Hello everyone and welcome to another episode of this week in the Word here on Our Journey, I’m your host Bert Starzer. Today’s topic: Saved By What?
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After last week’s teaching, I felt it impressed upon my heart to study deeper regarding the Torah/Hebrew root movement and what is taught in scripture. I believe it’s important as a follower of the Messiah to know the scriptures, to test all things and also to challenge ourselves regarding what we believe we know, and what scripture teaches. Unfortunately, as I’ve dug deeper it’s become very clear to me that the Torah movement is walking a very thin line between the true Gospel of Jesus and another gospel all together. Let’s begin.
As usual, I do believe certain items need to be clarified. If you’re a member of the Torah movement and you’re celebrating the feast days, Passover, observing the Saturday Sabbath, and celebrating Hanukkah rather than Christmas and you’re doing so out of personal conviction and not to obtain righteousness, gain a better standing before God, or because you believe salvation can only be gained by faith and doing these works, then this blog is not directed toward you.
Now, to those who believe you must keep Torah because it shows your righteousness or because you have been taught that salvation can only be gained by faith and keeping Torah, I’m afraid I have some very bad news for you.
Let me begin by stating the obvious. We are not saved by faith. I repeat, we are not saved by faith. Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”
What I’ve noticed is most of the videos I’ve watched and what the people from the movement espouse is we are saved by faith. They have completely left off the most important aspect, grace.
Before we talk about the age of grace, the age in which we currently live, we must look back at a very brief history and resolve how we got to this point. I apologize in advanced for what will be a very over simplification of biblical history.
So, God who is all knowing, fore saw the fall and had a plan that would make it possible for unholy mankind to be saved and once again be able to have fellowship with a Holy God.
After the fall through the sin of Adam and Eve death entered the world.
Romans 5:12-14 “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned— (For until the law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless, death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come.”
We know through scripture that sin can only be atoned for by the shedding of innocent blood.
Leviticus 1:3 “If one’s offering is a burnt offering from the herd, he is to offer an unblemished male. He must bring it to the entrance of the Tent of Meeting for its acceptance before the LORD.”
Hebrews 9:22 “And according to the law almost all things are purified [cleansed] with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission [forgiveness].”
God desired to use Israel as a nation of priests that would share His law with the world. He created a covenant with them. To this point, the only covenant that was in place was the covenant of circumcision which was made with and through Abraham. Afterward the covenant of the ten commandments and Torah become established. We see this in Exodus 19:5-6 “Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel.”
It was at Mount Sinai that God first spoke to all the Israelite’s He brought out of Egypt. What I find interesting is when He first spoke to ALL the people, He gave them the ten commandments. This is a major theme that I believe should be focused on. The reason being is simply that they were the only laws that Jesus spoke of when He was here. He never taught on any of Torah outside of the Ten Commandments. Now, I’ve heard some argue, “well everyone knew Torah.” Which is to imply that they didn’t know about the Ten Commandments. Really? Who is that gullible? Never the less, these were the laws that all the people heard and agreed to God’s covenant.
Exodus 20:1-17 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me. You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore, the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it. Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you. You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”
However, the people feared God and from this point on they asked Moses to speak with God alone and then share what God said with them. Exodus 20:18-19 “Now all the people witnessed the thundering’s, the lightning flashes, the sound of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking; and when the people saw it, they trembled and stood afar off. Then they said to Moses, “You speak with us, and we will hear; but let not God speak with us, lest we die.”
So, the covenant that was made and agreed upon between God and all the people was the Ten Commandments. From this point forward, God shared Torah with Moses which were sets of laws and regulations for the people to live and abide by in their everyday lives. I’m not going to break any of them down as it would just take way too long.
Now, while God was preparing the people of Israel to be His priesthood, He had Moses set Aaron and his sons aside as priests to serve and teach the people and offer sacrifices for them to God and this of course would become known as the Levitical priesthood.
Exodus 28:1-4 “Now take Aaron your brother, and his sons with him, from among the children of Israel, that he may minister to Me as priest, Aaron and Aaron’s sons: Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar.”
We know how history played out. Israel couldn’t keep Gods covenant. It was prophesied through the prophets that He was going to create a new covenant.
Jeremiah 31:31-34 says, “Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. It will not be like the covenant I made with their fathers when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt— a covenant they broke, though I was a husband to them,” declares the LORD. “But this is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD. I will put My law in their minds and inscribe it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they will be My people.”
Ezekiel 36:26-27 reads, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will remove your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes and to carefully observe My ordinances.”
However, I believe in Zechariah 11:7-11 it is the clearest. “So I fed the flock for slaughter, in particular the poor of the flock. I took for myself two staffs: the one I called Beauty, and the other I called Bonds; and I fed the flock. I dismissed the three shepherds in one month. My soul loathed them, and their soul also abhorred me. Then I said, “I will not feed you. Let what is dying die, and what is perishing perish. Let those that are left eat each other’s flesh.” And I took my staff, Beauty, and cut it in two, that I might break the covenant which I had made with all the peoples. So, it was broken on that day. Thus, the poor of the flock, who were watching me, knew that it was the word of the Lord.”
Did you catch that? The Lord took His first covenant, which is beautiful, and it was the Lord that broke the covenant. But where does it say anything about grace? Let’s read a little further in Zechariah.
Zechariah 12:10 “And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.”
And finally, God confirmed and established the new covenant through the blood of His only Son Jesus the Messiah by His death, burial, and resurrection and now Jesus sits at the right hand of the Father as our great High Priest.
Matthew 26:28 “For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins”
Hebrews 5:5-6 “So also Christ did not glorify Himself to become High Priest, but it was He who said to Him:
“You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You.”
As He also says in another place:
“You are a priest forever
According to the order of Melchizedek”
Hebrews 10:8-22 Previously saying, “Sacrifice and offering, burnt offerings, and offerings for sin You did not desire, nor had pleasure in them” (which are offered according to the law), then He said, “Behold, I have come to do Your will, O God.” He takes away the first that He may establish the second. By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool. For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified. But the Holy Spirit also witnesses to us; for after He had said before, “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,” then He adds, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” Now where there is remission of these, there is no longer an offering for sin. Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, and having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.”
In Matthew 5:17 Jesus did say, “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.”
And that is why the ten commandments should be taught. That’s why all the old testament/Tanakh should be taught. But we must not stop there, we must also teach and learn the gospels and the new testament. We must be a people of the word of God. If we were people of the word, then perhaps we wouldn’t entertain heresy.
That’s exactly what the teaching within the Torah movement is moving toward, if it’s teaching anything other than salvation is alone by grace. And our sanctification is being accomplished by the Holy Spirit.
All glory must go to God alone.
There is no teaching within the New Testament that teaches that salvation, or our righteousness is by anything but the atoning death burial and resurrection of Jesus the Christ. And our sanctification, once we are born again, is through nothing but the work of the Holy Spirit. The New Covenant is what God Himself set up. When I see men take scripture out of context creating a pretext to put people back in bondage it breaks my heart. I’m certain it breaks the heart of our Heavenly Father and Yeshua as they sacrificed it all for us.
I would suggest, if you have found yourself in a fellowship that teaches salvation and sanctification are done in any combination of keeping Torah, run don’t walk. Run as fast as you can before you are swept away into a false gospel. One that will eventually deny the Lord and Savior of us all Jesus the Christ. Is your eternal salvation worth friendships? I would say no. You are much too precious to God.
Salvation is the gift of God, given to us by the death, burial and resurrection of His only Son, Jesus the Messiah. It is the gift of God so no one can boast. Thank you Lord Yeshua!
Thank you, ladies and gentlemen, for tuning in to this week’s episode of week in the Word. Till next time, may the Lord bless you and keep you, may He make His face shine on you and be gracious to you, may He turn His face toward you and give you His shalom.