The Truth about Sha’ul [ Paul ] and the Torah

Paul, also known as Saul of Tarsus [Acts 9:11], or Sha’ul in Hebrew, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin [Romans 11:1], is an Israelite who lived amongst the lost sheep of Israel. Paul’s writings are the most commonly misused and misunderstood pieces of Scripture in the entire Bible.

It is important to know that Paul studied at the feet of Gamaliel [Acts 22:3] which requires him to have memorized the entire Torah. This and the fact Paul repented and turned to Yeshua (Jesus), made him qualified for the job of bringing back the lost sheep of Israel. Ask God for understanding; let the Holy Spirit (Ruach Hako’desh) minister unto you as Paul’s writings can be difficult to understand by man’s reasoning alone.

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God knew that people would be deceived by false prophets who preach licentiousness, so no matter how complex Paul’s teachings of the Gospel are, we can be assured of these things:

Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law. Romans 3:31.

What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Romans 6:1-2.

What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Romans 6:15

What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet. Romans 7:7

But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid Galatians 2:17

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HalleluYah!

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Remember always, Yeshua is Lord!

Trust in him, follow him, and you will have eternal life.

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Reference

KJV Bible

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6 Responses to The Truth about Sha’ul [ Paul ] and the Torah

  1. lauralee777 says:

    Blessings, but we are in the world not of it. Those who are in the world, in the flesh, they are subject to the law of sin and death. But, would you say that in New Jerusalem above today, people are up their “following the law” to “stay right with God”? No, they are not. They are seeing the face of God in entire sanctification. So, do we want to be like the Jews of the Old Testament according to the flesh… or do we want to be who we really are in Christ in spirit and in truth seated with Christ in Heavenly places? Which is the better way?

    • thenotzrim says:

      Thank you for your questions, I will do my best to serve Yeshua (Jesus) and help.

      Here are some of the pieces of the puzzle I would recommend to solve the questions you raise.

      Yeshua is not of this world, to follow him is to not be of this world. Yeshua teaches to keep the Torah (instructions). The Torah teaches that there will be a prophet who will come and we must hear and obey him, testifying of Yeshua. The Torah gives legal requirements for a true prophet, if a prophet leads the people away from God’s instructions; they are a false prophet who has been sent to test you [Deuteronomy 13]. If Yeshua taught the law was void then he is by definition of God’s instructions a false prophet, the good news is Yeshua did teach the Torah still applies, and never broke the Torah, fulfilling the legal requirements of the prophet of whom Moses spoke. See my page on Yeshua and the Torah for more details and Scripture references. https://thenotzrim.org/yeshua-and-the-torah/

      You want to be walking after the Spirit, the Holy Spirit. The Spirit that filled Yeshua gave him the power to keep the Torah perfectly, resisting all temptation and overcoming the world. This Spirit did not lead Yeshua to break the Torah or to live an ungodly life. When we have received forgiveness by accepting Yeshua’s payment for sin, and being baptized of the Holy Spirit, we will be a temple for the Spirit to dwell in. At this very point in time we are without blemish and we are acceptable to God, and he will dwell in us. The Bible teaches not to grieve the Holy Spirit and once we have received Yeshua’s payment, there is no further sacrifice that can pay for our sins if we sin willfully after this point. See my page on the book of Hebrews. https://thenotzrim.org/the-book-of-hebrews/

      Chronology is important. The Bible teaches when you die, you are dead, there is no consciousness. The very next moment after death will be in the throne room being judged by Yeshua. Yeshua will tell those who claimed to be his servants and did not keep the Law, that he never knew them because they worked Iniquity (lawlessness), see my page on Yeshua and the Torah in the section on judgment day. People who die are not heading directly to the New Jerusalem, the current Earth and Heavens have not passed away yet; this would break a significant amount of biblical chronology.

      God’s Torah is not for just the Jews, it is for all people. Before the New Testament, God sent Jonah to Nineveh, a Gentile city to preach against their abominations, these Gentiles repented. The Torah was given to the 12 Tribes of Israel, this kingdom eventually split into two kingdoms of Hebrews. The Ten Northern Tribes where exiled into captivity, they never returned from exile and lost their Identity. This is why they are called the “lost sheep of Israel” that Yeshua came to reconcile with God. The Two Southern Tribes (Benjamin and Judah) formed a nation called Judah, after their exile they returned and maintained their identity and are now more commonly referred to as Jews. Some may see antisemitism taught in the New Testament however when the term Jew is used, it is usually referring to the Religious Leaders of Judah who opposed Yeshua, not the people of Judah. Yeshua does not want us to keep the rules and regulations of the Pharisees who later became the modern day Jewish Rabbis we see today because they contravene God’s Torah. We are not being Jewish by following the Torah. Yeshua taught the people to keep the Torah while breaking the Pharisees rules and regulations because the Pharisees have no authority to add to or subtract from the Torah, http://www.karaite-korner.org/ is a good website for learning the difference between Torah observance and Judaism. The Bible teaches that we are like a wild olive tree that has been grafted in to the root of Israel that bears us [Romans 11].

      Following Yeshua is the only way. When weighing up whether something is sound doctrine I look at what Yeshua says as we must follow him because he is our Lord. I then check the Torah because the Torah is the instructions from our Father, the foundation of Scripture that testifies of the Son. [John 5:39]

      Here are some of the pieces of the puzzle I would recommend to solve the questions you raise. Key phrases like “God Forbid” from this article and other phrases from this reply such as “Grafted in” can be typed into http://www.biblegateway.com under Keyword Search to find out more detail. I hope to make further posts and pages about these various issues in the future. I hope this helps. Thank you for writing. Shalom.

      • lauralee777 says:

        I read your entire response. With all blessings, I do not agree. There is no Torah in Heaven. There is only God and love… who lives in my heart. Jesus is all I need and looking to Him I will trust in His righteousness and blood alone. God bless you and thank you for sharing your thoughts.

      • thenotzrim says:

        Read the Bible above all else. If you say there is no Torah in Heaven you are calling God a liar, the Torah is his communications with us. God is Love and he defines Love on his terms not on our terms. If ye love me, keep my commandments [John 14:15]; love the Lord thy God, love thy neighbor as thyself, on these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets [Matthew 22]. The law and the prophets define what love is. Trusting in Jesus means trusting in what Jesus says and Jesus says keep the Law or he will tell you he never knew you [Matthew 7:22-23] [Luke 13:27].

  2. rnsperry73 says:

    How has this topic become such a bone of contention from your perspective? I am notzrim and have little if any church indoctrination… my beliefs come from being raised notzrim by my father Ken Nair, founder of Christ Quest Ministries. He never went to seminary and never forced church on me.. he ALWAYS promoted me reading my bible from cover to cover. I’m 41 now and just recently actually did it via a audio bible. I’m a very literal person and have found that chronological order is important to me… I found the chronological Gospels the life and seventy week ministry of Yeshua as well as the Young’s literal translation of the Bible. as I read these on my own and do not depend on a different teacher other than Yeshua 2 help me understand what I’m reading I find no disharmony between the Old and New Testament there are so many who do you see that and a lot of people who believe Paul destroyed Jesus’s message and I don’t understand how they see this… ive found from the people ive spoken to who think this that often they were devoted church goers.. Gods instruction is written on our hearts when we realize the truth of Yeshua… we are human and our sinful nature continues to foul up even our best intentions when attempting to follow Gods Torah… so we are in need of the covering of a redeemer who God told us he would send in the message the very stars he created tell us… why do so many think theres no need for instruction because of Yeshua? So confusing and sad to me because its all written so plainly..

    • thenotzrim says:

      Basic church indoctrination would be Jesus and Paul have set you free from the Torah so that all you have to do now is subjectively decide what love is and do that. When that is challenged people get stirred up like nothing else and will defend their licence to sin vigorously. I have seen people put forth cases such as Jesus did away with the law which is the most common argument but sometimes they go deeper and say that Jesus was just talking to the Jews (to deal with Jesus’ clear instructions to keep the law) and say that we don’t need to listen to him even though he is the prophet Moses said we must listen to. Then they continue to say Paul is the person we must listen to instead of Jesus even though there is no disharmony between the two teachings. I have had people say that I am not following Jesus by choosing to obey the Torah to the best of my ability. People say Paul taught them they don’t have to follow the law by using extremely isolated verses in Galatians, however if you read the whole bible as you do, that is not the message you would get at all. People even go on to say that it is good biblical interpretation to use the clear verses to interpret the unclear verses (makes sense but there is a catch). This rule of interpretation can be misused for example against Jim Staley in the Sabbath debate. What the opposition did was misuse out of context scripture and then say that the scripture they have said is clear and then use it to try and undermine the near entirety of scripture implying the scripture against his position is unclear. The reason the instructions God gives are unclear must be because surely the word of God couldn’t be rebuking our own lives (they must think)… Ultimately it is the enemies job to confuse God’s instructions. We know who the father of all lies happens to be.

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