You have heard it said...the law is obsolete
Gal 3:19-25"For if the inheritance is by Torah, it is no longer by promise, but Elohim gave it to Abraham through a promise. Why, then, the law? It was added because of transgressions, until the Seed should come to whom the promise was made. And it was ordained through messengers in the hand of a mediator. The Mediator, however, is not of one, but Elohim is one. Is the Torah then against the promises of Elohim? Let it not be! For if a torah had been given that was able to make alive, truly righteousness would have been by Torah. But the Scripture has shut up all mankind under sin, that the promise by belief in יהושע Mashiak (pw Messiah) might be given to those who believe. But before belief came, we were being guarded under Torah, having been shut up for the belief being about to be revealed. Therefore the Torah became our trainer unto Mashiak (pw Messiah), in order to be declared right by belief. And after belief has come, we are no longer under a trainer. For you are all sons of Elohim through belief in Mashiak (pw Messiah) יהושע."
article -last updated 11-08-18.
[pw = pagan word translation]
So Is the To'rah Now useless?
Quoting Galatians to make out the law ( To'rah) is "obsolete" is a common error, or more often, an intended deception in the false religion of "christianity".
Galatians is primarily written against the circumcision crowd (concision) of Judaism who believed a Gentile had to be circumcised in order to be part of the inheritance of Yah'uah after Mashiak (pw Messiah) has come. But it was worse than that they believed this fleshly sign could replace keeping To'rah. So the circumcision law became a law unto its own and not subject to To'rah.False teachers will rebuke us who preach To'rah and the question then becomes how can they even make a rebuke if they have no law, no authority since they claim the law is "obsolete". On what law of authority are they operating? It can only be the pagan catholic "church" law (canon /tradition) devoid of To'rah that they are using.
Shaul (Paul) Never Teaches To’rah Is Obsolete
He refers to justification preceding To'rah. Mashiak (pw Messiah) obtained our inheritance from the foundation of the world BEFORE the law of circumcision was added because of transgression of the law (sin). Circumcision was added 430 years after the promise given to Abraham thereafter they kept the circumcision law in order to keep passover, looking forward to Mashiak (pw Messiah).
It is a covenant sign between Abraham until Mashiak (pw Messiah) should come. This law of circumcision was a schoolmaster and sign, a reminder to keep the people separate from the heathens and to obey To'rah. It did not promise righteousness through the flesh (circumcision). It was merely a sign of that covenant promising an earthly promised land (Israel). The promise at that time did not yet include a new creation with a promise of eternal life in a shamayim ( pw heavenly) Jerusalem. The individual would have a new circumcised heart through the knowledge and life offering (pw sacrifice) of Mashiak (pw Messiah).
So telling us the law is obsolete through justification is laughable. Shaul warns those who quote Gal 3:19-25 of their error in the preceding chapter so that they do not fall into the trap of that very thinking by the time they get to the next chapter. So let's read it properly.
Gal 2:17 And if, while seeking to be declared right by Mashiak (pw Messiah), we ourselves also are found sinners (TRANSGRESSORS OF TORAH), is Mashiak (pw Messiah) then a servant of sin? Let it not be!If Shaul warns you against transgression (pw sin) (while seeking justification by Mashiak (pw Messiah)) then To'rah remains since transgression (pw sin) is defined:
1Jn 3:4 Whosoever committeth transgression ( pw sin) transgresseth also the law: for transgressions (pw sin) is the transgression of the law.
It has been made clear by the prophets that Yah'uah is not a respector of persons when it comes to circumcision or no circumcision. What he will judge is the heart that obeys his To'rah and thus does it. That is the ultimate question. Judaism's stumbling block is circumcision without righteousness just as Gentilis / heathen "christianity" is uncircumcision without righteousness which is a perversion of To'rah.
Jer 9:23-26 Thus said יהוה, “Let not the wise boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty boast in his might, nor let the rich boast in his riches, (eg the Tor'ahless "prosperity gospel" ) but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me,that I am יהוה, doing loving-commitment, right-ruling, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,” declares יהוה. “See, the days are coming,” declares יהוה, “when I shall punish all circumcised with the uncircumcised ( in other words the To’rahless in both cases) “Mitsrayim (Egypt), and Yehuḏah, and Eḏom, and the children of Ammon, andMo’aḇ, and all those trimmed on the edges, who dwell in the wilderness. For all the nations are uncircumcised, and all the house of Yisra’ěl are uncircumcised in heart!”
The "works of the law" mentioned
in Galatians under circumcision are the
misplaced traditions of Judaism (Gal 1:14) via
circumcision. These traditions corrupt or even exclude To'rah. The
"works of the
law" are not pure To'rah this is what needs to be emphasized.
Cephas (pw Peter) was guilty of this himself when he being a circumcised Yahuda (pw Jewish) believer began avoiding eating with heathen (pw Gentile) believers because they were not circumcised even if they were keeping To'rah. Circumcision was indeed required by males (including heathens/Gentiles) to be circumcised and to come before Yah'uah to keep the passover in Israel. However now that Mashiak (pw Messiah) finally came as the passover lamb he replaced the passover offering.
Now these who claim Shaul teaches that the law is obsolete should have difficulty in reconciling Shaul's 7 USES of the so called "obsolete" law. What is "Obsolete" has no use but Shaul gives 7 uses of it:
That the man of Elohim (pw God) may be (5) perfect, (6) thoroughly furnished unto all (7) good works (As opposed to works of the law under circumcision ie elements of the
world (Gal 4:3,9), Judaic traditions)
Shaul makes it clear that the To'rah has a use, it is not obsolete now that Mashiak (pw Messiah) has come. It is very much a part of "INSTRUCTION IN RIGHTEOUSNESS".
It is not obsolete or out of action.
The Son of Yah'uah, Yah'ushua is the word (To'rah)
and now people are saying that that very To'rah (Word of Elohim) is not in use.
The very definition of Tor'ah is INSTRUCTION , LAW.
direction, instruction, law
Strong's Concordance :
H8541 from H3384; a precept or statute, especially the Decalogue or Pentateuch: - law.
BUT NOTE THERE IS AN ALTERNATE MEANING FOR THE SAME WORD
Probably feminine of towr a custom -- manner.
This meaning would have been lost in Greek translation of Shaul's Hebrew epistle, Galatians, and thus when he speaks of customs (8542) or even traditions it appears as if he is speaking of pure To'rah (H8541) the whole way through when he is not. The understanding is always by context and the context is never doing away with To'rah. It is always customs and traditions of the fathers or elders that are challenged and rebuked by Shaul and Mashiak (pw Messiah), NOT TO'RAH!!
15:2 Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not
their hands when they eat bread. (NOWHERE COMMANDED IN TO'RAH)
Mat 15:3 But he (Mashiak (pw Mashiak (pw Messiah)) answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of Elohim by your tradition?
Another example of a schoolmaster or tutor metaphor. The blowing of shofar / trumpet tradition. As sunset approaches on Yom shi'shi /day six (pw Friday) it is blown This is or was a tradition announcing and reminding one that shabbat / sabbath has arrived. This would enable new converts and children to learn to remember the shabbat. After a while one does not need a reminder like a child to keep shabbat. The school master or tutor (trumpet) is no longer needed. One cannot blame the lack of a trumpet call for not keeping the To'rah. In the same way an adult labourer cannot blame the lack of a school master for not doing what he is being paid to do at work. An adult has self discipline and love to remember to prepare for Yah'uah's gift of shabbat. The shabbat command of Torah itself has not been done away with. It is not obsolete, only the school master.
THE CONCLUSION OF GALATIANS IS A REPRIMAND
AGAINST TO’RAHLESS CIRCUMCISED JEWS
NOT AGAINST TO'RAH KEEPING
This affirms what he also said in Romans. Here Shaul upholds the
righteousness of To'rah as the final judge, not circumcision.
Rom 2:26 So, if an uncircumcised one watches over the righteousnesses of the Torah , shall not his uncircumcision be reckoned as circumcision?
Rom 2:27 And the uncircumcised by nature, who perfects the Torah, shall judge you who notwithstanding letter and circumcision are a transgressor of the Torah!
So I do not need to argue this point any further.
The righteousness of To'rah remains very much alive in perfecting us
who are justified and circumcised in heart unto righteousness
and toward good works through Mashiak (pw Messiah).
It is To'rah that will judge those who do not
repent while claiming to be justified in Mashiak (pw Messiah)
(albeit a false Torahless one, a Jesus / JZeus)