In an article from One for Israel, this contested topic was very thoroughly presented. This brief overview will provide the relevant key points along with the video they posted.
Please read the entire article on their website as well to help you consider this important and relevant topic as to intended “Replacement” of Old Testament or Continuation.
- Without the Hebrew Scriptures there would be no prophecies about a Messiah. The theology of the NT is exactly the theology of the OT. Yeshua and his disciples believed in the holiness of the OT, quoted from it and referred to it. More than 99% of the times that the NT quotes from external texts, those quotes come from the OT. Just like the prophets taught based on the Torah, the NT teaches based on the OT.
- In Hebrew, the New Testament is not called “The New Torah” but “The New Covenant”.
Jeremiah 31:31-32: “Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, declares the Lord.” This new covenant does not mean that God throws away His people. This new covenant is first and foremost made with Israel, and from there on, to the rest of the world.
- The teaching favored by the rabbinic tradition is not the Torah of Moses. This is because today it is simply impossible to keep the commandments of the Torah given at Sinai. The commandments of the Torah revolve around the temple, the tabernacle, the priesthood, the altar and at the core of it all are the sacrifices that cover sins….but these have not existed for 2000 years. The temple, the priesthood, the altars, the sacrifices and the tabernacle were replaced by new customs. No one really keeps the commandments of the Sinaitic covenant. To us and to the Rabbis a new covenant was given.The New Covenant that we follow is grounded in God’s Messiah.
For those who insist that they still keep the commandments of the Mosaic covenant, here’s a little questionnaire to examine yourself: It contains some of the most basic commandments according to which everyone can test if he REALLY keeps the Mosaic covenant.
- Do you make sure that there is no animal fat in your diet? Like it is written in Leviticus 3:16?
- Will you stone your kids if they should curse you? As written in Leviticus 20:9?
- Do you avoid to shave? As written in Leviticus 19:27?
- Do you take Homosexuals and kill them? As written in Leviticus 20:13?
- When you buy clothes do you make sure they’re not made out of Shatnez, a mixture of wool and linen? As written in Deuteronomy 22:11?
- Do you make sure you go up to Jerusalem on the three pilgrimage feasts to bring your offering to the priests? As commanded in Exodus 23:14?
What do you think?