nazarenes were and what some of the Church Fathers had to say about them.”    Well worth this small investment of your time.  Enjoy!

Obeying Torah is Not About Salvation

Some of our friends worry that we have become ‘legalistic’ and think we have to earn our salvation. Nothing could be further from the truth! “Cold Waters To A Thirsty Soul” does a good job of summarizing the point of Torah observance, which was never intended to be a means of salvation.

Cold Waters to a Thirsty Soul

afraid and runningBOYMany Believers in Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ] are hearing about the ‘Hebrew Roots’ of the Faith, and are frightened to see their fellow Believers becoming involved in this movement.

For those who have been frightened into thinking that Believers should avoid obeying God’s Law, there is one thing we would do well to consider.

According to the New Testament, our obedience to ‘the Law’ — the Torah [teachings and instructions given by Moses] — is not about achieving righteousness, or about salvation (Gal 3:11; Eph 2:8-9; Titus 3:5).

It is, however, about walking as Messiah walked (1John 2:6).

It is about loving Messiah, and about loving others, in the way Messiah has told us (John 14:15, 15:10; 1John 5:2-3).

And, it is about sanctification – walking in holiness (1Pet 1:14-16).

Many Believers today, having been Born-again, and saved by grace through faith, are sensing the inner promptings of the…

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…keep the commandments….

I love this poster, but wanted to add a little note of explanation: The word translated as “commandments” is naturally understood by those of us in the church as “The Ten Commandments.”  WRONG!

I was surprised to learn that the word translated here as ‘commandments’ is the Greek word entolē and is the same word used in the Septuagint to refer to the 613  Torah instructions!

Gesenius’s Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon informs us that the meaning of the word is: “what God prescribes in the law of Moses; … esp. of particular precepts of this law as distinguished from (the Law) their body or sum.”

In other words, the commandments that Y’shua is speaking of are the individual instructions that are part of the larger body of The Law.  This is only one of quite a few different places where Y’shua makes it clear that He intends for His people to be Torah observers.


Another good one from Steve King…


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Torah in the Book of the ACTS of the Apostles – Chapters 27-28

Acts 27 and 28 – Off to Rome –

Now when much time was spent, and when sailing was now dangerous, because the fast was now already past… Acts 27:9

Yom Kippur 8The term “the fast” refers to Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement), which occurs in the fall, a time of year when the ocean becomes turbulent and dangerous.  On the Day of Atonement, the faithful ‘afflict their souls’ by fasting in repentance.  (Lev 23:27)  This is the only one of YHVH’s appointed times which involves fasting (all of the others involve feasting), so it quickly earned the sobriquet ‘The Fast.’   Continue reading Torah in the Book of the ACTS of the Apostles – Chapters 27-28

Torah in the Book of the ACTS of the Apostles: Chapters 21 – 26

Acts 21 and 22 – Circumcision…. again –

Chapters 21 and 22 are filled with important information about the early believers’ understanding of their relationship to Torah.

Apparently the issue of circumcision was still a thorn in the side of the Body.  Continue reading Torah in the Book of the ACTS of the Apostles: Chapters 21 – 26

Torah in the Book of the ACTS of the Apostles: Chapters 19 – 20

Chapter 19 – Paul’s Message –

paul-preaching-in-synagoguePaul entered the synagogue and spoke boldly there for three months, arguing persuasively about the kingdom of God.  But some of them became obstinate; they refused to believe and publicly maligned the Way. So Paul left them. He took the disciples with him and had discussions daily in the lecture hall of Tyrannus. This went on for two years, so that all the Jews and Greeks who lived in the province of Asia heard the word of the Lord. Acts 19:8-10, NIV
Continue reading Torah in the Book of the ACTS of the Apostles: Chapters 19 – 20

Torah in the Book of the ACTS of the Apostles: Chapters 17-18

Acts 17

There are two statements in this chapter that appear to confirm our belief that what the Romans were riled up about was (1) Paul’s advocacy of Y’shua as King of Israel, which they took as a political threat, and (2) his refusal to acknowledge the Roman gods. Continue reading Torah in the Book of the ACTS of the Apostles: Chapters 17-18

Torah in the Book of the ACTS of the Apostles: Chapter 16

Acts 16 – Timothy

Next is the interesting occurrence of Timothy’s circumcision.

map_first_JourneyPaul comes into town (probably Lystra) and meets Timothy, the godly son of a Jewish mother and a “Greek” father. It’s valuable to understand that for Paul and Jews of his day, the word “Greek” (“Hellene”) was often (but not exclusively) used to describe Jews who had abandoned or ‘adapted’ their Hebraic tradition in favor of the Hellenistic (Greco-Roman) culture of Rome, the world’s largest empire and the conqueror of Israel.  “Hellenistic Judaism was a form of Judaism in the ancient world that combined Jewish religious tradition with elements of Greek culture.”  (Wikipedia, Hellenistic Judaism) Continue reading Torah in the Book of the ACTS of the Apostles: Chapter 16