Jeremiah 31:31,"Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah."
This is one scripture that is surely worth noting, because this scripture, at least the phrase "new covenant" is the center of debate, and is missed by many Christians. Most Christians that I have spoken with believe that they are under the new covenant, and that this new covenant was made with them... without the Torah. They insist on believing that this new covenant was made with them, and that they do not have to follow the Torah of HaShem our Father.
But, the truth is, this new covenant has not even been made yet. Furthermore, when it goes into effect, the parties are HaShem & the Hebrew people. Notice the part of the verse above,"I will make a new covenant with Israel & Judah." The Hebrew people are the ones that HaShem will make the covenant with. The Hebrews have not, to this day, agreed to keeping this new covenant.
What is proof that the Hebrews must agree to keeping the covenant? Well lets look at Exodus 24:7,"Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read it in the hearing of the people. And they said, “All that the Lord has spoken we will do, and we will be obedient.” So, when the Israelites agree to the new covenant as they did with the Sinai covenant, THEN the new covenant would be in effect. The following are the decrees of the new covenant:
1) I will put my Torah within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people(verse 33). This actually means that your life will be directed, controlled, and governed by the Torah. The "heart" in the Hebraic understanding is the seat of one's moral and ethical decisions, the place where one decides. The phrase "I will be their God, and they my people" is a familiar phrase, which connects with God governing you by his Torah, and that is also in the book of revelation. Revelation 21:3,"And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God." How do man become HaShem's people? It is by being under the new covenant WITH its three decrees, and that truly includes obedience to the Torah.
2) And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the Lord(verse 34). To "know the Lord" makes use of the word "know" (yadah in Hebrew) in a technical sense relative to covenant making. To "know the Lord" does not mean to "know about the Lord," but to "know" Him in a covenant sense(i.e., to be loyal to Him in regard to the covenant decrees). In other words, no one will be teaching his fellow man about HaShem and His word. ALL will know the father! Amen? In short, to "know the Lord" means to be obedient to Him by keeping the commandments of the covenant He has made.
3) For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more(verse 34). This will be done when Israel & Judah come together to agree to keep this new covenant under the Lordship of Yashah the Messiah, who is the high priest of the new covenant.
The above three decrees are included in this new covenant, and will only be made with Israel & Judah. But what about Gentiles, you may ask? Well, Gentiles who convert to the Jewish faith will be under the three decrees of the new covenant when Israel & Judah agrees with HaShem to keep it. HaShem will write the Torah on the Gentiles hearts and minds, they will know the Lord in the covenant sense, and He will forgive them of their sins.
I want those who believe that Gentiles are to keep a different Torah than what HaShem gave to Hebrews, to consider the following verse:
Exodus 12:49,"There shall be one Torah for the native and for the stranger who sojourns among you."There is one Torah for the Hebrew & Gentile. Two Torahs do not exist. Christians love to hold to the belief that they do not have to keep the Torah, but that means they are not being faithful to the word of HaShem, which says all must be obedient to Him.
Christians cannot expect to come into the covenant of HaShem, and change the Torah and times. The only spirit that does this is the spirit of the anti-Christ. Daniel 7:25,"He shall speak words against the Most High, and shall wear out the saints of the Most High, and shall think to change the times and the Torah." When the covenant will be made, the three decrees will be here to stay, and no one will change them.. not even Christians.
Where does a Christian fit into this covenant, you may ask again? Let us look at what Paul said in Romans 11:19-20,"Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in', That is true."Christians, here the words of HaShem. If Yashah upheld Torah, then why not you? Do you think Paul agrees with you in not keeping Torah, thus disobeying Yashah?
If you do not want to keep his Torah, then you are none of His. Christians believe that Paul himself taught against the Torah. Guess what? That would make him an anti-Messiah, and a hypocrite, for Paul himself said that he was a Pharisee!(Acts 23:3-6). We know its not true that Paul did not keep Torah, because the Apostles of the Lord would not have accepted him into the Apostolic community. Furthermore, Paul would not have proved his Torah keeping in Acts 21. He would have confessed to the rumors that he was indeed lawless.
Paul says something in Hebrews 10:26-28,"For if we go on breaking the Torah deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries. Anyone who has set aside the Torah of Moses dies without mercy on the evidence of two or three witnesses." This scripture truly speaks for itself.
But, is sin missing the mark, according to Christians, or breaking the Torah? 1 John 3:4,"Everyone who makes a practice of breaking the Torah also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness." If you love HaShem, then you would keep the 10 commandments, including the Sabbath, Kosher laws, clothing laws, facial, feast days, wear the tzitzit, menstural, sexual, etc etc. The only person that can make these things a burden is yourself. Do not make the Torah a burden, but live it out with joy, as HaShem intends for you to do. He wants you to enjoy loving, and obeying him.
Paul says another thing, Eph 2:12,"remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world." This was the state of Gentiles before they came to Jesus. They were aliens from Israel, and strangers to the covenant. Those who believe that you do not have to keep the Torah are still strangers to to the covenant, obviously, lost. Do not be deceived by the enemy who does not want you to obey the Father.
In closing, Yashah said something very great & and very scary. Matthew 7:21-23,"Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of Torahlessness." Basically, those who keep not the Torah, and practice breaking the Torah, will be told to depart from He who kept Torah, Jesus. Them that does not keep Torah will not inherit eternal life, or the kingdomf Of God.
Now, let me make this clear, no one is saved by keeping Torah, but, upon trusting in Yashah for our salvation, we are to be obedient to him.
Those who claim that the law is abolished, done away, and do not need to be practiced under the "new covenant", needs to take a look back at Jeremiah 31:31-34 & Hebrews 8:8-12, and the decrees, and repent of their Torah breaking, or else they will be told to depart from the Lord. Repent(turn to Yashah via his Torah), place your faith in Yashah for salvation, and live a holy life by keeping the Torah. LIVE!!!!!!