Jesus followed Old Testament Law and so should Christians
The Old Testament aka the Torah contains 613 laws. These laws are for all of mankind to obey. Of course some laws were written for men only, some for women only while others were written for religious leaders only. However, all of these were laws were given by God Almighty.
613 laws huh? Does God truly believe anyone can obey them all? Can anyone besides Jesus obey them all? Of course not. That is why we as people are to repent our sins. Sadly, the Church has taught a form of lawlessness that we are no longer under Old Testament Law. Much of this is due to the total lack of understanding the work of Saint Paul.
People misquote Paul to justify their eating of unclean animals to having ungodly sexual relations. Did Paul ever say not to obey Old Testament Law? Paul, himself, was a Torah observant Jew (Acts 21:29), who was also a strict Pharisee who kept Old Testament Law. It would be silly to say Paul was against Old Testament Law. Let’s take a look at what Paul did say about Old Testament Law in Romans 3:31, “Do we make void the Law (Torah/Old Testament); yea, we establish the law.” What Law was Paul talking about? There was no new Law in the New Testament. Jesus never made a new Law to replace the Old Law. It’s clear that Paul was talking about Old Testament Law.
What did Jesus have to say on about this matter? Let’s take a look at His very own words. Matthew 5:17 Jesus states, “Think not that I come to destroy the law or the prophets; I come not to destroy, but to fulfill.” Again, Jesus never wrote one single new law or set of commandments. Therefore, what Law was Jesus talking about? He was clearly talking about the Old Testament. That is clear because He mentions the prophets. Since the prophets wrote the Old Testament, Christ was CLEARLY talking about the Old Testament Law. And Christ made clear He did not come to DESTROY (replace or do away it).
Jesus, His family and disciples all kept Old Testament Law. Jesus was Jewish from the tribe of Judah (Hebrews 7:14). His earthly father was descended from David (Matthew 1:6-16) as well as His mother (Luke 1:27, 32-34). Jesus was born the Kings of Jews (Matt. 2:2). His aunt was a Jewess and His uncle a Jew (Luke 1:5, 36).
Jesus was circumcised according to Jewish Law (Luke 2:21, Lev. 12:2-3). His mother Mary was atoned according to Jewish Law (Luke 2:24, Lev. 12:6-8). Matthew 2:1 tells us that Jesus was born in Bethlehem and grew up in Nazareth (Luke 2:39-40). Historians and archeologists agree both were Jewish nations during this time. We read in Luke 2:39 that both His uncle and aunt were Torah observant.
Jesus and His parents made a 140 mile round trip to Jerusalem every year for Passover (Deut. 16:16 – keeping Old Testament Law). At age 12 Jesus stayed for an extra three days to study the Torah (Luke 2:47 – studying Old Testament Law). John 1:45 tells us the disciples followed Jesus because He believed the Torah (Old Testament Law).
I could go on and on. It was clear Jesus and His disciples and family (who later became early Christians) kept Old Testament Law. Jesus was Jewish in lifestyle up until His death. His followers never gave up their Old Testament Law after Christ had risen back to Heaven. Hebrews 13:8 states, “Christ was the same yesterday, today and forever.” This clearly shows that Christ never changes.
Let’s face the facts. Jesus was a Jew who founded Christianity. He and His followers (Christians) all kept Old Testament Law. Saint Paul, an early Christian and former Pharisee, also kept Old Testament Law. Jesus never broke one Old Testament Law nor did He ever once say the Law was to be done away with.
Many people call themselves Christians. That simply means we are supposed to obey and follow Christ. If Christ only attended Saturday worship why do 99% of Christians keep the Sabbath on Sunday, the wrong day? If Christ didn’t accept homosexuality why do many churches today accept it? And if Christ wouldn’t eat an unclean pig why do millions of Christians then?
The answers to those questions are simple. We are lazy and obey the worldly and not Christ. To love Christ is to obey His commandments and not our own (John 15:10). Who do you follow, Christ or the world? If you do the opposite of Christ then you obey the world. It’s really that simple.