For there He admonishes His talmidim both "to do" and "to teach" the Torah, meaning that His having come to "fulfill" the Torah is seen in the way the Torah would be active in their lives and the lives of those they would teach. You can also find it on iTunes. “A kind father”: Biblical fatherhood illustrated in the life of Andrew Fuller, Word or Image? The Bible is clear, “For God so loved the world He gave His only Son…” John 3:16. The ark was made of Cypress wood and covered with pitch, according to the Bible. Here Jesus refers to the teaching of Moses in Deuteronomy 24:1-4. Yeshua the Messiah, as the Word of God made manifest in the flesh (John 1:1), came to fulfill the Torah for humanity by embodying it to its fullest extent in His teachings, actions, and deeds. The olive branch is a symbol for peace. And they were unaware until the flood swept them all away. In contrast is the active voice in 5:17. The ark was made of wood, just as the cross was. God remembered. We can trust Him. Thus, Yeshua did not come to render the Torah useless, but to fully do and teach the Torah and establish it in the lives of His followers. And did they believe that he loved them? How Does God Inhabit the Praise of His People? Are the Torah's Ritual Purity Laws Sexist? There was new life and a promise for blessings ahead. We are naturally skilled at not seeing what is plainly taught in God’s Word. In looking at the overall context, some commentators have suggested that "fulfill" in this passage means to establish or confirm. The story continues with the rains pelting down and the floods rising high. The flood waters represent the death, burial, and resurrection power found in Christ alone. To listen to Pastor Paul’s Into The Word devotional podcast on the TGC Canada website see here; to listen on SoundCloud see here. His power is too great to be buried; He rose victorious, conquering sin and death. “For he himself is our peace…” Ephesians 2:14. Whenever the word is used in the quotation formula, it is found in the passive. Standing alone on the, God desires for us all to come to Him through the gift of Christ. That he expects us to love God and our neighbours in reference to the Law is equally clear; he says that the greatest of the commandments point us in this direction: And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:30–31 ESV). If we were at all unclear about that one we refer to Mark 7:19 which says plainly: “Thus he declared all foods clean” (Mark 7:19 ESV). It means more than that he kept the Law, although of course he did, and it means more than that he clarified the Law, although of course he did that too. “If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you,” Romans 8:11. Even more basic, how you read the Bible determines what you think about God, about yourself and about the redemption that is ours through Jesus Christ. He told them not to think that He came to abolish them, but to fulfill them. In an earlier article, I wrote about what Jesus believed about the Bible. We will follow Him, or not? He provided a way for His Spirit to help us in this life, through His Son Jesus, to carry us through the most difficult times. Copyright © 2020 The Gospel Coalition, INC. All Rights Reserved, My Threshold for Civil Disobedience in a COVID19 World, Two Reasons Why the Bible Tells Us to Obey Authorities. I believe his ways are right. But even so, Noah stayed strong and was obedient to completing the task. N.B. In conclusion, Yeshua lived and taught the Torah, and He instructed His followers to do the same. … Therefore, obedience is a compelling expression of love. Noah had a choice to make that day, and we too are given a choice, of whether we will walk through that door of rescue. It is said that Yeshua fulfills the Torah and Prophets in that they point to Him. In addition to the articles you’ll find on this site, I’ve authored several books! Yeshua makes a similar statement in the Gospel of Luke: It is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one dot of the Law to become void. “Put a door on the side of the ark…”  Genesis 6:16. The Bible says that God shut the door of the ark. In the New Testament, Jesus supports marriage and elevates it by connecting it to his first public miracle at the request of his mother Mary. It’s through Christ alone, He is the door we must enter through. Noah's altar is the first mention of an altar in Scripture (Genesis 8:20). Are the stories to be taken literally, allegorically, figuratively or typologically? He said, “I am the door. California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. Recently our family had the chance to visit the Ark Encounter in Williamstown, Kentucky where we walked through an actual replica of Noah’s ark. The Bible says that there was a long period of time between when He said these events would occur and when the rains started coming down. I believe he can be trusted. They will stand the test of time because His promises are never based on our character; they’re based on His.