Many Christians today believe that the Law, (the Torah) is bondage. They believe that Jesus came to set us free, primarily from the Law so that now we can live by “grace”.
If you are a Christian who has been struggling with this concept, take a moment and think about it. Did God love His people sooooo much that He set them free from the ruthless slavery of Pharaoh by mighty signs and wonders… only to dump another bondage on them days later, called the “Law”?
Did God love His people so much that He delivered them from bondage, only to lay on them another bondage days after the great Exodus from Egypt?
King David emphatically declares:
So shall I keep Your law continually, Forever and ever.
And I will walk at liberty, For I seek Your precepts. [Psalm 119:44-45 NKJV]
The truth is that the Law, otherwise known as the Torah, was given to the children of Israel by a merciful God as a trophy of FREEDOM! It was the gift of God. God loved them so much that He gave them His instructions and guidelines. God cared enough to teach them His ways.
The scriptures say that the Law, or the Torah is holy, just, and good.
The scriptures teach us to love the Law.
Psalm 119:97 Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day.
Psalm 119:113 I hate the double-minded, But I love Your law.
Psalm 119:163 I hate and abhor lying, But I love Your law.
If there is any group of people on the earth that show know about the Torah, it is the Jewish people, from whom we got the Torah. The Torah scroll is a treasure to the Jew. Here is an excerpt from a Jewish website about the Torah:
• A Torah Scroll is the holiest book within Judaism, made up of the five books of Moses.
• There are 304,805 letters in a Torah Scroll.
• Each page has 42 lines.
• The Torah Scroll must be written by a specially trained pious scribe called a sofer.
• A sofer must know more than 4,000 Judaic laws before he begins writing a Torah Scroll.
• It takes about a year to write an entire Torah Scroll.
• Even a single missing or misshapen letter invalidates the entire Sefer Torah.
• The Torah we use today in your synagogue is written exactly the same way the Torah was written the very first time by Moses 3,300 years ago.
• The Torah is made of many sheets of parchment that are sewn together to make one very long scroll.
• The entire Torah is written by hand, each letter is inscribed and individually formed with a quill and specially prepared ink.
• The Torah is read at least four times a week in synagogues around the world.
And here is another excerpt on how to handle the precious Torah scroll:
- A special place should be designated for storing the Torah while it is in your home. One must always be fully dressed and respectfully behaved while in the room where the Torah is being stored, so the designated room should be chosen accordingly–not the bedroom or game-room…
- One may not sit or stand on a chair, table or bed which the Torah is lying upon.
- The Torah should always be held upright, resting against the right shoulder.
- When the Torah is being carried from one place to another, those nearby must rise and remain standing until the Torah reaches its destination, or is out of sight.
- When the Torah is being transported, ideally it should be held by a person, instead of being placed on a car seat or in the trunk.
- A Torah scroll may never be placed on the ground.
- No other item should be placed on top of a Torah.
- A Torah should always be placed upright; never upside down or on its face.1
The Jews know how good, and liberating the Law really is! In a typical Torah service, they do what is called a “Torah march”, when the leaders of the synagogue would march the Torah through the congregation dancing, cheering, clapping, worshiping, and celebrating the Torah with JOY!
The Torah is their JOY! They love it. They highly treasure it.
The typical Christian comes along, someone who has little to no respect for the Torah, does not honor the Torah, does not observe Torah – and as if that were not bad enough, they tell the Jews that Jesus trashed the Torah!
No wonder the Jews get offended, and refuse to believe!
Wake up Church! Stop preaching, and practicing antinomian trash.
Start honoring and observing the Eternal Law of God, given to us by the hand of Moses.