Leviticus 26:44 Yet for all that, when they are in the land of their enemies, I will not spurn them, neither will I abhor them so as to destroy them utterly and break my covenant with them; for I am the LORD their God; 45 but I will for their sake remember the covenant with their forefathers, whom I brought forth out of the land of Egypt in the sight of the nations, that I might be their God: I am the LORD." 46 These are the statutes and ordinances and laws which the LORD made between him and the people of Israel on Mount Sinai by Moses. (RSV)
The Lord established the Torah law with the descendants of His chosen Abraham. As the Scriptures teach, no one could be saved by that Torah as it is also written that there is no one who is truly good, not even one who is truly righteous except Yahweh who appeared to us as our Savior, Yeshua (Jesus). Knowing that there is none among us who is truly good was the reason for the Tabernacle and later the Temple in Jerusalem. It had the Most Holy Place where only the High Priest could enter once a year to make expiation for the sins of the people. This foreshadowed the Messiah Who made expiation once for all on the Cross of Christ our Lamb. As is taught throughout the New Testament and in the book of Hebrews, there is no longer any need for the priestly system whereby a high priest needs to enter a Most Holy place to make further expiation for our condition. Why then does Paul continue to follow the prescribed teachings at the Temple in Jerusalem. As he said, to the Gentiles he was as a Gentile and to the Jews he was as a Jew hoping that he might win some to the Truth of the Gospel of Christ. Paul knew and acknowledged that the priestly system at the Temple was no longer necessary, yet he continued to support the Temple practices so that he could be a better witness to the people of his heritage.
Jesus had said that the Temple would be destroyed and He would restore it in three days. As the Scriptures teach, He was referring to His Own body as that Temple which would be the way that men would now come to the Father, rather than the Jewish Temple which was destroyed in seventy AD. As the Scriptures also teach, we have become a nation (a people) of priests and our own bodies were to be as temples, as we can now come before the Father and represent the Father to others. We are not perfect, but we must examine within ourselves if we are representing the Father as we should.
The prophets (I think especially Ezekiel) speak of a future temple to come, aside from the one after the return from captivity in Babylon. One could well ask, “If Jesus is the ultimate Temple of the Father, then what need would there be for another temple?” Some have suggested that these teachings could be an allusion to the coming Messiah. I’m no expert or scholar and can’t say that I have the answer. I believe the prophetic teachings were too descriptive of a literal building and literal priestly, sacrificial system to have been entirely alluding to the Messiah. So what further need would there be for a literal building and sacrificial system? Though I’m no scholar, it seems to make sense to me in this light. The Israelites were specifically designated as God’s chosen people and that He would never leave them or forsake them. There are still many Israelites who have not accepted the Messiah. I believe that this future Temple will be for them to learn the error of their having not accepted the Messiah and that once He has been fully revealed, those who have strived to continue to serve Yahweh (as Paul was striving to serve Yahweh on his way to Damascus) will be expected to worship at this new Temple as a service of zakar (remembrance) for the sacrifice of Christ the True Lamb on the cross. Again, I reiterate, I am no scholar, but this seems the only explanation that I can understand and accept. I may be entirely wrong on this issue, and I ask no one to believe in me, but to search for themselves. I continue in the confidence that ultimately the Perfect Truth will be revealed to all.
Deuteronomy 15:7 "If there is among you a poor man, one of your brethren, in any of your towns within your land which the LORD your God gives you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother, 8 but you shall open your hand to him, and lend him sufficient for his need, whatever it may be. 9 Take heed lest there be a base thought in your heart, and you say, 'The seventh year, the year of release is near,' and your eye be hostile to your poor brother, and you give him nothing, and he cry to the LORD against you, and it be sin in you. 10 You shall give to him freely, and your heart shall not be grudging when you give to him; because for this the LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you undertake. 11 For the poor will never cease out of the land; therefore I command you, You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in the land. (RSV)
Those who have the law of Torah written on their hearts will have God’s law of LOVE that recognizes the plight of the needy throughout this earth. That there are so many on this planet who are suffering from lack of clean water, food, and clothing, and still there are so many who seem to be very wealthy is a clear testimony to the fact that God’s law of LOVE is not written on the hearts of many. All things are possible with God. Though it is impossible with man for the rich to enter the kingdom of God, a rich person with God will have God’s law of LOVE in his heart and will learn to disperse his wealth to aid those who are suffering. With God it is possible for the mega-rich to learn the riches of the Kingdom of Heaven and open their hands to release the material glitter of this world. Beware of false teachers who try to multiply their own wealth by pan-handling God’s Word.
Deuteronomy 31:19 Now therefore write this song, and teach it to the people of Israel; put it in their mouths, that this song may be a witness for me against the people of Israel. 20 For when I have brought them into the land flowing with milk and honey, which I swore to give to their fathers, and they have eaten and are full and grown fat, they will turn to other gods and serve them, and despise me and break my covenant. 21 And when many evils and troubles have come upon them, this song shall confront them as a witness (for it will live unforgotten in the mouths of their descendants); for I know the purposes which they are already forming, before I have brought them into the land that I swore to give." (RSV)
Working and making a living does not afford everyone time to become scholars in God’s Word, though everyone should study to show themselves approved. It is incumbent upon those who dedicate themselves to serving God’s Word to study as diligently as possible to teach as correctly, (though none is perfect) as correctly as they can, all of His teachings and way. I can learn from some teachers who seem to be consumed with teaching the coming of the end of the world, but try to avoid those who seem so obsessed with it that they neglect so much of the rest of God’s Word. I can learn from teachers who seem to be consumed with teaching the Torah (Genesis through Deuteronomy), but try to avoid those who seem so obsessed with the Torah they neglect the rest of God’s Word. I can learn from those who teach the Hebrew language, but recognize that it is not a practical service to try to expect to teach Hebrew to everyone on the planet, yet the message of the Messiah should be spread abroad. I believe those who dedicate themselves to God’s service should as best as possible be dedicated to the entire Scriptures and should study, study, and continue to learn but not neglect the service of spreading what is learned through the TEACHING OF ALL OF HIS WORD.