Here is an interesting passage that I already knew was a solid defense for Torah observance by the believer in Yeshua (Jesus), but, while referring to it in today’s Shabbat message, I noticed a couple words that have been there all along! Funny how we can read verses and not SEE what is actually there.
Before we look at it, I want you to notice, this is a ‘last days’ passage. Verse two gets quoted with the coming of Yeshua, but most never notice the context is decidedly eschatological… End times! Last days! Has ‘not yet happened!!’
“[a]For behold, the day is coming, burning like a furnace; and all the arrogant and every evildoer will be chaff; and the day that is coming will set them ablaze,” says the Lord of hosts, “so that it will leave them neither root nor branch.” 2 “But for you who [b]fear My name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings; and you will go forth and skip about like calves from the stall. 3 You will tread down the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day [c]which I am preparing,” says the Lord of hosts.
4 “[d]Remember the TORAH of Moses My servant, even the statutes and ordinances which I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel.
5 “Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the Lord. 6 He will [e]restore the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers, so that I will not come and smite the land with a [f]curse.” Malachi 4
Did you see that? Verse 4!! ‘…even the statutes and ordinances.‘
Christendom tries to redefine what ‘the Law of Moses’ is that we are required to keep. Tradition ignores the Sabbath, feasts of the Lord and the clean/unclean food laws…
But here, in the last chapter of the last book of the Old Testament (it is not the last book in the Tanak… maybe Yah has a special message there for our Christian brothers…), is a passage that clearly speaks to a time yet future and it instructs us to “Remember the Torah of Moses, even the statutes and ordinances.”
Our Father’s Word is so simple. Frankly, at times, my seminary education is more of a hindrance than a help. His instructions are clearly written on every page. Only theological gymnastics and somersaults can take a simple passage like this and change its meaning!