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October 31, 2012
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Obedience: the summation of all Scripture
Shalom Dear Brothers and Sisters in Mashiach Yeshua,

The most common theme in Scripture is the subject of obedience.  Obedience underlies all other topics.  This week we look at obedience as it relates to the sacrifices in a Torah society as well as its general place in a Torah society with two separate studies on this all important subject.
Understanding Torah Society - part 17,
Obedience and the sacrifices of Torah
society Vayyiqra (Leviticus) 4:2-3 
2 "Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, 'If any one shall sin unwittingly, in any of the things which YHWH has commanded not to be done, and shall do any one of them;
3 if the anointed priest shall sin so as to bring guilt on the people, then let him offer for his sin, which he has sinned, a young bullock without blemish unto YHWH for a sin-offering."
Even though a person truly loves YHWH, because he is a flawed human, he is bound from time to time to fall into sin. This should be the exception rather than the rule. In order to facilitate repairing the damage caused by such a sin, YHWH commanded a schedule of sacrifices and offerings a person must offer in exchange for his sin according to his transgression. In essence, these offerings and sacrifices are fines levied upon the one who has misbehaved. There are also offerings which a man may voluntarily give in addition to those so commanded as a means to say thank you to YHWH for the blessings He has given.
To live in a Torah society, the ability to repair the damages done by sin is paramount for the society to function properly. It is also necessary for these damages to be repaired in order for brothers to live together in harmony. Let us carefully examine the place of sacrifices in Torah society, as well as one's commanded obedience to all of Torah, including the sacrificial offerings.
One of the common arguments today concerning the death of Mashiach is that His death did away with the need to offer up the sacrifices and offerings commanded by YHWH in the Torah Moshe. But is this a valid or warranted conclusion? We shall see in the rest of this study that it is not a valid conclusion.
B'midbar (Numbers) 15:30 
"But the soul that does aught with a high hand, whether he be home-born or a sojourner, the same blasphemes YHWH; and that soul shall be cut off from among his people."
One critical element about the sacrificial system is that there never was any sacrifice available for those who willfully transgressed the Torah. The sacrifices and offerings were only for those who unwittingly sinned and broke the commandments. Please note this wording in the opening passage. However, if one acts presumptuously, that is, a person intentionally sins, such a person has no sacrifice available to make things right according to Torah. Please note what happens to the person who acts with such willfulness-he is cut off from Israel. This writer is not convinced that this is a human judgment or action, but rather may be a statement of the action which YHWH takes against such a person as outlined in the following passage.
Vayyiqra (Leviticus) 26:14-15 
14 "But if you will not hear and obey Me, and will not do all these commandments;
15 and if you shall reject My statutes, and if your soul abhor My ordinances, so that you will not do all my commandments, but break My covenant;
16 I also will do this unto you; I will appoint terror over you, even consumption and fever, that shall consume the eyes, and make the soul to pine away; and you shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it."
YHWH kindly gives each person the option to obey or not to obey His Voice, His statutes, His commandments, and His ordinances. If a person unwisely chooses not to obey His Voice, His statutes, His commandments, and His ordinances, then YHWH will come against that person and bring terror and plagues and all that He brought upon Egypt until that person either repents and obeys or is destroyed.
I have had many conversations in which the person with whom I was having a discussion was of such a mindset that the Law had been fulfilled and was no longer valid and therefore should not be obeyed today. Invariably this person will bring up the sacrifices as commanded by YHWH as a means to entrap me. Perhaps you have had such conversations as well. That part of the conversation might go something like this.
"So you believe that one should keep every single commandment of Torah?"
"And it is a sin if you do not keep every single commandment of Torah?"
"So do you offer sacrifices as Torah commands you to do? Because if you don't, then aren't you in sin?"
At this point they believe that they have me boxed in and completely trapped with no escape except to agree with them that Mashiach fulfilled the Torah and it is no longer to be obeyed by us. But this is where he and all like him are completely mistaken. Let us examine this closely to see the fallacy of this mindset as well as what the proper attitude one should have regarding the commandments of YHWH, including the sacrifices. 


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Obedience: the summation of all Scripture
Romans 6:16
Do you not know, that to whom you present yourselves as servants in obedience, his servants you are whom you obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
All of Scripture can be summed up in a single word: obedience. But this is not an obedience to just anything or to just anyone as the opening passage of Scripture aptly points out. Each person has two options as to whom he will obey. A person can obey sin, which will lead one to death. Or, he can practice righteous obedience, which will lead him to life. Please make no mistake about it, every person is doing one or the other and there is no middle ground. Please understand the practice of righteous obedience is not flawless, rather the intent is simply to obey YHWH regardless of what the actual outcome ends up being.
It is at this very point that much of Christianity falls into death. Why do we say this? It is because much of Christianity today teaches that the Torah (Law) has been fulfilled, and thus a believer does not have to obey the Law (Torah). On the other side, there are those who teach that obedience to the written Torah (Law) is all that one has to do. This, too, is in error. However, either of these mindsets will lead one straight into the clutches of death. To truly understand what Shaul is teaching in this regard, one needs to see and understand that the obedience to which he is referring is not obedience to the letter of the Law (Torah). Rather, it is obedience to the Law of the Spirit - the Torah of the Spirit.
Now mind you, the Spirit of Mashiach which was in Yeshua, led Him to keep and obey each and every one of the Torah commandments. If a person is subsequently filled with His Spirit after he has been saved, then this same Spirit that led Yeshua to keep and obey all of the Torah commandments, will also lead him in keeping and obeying all of those same Torah commandments. Any spirit that leads one to blatantly or intentionally disregard or disobey any of the Torah commandments is the spirit of anti-Mashiach, rather than the Spirit of Mashiach.
When a person obeys His Spirit, then His Spirit will lead one into the experience of salvation through repentance of all sin. What does not make sense is for a person to go through all the effort of repentance and confessing his sins to Elohim, making all things right with Him, promising to live for Him in all things, then turn right around and return back into the life and lifestyle he just repented of living. Does that make any sense to anyone at all? It sure does not make any sense to this writer!
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