17 July 2020
Topic: Apostle
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Grace in the Torah

Speaker: Apostle Ernie

Now that we have finished going through the Torah, you might have noticed something. At no point does the Torah expect sinless perfection, and most of the commandments are just common sense.

Contrary to what mainstream Christianity has told us, the Torah is no different from any other civil law.

Just as with civil law, the Torah has rules and regulations to obey if we break it. And, just as with civil law, the Torah separates between premeditated crimes and involuntary crimes. If we commit an unintentional crime, we can atone for it by sacrificing in the temple in Jerusalem. By sacrificing an animal on the altar, the blood of bulls and goats did not only cover your crimes but also removed your sins and were forgiven. (Lev 17.)
On the other hand, should we commit a premeditated crime, there is no atonement for it in the Torah. Intentional crimes, or high handed sins, are so severe you can never atone for them.

In civil law, some crimes are so severe the punishment is the death penalty. Sometimes a government can issue a pardon where they forgive such a crime. If your government pardons you, and then you choose to go right back out and commit the same act again or something worse, you understand the punishment for it will be severe. The President will not issue another pardon if you reject the gift he gave you the first time.

Yeshua’s’ death on the cross can best be compared to a divine pardon. Until His death, no one could atone for premeditated crimes, but when Yeshua died, His death atoned for both intentional and involuntary crimes against Yehovah God. The Torah has not changed, so the cross is a one time offer only. Hebr 10:26 says if you accept Yehovahs pardon, and then choose to go right back out and commit the same act again or something worse, your punishment will be severe. It will be so severe He will never pardon you again, and you will be lost forever.

On the other hand, if you accept His pardon and repent back to Torah, you will still, at times, commit involuntary sins against God. The Torah even says you will commit crimes you are not even aware of, so you should always atone if you dont remember having done anything wrong.

Do you see how Yehovah separates between deliberate and involuntary crimes? Do you see how graceful He is and how much mercy He has?

If you have truly repented, you will obey the Torah’s laws for atonement for involuntary crimes. The Torah says we are to go to the temple in Jerusalem and sacrifice for our unintentional crimes against Yehovah. We all know we can’t do that right now, the temple is gone, destroyed by the Romans. 1. John 1:9 says if we confess our crimes to Yehovah, and repent of them, He is faithful and just to forgive us. What this means is that now we atone by confessing and repenting. We tell Yehovah we have sinned, even though we might not remember any sins, and we repent of them accepting His forgiveness.

Now we understand and see for ourselves; the Torah does not expect you to be sinless. Yehovah knows you will, at times, break His laws involuntary by accident. Just as with any civil law, we have no intention of breaking it, but we miss a speed sign, a stop sign, or we accidentally kill someone. We had no purpose of speeding or committing murder, but accidents happen. Civil law considers our intention and does not punish us as if we did it purposely. However, we still have to obey it to atone for what we did. We have to pay a fine or even serve jail time. But if it was an accidental death, we will not end up on death row for it. Yehovah, our God, considers our intention and does not punish us as if we did it purposely, but we still have to follow His law to atone for what we have done. And we do so by confessing and repenting (1.John 1:9.)

Do you see how the Torah is full of grace and mercy? As long as you intend not to sin, it gives you grace and forgiveness as long as you obey by its rules on how to atone.

Most of the commandments in the Torah are just common sense. Nobody wants to tell a lie; nobody wants to steal anything or murder. And it is common sense, to be honest when you sell and buy stuff, to have a fence on your roof so people dont fall of. But sometimes, we end up with two conflicting commandments.

The Torah says it is a sin to tell a lie; we are honest in all we do. But it also says it is a sin to murder someone. As we have seen, breaking some commandments brings with it a greater punishment than others. If you commit premeditated murder, the Torah says it prescribes the death penalty as your punishment. If you tell a lie, you can atone for it in the temple.

This difference shows us what to do if we have two conflicting commandments. If someone breaks into our house, and our spouse is hiding upstairs, we have a responsibility to protect her. We might have to tell a lie to do so if the thief asks us if others are hiding in the house. Telling a lie is still a sin, but if we tell the truth and the thief rapes and kills our spouse, we are guilty of premeditated murder. Premeditated murder is a worse sin than telling a lie. We can atone for a lie, but we can not atone for murder (Hebr 10:26.)

This is an extreme example, but it is a good illustration of what to do if we have two conflicting commandments. This also shows us why it is essential to learn the Torah, so we know what to do and what not to do.

Now that we have gone through the entire Torah, we have learned how to obey it and to show our love for Yehovah. (John 14) I hope you understand the Torah is a blessing; it is not a burden. I hope you have seen how grace is not a New Testament concept; grace is a Torah concept. But most important of all, I hope Yeshua is your Lord.

Yeshua died for us on the cross, but He also taught us how to obey the Torah. In Luke 6:46, Yeshua asks why you call me Lord, but you do not do what I say? In Matt 7:21-23, a group of Christians who has just died comes up to Him and says, “Lord, Lord!” but He rejects them by saying, “I dont know who you are, you who are without Torah.”

Today Yeshua is asking you this question, am I your Lord?

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