August 5, 2012 – 613 Commands – IMPOSSIBLE?

A friend, Suzanne Rogers, wrote this comment regarding the Torah and the 613 Commands.  It is profound because it addresses the most common arguments/excuses/rationalizations for breaking the commands of Yahweh – ‘we can’t’ or ‘we’re under grace’.

People have asked the question, “Aren’t the 613 laws to show us how sinful we are, and isn’t just the grace of Jesus and His shed blood for us now?” When actually Psalm 25:10 answers that question, “All Adonai’s paths are grace and truth to those who keep His covenant and instructions.” The Torah has been around for SO long and our ancestors and Founding Fathers knew it SO well that it is ingrained into the fabric of our society. If you put a lid on your leftovers, that is Torah. If you take care of an injured animal, that is Torah. If you wash your clothes and shower, that is Torah. The fact that we have fire fighters and search & rescue teams is Torah. Torah is in our Real Estate laws, there is a smidge of it left in our judicial system, trucks who must pull over to be weighed is part of Torah. It affects our medical system, architecture, and any other occupation you can think of. The only reason you CAN’T keep all the Torah, is that you aren’t in every available occupation.* We walk out Torah one day at a time. We don’t look at all 613 laws and try to carry them all out in one day. I seriously doubt many, or any will read my “religious” diatribe, so I’m probably preaching to the choir here, but anyway, that is what is on my mind this morning.

 

*Occupation or position – The ‘can’t’ part also means that some of the Torah commands are for women (monthly cycle and childbirth), some commands are for men (nocturnal emissions), and some are for when there is a Temple and Priesthood (sacrificial system), and some are for those who live in the Land of Israel (judicial commands in a theocracy).   So a person CAN do all those things instructed for their unique and individual position in Yahweh’s kingdom.

©2012 jsixrock All Rights Reserved, Suzanne Rogers

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