Friday, July 3, 2020
Adam Destroyed the Law But Jesus Didn’t
This is one of the worst mistranslations in the Bible of the teaching of Yeshua, the Jewish Jesus (Matthew 5:17-18):
Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets:
I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.
For verily I say unto you,
Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle
shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
I was taught that this meant “Jesus fulfilled all of the law, did away with it and we are under grace.” Christians were under grace, while Jews were under the law. The belief systems of over a billion Christians are constructed on that mistranslation. Interestingly, Yeshua’s words reminded his Jewish audience of something Adam did in the Garden of Eden. You will know what I mean when you understand the correct meanings of his words.
● The Torah or the Prophets were two sections of Jewish Scriptures at the time of Yeshua – and still are today.
● Destroy means “to add words to or remove words from the Torah or the Prophets” – or “to incorrectly interpret the words of the Torah or the Prophets.”
● Fulfill means “to correctly interpret the words of the Torah or the Prophets.”
● Verily should have been translated “Amen.”
● Jot should have been translated “Yod,” which is the name of the smallest letter in the Hebrew alphabet (see graphic above).
● Tittle should have been translated “thorn,” which was the name of the small tip scribes placed on certain letters.
● “in no wise pass from” is another way of saying “destroy.”
Now let’s put the pieces together and reconstruct what Yeshua actually taught:
Do not think that I have come to add words to,
take words from, or misinterpret the Torah or the Prophets.
I have not come to do that.
I have come to correctly interpret them!
Make sure you understand this. Until heaven and earth pass away,
not one yod or one thorn on any letter of the Torah will be changed
until all of the words of the Torah has been correctly interpreted.
So what does this have to do with Adam? Below is the commandment Yahweh gave Adam in the Garden (Genesis 2:16-17):
And Yahweh the god commanded the man, saying,
"From any tree of the garden you may eat freely;
but from the Tree of the Knowledge of TOV (good) and RA (evil)
you shall not eat,
for in the day that you eat from it you shall surely die."
Neither the animals nor Eve had been created when Adam was given this commandment. Here is the commandment Adam gave Eve (Genesis 3:2-3):
"From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat;
but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden,
the god has said, 'Y’all shall not eat from it
and y’all shall not touch it,
lest y’all die.'"
How many words of the original commandment are different from the commandment Adam gave Eve? Did you notice Adam also added a new commandment of own – “y’all shall not touch it.”
Since this was the only law at that time,
Adam destroyed “all of the law”!
But, there are some important factor we need to keep consider before we condemn Adam. No one interpreted the words of the commandment for him and helped him know what they meant. No one was there to mentor and help him keep it. No one told him whether the commandment applied to Eve.
And no one told him that the tree next to the forbidden one
was the Tree of Life and eating its fruit would make him live forever!
I hope you found this informative and thank you for reading it.
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