08/04/2012 Sabbath Meeting Transcript


"Did the Messiah Fulfill the Law?"


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EliYah's message:

Even if you are a person who has an appreciation for things that are spoken of in the Torah, it is quite possible that you may have a little bit of rub off, I guess you could say, from mainstream Christianity, some of the things that we were taught in the churches.

I want to try to address this and I think in the end you might be amazed.

There are certain things, certain questions, that I get from time to time that really reflect, at least in my mind, a misunderstanding of Scripture, particularly New Testament Scripture.

For instance, someone would say, "Well, uh, we don't keep the Law because the Messiah fulfilled it," or "We don't do the sacrifices anymore because the Messiah fulfilled that," or "We don't keep a ceremonial law now because the Messiah fulfilled that."

Or they might even ask a question and this is a question I do get asked sometimes, "What part of the Law did the Messiah fulfill so that we know what to keep?" And to me, each one of those statements actually would reflect really a misunderstanding, at least from what I can see in Scripture.

I am going to share this with you today and, hopefully, you will come to the same conclusions I have. So our study topic today is: Did Messiah Fulfill the Law?

Did the Messiah fulfill the Law? And then if He did, how much of it? Which parts? Which parts did He not fulfill, yet? And, so on. So, we want to address that question, and a lot of this comes from, ironically, Matthew chapter 5 and verse 17.

In Matthew chapter 5 and verse 17, you might as well, if you have a Bible with you, just open up to this passage because we are going to go over it. And this is Messiah talking, here. He says:

Matthew 5:17 - "Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.

18 - "For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.

Very interesting. Not one jot or one tittle. Now, He did not want us to even think He came to destroy the Law, or some might say "abolish" or "do away with" the Law. He did not come to do that. That was not His role. That is not something He came to do. He said don't even think like that, let alone believe something like that.

So, we have to get that out of our mind first of all, the idea that the Messiah came and took away the Law or He somehow in any way, shape, or form took away one jot or one tittle, as it says here, right?

So if anyone were to say, "Well, the Messiah, you know, He came and because He fulfilled it, He took away these jots and tittles," well, He said two things.

He said they are not going to pass, not even one jot. Not even one tittle. Not even a single little decorative stroke or a yod is going to pass away from that Law until all (and it has "is fulfilled" here).

So, what did He mean here? He said, "Till heaven and earth pass away." Till heaven and earth pass away. I mean, I checked outside this morning and I just had to make sure. I am not trying to make fun of anybody, but I know I had to walk outside. I saw heaven and I saw earth. It hadn't passed away, yet.

So, not even a jot or a tittle has passed. He said, "Till all is fulfilled." So, a very common notion.

We are going to look a little bit at the Greek here. It is going to help us understand the text (what "fulfill" means). What exactly is this? The first instance of this use "fulfill" comes from the Strong's #4137. The Greek word is 'pleroo."

Interestingly, the second time we see this word "fulfill" in the New King James version it is from a different word all together (Strong's #1096). So, why did they translate that that way? Well, it is a little trick. See? At least it seems to me, because... "He didn't come to destroy it, but He came to fulfill it so you wouldn't have to do it."

Okay, He didn't outright destroy it. He fulfilled it, so "it doesn't really mean anything now." That is kind of the thinking that probably whoever translated this verse had in mind.

Now, let's take a look at this #1096. It is from the Greek word "ginomai" (ghin'-om-ahee). The accent is on the "ghin."

Meaning: 1) to become, i.e. to come into existence, begin to be, receive being 2) to become, i.e. to come to pass, happen 2a) of events 3) to arise, appear in history, come upon the stage 3a) of men appearing in public 4) to be made, finished 4a) of miracles, to be performed, wrought 5) to become, be made.

This is the Thayer's Greek Lexicon. And we see (this is usually a good way to understand the flavor of a word) how it is translated. We see that it is translated in the King James Version with the two-letter word "be" in the English 255 times. Then, "come to pass" 82 times.

Usage: AV - be 255, come to pass 82, be made 69, be done 63, come 52, become 47, God forbid + 3361 15, arise 13, have 5, be fulfilled 3, be married to 3, be preferred 3, not tr 14, misc. 4, vr done 2; 678.

When you see this little "+" right here (God forbid + 3361), what they are telling you is there is another Greek word that translated it that was in conjunction with this word to create "Elohim forbid".

And when you look at the context of each of these ("arise" or "have" or "be fulfilled"), it all really points back to the base meaning, which is, as we see here, "to become" or "to come into existence," or "come to pass" is a pretty good translation. So, kind of interesting.

So, if you were to go back to the text itself and translate it accordingly, this latter verse (Matthew 5:18 - "For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled."), you might want to put in there "come to pass."

Or another translation has "till all is accomplished." Till everything basically comes to pass. Till everything is fulfilled, everything is done, everything is over with. Till everything is finally accomplished, not one jot or one tittle will pass from the Law.

And He sort of makes as a companion way of understanding here, "until heaven and earth pass away." Okay, so, heaven and earth have to pass away. Everything has to come to pass. What is He talking about? What has to come to pass? Well, a lot of things have yet to be done by the Messiah.

A lot of people will point to this verse and say, "Well, when He said, 'It is finished,' then He fulfilled the whole law. He fulfilled all the prophecies. He fulfilled everything." Not so. He has more to do. He was finished with His work on the earth. Now His work comes from the heavenly places. He is not done, yet. There is still yet more to come.

When He puts an end to all sin, when He destroys the last enemy (which is the devil), when He does all these things-- we are going to get into this in more detail-- why would we need a law?

When we face Him in judgment and He decides what happens to us, and so on, and we are glorified and we are with Him, are we going to need a law to point to us and say, "You're sinning"? Or are we going to need a law that says to us, "This is the right way to walk; walk in it"?

Are we going to need that or are we going to put up an incorruptible nature? We are going to put up an incorruptible nature according to Scripture (that I am going to get into, here), and we won't need the law anymore. It will be in us in such a way that we will just to it. It says the Law is good:

1Timothy 1:8 - But we know that the law [is] good if one uses it lawfully,

9 - knowing this: that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for [the] lawless and insubordinate, for [the] ungodly and for sinners, for [the] unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,

The law was not made for a righteous person. That is not why it is here, but for the lawless, the insubordinate, the irreverent (they have "ungodly" there), for sinners. Do you ever sin? Have you ever committed a sin since you came to Messiah? Have you ever done anything that was kind of unholy or anything that was profane?

Have you ever slandered anybody? That is the spirit of murder, of murderers of fathers, of murderers of mothers, if you slandered your mother or your father. A lot of people do that now-a-days. It has become very fashionable to do that.

1Timothy 1:10 - for fornicators, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and if there is any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine,

Fornicators. Have you ever had a lust problem? Sodomites. Boy, sodomites need that now-a days, don't they? There wouldn't be these long lines or people at Chic-fil-A doing things they do. Kidnappers, liars, perjurers, and what? If there is any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine.

Ah! So, the Law gives us sound doctrine. The Law is for those who would speak anything contrary to sound doctrine. So, if someone is giving me a doctrine and I say, "Well, the Law says this," they shouldn't be saying to me, "That's the Old Testament," because the Law is for anything that is contrary to sound doctrine. It even says:

1Timothy 1:11 - according to the glorious gospel of the blessed Elohim which was committed to my trust.

So, the Torah and Gospel are not contrary to one another. They are according to each other.

So, when the Messiah does come and the thousand years are finished and all sin is done away with, then we won't need a law to come and tell us. Instead, we will see a new heaven and a new earth.

Revelation 21:1 - Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea.

Ah! Then the first heaven and the first earth pass away, right? Yes! THEN heaven and earth will pass away. THEN we will not need a law because the first heaven and the first earth pass away. And what did He say earlier? Let's back up a few slides, here.

He said, "Till heaven and earth pass away, not one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled." We see that the law is for the unrighteous, and at that time (Revelation 21:1) there was no more sea.

Revelation 21:2 - Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from Elohim, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

3 - And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of Elohim [is] with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. Elohim Himself will be with them [and be] their Elohim.

4 - "And Elohim will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away."

The "Sukkah" of Elohim is with men. Heaven and earth passed away. New heavens and new earth are created. There will be no more death. That means there will be no more sin because the wages of sin is death. So, we won't have to have a law to come and tell us, "Here, you have sinned. You need a Savior."

You know, if I had 30 children in a room and I didn't give them any rules or any laws at all and I told them, "Just be good," or didn't even say that and they weren't good, then I am going to have to give them laws to tell them so they would understand what's right and wrong.

"Well, don't do this." "Don't do that." "This is wrong." "Don't do that." "You need to do this over here." But if they are already being good, if they are already being wise, and they are not rebellious and they are not talking in hatred, then I don't have to give them any rules.

The same is true with Yahweh. Yahweh gives us the Torah, He gives us the rules because of the transgressions and disobedience among men and because there are people not yet walking in love toward our Father in heaven or toward their fellow man. He gave the Torah for that reason, so that we would learn "this is right" or "this is not right."

What is the Messiah coming to fulfill and what does "fulfill" mean? What does the word mean? Well, if you look in the Greek, it is from #4137 pleroo {play-ro'-o}. It is a very simple meaning. It just means:1) "to make full," "to fill up," to fill to the full." So, to fully fill. 1a) "to cause to abound."

So, the Messiah came to do what? To fill up the Torah. To "cause it to abound." How about that? 1a) "to furnish or supply liberally." 1a1) "I abound, I am liberally supplied." 2) "to render full, to complete." 2a) "to fill to the top: so that nothing shall be wanting to full measure, fill to the brim." 2b) "to consummate: a number."

2b1) "to make complete in every particular, to render perfect." He came to render the Torah perfect. He came to magnify the law. 2b2) "to carry through to the end, to accomplish, carry out, (something undertaking). 2c) "to carry into effect, bring to realization, to realize." 2c1) "of matters of duty: to perform, execute." Oh, matters of duty.

What did He come to do? Perform the Torah. To execute the commandments and judgments in the Torah. To not kill, but to execute. That means "to do." Executions 2c2) "of sayings, promises, prophecies, to bring to pass, ratify, accomplish."

2c3) "to fulfill, to cause [Elohim's] will (as made known in the law) to be obeyed as it should be, and Elohim's promises (given through the prophets) to receive fulfillment."

So, He came to obey the Law. That's why He came. He came to perform it. He came to fully fill it. Now this seems a little confusing because how can you fill up words? How can you fill up commands?

Well, let's look at this particular word "pleroo" in other verses. Here is an example:

Romans 15:13 - Now may the Elohim of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

So, if inside we just feel like we are full of joy, full of peace, you are "pleroo" or "pleroo of joy and peace" in believing, that you may abound in hope. So, there is no problem there. I can understand that, being filled up with joy. How about with wisdom? In Luke 2:40, talking about Messiah:

Luke 2:40 - And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of Elohim was upon Him.

There is that "pleroo" word again. "Filled with wisdom." Fully filled with wisdom. Another place:

Ephesians 5:17 - Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of Yahweh [is].

18 - And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit,

Be filled ("plerooed") with the Spirit. In Luke 21:23, you are going to see where time can be fulfilled.

Luke 21:23 - "But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! For there will be great distress in the land and wrath upon this people.

24 - "And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

So, here we have time is actually filled up. Space of time where Gentiles are going to trodden down Jerusalem. There is a certain window of time, and it is going to be trodden down by Gentiles. And I think that time has actually been fulfilled because now it is under the control of the Jewish people.

So, it's happened. It is this window of time that has come to completion. And so, there is an example of time being fulfilled. A space of time being fully filled. Another example:

Luke 2:41 - His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover.

42 - And when He was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem according to the custom of the feast.

43 - When they had finished the days, as they returned, the Boy Yahushua lingered behind in Jerusalem. And Joseph and His mother did not know [it];

When they had "finished" or "fulfilled," "plerooed," "finished the days," "plerooed the days." So here they completed or fully filled the days, fulfilling a space of time that is written in the Torah that they are supposed to fulfill.

Leviticus 23:5 - `On the fourteenth [day] of the first month at twilight [is] YAHWEH'S Passover.

At or between the evenings is Yahweh's Passover.

Leviticus 23:6 - `And on the fifteenth day of the same month [is] the Feast of Unleavened Bread to YAHWEH; seven days you must eat unleavened bread.

So, they kept that Feast the seven days. They fulfilled those days. Yahweh's commandment to keep Passover and Days of Unleavened Bread were kept by Joseph and Miriam (Mary). They fulfilled the days or filled up the space of time required by Yahweh to eat unleavened bread. So, they did it.

Now, here is an example of John the Baptist's father. He got a visit from an angel.

Luke 1:13 - But the angel said to him, "Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your prayer is heard; and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John.

14 - "And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth.

15 - "For he will be great in the sight of YAHWEH, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink. He will also be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother's womb.

Luke 1:16 - "And he will turn many of the children of Israel to YAHWEH their Elohim.

17 - "He will also go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, `to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children,' and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for YAHWEH."

18 - And Zacharias said to the angel, "How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is well advanced in years."

Luke 1:19 - And the angel answered and said to him, "I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of Elohim, and was sent to speak to you and bring you these glad tidings.

20 - "But behold, you will be mute and not able to speak until the day these things take place, because you did not believe my words which will be fulfilled in their own time."

So, here we see words can actually be fulfilled. Now, how is that possible? How does this happen-- words fill up, get filled up somehow?

Well, let's say that there was a man who decided that he would tell somebody, "Well, I'm going to obey my mother and my father and go and do this thing that my mother and father told me to do." All right. Well, then he went off and didn't do it.

So, in his mind, because he did not do it, what actually happened was the words of his parents became empty words to him. If words are empty that means they have no power. They have no efficacy. There is no realness to them. It doesn't really happen.

And so, if we fulfill them, they are not empty anymore. They had an effect. They had power. They had a way of having "umph" to them because they were actually done.

If I told my son or my daughter, for instance, if I told my daughter, "Please bring me a glass of water," and she went away and she brought back a glass but no water, did she fulfill my command? No. If she brought me back a glass of water, then she did fulfill my request. My words were not empty words. My daughter obeyed my commandment.

In the case of Zechariah, we see that he did not believe the angel's words. They were empty words to him. He didn't believe it (they were old), even though he read the story about Abraham, I am sure, many times.

Well, the angel says they are going to be fulfilled. They will not be empty words. It will happen. You watch and you will be mute. You will not be able to speak anything until that time.

When Yahweh speaks, there are some people who are willing to fulfill those words and there are some people who are not willing to fulfill those words. And those who are disobedient will refuse to fulfill His words. Those who are obedient are willing to fulfill His words.

So, we need to be like Messiah, (right?), who was willing to fulfill the words of Yahweh.

Other examples, prophecies... Yahushua came to Nazareth, in Luke 4 verse 16:

Luke 4:16 - So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read.

17 - And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written:

Luke 4:18 - "The Spirit of YAHWEH [is] upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to [the] poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to [the] captives And recovery of sight to [the] blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed;

19 - To proclaim the acceptable year of YAHWEH."

Luke 4:20 - Then He closed the book, and gave [it] back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him.

21 - And He began to say to them, "Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing."

So, the words of this prophet were not empty words. They were fully filled here by the one to whom it was appointed to do it. And that is Messiah Yahushua.

Now, I am giving these examples here so that we can understand, when Yahweh speaks a word and that word is obeyed, that word is fulfilled.

Now, I have heard of alternative ways of looking at this. Some in the Messianic circles will point to some examples by Rabbis in the Talmud or other places where they would say someone who fulfilled the Law, that was someone who was correctly interpreting the Law. Someone who destroyed the Law was someone who was incorrectly interpreting the Law.

But that is all post-New Testament stuff. They might have gotten that from the Messiah Himself. I don't know. But we see that it really does mean fully filled.

And we can understand it in our own language today. If you told your son or daughter to go bring you a glass of water and they brought it to you, they fulfilled your request. It is not that hard to understand if you really think about it.

Another example here:

Matthew 26:51 - And suddenly, one of those [who were] with Yahushua stretched out [his] hand and drew his sword, struck the servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear.

52 - But Yahushua said to him, "Put your sword in its place, for all who take the sword will perish by the sword.

53 - "Or do you think that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels?

Matthew 26:54 - "How then could the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must happen thus?"

So, He knew He had to obey, or fulfill, the Scriptures. He was going to be killed. He was going to rise again. He knew He had to obey His Father's commandments. So, He did it. To me it is pretty clear what the meaning actually is.

If you look at this in the Hebrew, in case you don't like Greek and want to look at the Hebrew here, we are going to look at a couple of verses here in the Old Testament where we have the same word. It is translated back to the Hebrew word "male'."

Genesis 1:22 - And Elohim blessed them, saying, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth."

Okay?

Numbers 6:13 - `Now this [is] the law of the Nazirite: When the days of his separation are fulfilled, he shall be brought to the door of the tabernacle of meeting.

Male'. Actually the Septuagint, which is an ancient Greek translation of the Old Testament dating back to 200 years before Messiah came, the Greek translation called the Septuagint, they use "pleroo" when translating these verses here. They are using the Greek word "pleroo."

So, I think we can be pretty confident, Messiah did not speak in Greek to the Jewish people. He spoke in Hebrew or Aramaic maybe.

So, we are going to plug this understanding, now, into this Matthew 5:17. Yahushua said, "Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill." So, if Yahweh commanded that certain things were to be done... He commanded Messiah, He commands all of us, certain things that He wants done.

For instance, He says, "You shall not commit adultery." All right. Yahushua fulfilled that. He did not commit adultery.

Yahweh says, "You shall not steal." Yahushua fulfilled that, too. He never stole a single thing from anybody.

"You shall not bear false witness." Messiah fulfilled that, also. He never told a lie. He never bore false witness against a single human being.

"Love your neighbor as yourself." He definitely showed that when He died for us on the tree. He saw our wretched condition, and He cared about us as if it were His own person. Fulfilled.

"Remember the Sabbath, to keep it holy." He fulfilled that, too.

Now, many will point out, "Oh, Messiah fulfilled that command about the Sabbath." Yes, He did. But He also fulfilled all the other commands, too. In fact, He was perfect.

Hebrews 4:15 - For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all [points] tempted as [we are, yet] without sin.

He never committed a single sin. He never committed a single transgression. So, we can come boldly to the throne of grace and obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Hebrews 4:16 - Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Messiah was perfect on our behalf.

1John 3:4 - Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.

5 - And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin.

So, Messiah fulfilled every one of those commands because He obeyed every one of those commands EXCEPT commands that did not apply to Him.

Do you know there are certain laws that Messiah never fulfilled? That's right. There are certain laws that He never fulfilled. Why? They didn't really apply to the Messiah. That's why.

Certain commands in the Torah do not apply to the common man. For instance, here's one:

Leviticus 13:29 - "If a man or woman has a sore on the head or the beard,

30 - "then the priest shall examine the sore; and indeed if it appears deeper than the skin, [and there is] in it thin yellow hair, then the priest shall pronounce him unclean. It [is] a scaly leprosy of the head or beard.

This was the role of the priest, to go and determine whether or not someone had leprosy. That was the job of a priest to do. The earthly priest, functioning in the temple-- that was his position to do. Yahushua didn't go into the temple and start offering sacrifices.

So, obviously, those are some laws that only the sons of Aaron were responsible for doing. And so, He didn't do those.

How about this?

Leviticus 27:14 - `And when a man dedicates his house [to be] holy to YAHWEH, then the priest shall set a value for it, whether it is good or bad; as the priest values it, so it shall stand.

Now, that is a command in the Law. It is the job of the priest to do that. Another example:

Leviticus 12:2 - "Speak to the children of Israel, saying: `If a woman has conceived, and borne a male child, then she shall be unclean seven days; as in the days of her customary impurity she shall be unclean.

Well, of course, this is a command to women. So, did the Messiah fulfill all the Law? There are lots of commands in the Law that would not apply to you unless you were a woman who bore a child or you had leprosy or you had some other thing that a priest was supposed to be doing.

That is why Yahushua never went around stoning anybody. Because it was not His job to stone anybody. It wasn't His position. He wasn't in the place on the earth at that time in civil authority. He wasn't one of the judges of Israel. He wasn't seated on the Sanhedrin there where they made those kinds of decisions.

It's a misunderstanding to think that, "Oh, you can't keep the Law because you haven't stoned anybody." Well, when we say "keep the law" what do we mean? We mean keep the Torah to the extent of what applies to you as a common person. The commands for the people to be stoned, that was not for the common man to be doing.

I mean, can you imagine the anarchy in Israel? One person. You watched him do something on the Sabbath that wasn't right. Oh, you grab a stone and just start pummeling him with the rocks. No! You have to have witnesses. You have to have two or three witnesses.

Just like in our own nation today. You go before the judge, except we have police officers there to do this for us, and the judge makes the determination, based on the case, based on the person's defense, what is the proper course of action.

And he reads the sentencing guidelines in the Torah. And if the sentencing guidelines in the Torah said, "Ok, they are to be stoned," or if they robbed something, "They restore five-fold," or whatever, then that is what they would go by.

The same is true in our own nation. In my state, if you are caught not wearing a seat belt, the policeman can pull you over and give you a ticket, and then you will have to pay a fine. Am I being obedient to the law of our nation today if I don't go around issuing fines to everybody? Yeah. I mean, it is not my job to issue fines.

It is the job of the judges to do that. And the same is true of any society, almost, except for anarchy societies where there is no government in place. It is the role of those to whom it is appointed to make determination, to be judges, and the same was true in ancient Israel. They had judges over tens, over fifties, and so on.

And so, it is not disobedience to the Law if I don't pick up a rock and start pummeling the next Sabbath breaker I see. So, it is a real easy defense if you can explain it that way.

The Messiah kept and fulfilled all the Law, and yet He never stoned a single person. And He didn't look at a wound and say, "Oh, you have leprosy now. No, He saw the leprosy and He healed it.

So, this is what I am talking about. We have to understand, yes, there are certain laws that apply to certain people in certain circumstances. But not every command, not all 613, as some would number (I think the number is higher than that), apply to the common person, or even applied to the Messiah when He walked the earth.

When Yahushua said He fulfilled the Law, that means He did what the Law required of Him. That is what it means. So, if the Law does not require it of you, then it doesn't apply to you. It is not something you need to do or you should do necessarily.

So, Yahushua is not a woman. He doesn't have to obey the part about if He had a male child. His mother did. In Luke, chapter 2, you can read about that. She completed it and then brought the offerings to the temple as was commanded in the Law of Yahweh.

So, you are given a command in the Torah, and you have to look at it and say, "Does this apply to me?" Yes, in most cases they do. There are a lot of commands that are given for the priests. There are a lot that are given for civil authorities. But a lot of it does apply to us, also.

And we are Israel, right? According to Galatians 3:29, we are Israel. We are the seed of Abraham, grafted in. And so, it must apply to us because we are the seed of Abraham through Messiah. We are grafted in. We are one Body in Messiah Yahushua. It is Yahushua who lives in us. So, that is what we need to look at.

Now, let's take a look at this Matthew 5:17 again. "Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to (ABOLISH?)." Most people look at that, and when they see that word "fulfill" they think, "Oh, He didn't come to destroy. He came to abolish it." What is the difference?

I mean, He didn't come to destroy it, but He came to abolish or do away with it. Well, what is the difference? There is no difference. Scripture says:

Romans 3:31 - Do we then make void the law through faith? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish the law.

So, through faith in Messiah Yahushua, we do not make the Law null and void. We establish it. That means we build it up.

Let's look at the Lexicon, here, for the word "void." I am looking at the Thayer's Lexicon, here. I am going to look at the complete definition. It is: #2673 katargeo {kat-arg-eh'-o}. Meaning: 1) to render idle, unemployed, inactive, inoperative.

We don't render the Law idle or unemployed or inactive or inoperative through our faith.

1a) to cause a person or thing to have no further efficiency.

We don't cause that to have no further efficiency through our faith. So, the Law is not inactive. It is not inoperative.

1b) to deprive of force, influence, power.

We don't deprive the Law of force or influence or power.

2) to cause to cease, put an end to, do away with, annul, abolish.

We don't cause the Law to cease through our faith. We don't put an end to the Law through our faith. We don't do away with the Law. We don't annul it. We don't abolish it.

2a) to cease, to pass away, be done away.

We don't cause the Law to cease. We don't cause it to pass away through our faith. We don't cause it to be done away.

2b) to be severed from. separated from. discharged from, loosed from any one.

We are not severed from, we are not separated from, we are not discharged from the Law. We are not loosed from it in the sense of not having to do it.

2c) to terminate all intercourse with one.

We don't terminate all intercourse with the Law.

Usage: AV - destroy 5, do away 3, abolish 3, cumber 1, loose 1, cease 1, fall 1, deliver 1, misc. 11; 27.

There are different ways this word is translated in the Authorized Version (that is the King James). It is translated "destroy" 5 times. So, we do not destroy the Law through our faith. We don't do away with it, and it is not abolished (I don't know what "cumber" means in the King James), or loose or to cease or cause it to fall.

So, we get the flavor of the word, here.

Now, the second word. What do we do with this Law? It says we "establish," which is #2476 histemi {his'-tay-mee}.

Meaning: 1) to cause or make to stand, to place, put, set.

We cause or make the Law to stand. We go to place it in our life. We set it up. We put it there.

1a) to bid to stand by, [set up].

1a1) in the presence of others, in the midst, before judges, before members of the Sanhedrin.

We bid to stand by it in the presence of others, in the midst, before judges, before anybody.

1a2) to place.

1b) to make firm, fix, establish.

1b1) to cause a person or a thing to keep his or its place.

The Law has a place in our life. We make it firm. We establish it. We cause it to keep its place.

1b2) to stand, be kept intact (of family, a kingdom), to escape in safety.

It stands. It is intact (of family) to escape in safety. I don't know where they got that one from. It is probably a context somewhere. The Law escapes in safety. That is probably what we are looking at.

1b3) to establish a thing, cause it to stand.

To establish a thing. That is the way it is translated there.

1b31) to uphold or sustain the authority or force of anything.

1c) to set ot place in balance.

1c1) to weigh: money to one (because in very early times before the introduction of coinage, the metals used to be weighed).

2) to stand.

2a) to stand by or near.

2a1) to stop, stand still, to stand immovable, stand firm.

2a1a) of the foundation of a building.

2b) to stand.

2b1) continue safe and sound, stand unharmed, to stand ready or prepared.

2b2) to be of a steadfast mind.

2b3) of quality, one who does not hesitate, does not waiver.

Usage: AV - stand 116, set 11, establish 5, stand still 4, stand by 3, misc. 17, vr stand 2; 158

We see that this word is translated "stand" 116 times, "set" 11 times, "establish" 5 times, "stand still" 4 times, and it goes on.

That is what the Law does. That is what happens to the Law through our faith. That is what happens.

It is not done away with. It is not something we set aside. It is established by our faith. I didn't say it. Romans 3:31 said it. Now, if you do not believe that, you are going to have to deal with Paul because he said that.

We have to look at it. This is what it means. We have to believe all the scriptures. And so, we want to.

Now, there are certain things that Yahweh has given us in the Torah, such as the Feast Days, which carried dual meanings. We see that Passover had a meaning of bringing the children of Israel out of slavery and out of bondage, saving them by the blood of the lamb.

And the Messiah fulfilled the second meaning of it, which was to deliver us from the world by His blood. He is our Passover.

And so, we look at the Feast Days. We can say, "Well, the Passover. Yes, Messiah is our Passover (1 Corinthians 5:7). Does that mean that now you can ignore Passover? No. In fact, the fact that He IS our Passover should make us want to celebrate the Passover.

Where on earth do we get this idea that the Messiah fulfilling it means you don't do it? If the Messiah fulfilled it, that means you do it, too. I mean, if He fulfilled it, you want to fulfill it, too. You want to do it. He obeyed the Passover commandments, and He obeyed the Father's will in terms of becoming that Passover.

The same with the Feast of Unleavened Bread. He says we are unleavened (1 Corinthians 5:7). The Messiah made us unleavened. If Messiah made you unleavened (that means without sin), and He became your Passover Lamb, why would you not want to celebrate that? Why would you say, "Well I don't have to celebrate it now because He did it"?

What? Do we carry this over into other things? Like Messiah didn't commit adultery-- "Oh, we can do that now. We don't have to obey that command because He did it for me." No, we don't do that with that, do we?

Do we say, "Oh, we can lie because the Messiah fulfilled that law"? We know He fulfilled that law not to lie, but that doesn't mean you are free to disobey the law because He fulfilled it. That is a major, major error in traditional thinking.

How about Pentecost? The outpouring of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2). A double meaning. A dual meaning of that. And there are other Scriptures, too.

There are other Feasts that the Messiah has not yet fulfilled the dual purpose in. The Feast of Trumpets. How about the Day of Atonement? Okay, He entered the Holy of Holies for us so that we might be given full access. We have not been yet granted.

I mean, you cannot be transported right now into the Holy of Holies in the heavenly places, unless you get put on incorruptible, right? So, it is not fully fulfilled, yet.

And the Feast of Tabernacles. Didn't we just read earlier about the tabernacle of Yahweh is with men? We are waiting that full fulfillment of Tabernacles.

Here is an example of the Feast of Trumpets, which we are going to be talking about in the coming weeks.

1Corinthians 15:51 - Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed --

52 - in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

You know, the Feast that follows Pentecost is the Feast of Trumpets, but it is much later in the year. Pentecost is just before summer time or late spring. Then the Feast of Trumpets is close to the fall several months later.

The Messiah fulfilled Pentecost, the dual meaning, and at a much later time He fulfills this trumpet. It says Messiah will return at the last trumpet. So, we see that. And we will get into the other Feasts a little bit later.

So, this thinking that-- "Oh, the Messiah fulfilled that. I don't have to do it."-- is contrary to Scripture. It is contrary to anything Scripture would teach. It is based on traditional theology that has been handed down to our generation by our forefathers. It is not from the Bible. It is not from Scripture. In fact, Scripture says:

Romans 13:8 - Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.

He who loves another has done what? Fulfilled the Law! Oh, you mean we can fulfill the Law? By doing what? By doing just what the Messiah did, which was to love each other.

Galatians 5:14 - For all the law is fulfilled in one word, [even] in this: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."

If you love your neighbor as yourself, then you will have fulfilled the Law. Don't tell me that you do not have to fulfill the Law when Scripture says you do.

We are supposed to fulfill the Law. And so, I hope this is getting through to you guys. This is really important. Even among us I hear it in the Chat Room: "I think the Messiah fulfilled that." Well, yeah, He did. Fulfill does not equal "you disobey." When the Messiah fulfills something, that doesn't give you the freedom to not fulfill it yourself.

I know. It is a little different way of looking at it, isn't it? But that is what I am looking at in Scripture. Now, what about this here (Galatians 5:4)? It says, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."

And I will hear this sometimes: "Oh, we don't have to worry about all those laws in the Old Testament-- all 613! There is no way on earth I could remember all those laws. But there is just one law I can remember and I will be okay: 'Love my neighbor as myself.'"

Okay, I agree with what you are saying if you say that. It is true. Does that mean you don't have to love Yahweh? You just have to love your neighbor? I mean, was Paul mistaken here when he said this? All the law is fulfilled within that one word, just loving your neighbor?

No, he was not mistaken because you cannot love your neighbor unless you love Yahweh.

1John 5:2 - By this we know that we love the children of Elohim, when we love Elohim and keep His commandments.

By this you know you love your neighbor. By that you can tell-- yep, that person is loving their neighbor. Why? Because they love Elohim. They love Yahweh. Therefore, I can tell.

And the way I can tell whether or not they are really loving Elohim, the way I can tell whether or not they are really loving their neighbor, is whether or not they are keeping those commandments.

Are they keeping Elohim's commandments? That is the question. You can claim to love all day. It will mean nothing unless you keep Elohim's commandments because this IS the love of Elohim. This is the very definition of the love of Elohim, that we keep His commandments. And contrary to popular belief, His Law is not a burden. It's not.

1John 5:3 - For this is the love of Elohim, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.

The Law is a blessing. So, until you love Yahweh, until you keep His commandments, you don't love your neighbor. So it is true when he said, "All the Law is fulfilled in this: Love your neighbor."

But you can't claim to be fulfilling the Law while breaking one of those commandments. You can't. That would be a contradiction. It wouldn't make any sense.

It would be like if I had ten children in a room and I said, "Everybody love each other. And that includes don't hit each other." And then one of them came to me and says after hitting the other person, "I kept your command to love them."

"Well, did you hit them?"

"Yes."

"Well, how can you claim to love them when you hit them?"

How can we claim to love Yahweh when we disobey His Sabbath Day? How can we claim to love Yahweh if we worship idols or if we let the ghosts of ancient pagan religions into our worship? How can we love Him and yet still... Oh, we can say, "Oh, yeah, I love Yahweh." Many claim to love Him, but do they?

The question is: Do they keep His commandments? Ten Commandments being chief among them, but there are other commandments as well. Yahushua, when He was approached, in Matthew 22:35, it says:

Matthew 22:35 - Then one of them, a lawyer, asked [Him a question], testing Him, and saying,

36 - "Teacher, which [is] the great commandment in the law?"

37 - Yahushua said to him, "`You shall love YAHWEH your Elohim with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.'

Matthew 22:38 - "This is [the] first and great commandment.

Alright, number one, above everything-- The First and Great Commandment is what? Love Yahweh with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.

The Second Greatest:

Matthew 22:39 - "And [the] second [is] like it: `You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'

Now, look what He says here in verse 40. He says:

Matthew 22:40 - "On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets."

Everything written in Scripture, as we have been sharing here recently, has to do with love-- every command given, in the way that we worship Yahweh, and the way that we honor Him, and the way that we talk to Him and pray to Him. The way that we do things in relation to Him all has to do with the way we love Him.

The same is true of our neighbor. Every command has to do with love. Every command in the Torah has one thing in mind and that is love. So, Yahushua is teaching us that we are to love. Those are the two great commands, but you cannot cut the Law and the Prophets off the two great commands from which they hang.

If you try to do that, you are going to twist things around, create your own definition, your own commandments of what love is. And we become carnal. You see, we want to love using our own definitions. One person can say, as I often mention here in our studies, "Well, adultery is love." No, it isn't. Yahweh said it's not and He's right.

And so, when we say Yahushua fulfilled the Law, what we are saying is He did every one of those commands and He loved Elohim in heaven perfectly. And He loved us, also, perfectly. And so, that's why it says, "He who loves another has fulfilled the law." And so, we are also to fulfill the Law. The Scriptures says so.

There is not this new Law 2.0 now or Torah 2.0 that replaces the old-- "Out with the old. In with the new." No. The Law was, according to Scripture, already perfect, converting the soul.

Psalms 19:7 - The law of YAHWEH [is] perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of YAHWEH [is] sure, making wise the simple;

Can Yahweh add things He wants us to do? He wants us to get baptized now. He wants us to believe in His Son, Yahushua, now. He wants women to make sure they are wearing head coverings when they pray and men are not. Okay, that's fine. He wants to add? That's fine. It's all Torah.

Abraham married his half-sister. The Torah came and He said, "No, you can't do that." So, He can add things. But, one thing I haven't seen Him do yet is take something away. I haven't seen Him do that, yet.

So, let's look at Matthew 5:17-19 this time. We are going to read the whole thing in context here.

Matthew 5:17 - "Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.

18 - "For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.

Till all is done. Till everything is completely completed. Till all is accomplished. Now, I'm reading the New King James, here, so they have their little biases sometimes. I don't know.

Matthew 5:19 - "Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches [them], he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

What are "these commandments"? What could He be talking about here? What are these commandments? Well, the commandments, right here (Matthew 5:18), right? The Law. Where else? What else could He be talking about? The commandments in the Law.

So, do we want to be called great in the age to come or do we want to be among the least? An important question.

There is more to come, right? There is a Kingdom that is yet to be coming. And so, not all is fulfilled, yet. It says:

1Corinthians 15:25 - For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet.

26 - The last enemy [that] will be destroyed [is] death.

There is still yet more to come. You can check the obituaries. There is plenty of death going on. So, do we want to be among the least or do we want to be among the great?

One time in my discussion forum there was a traditional theologian who came in there and says, "Oh, well, you know, I'll settle for least. I don't need to be the greatest. I mean, I'll just be a doorkeeper, and I'll be fine with that. So, I won't do them."

"I won't do the Torah commands, and I won't teach men to do them. I won't teach them not to do them. I'll just not do them and settle for being the least." I was incredulous at that statement.

See, not one yod nor one tittle. So, when He says "the least of these commandments" he is talking about the "yods" and "tittles." It's the little tiny scribal marks. If you even break the least of those and say, "Oh, you can do that," then BAM. You are among the least. Now, He said so.

Why would we want to be the least? I mean, wouldn't we want to be the best for our Father in heaven? Do we love Him so little that we won't give Him our best? Do we love Him so little that we say, "Oh, well, I'll just scrape by and be alright"?

I don't want to be the least because the least don't look like they are going to be in very good shape.

Malachi 4:1 - "For behold, the day is coming, Burning like an oven, And all the proud, yes, all who do wickedly will be stubble. And the day which is coming shall burn them up," Says YAHWEH of hosts, "That will leave them neither root nor branch.

2 - But to you who fear My name The Sun of Righteousness shall arise With healing in His wings; And you shall go out And grow fat like stall-fed calves.

Malachi 4:3 - You shall trample the wicked, For they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet On the day that I do [this]," Says YAHWEH of hosts.

Ah! That must be the least. You can't get any lower than that, than being ashes under the soles of your feet.

Malachi 4:4 - "Remember the Law of Moses, My servant, Which I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel, [With the] statutes and judgments.

You know, it is very interesting that in most Bibles you see the book of Malachi being the final book. This is the final chapter of the Old Testament, here. It's almost like Yahweh allowed that so that we would remember the Law of Moshe because the wicked, the least in the Kingdom, will be ashes under the soles of your feet in that age to come.

They will be there. They will just be a pile of ashes, that's all. You don't want to be that.

Actually, doesn't this line up perfectly with Matthew 5:17? He says, "Those who do the least of these commands and teach men so will be great." What commands? The commands in the Law of Moshe, which He commanded in Horeb for all Yisrael, with the statutes and judgments.

There is the least (Malachi 4:3), and here is the greatest (Malachi 4:2), the ones who fear His name that are considered righteous. That is why it says in Revelation 22:14:

Revelation 22:14 - Blessed [are] those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city.

15 - But outside [are] dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.

Must be the least. I wouldn't want to be there. I mean, they are there. It is part of the process of what is happening there, but I wouldn't want to do that. I wouldn't want to be the least.

So, if the Messiah fulfilled commands, I don't look at that and say, "Oh, well, I don't do it." I look at that and say, "Wow! I want to do just like He did. I want to live like that, too."

We can't pick and choose. I mean, the homosexuals today, even some that claim to be Christians, and they will say, "No, that law against homosexuality, that law was abolished because the Law is abolished now. And Christians try to bring that up and they are like, "See this?"

"Oh, that's the Law. That's abolished. Don't show me that Old Testament stuff." And so, it ends up getting dumped right back on them again. So, you have it your way. You can't do that.

So, we have to forsake this idea planted in our minds that "fulfill" means "do away with." What we need to do is, we need to just abide in Messiah.

1John 2:6 - He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.

If you say you abide in Him, then walk as He walked.

Yahushua called to remembrance and repeated the commands to love Yahweh and to love our neighbor. Everything underneath that, everything hanging off that-- the Law and Prophets-- everything hanging off of that, and His example, which is illustrated there, makes it very clear we need to do what He did.

And just because He didn't repeat the command to remember the Sabbath, by His example, (right?), isn't that another way of looking at it? By His example He kept the command.

And Paul said the same thing-- "Fulfill the Law." Yahushua said the same thing-- "Fulfill the Law." And here we have John basically saying the same thing-- "Fulfill the Law. Do what Messiah did." And Paul. He wrote to the Corinthians. He said:

1Corinthians 11:1 - Imitate me, just as I also [imitate] Messiah.

He kept Torah if he really imitated Messiah. He even said so in Acts 25, verse 8:

Acts 25:8 - while he answered for himself, "Neither against the law of the Jews, nor against the temple, nor against Caesar have I offended in anything at all."

The law of the Jews is the Torah. So, he did keep Torah. And he said to everyone, " Look. Imitate me" Why? Because he is imitating Messiah. To the extent that He imitates the Messiah, imitate him.

And if we do that, then the love of Elohim is made perfect in us.

1John 2:4 - He who says, "I know Him," and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

This is not about condemnation. This is about what's truth. I am not trying to condemn anybody, but we have to look at what is truth, because we have repented, because we do want to do our Father's will, when we are confronted with this decision.

Am I going to live like Yahushua did, or am I going to say, "I am going to ignore what Yahushua did because He fulfilled that and I don't have to do it"?

What I see is a consistent message from Genesis to Revelation-- Keep the commandments.

1John 2:5 - But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of Elohim is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him.

In who? In Messiah. That is how you find out.

1John 2:6 - He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.

Very clear. So let's abide in Messiah. He said to us:

John 15:4 - "Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.

5 - "I am the vine, you [are] the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.

6 - "If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw [them] into the fire, and they are burned.

Consistent message, Genesis to Revelation.

John 15:7 - "If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.

8 - "By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.

We want to be Yahushua's disciples. What is a disciple? What does the word "disciple" mean? It means "one who is taught." The word that we have looked at today translated "law," if you trace it to the Hebrew, it comes from the Hebrew word "torah," and it doesn't mean "law." It actually means "teaching."

And so, a disciple would be one, obviously, who is taught by the teaching-- the Torah. The Law. That is a disciple.

And so, Yahushua is looking to and fro on the earth today seeking the one who is willing to abide in Him and wants Him to abide in them so that He can bring forth fruit in that person's life. And so the Father in heaven would be glorified.

And if we follow the teaching, we will be the taught ones. If we follow the teaching Yahweh has given, if we are willing to abide in the vine and we say, "Let me walk as Messiah walked, Yahweh. Strengthen me. Help me to walk as Messiah walked in this circumstance and that circumstance," we will be a vessel for the glory of Yahweh.

And so, I am calling all of us, including myself, let's be that vessel for His glory. Let's walk as Yahushua walked. Let's no longer say, "Yahushua did that for me. I no longer have to." Let's say, "Yahushua did that for me. Thank you."

"And for the times I failed you in that area, thank you for cleansing me and blessing me with righteousness anyway. Now, Yahweh, I want to do it. I want to repent of those things. I want You to do it in me. I want to be like Messiah. I want to be a reflection of Your image, Father Yahweh, like He was."

"I want Him to abide in me in such a way I walk as He walked. I want to live the way that He did so I can truly be called the taught one, the disciple."

Luke 6:40 - "A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher.

And so, brothers and sisters, let's be that vessel for His glory. Let's be that. Let's imitate Messiah. Let's allow His spirit to dwell in us writing His Law, the Law of Yahweh, the Torah, in our hearts that we might be like our Teacher fulfilling the Torah, fulfilling the Law.

May Yahweh bless you, and may Yahweh truly have mercy on us all.