Does Jesus break the Torah? Does He encourage others to do so? Here, in this guest post, my friend Chuck McKnight makes some very insightful observations which I believe are on the right track.
According to Torah, the Israelites were commanded by Yahweh to swear in his name.
Jesus not only contradicted this command, he said that it came from the evil one, which certainly means that it did not come from Yahweh
According to Torah, "an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth" was an absolute mandate. The Israelites were commanded to "show no mercy" in carrying it out:
But Jesus directly contradicted this mandate, commanding his followers not to follow Torah's instructions:
According to Torah, adultery was to be punished with death. No exceptions were given.
‘If a man commits adultery with another man’s wife—with the wife of his neighbor—both the adulterer and the adulteress are to be put to death." - Leviticus 20:10
But Jesus broke Torah in order to show mercy to the woman caught in adultery. [See John 8]
When Jesus healed the man by the pool of Bethesda, he not only did so on the Sabbath, but he specifically instructed the man to break the Sabbath with him by carrying his mat.
If Jesus was merely concerned with healing the man, he would have simply done so, but he went out of his way to go against the law in the process, [by asking the man to take up his mat and carry it] and that action was what specifically raised the ire of the Jews:
"...and so the Jewish leaders said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath; the law forbids you to carry your mat.” - John 5:10
Follow Chuck McKnight at his blog: Hippie Heretic
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