Do These Two Commandments…?

Two Commandments

Do These Two Commandments Replace the Torah?

A recurring theme among some of my brother and sisters in the Christian faith is the belief that God somehow did away with the Torah when His Messiah was nailed to the tree. They have told me that when Messiah died he nullified the Law and thus rendered it as old and outdated scripture, devoid of any merit in a person’s life in this current generation. Many will say that there are only two Commandments with which to offer to God as our obedience to His word. They are:

Deu 6:5 and you are to love Adonai your God with all your heart, all your being and all your resources.

Lev_19:18 Don’t take vengeance on or bear a grudge against any of your people; rather, love your neighbor as yourself; I am Adonai.

Here is the same Scripture as reiterated by Yeshua (Jesus) our Messiah,

Mat 22:36  “Rabbi, which of the mitzvot (commandment) in the Torah is the most important?”

Mat 22:37  He told him, ” ‘You are to love Adonai your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.’

Mat 22:38  This is the greatest and most important mitzvah.

Mat 22:39  And a second is similar to it, ‘You are to love your neighbor as yourself.’

Mat 22:40  All of the Torah and the Prophets are dependent on these two mitzvot.”

One might think that Messiah is making a preference of a portion of Scripture over another when in essence he is showing us that on these two commandments hang all the other Torah commandments. What does that word hang or dependent mean? Here is a definition of the word ‘hang’ from the Strong’s definition from blueletterbible.org,

 

1 Strong’s Number: g2910

Greek: kremannumi

Hang:

is used

(a) transitively in Act 5:3010:39; in the Passive Voice, in Mat 18:6, of a millstone about a neck, and inLuk 23:39, of the malefactors;

(b) intransitively, in the Middle Voice, in Mat 22:40, of the dependence of “the Law and the prophets” (i.e., that which they enjoin) upon the one great principle of love to God and one’s neighbor (as a door “hangs” on a hinge, or as articles “hang” on a nail); in Act 28:4, of the serpent “hanging” from Paul’s hand; inGal 3:13 the word is used in a quotation from the Sept. of Deu 21:23.

If we look at the definition we don’t see anywhere that the Torah and Prophets are nullified, instead they are joined to those two commandments and they support them. In other words, if we truly want to follow God, we will love Him with all of our heart, soul and strength and we will love our neighbour as ourselves, but what the Torah does is that it shows us how to do this. Those two commandments can never be the only two stand-alone commandments. We love God and our neighbor based on how that love is outlined in his Torah and the writings of the Prophets.

Look at,

Lev_19:18 Don’t take vengeance on or bear a grudge against any of your people; rather, love your neighbor as yourself; I am Adonai.

This scripture shows us how we are to love our neighbor by not bearing a grudge against our neighbor or having vengeance on them. This is what Torah does for those who are willing to listen to and obey it. It shows us the ‘how’ of it.

If we throw out all of the commandments of Torah and the Prophets to observe only two commandments, we will never achieve the ability to truly love God or our neighbor. We show our love for God by obeying his commandments. If your child said to you, “I love you so much…”, but never listened to a word you said, wouldn’t you begin to wonder if they truly loved you? Obedience is tied tightly to love. If I disobey my Father’s Torah Commands by committing adultery with another woman, am I truly showing him I love him? I have to obey his word from Genesis to Revelation. There is no way around this.

The notion that these two commandments replace or nullify the Torah and Prophets is not rightly dividing the word of God.

Father, wake us from our slumber, restore our minds to sanity, heal our broken hearts and give us a passion for your Messiah who is our Torah. Amen.