DO YOU KNOW THAT MESSIAH IS THE END OF THE LAW…?

I am sure, most of us; Jews and gentiles, do not know the real implication of that phrase.

The phrase I use as the title of this devotional is quoted from Romans 10 verse 4, a chapter in the scripture where Paul poured out his burdens and heart-cry for his fellow Israelis. We can see this clearly when we read the above verse within its context. So let us start from the beginning of the chapter:

Romans 10:
[1] Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. [2] FOR I BEAR THEM RECORD THAT THEY HAVE A ZEAL OF GOD, BUT NOT ACCORDING TO KNOWLEDGE.

Note: Unfortunately, we have to start with the premise that according to the inspired verses of scripture, in spite of their zeal for GOD, the Judaic Jews ARE NOT SAVED… YET! Even though they have the zeal, it is of no consequence to GOD without the proper knowledge of GOD’s standard of righteousness.

This condition had been forewarned through prophet Hosea: MY PEOPLE ARE DESTROYED FOR LACK OF KNOWLEDGE: BECAUSE THOU HAST REJECTED KNOWLEDGE, I WILL ALSO REJECT THEE, THAT THOU SHALT BE NO PRIEST TO ME: SEEING THOU HAST FORGOTTEN THE LAW OF THY GOD, I WILL ALSO FORGET THY CHILDREN. (Hosea 4:6)

[3] For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to ESTABLISH THEIR OWN RIGHTEOUSNESS, HAVE NOT SUBMITTED THEMSELVES UNTO THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD.

Note: So they are in possession of the right attitude; a zeal for GOD, but when the Messiah came, two thousand plus years ago, they failed to grasp that the righteousness found in the writings of Moses, would culminate into the incarnation of Jesus (Yeshua), the Son of GOD; His sacrificial death, burial and resurrection for the forgiveness of sins of those who believe in Him!

As a matter of fact, as the Chosen people, they had great advantage over other nations on the face of the earth. They were the sole custodian of the word of GOD; they were chosen to birth the Son of GOD; the Lord Jesus Christ and if the scribes cared to scrutinize the scripture in great detail, (without defiling it with their own man-made standard of righteousness), they would have known that IN THE BOOKS OF MOSES, PSALMS, WISDOM AND THE PROPHETS, THE LORD JESUS HAD FULFILLED AT THE VERY LEAST, OVER THREE HUNDRED PROPHECIES as I have previously shared in the following article:

THE MOST INCREDIBLE PROPHECY (purposely overlooked by Jews to their own disadvantage) Please click the link below:
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What was the cause of this failure to grasp the righteousness of GOD? It is said that they have a zeal for GOD, but not according to knowledge! Verse 3 say: FOR NOT KNOWING THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD, THEY ESTABLISHED THEIR OWN RIGHTEOUSNESS AND REFUSE TO OBEY THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD.

They were led by their Judaic priests to obey their own established righteousness instead of the righteousness of GOD. They taught the people to obey the Torah of Moses plus the “Oral Torah” (instruction) as compiled in the Mishnah.

What is the Mishnah?

The Mishnah or Mishna (Hebrew: “repetition”, from the verb shanah, or “to study and review”, also “secondary” is the first major written redaction of the Jewish oral traditions called the “Oral Torah” and the first major work of Rabbinic Judaism. For we can see that the “Oral Torah” was the work of the Judaic Rabbis, not handed down by GOD through the hands of Moses. To make matters worse, the “Oral Torah” takes precedence over the Commandment of GOD!

Thus we see that throughout the Lord Jesus’ ministry, He “butted head” with the Judaic Rabbis concerning their misguided understanding of the righteousness of GOD!

They had formulated a few restricting rites which bound the people from almost doing anything on Sabbath.

There is a hand-washing rite before they eat:

Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying,
Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? FOR THEY WASH NOT THEIR HANDS WHEN THEY EAT BREAD.
But he answered and said unto them, WHY DO YE ALSO TRANSGRESS THE COMMANDMENT OF GOD BY YOUR TRADITION? (Matthew 15:1-3)

So how about the Sabbath? What did the Lord Jesus Christ said about the Sabbath?
And he said unto them, THE SABBATH WAS MADE FOR MAN, AND NOT MAN FOR THE SABBATH:
Therefore THE SON OF MAN IS LORD ALSO OF THE SABBATH. [Mark 2:27-28]

The following is one of the events which shows the cause of the Pharisees’ hatred towards the Lord Jesus Christ:

Mark 3:1 And he entered again into the synagogue; and there was a man there which had a withered hand. [2] And they (the Pharisees) watched him, whether he would heal him on the Sabbath day; that they might accuse him. [3] And he saith unto the man which had the withered hand, Stand forth. [4] And he saith unto them (the Pharisees), IS IT LAWFUL TO DO GOOD ON THE SABBATH DAYS, OR TO DO EVIL? TO SAVE LIFE, OR TO KILL? But they held their peace.[meaning they remained stubbornly silent].
[5] And when he had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, he saith unto the man, STRETCH FORTH THINE HAND. And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other.
Mar 3:6 AND THE PHARISEES WENT FORTH, AND STRAIGHTWAY TOOK COUNSEL WITH THE HERODIANS AGAINST HIM, HOW THEY MIGHT DESTROY HIM.

Can you not see that their hatred towards the Lord Jesus Christ stemmed from jealousy? The Pharisees had no power then and up-to-now to heal a lame duck, MUCH LESS in raising people (Lazarus) from the dead! They had no reason not to know who the Lord Jesus was when He was walking among them as the Son of Man! They are aware of His miraculous deeds and were witnessed to the raising of Lazarus from the grave.

IF I DO NOT THE WORKS OF MY FATHER, BELIEVE ME NOT. BUT IF I DO, THOUGH YE BELIEVE NOT ME, BELIEVE THE WORKS: THAT YE MAY KNOW, AND BELIEVE, THAT THE FATHER IS IN ME, AND I IN HIM. [John 10:37-38]

The Lord Jesus did not take any credit for all the great works that He had done; for He acknowledged that ONLY GOD the Father are able to perform these miracles.

Now we come to the GOLDEN TEXT as the leading sentence for this devotional.

Romans 10:
[4] FOR CHRIST IS THE END OF THE LAW FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS TO EVERY ONE THAT BELIEVETH.

First, let us examine the true impact of the above statement. The Judaic Jews here-to-fore knew only scriptures as bundled in scrolls as the Old Covenant. But as the following prophecy foretold, the Covenant would be rendered invalid and a New Covenant was then forthcoming:

Jeremiah 31:31 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I WILL MAKE A NEW COVENANT WITH THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL, AND WITH THE HOUSE OF JUDAH: [32] NOT ACCORDING TO THE COVENANT THAT I MADE WITH THEIR FATHERS in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; WHICH MY COVENANT THEY BRAKE, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD: [33] But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I WILL PUT MY LAW IN THEIR INWARD PARTS, AND WRITE IT IN THEIR HEARTS; AND WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE.

The New Covenant replaced the Old Covenant which had been rendered obsolete because the second party to the contract defaulted. The end of the OLD CONTRACT requires a few changes!

Thus, first and foremost, we read in the following, the Lord Jesus ends the Pharisees priesthood:

Hebrews 4:14 SEEING THEN THAT WE HAVE A GREAT HIGH PRIEST, THAT IS PASSED INTO THE HEAVENS, JESUS THE SON OF GOD, let us hold fast our profession. [15] For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin… (7:11) IF THEREFORE PERFECTION WERE BY THE LEVITICAL PRIESTHOOD, (FOR UNDER IT THE PEOPLE RECEIVED THE LAW,) WHAT FURTHER NEED WAS THERE THAT ANOTHER PRIEST SHOULD RISE AFTER THE ORDER OF MELCHISEDEC, AND NOT BE CALLED AFTER THE ORDER OF AARON?

THE CHANGE IN PRIESTHOOD CHANGES THE LAW:

Hebrews 4:
[12] FOR THE PRIESTHOOD BEING CHANGED, THERE IS MADE OF NECESSITY A CHANGE ALSO OF THE LAW.

The above statement covers a wide range of subject recorded in the Torah (instruction) of Moses.

The Spring Feasts: PESACH, UNLEAVENED BREAD, FIRST FRUIT, as recorded in the book of Leviticus 23, had ALL been fulfilled by THE CRUCIFIXION, DEATH, BURIAL AND RESURRECTION OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST.

We, the body of Christ should not try to emulate the Judaic Jews celebrating those feasts! THEY ARE DOING THAT BECAUSE THEY HAD and CONTINUE TO REJECT THE LORD JESUS CHRIST AS THEIR MESSIAH.

Instead, WE ARE ADMONISHED TO REMEMBER the sacrificial death of our Lord and Saviour by partaking in the Holy Communion:

“And taking bread, giving thanks, He broke it and gave it to them, saying, “THIS IS MY BODY WHICH IS GIVEN FOR YOU, DO THIS IN REMEMBRANCE OF ME.” Likewise the cup also, after supper, saying, “THIS CUP IS THE RENEWED COVENANT IN MY BLOOD WHICH IS SHED FOR YOU.” (Luke 22:19-20)

Neither should the body of Christ celebrate holidays of pagans’ origin: Lent, Good Friday, Easter, Christmas, etc. etc. Most of the spiritual (I use the term lightly) or Church leaders will explain them away as syncretism: (Syncretism is the combining of different, often seemingly contradictory beliefs). So,the practice of the mainline churches in celebrating holidays stemming from “contradictory” beliefs, should be eliminated completely!

2 Corrintians 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: FOR WHAT FELLOWSHIP HATH RIGHTEOUSNESS WITH UNRIGHTEOUSNESS? and what communion hath light with darkness?

The Festival of Weeks or Shavuot had been fulfilled as promised and can be read in the book of Acts chapter 2 following the death, resurrection and ascension the Lord Jesus Christ:

And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. AND THEY WERE ALL FILLED WITH THE HOLY GHOST, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. [Acts 2:1-4]

This gift of the Holy Spirit continues to be given to each new believer in the Lord Jesus Christ “…in whom also after that ye believed, ye were SEALED WITH THAT HOLY SPIRIT OF PROMISE, [Ephesians 1:13]”.

But, the gift of the Holy Spirit is only given to those believers who trusted to follow the word of faith: That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. [Romans 10:9-10]

He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.) [John 7:38-39]

Furthermore, the change in the priesthood end the rite of burn offerings:

FOR THE LAW HAVING A SHADOW OF GOOD THINGS TO COME, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins. But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year. For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. WHEREFORE WHEN HE COMETH INTO THE WORLD, HE SAITH, SACRIFICE AND OFFERING THOU WOULDEST NOT, BUT A BODY HAST THOU PREPARED ME: IN BURNT OFFERINGS AND SACRIFICES FOR SIN THOU HAST HAD NO PLEASURE. Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God. Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law; Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. HE TAKETH AWAY THE FIRST, THAT HE MAY ESTABLISH THE SECOND. BY THE WHICH WILL WE ARE SANCTIFIED THROUGH THE OFFERING OF THE BODY OF JESUS CHRIST ONCE FOR ALL. [Hebrew 10:1-10]

There is also a change in the dietary (clean foods) law:

Matthew 15:11 NOT THAT WHICH GOETH INTO THE MOUTH DEFILETH A MAN; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.

Romans 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost… [20] FOR MEAT DESTROY NOT THE WORK OF GOD. ALL THINGS INDEED ARE PURE; but it is evil for that man who eateth with offence.

1Corrinthians 8:8 But meat commendeth us not to God: for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse.

That is my take on the subject: MESSIAH IS THE END OF THE LAW.

Be Shem Yeshua ha Masiach,

Aaron Halim

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