I recently came across an article saying that some people are required to obey the Law of Noah, some people are required to obey the Law of Moses, and some, the Law of Messiah.
To define this more specifically, the “Laws of Noah” are the Noahide Laws. Relatively recent Jewish doctrine says that there are seven laws of Noah:
- Not to worship idols.
- Not to curse God.
- To establish courts of justice.
- Not to commit murder.
- Not to commit adultery or sexual immorality.
- Not to steal.
- Not to eat flesh torn from a living animal, or strangled animal. (do not eat blood).
(I say “relatively recent Jewish doctrine” because back in the first century we have no such enumeration. These laws have been specified and enumerated relatively recently.)
The “Laws of Moses” are the laws given by God through Moses. The “Law of Moses”, according to the Jewish mindset, is the Torah – the Pentateuch, Genesis-Deuteronomy.
The “Law of Messiah” refers to the laws given through Yeshua (Jesus). Many Christians believe that the laws of the Messiah are no more than the laws given by Jesus.
I contend that there is only one God, one faith, one truth, one baptism, one way of salvation, and ONE LAW from the beginning of creation until now.
God never had to change. And God doesn’t have two standards, three standards, or a hundred standards. He has one standard. His Law is a reflection of His character. He doesn’t suffer from two different characters. He doesn’t suffer from multiple personalities, or Disociative Identity Disorder. He is consistent in character and personality throughout the ages. Remember He said very clearly, “I AM the LORD. I change NOT!!” (Malachi 3:6)
Because His character is consistent throughout the ages, so is His law, which is a reflection of His character. After all, the purpose of His law is to make us more like Him. And the only way His law can make us more like Him is to ensure that His law is true to His unchanging character, and His ways.
King David wrote explicitly, “Thy word is forever settled in heaven” Psalm 119:89. And what would be considered the “Word” of God to David? The Torah of course. God’s laws (his Words) are forever settled in heaven from the beginning of creation.
To label it the “Law of Noah” here, and the “Law of Moses” there doesn’t mean that there are two different laws. The God of Noah is the same God as the God of Moses. And God never makes mistakes. He doesn’t ever have to change, or update Himself. He lives outside of time. In fact, He created time. He sees the end from the beginning.
Man, in his finite knowledge, and nearsightedness, changes as time goes on. Why? Because human beings are not perfect. They learn more. They find out that they made decisions in the past based upon lack of knowledge. Also, humans are subject to corruption. Therefore, men are constantly changing his laws to reflect his new knowledge, or advancement of corruption. But God never has to change His laws, as He doesn’t have to learn anything. And God is not subject to corruption. God made His law in perfect knowledge, and moral holiness, and purity.
So, because the God of Noah IS the God of Moses IS the God of the Messiah, so His law is.
Simply stated, the “Law of Noah” IS the “Law of Moses” IS the “Law of Messiah”.
The so called Noahide Laws are consistent with the Law of Moses.
Furthermore, there is nothing that the Messiah taught that is not in the Law of Moses.
To say that the Law of Noah is a different law than the Law of Moses, which is a different law that the Law of the Messiah is just like saying that the gospel of Matthew is different than the gospel of Mark, which is a different gospel than the gospel of Luke. The fact is that they are all the same gospel – just as the Law of Noah, the Law of Moses, and the Law of Messiah are all the same law!