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Yahusha strengthened The Law
by Rav Sha'ul

                     

Matthew 19

16 And someone came to Him and said, “Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may obtain eternal life?” if you wish to obtain eternal life, keep the commandments (of YHVH, Eternal Life is the promise for obedience to The Law).”

As I pointed out in the 4th book in this series “Melchizedek and The Passover Lamb” Yahusha was a student of John the Baptist who was Yahusha’s prophesied mentor.  John was also the rightful High Priest of Israel as the first male heir to the High Priest Yahusha III (John’s Grandfather) who oversaw the rebuilding of the Second Temple.

Yahusha was the next male heir to Yahusha III after John (Yahusha III was The Messiah’s great grandfather) and was consecrated High Priest of Israel to succeed John through Mikveh.  John was the leader of the true sons of YHVH and they were known as Nazarenes.  Yahusha assumed to position of leader of the Nazarenes followed later by the Apostle Paul.  They all were Hebrew Notsri or Nazarenes. Notsri or Nazarenes were prophesied in The Torah as guardians of The Law, Prophets, and Messiah. 

It is a mistranslation in our Bibles where it says “Jesus of Nazareth” that should read “Yahusha the Nazarene”.  Yahusha was from Judea, but the terms "sect of the Nazarenes" and "Jesus of Nazareth" both employ the adjective nasraya (ܕܢܨܪܝܐ) or notsri meaning branch.  It is referring to the prophecy in Isaiah concerning The Branch and prophecy of Zachariah concerning The Branch

Yahusha the Nazarene

The English word “Nazarene” (Greek “Nazaraios,” Aramaic “Natsraya,” or Hebrew “Notsri”) comes from the Hebrew word netser (branch), which itself is derived from the verb natsar which means ‘to guard, watch, keep, or preserve’ in context speaking of The Torah, Prophet, and The Messiah.  The Torah and Prophets are the true Word of YHVH.  Yahusha was indeed a Notsri and keeper of The Torah and Prophets.  That is why he was called Yahusha the Notsri (mistranslated as Jesus of Nazareth), keeper and guardian of The Torah and Prophets.
 

Yahusha came to restore The Torah and Prophets

Yahusha did not come to abolish The Law and Prophets but to guard and protect them from human traditions elevated as “laws” called Takkonots. Takkanots had invaded and polluted The Law of YHVH among The Jews coming out of Babylonian Captivity.  Classical Jewish law granted rabbinic sages wide legislative powers.  Meaning Rabbi’s could add to The Law of YHVH at will.  There are two powerful legal tools within the halakhic system given to Rabbis:

·        Gezeirah: "preventative legislation" of the classical rabbis instituted as Laws, intended to prevent violations of the commandments of YHVH

·        Takkanah: "positive legislation", practices instituted as Laws by the rabbis not based (directly) on the commandments of YHVH as such

Together both the Gezeirah and Takkanah are called “Takkanots” or commandment of men elevated as Laws in Jewish society.  The Torah was no longer the standard of righteousness with The Jews but rather The Talmud was.  The Talmud is a massive collection of “rabbinical traditions” that were added as “laws”.  The Talmud is a collection of Takkanots. 

The Talmud consists of 63 tractates, and in standard print is over 6,200 pages long.  In comparison, The Law of YHVH contains 613 commands.  The Talmud contains the teachings and opinions of thousands of rabbis on a variety of subjects, including Hadaka (law), Jewish ethics, philosophy, customs, history, lore and many other topics. The Talmud is the basis for all codes of Jewish law.

The Talmud is utterly impossible to understand and even more so to “obey”.  Yahusha’s message to The Jews was one more of “keep it simple stupid” and stick with The Commandments of YHVH and not the commandments of men.  Yahusha cam to RESTORE The Torah and Prophets not abolish them.  You might imagine how this put Yahusha at odds with the “establishment”.  He was literally overturning the Rabbinical System of Takkanots.

The Rabbis had made it very complex in The Talmud as literally thousands of “human laws/takkenots” were added to YHVH’s Law.  As a result enmity toward The Law of YHVH grew up among The Jews out of total frustration.  The people were being held to account to The Talmud not The Law of YHVH and it became a burden to heavy to bear. 

This is the environment Yahusha was sent to confront.  Yahusha was the prophet that Moses said would “properly teach The Torah” and restore it.  The Jews were badly in need of a correction and needed to get back to The Torah.  Yahusha did come to “abolish Rabbinical Law” and that didn’t go over very well with the establishment.

With each new generation of rabbis, the Talmud just kept (and is still today) growing and growing and getting all the more complicated and complex.  YHVH expressly forbids such things as takkenots as we are not to add to or subtract from The Law:

Deuteronomy 4:2

You shall not add to the word which I am commanding you, nor take away from it, that you may keep the commandments of YHVH your God which I command you.

Yahusha confronted these human traditions and commands called takkanots:

Matt 15:1 (NKJV)

Then the scribes and Pharisees who were from Jerusalem came to Yahusha, saying, 2 "Why do Your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders (they transgressed the takkenots not The Torah)? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread (a takkanoh not a command of YHVH)." 3 He answered and said to them, "Why do you also transgress the commandment of YHVH (The Law) because of your tradition (takkanots)? ... 9 ‘(Yahusha then quoted them Isaiah 29:13 where YHVH said) ‘And in vain they worship Me, Teaching [as] doctrines the commandments of men (takkanots).' "

On the topic of The Torah and Prophets, Yahusha is crystal clear:

Matthew 5

The Fulfillment of the Law

17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law (Torah) or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them (bring them to their fullest meaning and Spiritual application through transposition). 18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished (all 613 Laws remain active and valid).  19 Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven (that is if such a person even enters The Kingdom), but whoever practices and teaches these commands (The Law) will be called great in the kingdom of heaven (The Law will be alive and active in The Kingdom of YHVH). 20 For I tell you that unless your righteousness (defined as obedience to The Law) surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.

I am going to go much deeper into Yahusha’s mission among The Jews as he literally confronted the scribes and Pharisees at every turn and literally “overturned” the Rabbinical System.  This is why he fell out of favor with the Jewish elite and found much favor among the Jewish masses.  This is just one of the many topics of my next book The Yahushaic Covenant.

The point I want to make here it that Yahusha came to fulfill The Law and Prophets not abolish them.  Fulfill means to “make whole” or “to fill to the fullest measure” spiritually.  Yahusha then went on to give us an example of what exactly he meant by “fulfill” and it definitely is not “abolish” in any way.  Yahusha went on to strengthen The Law and elevate it (transpose it) to a higher standard.  No longer is committing the physical act the sin, it is just “thinking it” is truly sin.  The act is just the result of the Spiritual Intent of the heart.

Yahusha didn’t go into all 613 Laws and layout the physical to spiritual parallel for us of each one.  He did, however, go through a few of the commandments.  He demonstrated to us as an example of “how” he fulfilled The Law and transposed it from “written in stone” or rather physical act to “written on our hearts” or Spiritual Intent.  It is up to us now to use those examples and apply them to all of YHVH’s commandments.  I will cover all 613 Laws in my book ‘The Law of YHVH’.

Just after declaring he didn’t come to abolish the law but to fulfill it in Matthew 5, Yahusha laid out the concept of transposition of The Law and physical to spiritual parallels:

Murder – Transposed from physical act/letter of law to Spiritual Intent

21 “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ 22 But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment.

Adultery – Transposed from physical act/letter of law to Spiritual Intent

27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

Divorce – Transposed from physical act/letter of law to Spiritual Intent

31 “It has been said, ‘Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a certificate of divorce.’ 32 But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, makes her the victim of adultery, and anyone who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.

Oaths – Transposed from physical act/letter of law to Spiritual Intent

33 “Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not break your oath, but fulfill to the Lord the vows you have made.’ 34 But I tell you, do not swear an oath at all

Eye for Eye – Transposed from physical act/letter of law to Spiritual Intent

38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’[h] 39 But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also

Love for Enemies – Transposed from physical act/letter of law to Spiritual Intent

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor[i] and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you

Yahusha transposed The Law from written in stone (physical act) to written on our hearts (spiritual intent).

Next: The Apostle Paul properly taught The Law
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