What are Messiah’s teachings regarding the Torah (Law )

Revealing traditional Christianity's institutional hypocrisy and its lawlessness (anti-torah) based opposition to the true faith of and in Christ .


What are Messiah’s teachings regarding the Torah (Law ) and the Obligation of Christians/Messianics to Follow Him?

The verses I will present by no means exhaust the evidence of Messiah's pro-torah teachings but represent only a subset of more evidence in the gospels that illustrate directly, by example, and in parable form the rock-solid pro-torah stance of our beloved King Messiah.

These verses should suffice to prove Messiah's unambiguous PRO-torah position and how true Christians/Messianics are to adopt the same mindset.  Those who choose to reject such beliefs and teachings of Messiah demonstrate a rejection of Messiah, himself.  Casting off Messiah's example and teachings demonstrates a decision to NOT be among those who strive to "follow" him.  Instead, the person is shown to be a follower of the anti-christ and a recipient of the "mark of the beast."  Choose carefully whom you accept – Messiah or traditional Christianity’s agents of lawlessness who directly contradict him!

Each set of verses presented will be broken down and scrutinized on a verse-by-verse basis.

Yahshua the Messiah (incorrectly nicknamed “Jesus” the Christ by Christianity) was a forceful and passionate advocate of God’s - his God and ours - eternal Torah.  There is no clearer proof of this fact than his own words as recorded in the gospel of Matthew.  I will quote from two different Bible versions.
Matt. 5:17-19 KJV

17 "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.  18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. 19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven."

Matt. 5:17-19 (JNT)

17 "Don't think that I have come to abolish the Torah or the Prophets. I have come not to abolish but to complete.  18 Yes indeed! I tell you that until heaven and earth pass away, not so much as a yud or a stroke [smallest elements of the Hebrew alphabet] will pass from the Torah-not until everything that must happen has happened. 19 So whoever disobeys the least of these mitzvot [commandments] and teaches others to do so will be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven. But whoever obeys them and so teaches will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven."


Matt. 5:17  "Don't think that I have come to abolish the Torah or the Prophets. I have come not to abolish but to complete.”

The word rendered “destroy” in the KJV literally means, as rendered in the Jewish New Testament, to “abolish.”  Some Christians and Christian leaders cunningly avoid terms like “abolish,” preferring instead terms such as replaced, superceded, annulled, or other similar words that do not sound as harsh.  However, use of such terms carry the same meaning as “abolish” since the end result – the cancellation of torah - is the same.  Thus, such Christians and Christian leaders show themselves to be deceitful participants in word games as they attempt to “sugar coat” or conceal the fact that they DO teach the torah (Law) is abolished and thus directly oppose the teachings of Messiah.

Messiah said his coming did NOT abolish Torah.  Traditional Christianity teaches that his coming DID abolish Torah.  The teachings of Messiah (did NOT abolish) and traditional Christian leaders (DID abolish) are completely the opposite of one another!  Whose teaching should you follow?

Dr. Brad Young, author of the outstanding book, Jesus the Jewish Theologian, points out that in verse 17 Yahshua was actually making use of a common Hebraic expression with the use of “destroy/abolish” and “fulfill/complete”.  In the Hebraic context of Yahshua’s day those who misinterpreted or misapplied torah were said to “destoy” it, and those who correctly interpreted and applied torah “fulfilled” it.  Therefore, Dr. Young postulates that the intent behind the symbolic use of “fulfill” and “destroy” was:

“Don’t think that I have come to misinterpret the torah.  I have not come to wrongly interpret but to interpret it correctly.”

I personally think Dr. Young may be incorrect in this case since the verse following (vs. 18) seems to support the more literal meaning.

Regardless of whether the common interpretation or Dr. Young’s interpretation is applied, the verse is still proven to be a pro-torah statement from Messiah. 

 Matt. 5:18 “Yes indeed! I tell you that until heaven and earth pass away, not so much as a yud or a stroke will pass from the Torah-not until everything that must happen has happened.”

This verse needs no in-depth explanation.  Even a young child can understand its meaning.

 Here we have a clear example where Messiah was direct and obvious in teaching that AFTER his death the torah would still be in force.  It is too obvious to even waste much time on.  Nevertheless, despite the clear FUTURE reference most Christians still insists the torah has been "abrogated" or "abolished!"

Could those who so boldly and gleefully declare death to the Law (Torah) please tell me when heaven and earth passed away?  Would the torah opponents of Christianity please produce evidence of the destruction of heaven and earth?  Would the Pope and his Cardinals, Charles Stanley, James Kennedy, Charles Swindoll, James Dobson, Billy Graham, Benny Hinn, Max Lucado, Jerry Falwell, Robert Schuller, Pat Robertson, and all others among Christianity’s elite leaders who teach that the torah has been annulled please prove the past destruction of our planet?  I will graciously accept a combination of their evidence if they cannot supply it individually.

The likelihood of my ever receiving such evidence is very remote indeed since no such evidence exists – or more to the point – THEY ARE WRONG ABOUT THE DEMISE OF GOD’S ETERNAL TORAH UNLESS THEY CAN PROVIDE SUCH EVIDENCE!

Furthermore, when were all things fulfilled?  Last time I checked Messiah had not yet returned, the world was still spiraling into sinful oblivion and rebellion against YHWH (God), wars were being fought, people are still going through life’s ups and downs, with the exception of the extreme northern and southern latitudes the sun still rises every morning and sets each night, etc.  So it appears to me all things have not yet been fulfilled.

Heaven and earth are still here; therefore, not even the most minor elements of the “Law” (torah) have been annulled.  Anyone who claims otherwise directly opposes Messiah’s teachings.  Nevertheless, once again traditional Christianity does claim otherwise and, thus, does not hesitate to implicitly call Messiah Yahshua a liar and a fool for teaching that the torah is still in effect.  The term “fool” does apply; however, it applies to the torah opponents within traditional Christianity and not to Messiah.

 Matt. 5:19 “So whoever disobeys the least of these mitzvot [commandments] and teaches others to do so will be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven. But whoever obeys them and so teaches will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven."

 Once again we have a clear reference to FUTURE faith practices that a person must adhere to AFTER Messiah's death.  Yet traditional Christian leaders and most Christians usually do not stop at promoting anyway that the torah has been abolished.  No.  They often go further by declaring that it is wrong for a person to even attempt to be torah observant, which once again directly contradicts the words of Messiah as voiced in verse 19.  Ironically, the belief of some Christians that it is "sinful" to strive to observe torah is proven particularly ridiculous by the fact that without torah (Law) there is no definition of “sin.”
Mat 10:38-40 (ESV)

38  And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.  39  Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. 40  Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me.

Parallel passages are found in Mark 8:34-38 and Luke 9:23-26

Mark 8:34-38 (ESV)

34  And he called to him the crowd with his disciples and said to them, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 35  For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it. 36  For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? 37  For what can a man give in return for his life?  38  For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels."

Luke 9:23-26 (ESV)

23 And he said to all, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. 24  For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. 25  For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?  26  For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words, of him will the Son of Man be ashamed when he comes in his glory and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels."


The admonition to “follow” Messiah and to thus conform wholly to his example is unmistakably shown to be obligatory - a necessary requirement - for all who claim to be Christian or Messianic.  Do traditional Christians strive to conform wholly to his example – to:
Think as he thinks
Approve of what he approves
Oppose what he opposes
Worship as he worshipped (and WHO he worshipped as his God)
Learn and practice his teachings
Revere what he revered
And obey him?

So, Do traditional Christians strive to conform wholly to his example?  NO!  If they did Christianity would not persist in its deliberate anti-Messiah position against torah.

It is impossible for a person to have “received” (accepted) Messiah while rejecting his teachings.  Amazingly, however, the world of traditional Christianity has established such rejection as a foundational Christian doctrine!  Since such anti-torah traditional Christians are obviously “ashamed” of Messiah’s pro-torah teachings, Messiah may very well be “ashamed” of them when he returns in glory to consummate the promised Messianic Kingdom on earth.

 The stop sign was used primary to emphasize Mark 8:38 and Luke 9:26.  Note that in both of those verses Messiah clearly refers to a FUTURE situation - a future scenario that will not be fulfilled until the second coming of Christ - where those who reject is words, which by the way include his pro-torah words, will be suffer shame when he comes in glory to consummate the Kingdom of God on earth.
 Matthew 7:21-26, 27 (ESV)

21  "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22  On that day many will say to me, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?' 23  And then will I declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.' 24  "Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25  And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26  And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27  And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it."

A similar warning is found in Luke 13:24-27

 Luke 13:24-27

24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. 25 When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are: 26 Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets. 27 But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.  The King James Version, (Cambridge: Cambridge) 1769.


I have a brief article separately published that was based upon these verses.  It is entitled “Yahshua's Warning Against Failure to Honor the Eternal Teachings (torah).”  To limit the length of this particular discussion I will not paste that material here.  Instead, I direct you to that article for proof that Messiah was literally and directly warning against the very anti-torah mindset that traditional Christianity promotes.  As I say in that article:

Imagine that!  Traditional Christian leaders teach, as a FOUNDATIONAL doctrine of Christianity, that we are in "the condition of without law;" therefore, they are LITERALLY promoting the very ideology that Yahshua says will result in eternal damnation - the condition that will result in Yahshua saying, "Depart from me!"

 In case the obvious FUTURE reference was missed, allow me to direct your thoughts back to the verses.  In both examples of gospel verses we have Messiah directly and unambiguously referring to a FUTURE time when he will address those who promoted and embraced "lawlessness/iniquity."  His negative opinion of such people at the fulfillment of this FUTURE scenario is very clearly displayed.

Furthermore, note the contrast Messiah presents in Matthew’s record between the wise man who 1) “hears” and “does” and the unwise man who 2) “hears” and “does not do”.  Even though Messiah is unmistakable in showing obedience to his teachings is obligatory, traditional Christianity nevertheless “hears” and “does NOT do”, thereby advocating “unwise” doctrines that directly oppose Messiah.  So it is actually worse than the “unwise” example since Christianity not only “does not do” his words, they go further by openly rejecting and fervently teaching AGAINST his words!
Matthew 12:30-32 (ESV)

30  "Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. 31  Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven people, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. 32  And whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come."


Here Messiah makes it clear that you are either with him or against him.  It is not possible to be “with” Messiah while teaching doctrine that is “against” what he taught.  Traditional Christianity’s anti-torah teachings are a slap in the face of Messiah and firmly against him.  Sadly, millions upon millions are therefore “scattered” in a world of lawless rebellion against God.

Messiah further warns against being a “law-breaker” in the parable of the sower.
Matthew 13:24-30, 36-42 (ESV)

24  He put another parable before them, saying, "The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field, 25  but while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. 26  So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also. 27  And the servants of the master of the house came and said to him, 'Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have weeds?' 28  He said to them, 'An enemy has done this.' So the servants said to him, 'Then do you want us to go and gather them?' 29  But he said, 'No, lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. 30  Let both grow together until the harvest, and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.'" ...
36  Then he left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples came to him, saying, "Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field." 37  He answered, "The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. 38  The field is the world, and the good seed is the children of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one, 39  and the enemy who sowed them is the devil. The harvest is the close of the age, and the reapers are angels. 40  Just as the weeds are gathered and burned with fire, so will it be at the close of the age.   41  The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all law-breakers, 42  and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."


 Yes, that pesky stop sign again.  Pesky, that is, if you are among those who believe that the "Law" is no longer in effect after Messiah's death.  Matthew 13:36-42, particularly verses 41 and 42, undeniably refer to a FUTURE time at Messiah's second coming when the LAW-BREAKERS (those who oppose and reject the "Law") will be thrown into a fiery furnace.  Do you want to end up in a fiery furnace?  I thought not.  Then I advise that if you believe the Law has been "done away with" you change your mindset and become one of Messiah's true followers who embrace and promote torah instead of rejecting and teaching against it.

At this point it would be prudent to pause and consider the gravity – the enormous importance - of Messiah’s warnings found in Matthew 7:23, Matthew 13:41-42, and Luke 13:27.  Taken together they read:

 Matt. 7:23  And then will I declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.' … Matt. 13: 41  The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all law-breakers, 42  and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth." … Luke 13:27  But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.

Recall from the previously mentioned article:

... Further confirmation of this is found in the very term translated "iniquity" in the KJV [and "workers of lawlessness" in the ESV translation quoted previously in this discussion]. The New American Standard Version and others more appropriately translate the term "lawlessness".  Since Torah is "law", the lawless are those who do not keep Torah. In fact from the following verse the point is further confirmed.

1 John 3:4 - 4 Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness.
The New American Standard Bible, (La Habra, California: The Lockman Foundation) 1977.

1 John 3:4 - 4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
The King James Version, (Cambridge: Cambridge) 1769.

The Greek word translated "lawlessness" in the NASB and "transgression of the law" in the KJV is one and the same word - anomia - and is shown from Strong's lexicon to be:

458 anomia {an-om-ee'-ah}
from 459; TDNT - 4:1085,646; n f
AV - iniquity 12, unrighteousness 1, transgress the law + 4160 1, transgression of the law 1; 15

1) the condition of without law

1a) because ignorant of it

1b) because of violating it

2) contempt and violation of law, iniquity, wickedness

Likewise, Thayer's Greek lexicon defines anomia precisely the same as:

BDB/Thayers # 458 anomia {an-om-ee'-ah}
from 459; TDNT - 4:1085,646; n f
AV - iniquity 12, unrighteousness 1, transgress the law + 4060 1, transgression of the law 1; 15

1) the condition of without law

1a) because ignorant of it

1b) because of violating it

2) contempt and violation of law, iniquity, wickedness ...

 The point to grasp is that in Matthew 7:23 and 13:41 Messiah DIRECTLY condemns, in an undeniable FUTURE reference, those who have "contempt and violation of the Law" and/or who promote "the condition without Law (torah)".  Those are not my words.  Those are the words of Yahshua the Messiah, and individuals who do not like them provide proof of their choice to reject and oppose Messiah!

Though the precise same Greek word, anomia, is not used in Luke 13:27 for the term of "workers of iniquity" as shown in the KJV, a very similar word is used. That Greek word is adikia.  Among Thayer's Greek Lexicion's definition of this word is: a deed violating law and justice, act of unrighteousness.  Furthermore, given the almost identical nature of the three statements we can be reasonably certain that the same meaning applies to all – that meaning being “contempt and violation of torah.”

So, Matthew 7:23, 13:41, and Luke 13:27 provide us crystal clear, common sense, unequivocal proof that Messiah vehemently opposes - then, now,  and in the FUTURE, those who show contempt for his God’s torah (Law), the torah that he perfectly obeyed from the God to whom he was perfectly devoted.  How much evidence is needed to prove that Messiah personally and repeatedly condemns violation of God's eternal Law - the torah?  Furthermore, if he condemns torah violation, what is his obvious feeling for those who actually teach torah has been abolished? 

Messiah absolutely, indisputable opposes the anti-torah mindset of traditional Christianity!  Therefore, traditional Christianity IS promoting an antichrist message!  What is it going to take to awaken traditional Christians from the drunken stupor caused by the wine of the great harlot of Revelation?

Continuing with Messiah's words:
Matthew 22:36-40 (NASB95)

36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?”  37 And He said to him, “‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’  38 “This is the great and foremost commandment.  39 “The second is like it, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’  40 “On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”

Parallels to these verses are found in Mark 12:28-34 and Luke 10:25-28.  These parallels confirm and elaborate upon the Pro-torah response of Messiah:

Mark 12:28-34 (ESV)

28  And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, "Which commandment is the most important of all?" 29  Jesus answered, "The most important is, 'Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30  And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.' 31  The second is this: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these." 32  And the scribe said to him, "You are right, Teacher. You have truly said that he is one, and there is no other besides him. 33  And to love him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one's neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices." 34  And when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, "You are not far from the kingdom of God." And after that no one dared to ask him any more questions.

Luke 10:25-28 (ESV)

25  And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?"  26  He said to him, "What is written in the Law? How do you read it?"  27  And he answered, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself."  28  And he said to him, "You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live."


In these verses we see Messiah responding to a question about torah.  Few Christians realize that such questions were very common and that they reflect the Jewish (Hebraic) underpinning of the gospels.  A strikingly similar conversation is recorded in Jewish literature between two prominent rabbis and a potential Jewish proselyte.

Within the same timeframe as Messiah Yahshua, actually a bit before his time, there were two dominant rabbinic schools of thought within the Pharisaic sect of the widely varying, pluralistic sphere of Jewish belief – the school of Hillel and the school of Shammai.  The lasting impact of these too schools is still heavily felt today in Rabbinic Judaism.

There was a notable rivalry and mutually respectful debate between the two competing mindsets of Hillel and Shammai, with Hillel usually being less strict in his interpretation of torah.

One day a young man approached Shammai and stated that he would adopt torah into his life and convert to the Jewish way if Shammai could explain torah (Law) while he, the young man, stood on one leg.  Enraged by what he viewed as an impossible question and irreverent mocking of the torah, Shammai drove the young man away with his staff.

The young man then approached Hillel with the same request.  Hillel responded, “Love the lord thy God with all your heart, mind, and soul, and your neighbor as yourself.  The rest is commentary.”

Having received his answer, the young man adopted the Jewish way and began his journey of torah learning.

This represents but one of many common parallels between Yahshua’s teachings and Hebraic thought.  It is quite possible that since the Hillel/Shammai influence was deeply felt in Yahshua’s day that the questioner was actually seeking to know with which school of thought Yahshua agreed.

Regardless, Messiah’s answer was thoroughly Jewish and with the standard, no-need-to-mention, pro-torah understanding of his day.  There is no hint whatsoever of any anti-torah sentiment in Messiah’s response.  In fact, in general the gospels present a very Jewish Messiah who often used standard rabbinic methods, such as parables, to convey truth.  Even his arguments with rabbis of his day was rabbinic since spirited debate was and is typical in rabbinic circles.

Delving into Messiah’s Jewishness is beyond the scope of this dicussion.  An excellent book revealing Messiah’s Jewishness is “Jesus the Jewish Theologian” by Dr. Brad Young.  That book is packed with evidence of Messiah’s pro-torah Hebraic nature.  I highly recommend that book to anyone who truly seeks to become Christ-like.
John 5:23 (NASB95)

23  so that all will honor the Son even as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him."


A fundamental means of showing "honor" to the "son" is to honor his example by following him.  As stated earlier, it is impossible to "follow" or "honor" Christ unless his teachings are "honored" and adhered to.  Of course, the same applies to YHWH, the "Father who sent him."

Implicit within Messiah's statement in the gospel of John is the reverse, which is that "He who DOES honor the Son DOES also Honor the Father who sent him.", and to do so requires that the "torah" (teachings) be honored.
John 12:44-50 (NASB95)

44  And Jesus cried out and said, “He who believes in me, does not believe in me but in Him who sent me.  45  “He who sees me sees the One who sent me.  46  “I have come as Light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me will not remain in darkness.  47  “If anyone hears my sayings and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world.   48  “He who rejects me and does not receive my sayings, has one who judges him; the word I spoke is what will judge him at the last day.


“... He who believes in me, does not believe in me but in Him who sent me. ...”

Belief is more than simply an intellectual acknowledgment.  It requires devotion and that the one who has a believing faith actually "follows" the object of their faith.  Messiah clearly states that to properly believe (demonstrate faith) in him one must demonstrate faith in YHWH the Creator - his God and ours.  A common sense basic ingredient of that faith requires devotion to YHWH's instructions (torah).  Sadly, instead of devotion to torah traditional Christianity through its anti-torah foundational position promotes rejection of the Living God's teachings.

“... He who sees (understands) me sees (understands) the One who sent Me. ...”

The Hebraic and thus Scriptural meaning of "see" in a Spiritual context is akin to understanding; therefore, to "see" Messiah is to understand him.  Elsewhere it is stated that Messiah and God are one.  I discuss that in other areas of this website, but the basic meaning is that Messiah as the perfectly obedient servant of the One who sent him is "one" in purpose and will with Father God.  It is also stated that we are to be "one" with Messiah and with God in precisely the same manner.  How can we "see" or be "one" with Messiah if we reject his undeniable pro-torah stance?

To "see" Messiah is to follow him, and to follow Messiah is to revere and observe the teachings to which he, himself, was devoted.

“... I have come as Light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me will not remain in darkness. ..."

Scripture teaches that the torah is light.  Messiah, as the perfect example of torah was, quite literally, the torah made flesh since he lived his life as his God and ours intended all to live.  This makes Messiah also "light."  To reject Messiah's teachings regarding torah is to choose to remain in darkness.

 “... If anyone hears my sayings and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world.  48  “He who rejects me and does not receive my sayings, has one who judges him; the word I spoke is what will judge him at the last day."

Here Messiah makes mention of hearing his sayings (teachings) and choosing to not keep them.   His words are obviously timeless in their application - applying as much today AFTER his death as they did then BEFORE his death.  This is made particularly clear by his mention of "the last day," which obviously refers to a FUTURE time.

This reminds us of the previously discussed parable of the wise man who 1) “hears” and “does” and the unwise man who 2) “hears” and “does not do”.  He states that the one who rejects him by rejecting his teachings will be judged by those teachings ("... the word I spoke ...").  Anyone who believes or promotes that the torah is abolished is indeed rejecting Messiah's words.

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