The mediator of a new covenant.

Scripture:
That is why he is the one who mediates a new covenant between God and people, so that all who are called can receive the eternal inheritance God has promised them.  – Hebrews 9:15

Observation:
The Hebraic author writes to tell us of the life of Jesus and how he is superior to the priests of old. He notes that the sacrifice of Jesus is superior to the blood of animals, which could only cleanse the body of the person, but Jesus’ blood can and does cleanse the heart, soul, and mind of the person. Whereas the old covenant brought death through the curse of punishment for failure to keep it, Jesus kept it and ushered in a new covenant of grace that makes us whole and right with God the Father.

Application:
Judaism is a very curious creature indeed. Those who come out of Judaism and receive Christ truly will do away with the rituals and ceremonial observances of the Torah, but there are those who claim to be Messianic Jews and have a relationship with Jesus but elevate the Torah to a place of equality with Christ. Why? They say that the old covenant speaks of and about Jesus. Thus, many s0-called Messianic Jews will enslave goyim (Gentiles or non-Jews) into the trappings of Judaism through thoughts like these….

“Since the early second century, the Torah has been largely neglected by the Body of Messiah. Kehilat Sar Shalom affirms the view expressed in 2 Timothy 3:16-17: ‘All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.’

“The Torah defines sin and points us toward righteousness and godliness. We believe that the Torah needs to be recognized as God’s eternal standard of righteousness, and desire to see its restoration to its place of prominence and authority within the believing community. We further believe and acknowledge that the Torah, God’s instruction, is a symbol of Yeshua, who is the Living Word.”

Those kinds of statements idolize the Torah (or Law) and make of equal status with Messiah when we are to worship the Creator and not the created, which the Torah is…a created system of rules and regulations from God. There is an heir of true belief here until you pull back the veil and see behind the curtain. The Torah is holy and serves the purpose of showing sinners their need for Jesus the Messiah, but that’s it! Be careful when dealing with people who espouse such beliefs. They tend to entrap and snare people into observing the Law (Torah) and falling back under the curse of Torah. Paul wrote and entire letter to the Galatian church about this very matter. Read it. Study it. Let no one preach any other gospel than Jesus and him crucified and resurrected on the 3rd day in order that whosoever should believe in one’s heart that God raised Jesus from the dead by the Holy Spirit and then publicly confess, “Jesus is Lord,” shall be saved. Any gospel contrary to this taught either by man or angel shall be cursed.

Prayer:
Father, thank you for the Torah because it taught me I was a sinner and had need of a Savior. It is holy and pure as Paul wrote, but its power draws upon the sin nature of mankind and leads to death not life. The standard you created is so high that no man can ever attain its righteousness. You designed it that way intentionally, so we would have to rely upon your gift of salvation by grace through faith in Jesus. Help me to reach the local Messianic community here in my backyard. I am really saddened by the fact that they put such emphasis on the Law of Moses instead of lifting up Christ above all. Jesus you said it best when the Jews tried to equate have the word with salvation rather than the One who gives salvation through the Word. Your will be done, not mine. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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