The Law Is Sealed

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The Law is Sealed, drawing by Elhanan Ben-Avraham

The Torah is sealed by the signet ring of the King of the Jews, not sealed as in closed, abrogated, cancelled, or destroyed, but fully endorsed. “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,” said the Messiah.  Only the deranged would suggest that heaven and earth have yet disappeared. And he continued, “So then, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do likewise will be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever practices and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”  It behooves us to believe the words of the Messiah himself, even more than those many who would interpret or distort his own words, whoever they may be.

The Hebrew word Torah, from the same root as ‘parent’, ‘teacher’ and ‘to shoot’, does not mean Law, but instruction of how to shoot straight and hit the target. The opposite of Torah is khet (sin)- missing the target.  This is why John tells us, “Whosoever commits sin transgresses also the Law, for sin is the transgression of the law.” The opposite of Torah- or Law of God- is lawlessness (anomia in Greek), and thus the Antichrist is called “the man of Lawlessness”.  Some of those that claim deeds in the name of Jesus are told by him, “I never knew you, you workers of lawlessness (anomia).”  Those who today claim that the Torah has been abrogated are among those same who have become lawless, misinterpreting Paul’s words “we are not under Law but under grace” and now promoting from the pulpit homosexuality, abortion, and the rejection of the Jews and their prophetic right to again dwell in the promised land of Israel and Jerusalem. In the Messiah we are no longer “under the Law,” but the Torah is- like the tracks beneath a moving train- now under us, guiding us in healthy rhythms and showing us right from wrong. Let us therefore honor the Torah of God.

“Grace” is the word translated from the Hebrew hesed to Greek as charis. Yet that very same word charis is then translated to the English Old Testament as “lovingkindness,” while in the New Testament as “grace”- in order to create the false illusion that the OT is Law while the NT is grace.  The OT is filled with grace, and the God of the OT is the same as in the NT- forever unchanged. The Torah was given “so that it may always go well with you and your children after you, because you will be doing what is good and right in the eyes of YHVH your God” (Deut. 12:28).

‘The Torah of YHVH is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of YHVH is sure, making wise the simple;the precepts of YHVH are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of YHVH is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of YHVH is clean, enduring forever; the rules of YHVH are true, and righteous altogether. 10 More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. 11 Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward’– from Psalm 19.

Elhanan- 12-2019