By Dr. Victoria Sarvadi
God gave Torah to His covenant people, instructing them on how to walk with Him. Because He saved them and set them apart he gave them detailed instructions on how to live and stay consecrated. There are 613 instructions in Torah compared to 1050 in the New Testament. Somewhere during the interestamental period, rabbinic thinking began to change from keeping Torah as a result of redemption to keeping Torah to OBTAIN redemption. Yeshua came to rightly interpret the law and correct the thinking of His covenant people. He is Torah embodied. Yeshua followed Torah completely and perfectly. He is the LIVING Word of the Torah of God. The Hebrew word Torah means instruction.
Yeshua said in John 14:15, “If you love me, you will keep my commands.” If we love Him we will obey! Selah! If we love him we will obey!
Out of the motivation of love we obey the commandments of God, empowered by the Holy Spirit with an attitude of wanting to learn Torah. Christians must guard against a critical spirit lest they fall into the same trap the rabbis did during the intetestamental period and begin to believe that keeping Torah is equal to redemption.
Romans 2:13-15 says, “For it is not merely the hearers of Torah whom God considers righteous, rather, it is the doers of what Torah says who will be made righteous in God’s sight. For whenever Gentiles, who have no Torah, do naturally what the Torah requires, then these, even though they don’t have Torah, for themselves are Torah! For their loves show that the conduct the Torah dictates is written in their hearts. Their consciences also bear witness to this, for their conflicting thoughts sometimes accuse them and sometimes defend them.”
It is clearly evident in the Word that as we yield and submit, our God begins to write Torah on our hearts, our inner core, the very essence of our being of who we are, and we begin to inherently desire to obey Torah out of love. This is walking in the Spirit not carnally or mentally assenting to the commands of God but with perfect Shalom carrying out His misvot (good works or deeds). We have been set free from the bondage of living out the laws of God in the flesh and have become new creatures able to allow the Spirit Himself which gives life, to walk a Torah based life through us.