The Place of Grace in Judaism and Christianity

By Dr. Victoria Sarvadi

The emphasis of grace in the Hebrew Scriptures (Tenach) also called the Old Testament, is demonstrated in verses such as Nehemiah 9:31 which says, “Even so, in Your great compassion, You didn’t completely destroy them, nor did You abandon them, for You are a compassionate and merciful God.”

It is also seen in Psalms 119:156-159, “Great is your compassion, Adonai, in keeping with your rulings, revive me.”

While Christianity boasts of salvation obtained by grace it often teaches that the Hebrew Scriptures was harsh and held no grace.

“Deuteronomy 7:9 says, “Therefore know the Lord your God. He is God. The faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for 1000 generations with those who love Him and keep his commandments.”
A generation is considered to be 20-50 years. 1000 generations times just 20 years would equate to 20,000 years to those who love Him and obey His commandments.” What are those commandments? They are the commandments of Torah. The commandments that Yeshua walked out perfectly in his very life. Yeshua IS the Torah of God in the flesh. Yeshua said, “If you love me, you will KEEP my commandments” John 14:15.

Christians hear the Word of the Lord!! -If you love Him you, you obey His commandments. Not to be saved but because you’re saved! You do it as a response to His goodness, As an act of self-sacrifice. He gave His life! We give Him our hearts – our obedience. Yeshua’s blood satisfied our need for atonement. Temple sacrifice is no longer necessary. What beauty! What grace!

Biblical Christianity is realizing the need for TORAH in our lives to demonstrate the workings of grace in our hearts.
Biblical Judaism will realize in the Tikkun Olam (The Restoration of all things) the need of MESSIAH to change the heart so Torah may be implemented perfectly in grace.

Yeshua was THE walking, living Torah.
When we receive Him in our hearts Torah is then written on our hearts.
We, then become walking, living Torahs, guided by His Spirit.
A new creation!

God has been and always will be a God that shows grace to those who love him and obey Him and walk according to His ways.

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