Yeshua: The Living Torah

The following is an article that I originally wrote for HebrewRoot.com over ten years ago. Since I have recently received some inquiries about it and am no longer affiliated with HebrewRoot or its host ministry, I thought it best that I reproduce it here. I've cleaned up a few typos and made a few alterations …

Has Israel Repented?

In my previous post, I ignored the most obvious objection to the idea that the time of Israel's punishment, known as the Curse of the Law, is coming or has come to an end: "But that can't be! The Jews still haven't accepted Jesus as their Messiah and Savior!" Okay, let's deal with that. As …

From HebrewRoot: Mark 7:19 and Acts 10-11

As I state over in my article on Romans 14, I was once very cavalier about ignoring the kosher laws, even to the point of jokingly suggesting that the ultimate test of faith was the ultimate unkosher meal.  After all, weren’t the kosher commandments just a relic of a bygone age when the lack of …

Response to Peter Goodgame – Part 7: Is Israel Divorced?

In part 3 of his series, Peter does some excellent summarizing of the marriage relationship between the Messiah and his bride, the Ekklesia, and rightly notes that long before the Ekklesia, Israel was offered the same ketubah, the same marriage contract: Messianic Bible scholar Arnold Fruchtenbaum explains that the Church as the Bride of Christ goes through …

Response to Peter Goodgame – Part 5: The Sermon on the Mount

Continuing our series answering Peter's arguments, we've finally reached part 3 of his series, entitled The Sanctity of Marriage. Skipping past his introductory remarks, we hit his first new point: Jesus was not introducing the Kingdom of God by giving some modern-day grace message that says, "Oh just believe in your heart for a moment, …

Response to Peter Goodgame – Part 4: Yeshua and the Sabbath

Continuing our series addressing Peter Goodgame's arguments that keeping the Torah is contrary to the New Covenant based on Yeshua's own teachings and example, we'll begin by quoting Peter again: 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: …

Response to Peter Goodgame – Part 3: Was Yeshua a Lawbreaker?

For the most part, I don't find a lot to comment on in the second section of Peter's article, though I do like a couple of his comments enough to want to lead off by repeating them: After the beatitudes when Jesus describes those who will be the most blessed by the arrival of the …

Response to Peter Goodgame – Part 2: The Kingdom of Heaven

Some time ago, I answered a post by Peter Goodgame on whether those under the New Covenant are supposed to keep the Torah. Well, that was part 1 of a series by Peter, and I never got around to checking back to see if another part had come out. Now that things are settling down …