#13. To Cleave to Those Who Know God.
What does it mean to obey God? Naturally, it means to follow His commandments.
Which commandments? Naturally, all of them.
Who can follow all of the commandments? Technically, nobody.
Who then should we cleave to? To whoever puts in the most effort, and to whoever teaches to put in the most effort. That is, to whoever teaches us to do the least commandment.
If you are a Jew, you will likely find many wise Jews who know, do, and teach the least (and greatest) commandments of Torah.
If you are a Christian, you need look no further than Jesus Christ. Every Christian knows that Christ knew the commandments, fulfilled the commandments, and taught the commandments.
If anyone were to question "which commandments," the answer is "Torah commandments" because Jesus was born Jewish, was circumcised, learned at the Temple, taught at the synagogues, and all of his disciples were Jews.
If anyone says that Christ in any fashion altered or negated any Torah commandment, it means Jesus negates Himself. For He said that whoever does and teaches the least commandment shall be called greatest in heaven, and whoever does not do, and teaches against, the least commandment shall be called least in heaven. Therefore, if Jesus taught, by word or deed, or even by resurrection, that any least commandment should be ignored, Jesus Himself should be considered the least.
Jesus did not intend to alter or negate any commandment. Jesus said He did not come to change the Law, not a jot or tittle (Matthew 5:17-18).
Jesus did not tell anyone to ignore any commandments, but specifically said to adhere to, and to teach, all of them.
Jesus was not resurrected by God as a reward for altering or negating any commandment. If you say any commandment was altered or negated as a by-product of, rather than by a direct intervention from, Christ, the blame (not praise) still redounds to Christ. In other words, He should still be considered "least" if His influence causes people to move away from, rather than to, Torah.
Logically, it makes no sense that God would utilize Christ as a messenger of, or conduit for, changing Torah. Why would God use to change Torah the very person who said He did not come to change any jot or tittle of the Law? Why would God use the most pro-Torah messenger as a messenger of an altered or negated Torah? As Jesus said, a house divided cannot stand. How can one be for God and for sin at the same time? It is impossible.
It is therefore completely proved that Jesus Christ is worthy to be cleaved unto by Christian and Jew alike, for Jesus was obedient to, and taught, Torah, only Torah, and never against Torah.
Christianity does not subscribe to this Torah Jesus. Instead, Christianity asks us to cleave to a Christ who alters or negates many Torah commandments. Why?
First, the doctrine of salvation by Grace (a Torah doctrine nevertheless) includes a caveat, to withdraw from judging works, including and especially one's own works. The logic of this is not well-founded. Rather, it is based upon scattered sayings from Jesus Christ and Saul of Tarsus (Paul), upheld by centuries of church catechism. In reality, however, both Christ and Paul say that Law, Torah, is the foundation on which we are established, and all else is on faith. That is, if any argument is between commandments and faith, the commandments win that argument.
The doctrine of salvation by Grace is very attractive to a sinner. It permits a new life in the Lord by repentance for past transgressions in the Law, but without expecting the convert to carry out the very Law which formerly was transgressed! Yes, vestiges of Torah are retained for education. Yes, the very Law is invoked from the pulpit. Nevertheless, many sins are overlooked by the church and its occupants for the sake of upholding the doctrine. That is, Christianity, and Christians, prefer to believe in faith rather than to believe in obedience.
Second, historically, Christianity has rejected Judaism and Jews. The change of habits in Sabbath, eating, wearing of clothes and hair, circumcision, and various other commandments indicates that Christians do not wish to be associated with Judaism or Jews. In fact, though both pagans and Jews have for many centuries been hunted and killed by Christian hands, the Christian fears more to appear as a Jew than as a pagan. This is not logical, for to reject Jews, Judaism and Torah is to reject Christ.If Christ was perfect in the Law, why is that example not the Christian example? If Christians do not want to be perfect in the Law, why do they revere, even worship, one who is perfect in the Law? Yes, I understand the thought process, that Jesus was perfect in the Law in order to be a sacrifice for sin. But why was that the process? Why instead was Jesus not sanctified by other means, such as many fasts or sacrifices or miracles? If Christianity is to confess itself, it must admit that keeping the Law is the only thing that makes a body acceptable to God. If Jesus had not kept the Law, God would have rejected Jesus. But God did accept Christ, and not because Jesus altered or negated any commandment of Torah but rather because Jesus did not alter or negate any commandment of Torah.
God cleaved to Christ because He followed and taught Torah, and because He was willing to give His life for Torah. God restored Christ, resurrected Him, due to His loyalty to Torah.
If you likewise cleave to Christ because of His lawfulness, you keep this commandment. If, however, you only cleave to Christ for a waiver from obedience to Torah, you do not cleave to Christ, and you furthermore do not keep this commandment.
A true follower of Jesus is a follower of Torah. There are no exemptions or special treatment for being a Christian or a believer in Christ. There is only obligation.
Those who therefore say they cleave to Jesus instead of Torah are speaking not of Jesus but of some other entity who is against Torah. Let’s see now, who would be against Torah? Oh yes, Satan.
You are not commanded to cleave to Christ. You may cleave to another of such caliber, or many of such caliber, including or excluding Christ. The point is, do not cleave to those who teach a religious Law, or Law of God, other than Torah.
If you say I am a sinner, and not worthy to tell you to follow Torah, that's fine. Do not cleave to me, but instead cleave to someone wiser and better than me. Cleave to the Sages. Cleave to Christ.
What of the person who is neither Jew nor Christian? If a man does not purport to follow the God of the Bible, we should not expect his obedience to Torah, even if his own Law of God (Koran, for example), or lack thereof (humanism, for example), mirrors Torah. It's a matter of hegemony, dominating the society we actually inhabit, whether or not we decide later to evangelize outside that society.
It's also a matter of hypocrisy, for we shall not influence anyone to follow what we ourselves do not follow. Regarding Christianity, this hypocrisy runs deep, for Christians say they follow Christ, but they do not, instead following a "Christ" who does not demand Torah be kept, and who furthermore will permit pagan ways.
Today’s lesson is to cleave to those who know God, that is, who obey and teach Torah. If we do not obey Torah, we disobey both God and Christ. If we say Christ did away with any part of Torah, we are beneath contempt, using the greatest teacher to justify our least desires.
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