On Shabbat, Pastor Mark spoke about how much David loved the Torah. Another word for Torah can be “Law,” but the best translation is “instructions.” Who doesn’t want G-D’s instructions? David said, “Behold, I have longed after Thy precepts; quicken me in Thy righteousness” (Psalm 119:40). David meant “Make me alive in your righteousness.” His entire purpose was to fulfill the commandments, and he saw life in the instructions of G-D. This brought life.
Have you ever wondered how the Law has gotten such a bad reputation and is often said to be “legalistic” and need to be replaced? Yeshua Himself said, “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” (Matthew 5:18).
Hebrew scholar David Bivin explains the true meaning of the word “fulfilled” is as follows: “When a sage felt that a colleague had misinterpreted a passage of Scripture, he would say, “You are canceling (or, uprooting) the Torah!” In other words, “You are so misinterpreting Scripture that you are negating or canceling part of it.”
Needless to say, in most cases, his colleague strongly disagreed. What was “canceling” the Torah for one teacher was “fulfilling” it for another.”
From this explanation we see that fulfilling the Torah is teaching its true meaning. This is what Yeshua did on the Sermon on the Mount. He was fulfilling the true meaning of G-D’s instructions. Yeshua summed up the entire Law by saying:
“Thou shall love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophet” (Matthew 22:37-40).
The entire Law is about loving G-D and Loving others.
“Keep in mind your word to your servant, for on it has my hope been fixed. This is my
comfort in my trouble; that your sayings have given me life” (Psalm 119:49-50)
“My son give attention to my words; let your ear be turned to my saying. Let them not go from your eyes; keep them deep in your heart. For they are life to him who gets them, and strength to all his flesh” (Proverbs 4:20-22).
G-D’s instructions give life!