Growing up as an Evangelical Christian, I heard that Jesus freed us from the bondage of the Law of Moses. Now we have liberty in Christ to do all things because all things are lawful though they are not all beneficial – such was the mantra. I have come to realize that the Torah that YHWH shared from his heart is still good for today and contrary to popular opinion, neither Jesus nor Paul suggested that the Law/Torah of Moses had been done away with. I would like to offer this teaching, done by Nehemiah Gordon, a graduate of my alma matter, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. Though he is not (yet?) convinced that Yeshua is the messiah, he does believe in the plenary inspiration of the Hebrew Bible. I think you will be thoroughly blessed by this study. One of my favorite aspects was that he believed that Yeshua spoke Hebrew rather than Aramaic!
An astonishing realization has recently gripped the Christian world: “” was not a blond-haired, blue-eyed Gentile. Yeshua of Nazareth was raised in an observant Jewish family in a culture where the Torah (five books of Moses) was the National Constitution. Yeshua’s teachings, which supposedly form the basis for Western Christianity, are now filtered through 2000 years of traditions born in ignorance of the land, language, and culture of the Bible. The issues over which Yeshua wrestled with the Pharisees are simply not understood by modern Christians; nor are his most important instructions followed by those who claim to be his disciples. Former Pharisee, Nehemia Gordon, a Dead Sea Scrolls scholar and Semitic language expert, explores the ancient Hebrew text of the Gospel of Matthew from manuscripts long hidden away in the archives of Jewish scribes. Gordon’s research reveals that the more “modern” Greek text of Matthew, from which the Western world’s versions were translated, depicts “another Jesus” from the Yeshua portrayed in the ancient Hebrew version of Matthew. Gordon explains the life-and-death conflict Yeshua had with the Pharisees as they schemed to grab the reins of Judaism in the first century, and brings that conflict into perspective for both Jew and Christian alike.