‘Done away with,’ or merely suspended?

Central to Christendom’s argument that the Torah or Law is ‘done away with’ is the obvious fact that there is no Temple and therefore, significant chunks of instruction cannot be carried out.  But, does the absence of a Temple mean God did away with that part of the Law as Christendom believes?  Or, does it simply mean that for the time being part of the Law cannot be obeyed?

What does Scripture say?  jot tittle

Yeshua, when talking about the Torah and the Prophets, said,

…truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not [a]the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished.

With heaven and earth still clearly here, are there passages in the Law and the Prophets that have not been fulfilled?

To even the most ill informed reader of Scripture, it is clear there are hundreds, maybe a thousand verses/passages that are unfulfilled.  The most perplexing would be the passages promising future sacrifice, Ezekiel 44 being one example, that more than throw a wrench into Catholic and Protestant dogma.  Zechariah 14:16-21 promises not only future Biblical feast observance in Jerusalem by all nations, but also sacrifice as part of that observance.

My purpose is not to argue the fact that there will be future sacrifice as we have already covered that here, here and here.  My purpose is to demonstrate that by Yeshua’s mouth, the Law cannot have been done away with.  Not a single letter, nevermind a whole verse or, as Catholic and Protestant dogma do, whole chapters!  With regard to sacrifice and ordinances connected with the Temple we are much better served to understand them as merely suspended.

[Aside:  The suspension of sacrifice by the destruction of the Temple, while accomplishing His purpose, is best understood as a judgment because the Torah and keeping thereof is life, blessing and peace.  Not being able to fully keep His Torah removes opportunities for blessing from us.  When we fully return to Him and His ways, He will return the Temple and sacrifice which Scripture promises are parts of the Millennial Kingdom.]

Author: Pete Rambo

Details in 'About' page @ natsab.wordpress.com Basically, husband of one, father of four. Pastor x 11 years, former business and military background. Micro-farmer. Messianic believer in Yeshua haMashiach!

3 thoughts on “‘Done away with,’ or merely suspended?”

  1. Quite right that destruction of the Temple and suspension of the sacrificial offerings is judgement, That’s the whole point behind the abomination that brings desolation. We, collectively, acted abominably with the holy things of YHVH, and now we are desolate – and don’t even realize it!


  2. Yes! Agree!! nothing has done away, but the priesthood has changed. We are now and in the future, part of the priesthood order of Melchisedic.


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