I know some will think this a hard and controversial thread, but it is heart felt and honest. It is meant to share personal revelations and convictions learned in my last twelve years of salvation, experiences, and ever increasing search for truth and life.
If torah related subjects offends you, please accept my apology before hand and ignore my attempt to share and discuss a subject I believe to be very much Christian and doctrinally essential for a believers walk of faith and prosperity.
Now the information:
Are these two passages of Scriptures quoted by Jesus not a part of the Torah? Yes, they are a part of the Torah in both content, context, and intent.
Moreover, they are not new commandments as proven by there existence in the OT. Jesus was asked a specific queston when he qouted both of these passages. Later we discover in Scripture that He commands us to obey His commandments.
Where these two commandments meant to be isolated and separated from the Torah? I say no. They provided the purpose and motivation for the rest. But, hey, thats me and what I have learned and experienced.
De 6:1-9 - 1 "Now this is the commandment, the statutes and the judgments which the LORD your God has commanded me to teach you, that you might do them in the land where you are going over to possess it,
2 so that you and your son and your grandson might fear the LORD your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments which I command you, all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged.
3 "O Israel, you should listen and be careful to do it, that it may be well with you and that you may multiply greatly, just as the LORD, the God of your fathers, has promised you, in a land flowing with milk and honey.
4 "Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one! 5 "You R254 shall love the LORD your God with R255 all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.
6 "These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart.
7 "You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. 8
"You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. 9
"You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
Le 19:17,18 - 17 `You shall not hate your fellow countryman in your heart; you may surely reprove your neighbor, but shall not incur sin because of him. `18 You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the sons of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself; I am the LORD.
Are the red highlighted parts Torah? Are saints required to live according to these instructions of Torah. If you say yes, then what. If no, then what.
Jesus did say obey His commandments (possesive used as in ownership). Was He just talking about these two elements of the Torah. If you say yes, then you are still being obediance to an aspect of the Torah. If you say no, then you are completely without commandments and most believe that questions have commandments (torah/instructions to follow).
What say you?