Torah keepers say that all followers of Messiah need to keep the Torah.
If this is true, how do you address the objection that the New Covenant of Jeremiah 31:31 is a completely New Covenant, which in Hebrew it does in fact say it is completely new (Strongs 2319) and NOT renewed (Strongs 2318):
“Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:
32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt”
Most Christians will say the New Covenant is totally different in that it has a Melchizedek HIGH Priest, all covenant members are Melchizedek priests and co-kings with Messiah. There is a different sacrifice that fulfills and in fact replaces all former Covenant sacrifices.
So in what way are we to practice the Mosaic Covenant?
I like the way my mentor Dr. John H. Sailhamer used to say it in summary:
When God brought Israel out of Egypt, He reaffirmed His Covenant with Abraham and gave them 10 commandments to solidify it. They rebelled. God heaped on loads of commandments, “so that as they go they will fall backward; they will be injured and snared and captured” (Isaiah 28:13).
Moses, the ultimate model of the Torah keeper, failed by lacking faith at a crucial moment when he hit the Rock (which was Messiah himself – 1 Corinthians 10:4).
Moses, unlike Hammurabi and other great ancient “law givers” didn’t make himself look good. In fact, he made himself “the ultimate man of the Law who failed at the Law.” Essentially saying in his last preaching called the Deuteronomy, ‘don’t be a man who lacked faith like me who didn’t receive the Promise of entering the “Land of Promise,” be like Abraham, the man of Faith who pleased God and not only received the Promise, but LIVED in the Promised Land, while I got to die looking at it from afar.’ However, there’s a more “faith-ful” man coming, who will be a prophet from among you who will be “like” me, him you will follow…” (Deuteronomy 18:15).
Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Paul all taught the same thing:
Living by the Torah doesn’t win you any entrance to the Promised Land (The ultimate Promise is the Heavenly Jerusalem and the New Heavens and New Earth).
What get’s you into into the Promise, is Faith in the Promise Giver that He rewards the Faith of those who trust in Him.
I would even take this a step further.
The New Covenant was specifically given to believing “faith-full” Israel as was the former Covenant, Those faithful of Israel are the root upon which the New Covenant tree grows (Romans 11).
Further, when Jesus was baptized there is an important theological point missed by most Christians, Hebrew Roots and Messianics alike: When Jesus was walking to his own baptismal waters, the prophet John called out, “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” When Jesus came up out of his own Baptismal waters in the River Jordan, he literally and spiritually took the place of Isaac fulfilling the words of Abraham in Genesis 22:8, “God will provide HIMSELF the Lamb…”
Coming out of the waters of that particular Baptism (read more about this baptism here: goo.gl/QgruU6): meant that Jesus literally:
1) Became the First Born son of Abraham, taking Isaac’s place on the Altar. A function he would literally fulfill by dying upon the same mountain of sacrifice: Moriah/The Temple Mount.
2) Thus all people in the future who are baptized into Jesus’ baptism are now considered Children of Abraham (Romans 9:8 (NIV), Galatians 3:7, 29).
To put this another way:
Jesus through his Baptism reconnected the physical and spiritual children of Israel directly to the Faith of Abraham, circumventing Israel’s Faith Failure at Sinai. And Jesus was the New Covenant Maker giving us several “New” Commandments (as God did at Sinai with the original 10), that define the New Covenant as one based on: Love (here’s a link for readers to consider on New Testament Commandments: http://bit.ly/21PQmP6).
Thus showing that he was indeed the a greater Prophet than Moses (Hebrews 3:1-4)