As we seek to build a mature Messianic Judaism for the future I would like to offer a brief look at how our Torah observance relates to our righteous Messiah, Yeshua, the one who lived a life of complete obedience to Torah and is our example.
The sign of true repentance and life change for Jews is a return to Torah.
The Torah is the way of life of the Jewish people and is the guiding document of what it means to live out the covenant between God and Israel.
The worship of God embodied in Torah observance was the reason for being freed from Egypt and our way to participate daily in and celebrate God’s great act of redeeming Israel from Egyptian bondage.
In Yochanan 14, we see some insights into the important issue of Torah observance for Messianic Jews from the teaching of Messiah Yeshua.
If you love me, you will keep my commands; and I will ask the Father,and he will give you another comforting Counselor like me,the Spirit of Truth, to be with you forever. Yochanan 14:15-16, JNT
This ties in well with the words of the Ve’ahavta section of the Shema wherein as we “accept the yoke of Heaven”, embodied in observing Torah, we recite, “you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul and all your strength” (Deuteronomy 6:5). Each day as we recite the Shema, we affirm the connection between living a life of Torah observance and wholehearted love for God.
In verse 16, Yeshua promised that by obeying Torah we would be given the Spirit of God to be our Comforter and Helper to live Torah. So in obeying Torah we are granted the Spirit of God so that we can more earnestly live a Torah life. Let us seek to live lives of Torah faithfulness and in so doing we will be obeying God, celebrating freedom from slavery, showing love to Yeshua, our righteous Messiah and also opening ourselves to receiving the power of God’s Spirit to live more fully the Torah.