The Proper Use of Tradition Within the Scripture

One of the frequent objections to Messianic Judaism is the accusation that we follow the traditions of the Jewish rabbis—men who did not even know the Messiah and who were without the guidance of the Holy Spirit. The charge is partially true; Messianics do use a lot of Jewish traditions in our worship, such as …

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Why the New Covenant Doesn’t Do Away with the Torah, Pt. 1: The Covenant vs. the Torah

It's a common question: "Why are you into all this Jewish stuff? Don't you know that all that Old Covenant stuff passed away with the coming of the New?" On the contrary, while the Old Covenant was indeed replaced by the New (or rather, is in the process of being replaced-complete replacement will not happen …

Why the New Covenant Doesn’t Do Away with the Torah, Pt. 2: The Yoke of the Torah

In the previous entry, we saw that Yeshua didn't come to do away with the Torah. In fact, the New Covenant assumes that the Torah would continue--what else would God be writing on our hearts with His Spirit (Jer. 31:31-33, Heb. 8:8-13)? The "old" covenant that the New Covenant replaces is the Mosaic Covenant, in …

Why the New Covenant Doesn’t Do Away with the Torah, Pt. 3: Loving ADONAI your God

"That's Jewish! You're trying to earn your salvation! That's the Old Covenant, we're under the New! Those old rituals were just the carnal shadows of the things to come!"It's an objection that rings down through the ages, but is it really true? Did the Messiah do away with all shadows in the ceremonial commands? Let …

Why the New Covenant Doesn’t Do Away with the Torah, Pt. 4: Torah in the New Testament

In previous entries (see below) we saw that the Torah was not replaced in the New Covenant, but was written on our hearts by the Ruach HaKodesh, the Holy Spirit. We saw that Yeshua put His personal endorsement on every last letter and penstroke of the Torah, and we have seen that when it is …