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.
Whenever I challenge people with our responsibility to God’s commandments, in full knowledge of personal failure they automatically retort with the statement, “Oh yes, but He forgives me”. They seem to know very little about the Bible, maybe they are proud, they lie, or are selfish with their time or finances (Proverbs 6:16-19), but they know how to use that statement like a theological security blanket.
There is a theology out there that clams that 2,000 years ago, Yeshua came and abolished the Torah. Think about what this means. This means that 2, 000 years ago, Yeshua came and abolished the moral code that helps us discern right from wrong. That same theology also claims that the Torah has become obsolete to whoever recognizes Yeshua as his Savior because He is the Torah written in their hearts. I am willing to believe that it is true but those who claim that recognition certainly don’t act like it. If it were true, our Western world should be a paradise certainly not facing the sort of social issues it faces. Actually, the people who adhere to that theology are doubly guilty for their ungodly actions because they live in opposition to the Torah written in their conscience.
This notion that the Torah is obsolete not only takes away the understanding of right and wrong, but also the fear of God, which is the beginning of wisdom. It is therefore the utter foolishness and ‘law-lessness’, which is the exact translation of the word ‘iniquity’. What need is there then of a Savior to cover our sins?
My friend, the role of Messiah is and has always been to teach us the proper application of obedience to Torah. He came teaching, ‘Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand’ (Matthew 4:17), which means, “turn your ways towards God for the days of His Kingdom are near; start living by His Torah and by His Instruction.”
In Yeshua nothing becomes obsolete, not even the death penalty against us; He just takes it upon Himself. We therefore owe Him our lives. So beware, there are still consequences for sin; sin is crouching at the door — it wants you, but you can rule over it (Genesis 4:7).
“Abba Father: may we understand that your Kingdom is ruled by the commandments that you have outlined in Your Word; .may we realize that we are responsible to Your Torah and that repentance means to turn back and start living by your teachings and principles. Forgive us for following erroneous teachings that negate the importance of obedience while we forget the teachings of the Messiah You sent to tell us that, 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 … (Matthew 5:19)”.