This is a guest post from Luciana Miles, natural health & lifestyle coach & consultant for Transforming Greatness.
You cannot ignore any part of the Bible as a whole (old or new testament). They are one in the same. Everything in the old testament is just as relevant today as it was then, the same goes for the new testament. Not only that but the instructions from the Father are the same in both books.
Yahushua constantly tells us that everything he does and says is of and from the Father. He does not have the ability to do anything of his own accord.
So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise.”John 5:19
He came to tell us of the Kingdom of the Father, the Kingdom that will be on earth and to reiterate and exemplify the Instructions already given by the Father.
Yahushua’s main message was not love and love did not begin in the “new testament.”
Love began with the Father, Love began with “In the beginning,” The Father is love. Yahushua is an extension of that love.
Yahushua says the most important commandment is the Shema:
Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.
Love is action, Love is concrete, it is not abstract. You love the Father by following his commandments with all your soul, mind, and strength.
You love Yahushua by doing what he tells you to do: love the Father (follow his commandments), love your neighbor (don’t covet, treat people justly), prepare yourself for the Kingdom by following the Father’s commandments.
You cannot say you love the Lord and not follow his commandments. Just like you cannot say you follow/love Yahushua and look nothing like him.
And Yahushua followed the Father’s commands. Yahushua came not to replace the Torah but to fulfill it. He fulfills perfectly the Instructions given by the Father.
Also: The main difference between Israelites & non-Israelites is that Israelites are obligated to follow the commands of the Father and non-Israelites are not. The Israelites are supposed to be a visual example of The Way.
And lastly: Replacement theory is false. And the only way you could believe it is if you haven’t read the entire Bible for yourself and you have only listened to man’s interpretations, extrapolations, sermons, and thoughts.