For Today is the Day of Salvation? Huh?
Thus says YaHuWaH, In an acceptable time have I heard you, and in a day of yeshu`ah (deliverance) have I helped you: and I will preserve you, and give you for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages; Isa 49:8
The Gentile Church Is WRONG In Saying The Torah Promotes A Works-Based Method Of Salvation
While going through our studies of Exodus and Leviticus, there is one really key point I’m hoping you didn’t overlook.
This key point is the complete opposite of what the gentile church has mistakenly taught and promoted over the centuries.
What point am I taking about?
Here it is:
RITUAL MINUS REPENTANCE MEANS NOTHING IN YaHuWaH’s JUSTICE SYSTEM!
When you read the Torah carefully, you will find YaHuWaH saying over and over and over again that it is the condition of one’s heart that is most important.
The Levitical rituals for atonement and purification in and of themselves meant nothing!
They weren’t magic, as if all you had to do was say a few magic words, sacrifice an animal and then PRESTO, you were forgiven. The condition of one’s heart means so much to YaHuWaH.
Deu 10:16 “And you shall circumcise the foreskin of your heart, and harden your neck no more.
Deu 10:17 “For יהוה your Elohim is Elohim of mighty ones and Master of masters, the great Ěl, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality nor takes a bribe.
Deu 10:18 “He executes right-ruling for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the stranger, giving him food and a garment.
Deu 10:19 “And you shall love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Mitsrayim.
Deu 10:20 “Fear יהוה your Elohim. Serve Him, and cling to Him, and swear by His Name.
No, the rituals didn’t work that way. They were all about OBEDIENCE AND TRUST. Ritual minus a heartfelt confession and humble spirit was NOT accepted by YaHuWaH. It was seen as a mechanical act of self-righteousness and thus was ineffectual. This is something I feel very strongly about, so I want to make this as clear as possible. Among the ancient Hebrews, the belief that mere robot-like obedience to Torah resulted in a good relationship with YaHuWaH did NOT exist.
Let me rephrase that another way so there is absolutely no misunderstanding. The “works-righteousness” concept the gentile church has attributed to the Old Testament and the Yahudim was NOT the normal belief system in ancient Yisra’El.
In addition, the primary motivation behind why Torah was obeyed was to please YaHuWaH and NOT because one yearned to “be saved” or “go to heaven” someday.
I’m not denying there may have been a small minority of Yisraelites who held to such a distorted understanding of Torah.
Some of them may have treated the Levitical rituals as an automatic forgiveness vending machine that didn’t require heartfelt repentance.
But as I just said, they were the minority.
The mainstream followers of YaHuWaH certainly did not believe that way.
The idea (which has become universal in the gentile church) that the Old Testament was all about a works-based method of attaining deliverance that did not require faith which was later replaced by a faith-based method of deliverance in the New Testament is PATENTLY FALSE NOR IS IT TAUGHT IN THE TORAH OR ANYWHERE ELSE IN SCRIPTURE INCLUDING THE NEW TESTAMENT.
Another important point you need to understand is that the definition of salvation (deliverance) from the ancient Hebrew perspective differs radically from so-called modern gentile believers in Yahusha today.
For the Hebrew, salvation (deliverance) means that Yisra’El will become a world power and that the instructions and laws of YaHuWaH will eventually become the universal standard for all mankind to follow.
In other words, for the Yisraelite, salvation (deliverance) was similar to what happened when YaHuWaH rescued Yisra’El from Egypt.
Salvation (deliverance) entails being rescued from gentile oppressors in order to establish a Kingdom of YaHuWaH whose center will be in Jerusalem.
There was never this idea then or now that Yisra’El attempted to obey the Law so they could go to heaven as the gentile church falsely believes and teaches.
The Yisraelites obeyed and even now obey Torah because they loved YaHuWaH.
That was their primary motivation because for them, the best thing to do with the very brief time they had on this planet was to please YaHuWaH before their life ended.
There really wasn’t any thought of some kind of eternal reward awaiting them in heaven.
Because of this distorted way Christians view the Torah and the Yahudim, the church has falsely accused an entire people of religious folly and legalism THAT ISN’T EVEN TAUGHT IN THE SCRIPTURES.
But that’s not the worst of it. Due to harboring this false view, the gentile church also falsely accuses the Old Testament of establishing legalism! Ultimately, do you know what this means?!
The church is accusing YaHuWaH Himself, the very Author of the Word, of establishing legalism. Some will make the excuse that it was only for a time. This idea is called Dispensationalism. But even that teaching comes straight from the Gates of Hades.
The result of this falsehood has produced the following tragic results.
First, it has marginalized those very people who wrote down and have protected the set-apart Scriptures of YaHuWaH for centuries to the present time.
Second, it has caused anti-semitism and led to the cruel persecution of the very race that has produced the one you call your savior, who ironically happened to not only be an ethnic Yahudi but was also one of the most pro-Yisra’El and Torah-observant individuals who ever walked the face of the planet.
Finally, it has created a vicious enmity between the church and the Yahudi people.
Actually, this is quite similar to the enmity between Yisra’El and Edom (Jacob and Esau) we recently read about in Numbers 20.
Where there should have been brotherhood has tragically turned out to be the opposite.
This is NOT the one body of both Yisra’El and gentile believers that Paul envisioned.