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Mystery of the Melchizedek
What is Torah? Everyone has heard of the Book of the Law, but most never hear of the Book of the Covenant. Covenants of promise (Ephesians 2:12) are distinct, traceable throughout Scripture, and they are available to us today.
The Melchizedek Book of the Covenant
Jeremiah 1:11 Moreover the word of יהוה came to me, saying, “Jeremiah what do you see?” and I said, “I see a branch of an almond tree.” Then יהוה said to me, “You have seen well, for I am ready to perform My word.” Jeremiah saw and understood the revelation of the ‘branch’ that would be nailed to the almond tree. Jeremiah knew that יהוה was going to perform HIs Word – Yahusha!
In context, those who couldn’t embrace the revelation of the samech – branch had this kind of relationship to the Torah.
Jeremiah 2:8 Those who handle the law did not know me.
Should we be getting our understanding of the law from those who do not know Him? Should we be getting our understanding of the law form those who do know him but follow the interpretation of those before who don’t know him?
The Melchizedek narrow road between the two broad roads of lawlessness and rabbiniclism!
Traditional Christian Theology understands ‘the law verses’ in the NT to mean that believers are not under any OT precepts or laws because you now have an economy of grace.
The law was something that the Jews did and still do and its simply not for you!
In essence the baby (which is law contained in covenant BoC)) has been thrown out with the bathwater (which the imposed BoL) and we’ve ended up with the very lawlessness in the Church that the Apostle Paul warned us about 2000 years ago.
James 2:8 If ye fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself, ye do well.
The royal Torah is from the scripture and it’s the law of fidelity love which is faithfulness to the covenant.
Which today has been diminished to doing what you want and just having a bit of love to throw around to your neighbor when no one is looking.
Then on the other road we’ve got Levitical law and rabbinical Talmudic interpretations of the Torah and a whole slew of Jewish and Pharisaic torah deception! Teaching the return to Torah but erring by not making a distinction between covenant Torah (Book of the Covenant) and imposed Levitical (Book of the Law).
The lawless road and the Non division of Torah road, the two broad roads DO have one thing in common! They both believe with differing results, that the Book of the Law and Book of the Covenant are synonymous!
BUT…..what if they’re wrong?
This is the mystery of the Melchizedek and our return from the exile! No longer lawless, but neither erring by falling into the Messianic Torah trap!
What if יהוה wanted to remove the Book of the Law tutor and schoolmaster over Judaism but also wanted to remove the NO law free skate from the failing Church and place all His people back safely within the parameters of royal law, or New Book of the Covenant fidelity through the administration of His son Yahusha the Melchizedek?
No more lawlessness.
No more Pharisaic, Judaic proscriptive Torah.
But full fledged covenant fidelity of what James calls ‘royal torah’ mediated through the Malki Tzedik High Priest?
1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a kadosh nation, and a peculiar people; that you should show forth the tehillot of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous Light.
The royal priesthood (1 Peter) that means it’s Kingly, the only Kingly Priesthood in Scripture is Melchizedek.
Hebrews 7:11 If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) …so this means the law, ‘Book of the Law’ was given at the Golden Calf breach…..because that’s where the Levitical Priesthood was born!
The whole law is not viable to us!
Law can be liberated – hence liberty, rescinded, amended
2 Peter 2:19-20 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the avadim of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage. 20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the olam hazeh through the da’at of the Master and Savior gauvh ha Moshiach, and if they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter-end is worse with them than the beginning.
YHWH’s people are either being lead into lawlessness where even the 10 commandments are desecrated and relegated to spiritual principles or in our misplaced zeal for His word we fell into torah as interpreted by those who either don’t know or teach Melchizedek and certainly can’t differectiante between covenant torah which is kingly thus royal and imposed Book of the Law which was a temporary school master until the time of Malki Tzedik! reformation!
2 Timothy 2:15: Rightly dividing the WORD of TRUTH (Psalms 119).
This speaks of Torah not OT/NT or Law/Grace. This is the rightly dividing point.
Covenant can only be broken – never dis-annulled or added to.
Galatians 3:15 Even if a brit is a man’s brit, yet still if it is confirmed, no man atheteō disannulls it, or adds to it.
I have learnt and taught both the abandonment of law when I was at Calvary Chapel which of course even included 10 commandments (we brought His name to vain emptiness and relegated Sabbath – a commandment into a whimsical spiritual principal, there was so much adultery, fornication and covetousness condoned within there midst that it made me sick. )
(Kirk Cameron/Ray Comfort/Way of the Master….. using the law to show the lost their need for the Savior but in actuality denying the laws validity once the neophyte has made a proclamation of faith…..)
But I’ve also been on the other broad road and taught the keeping of many laws as being ‘Torah Observant’ making no distinction between royal torah, which is covenant and BoL which was the added to not agreed to imposed law.
Hebrews 9:10 Book of the Law consists of the carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation.
Galatians 3:19 ‘Wherefore then serveth the ‘Book of the Law’/ law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made …’ (’till’ Shiloh/Messiah – Genesis 49:10)
Galatians 3:23 We were kept under guard from by the Book of the Law, kept for the faith which would afterward be revealed. Therefore the Book of the Law was our slave master to bring us to Melchizedek that we might be just as we never sinned by faith to the covenant! But once we’re in the covenant of promise by faith we are no longer under the Book of the Law tutor.
We are not saved to go back under mediation ‘Book of the Law’ …..but covenant ‘Book of the Covenant’!
Galatians 2:21 “ … for if righteousness comes by the Book of the Law law (Hebrews 7:11), then Messiah died in vain.”
If Yahusha had kept Levitical damage control law to correct (atone for) an actual Covenant infraction or breach of some kind on His part; He would then be our example to do the same thing.Yeshua would no longer be the ‘only way’ (John 14:6 & Galatians 2:21).
Covenants of Promise are for us:
Ephesians 2:12 That at that time ye were without Messiah, being aliens from the commonwealth of Yisrael, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without Elohim in the world.
The Salvation Covenants of Promise (Ephesians.2:12) are not part of Torah Law (Galatians 3:18), in any Bible, Christian or Messianic.
Purpose of this teaching
To bring a paradigm shift from the status quo teaching of non-distinction to distinction between not being under the Torah of the ‘Book of the Law’ but within the Torah of the ‘Book of the Covenant’ – a really renewed covenant or royal law. Not lawless of New Testament only doctrine and not Rabbinical Messianic Torah.
Kol V Kohmer
Yahusha practiced the Jewish principle of Kol V Khomer – light and heavy.
Woe to you scribes and Pharisees ….you’ve omitted the weightier matters of Torah…….
Covenant Fidelity Law; that the ‘law’ “of weight” mentioned here can be no other but Covenant Law. Not the Levitical …“<nomos><ergon>” prescriptive law of works.
The actual ‘Book of the Covenant’ – Exodus (Shemot) 19:5-24:8. A pre and post acceptance with blood ratification (Shemot 24:8) and covenant meal.
Melchizedek Covenant life commandments – Genesis 1:1 – Exodus 24:11
‘Book of the Law’ – imposed BoL Exodus 24:12 – Deuteronomy 31:26 ‘this Book of the Law’
‘Book of the Law’ is first alluded to in Deuteronomy 17:18,
“write a copy of this law in a book” Why? Moses already had the ‘Book of the Covenant’ (Exodus 24:7-8). Then in
Deuteronomy 28:61 we see “Book of this Law.” BUT it is first mentioned by name ‘Book of the Law’ in Deuteronomy 29:21. And יהוה shall separate him for evil out of all the tribes of Yisrael, according to all the curses of the brit that are written in this book of the law:
The Parameters of Identification – The Torot of 1st and last mention
The Book of the Covenant’ is found at Exodus 19:5 to 24:8. The term ‘Book of the Covenant’ is stated at Exodus 24:7. The parameters are established by the pre-acceptance (initial accepting) of Exodus 19:7-8 and post acceptance (final accepting) of the people being Exodus 24:7-8. This is identical to a modern day contract – signing before and after with the opening words by יהוה being Exodus 19:5-6.
Peter identifies YHWH’s same initial proposal of Exodus 19:5-6 ‘if you will heed my voice’ at 1 Peter 2:9 – ‘you have been called’. Hence ‘the actual Book of the Covenant proper’ is Exodus 19:5-24:8 (first and last mentions in Torah) though it’s covenant confirming meal extends to Exodus 24:11. (Malki covenant commandment living is from Genesis 1:1 – Exodus 24:11. If it’s found in the covenant lifecycle and more mediated detail is given later in the ‘Book of the Law’ then glean more insight as long as you’re distinguishing between added not agreed to
Levitical proscriptions. The problem arises is religious folk pull out a commandment int he ‘Book of the Law’ that is not found in Covenant and say you’re under its proscription! you’re not!
‘Book of the Covenant’ only occurs in the Bible 3 times, while the phrase ‘Book of the Law’ occurs some 19 times; with 1 of those times being the only mention in the New Testament by Paul at Galatians 3:10.
Exodus 24:7, 2Kings 23:2 and 2 Chronicles 34:30 are the only 3 Bible mentions of ‘the Book of the Covenant’.
‘The Book of the Covenant’ (Exodus 19:5-24:8 – also called ‘the inheritance’ at Galatians 3:18) is the ‘Answer’ or ‘seal’ to the Promise made 430 years earlier (Galatians 3:17/Exodus 12:41- Genesis 15:13/16). Paul tells us that once a covenant is ‘confirmed’ i.e. ‘ratified’ you can neither add to it or take anything away from it (Galatians 3:15). This is huge; for that means that the ‘law’ spoken of at Exodus 24:12 is not – nor can it ever be covenant. If you can’t grasp this then everything I’m saying from this point on is not going to be understood. Exodus 24:12 is that place of first mention for what will be revealed as the parameters of the Book of the Law – With Deuteronomy 31:26 being that law of last mention; Moses’ closing words actually coining the name ‘Book of the Law’.
The parameters of the ‘Book of the Covenant’ are Exodus 19:5 (the law of first mention) to Exodus 24:8 (the law of last mention including the given name at verse:7). But bare in mind ‘Book of the Covenant’ torah lifestyle is found from Genesis 1:1 to the covenant confirming meal in Exodus 24:11 which includes, Shabbat, the dietary commandments, the Moedim (though administrated in a Higher order.)
The parameters of the ‘Book of the Law’ are Exodus 24:12 (the law of first mention) to Deuteronomy 31:26 (the law of last mention including the given name at verse:26).
Ephesians 2:12 That at that time ye were without Messiah (Christ), being aliens from the commonwealth of Yisrael, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without Yahuwah (God) in the world:
In their entirety these ‘covenants of promise’ include:
- The Genesis 12 ‘Oath’,
- The Genesis 15 ‘Promise’,
- The Exodus 19:5-24:8 ‘Book of the Covenant’ Answer (this ‘Answer’ that was ‘broken’ in less than 40 days – Exodus 32:1-4 / Jeremiah 31:32)
- The New/reNewed Covenant (Jeremiah 31:31-33 / Hebrews 8:8-10)
- The Revelation 19:7 Marriage of the Lamb to His Bride Israel.
Each one of these Five Covenants has a meal of confirmation attached to it, these all happen to be Melchizedek Covenants under a Melchizedek Priesthood (Exodus 19:5-6 / 1 Peter 2:9). Owing nothing to the Levitical Priesthood (Hebrews 7:11) or ‘the Book of the Law’ that came under the Levitical Priesthood (Exodus 24:12 – Deuteronomy 31:26 / Galatians 3:10; 19 – Hebrews 7:11-12)
Brethren, Matthew and Luke were right when they said, “The Law and the prophets were until John.”
They didn’t say anything about the Covenant. The ‘Book of the Law’ was until John. Why John because he as the legitimate High Priest immersed Yahusha as a Melech – thus fulfilling all righteousness – Yahusha went in the waters a Melech and came up from the water as the transferred Melek Tzadik (thus fulfilling all righteousness).
The purpose of the prophets was always to warn the wayward people to return back under the ‘Book of the Law’ and to prophesy of the one who would restore the Covenant. There is no more need now to return back under the ‘Book of the Law’ because the restorer has arrived enabling a renewing of the Covenant – Genesis 12.
Law of Fidelity or Law of works?
Romans 3:27 “Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law <nomos>? of works <ergon>? Nay: but by the law <nomos> of faith <pistis>.”
Romans 3:28 “Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.”
Romans 3:31 “Do we then make void the law through faith? YHWH forbid: we establish the law”.
Paul has identified both a ‘law of works’ that is now at odds with the ‘law of faith’. What’s more we have two phrases by Paul’s own hand …“<nomos><ergon>” and “<nomos><pistis>” the phrase “law of faith” gives rise to the knowledge of a distinct law that defines faith. the non-desirable ‘deeds of the law’ in no way suggests that there will not be ‘any deeds’. The Greek word <pistis> could have as easily been translated ‘fidelity’ … so in actuality we have a distinct law that defines ‘fidelity’ i.e. ‘faithfulness’ ergo ‘deeds’ that is at odds with the ‘law of works.’
That is; ‘Fidelity i.e. doing something VS. the Law i.e. doing something. That distinct defining Law of responsible fidelity is Covenant Law. Nomos Ergon = ‘Book of the Law’. Nomos Pistis (Faith) = ‘Book of the Covenant’.
law’…“<nomos><ergon>” was the redeeming ‘prescriptive’ law ‘initially’ (before Messiah) set in place not to appose this Covenant or its Covenant Law, but to reinstate that one to a right-standing, who had broken the fidelity of Covenant Law -“<nomos><pistis>”- the “law of faith” i.e. Melchezidek Covenant fidelity faith/fulness.
Gal.2:21 “I do not set aside the grace (Nomos Pistis – ‘Book of the Covenant’) of YHWH; for if righteousness comes through the law (Nomos Ergon – ‘Book of the Law’), then Yahshua died in vain.”
What Rav Sholiach Shaul is saying is he doesn’t set aside the N/Cov – unmerited favor(‘Book of the Covenant’) for the right standing starting place – animal sacrifice – Levitical prescriptions (‘Book of the Law’). A current Levitical ‘law of works’ (if righteously valid) would definitely make Yeshua’s shed crucifixion blood, and thus His death useless. Or at best reducing Yeshua’s once and for all ultimate sacrifice to that of just being another way … certainly not the only way (John 14:6).
Galatians 3:10-14 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the ‘book of the law’ to do them. 11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of YHWH, it is evident: for, The just shall live by (Covenant) faith. 12 And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them.13 Messiah hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: 14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Yahshua Messiah; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith <pistis i.e.Fidelity>.
Notice that the works of the law and the blessing of Abraham (by Covenant) i.e. ‘the promise’ are a dichotomy … a contradiction in terms … are not the same.
Yet Covenant Righteousness has never come through the enactment of damage control cleanup laws governing animal sacrifice stipulations offered to expunge the direct or collateral guilt and aftermath of Covenant Breaking.
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