Introduction to Torah – Part 8: Jeremiah

Jeremiah 3:8
Problem:  I gave faithless Israel her certificate of divorce and sent her away because of all her adulteries. Yet I saw that her unfaithful sister Judah had no fear; she also went out and committed adultery. Not everyone understands what it meant for the Creator to create a certificate of divorce to the House of Israel.

Solution:  Deuteronomy 24:4 indicates that once a man has divorced his wife, he cannot remarry her. This is part of the great mystery that the Jewish rabbis wonder about, how is it that YHWH will be able to reconcile, or remarry Israel since He divorced her.  He promised He would bring them back in Deuteronomy 30:3-6 and Ezekiel 37:15-30 and they would be one again, and be His people.  The house of Israel was divorced for their spiritual adultery in going after other gods; they are the 10 “lost tribes”, or as Yeshua called them, “lost sheep of Israel”.  The Torah tells us YHWH cannot remarry them, so how would he bring them back?  She had to die through the substitutionary sacrifice of Messiah.  Now Israel, and those grafted in to Israel, can be married to the Creator again.

Jeremiah 31:31-33
Problem:  Behold, the days come, says the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they broke, although I was an husband unto them, says the LORD (Yahweh): But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, says the LORD (Yahweh), I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it on their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. Some teach that what it means for the law to be on their hearts, indicates the Torah in the Old Testament no longer applies.  Others state this covenant is with the church, not Israel, and that Israel is not included in this new covenant (replacement theology).

Solution:  There are two things to note here, both verses 31 and 33 indicate who the “new covenant” is with, it’s the House of Israel.  So, unless you are already part of, or grafted in, to the House of Israel, then the covenant is not for you.  The covenant specifically states “house of Israel” and “house of Judah”, it does not say to all of the unbelieving gentiles nor to gentiles who have replaced His chosen people of Israel.  Contextually speaking, it only applies to the House of Israel and the House of Judah of which we can now be grafted in to if we are/were of the nations, or gentiles.  If a person claims this covenant, they claim to be of Israel and all that it entails.  This leads to the second part.  The covenant, the promises, etc., are all made to and with Israel.  This is true from the beginning all of the way through Revelation.  The Torah, or instruction, was given to Israel on how to live set apart as His people.  If the Torah is just for
Israel, and a person is grafted into Israel, then the Torah is for them.  Therefore, clearly, if one is a part of the New Covenant established by Yeshua then one is grafted into the House of Judah or the House of Israel and is thus part of Israel. The new covenant is not stated to be made with anyone else. One either becomes part of the one holy nation, as Peter said, Israel, or one is not part of the new covenant. In addition, God said that He would write His law on the hearts and minds of His people (which, by the way, is the exact opposite of abolishing it. He established it).  

According to the Bible (John 3:20-21, Psalm 119:142, Proverbs 6:23), the law is the way, the truth, and the life, and the light.  That sounds exactly like Jesus or, Yeshua.  YES!!! That is 100% right! So many miss this! HE IS THE WORD IN THE FLESH!

From 119 Ministries: Torah Quick Reference Guide.

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