To cap up, in case you just wandered into this the first time, I’ve already dealt with QUITE a bit of Messianic Judaism. Jer. 31:31 has been answered, as has Romans 10:4.
Let’s go to another proof text of Messianic Judaism.
17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. 19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:17-20 (KJV)
17 “Don’t think that I have come to abolish the Torah or the Prophets. I have come not to abolish but to complete. 18 Yes indeed! I tell you that until heaven and earth pass away, not so much as a yud or a stroke will pass from the Torah — not until everything that must happen has happened. 19 So whoever disobeys the least of these mitzvot and teaches others to do so will be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven. But whoever obeys them and so teaches will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven. 20 For I tell you that unless your righteousness is far greater than that of the Torah-teachers and P’rushim, you will certainly not enter the Kingdom of Heaven! (Complete Jewish Bible)
The question being here is, who is the audience? The Jews. Jews must be far more righteous than the scribes and pharisees, or they will not enter the kingdom of heaven.
Oh, so this is talking about salvation! I get it! If you’re trying to say this means you must keep the Torah to be saved, then you’re ignoring MANY verses on salvation! You must examine ALL verses on that topic to understand the topic clearly. Choosing one or two verses and ignoring the rest is eisegesis of the worst kind.
What about John 3:3, “I tell thee, ye must be born again.” What about…
24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Romans 3:24 (KJV)
20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. 21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; 22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: 23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Romans 3:20-23 (KJV)
4 Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. 5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. Romans 4:4-5 (KJV)
16 Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all, Romans 4:16 (KJV)
5 Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace. 6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work. Romans 11:5-6 (KJV)
16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. 17 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. 18 For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor. 19 For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God. 20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. 21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain. Galatians 2:16-21 (KJV)
(note – I’m going to do a verse by verse analysis of Galatians soon enough – it’s the one book Torah Observant Messianics wish were not in the Bible! And some like Avi Ben Mordecai have come up with their own commentaries on, as he says “It is a closed book”).
AS you can see, the prtoblem is, Messianics have this blind spot of wanting to wear a tallis without being fussed at – okay, wear one! Big deal! If you as a Gentile want to wear a yarmulke and a tallis, sure, okay, whatever! As long as you’re a man, for reasons I’ve stressed before! It’s silly, but whatever!
But don’t corrupt the word of God in order to try to justify wearing a tallis! Don’t invent false translation to lead other people astray. Just be honest and say, “we want to wear Jewish clothes and dance Davidic dance, and listen to Jewish music, and have a good time!”
Of course, be advised that God desires order and decency in His houses of worship, and some of the michegoss that goes on in Messianic synagogues may indeed be a violation of that divine order. But I may or may not get to that before this series closes.
When it comes to Christians and the law, the Bible makes it very clear that Christians are not required to keep the law. Should you keep the law?
I’m going to come right out and say, if you haven’t been reading between the lines so far, the answer is obviously “No”. Why? Read the verses from Galatians above.
Better yet,m read this verse…
9 But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? 10 Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years. 11 I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain. Galatians 4:9-11 (KJV)
Let’s focus on the words, “how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?”
Here Paul comes right out and asks the question, “Why are you wanting to place yourself in bondage?”
We’re talking about the LAW. The Law is just, and right, if it is used for the purpose it is intended! What is the purpose of the Law?
Why, to bring you to Christ! The Bible makes that ABUNDANTLY clear. I truly recommend an in depth study in Colossians, Romans, Galatians, and Hebrews.
So, if you TRULY are born again, and I think for many Messianics, that may indeed be a valid question… why do you need the law after you’re born again?
It’s job was to bring you to Christ. You’ve now died to it. Bottom line.
So why subject yourself voluntarily to something that just places you under fearful bondage, to a heavy, crushing, smothering weight?
You don’t think the law is somthering? Well, yes, that’s true – most Messianics play at being under the law, and never really enter too deeply in it. But they advocate it as mandatory. Sooner or later, they begin adding more and more. And eventually, they’ve denied Christ and returned to or converted to Judaism.
Oddly enough, Messianic Judaism remains the best recruiting tool for a Judaism that discourages recruits!