Scripture References: Romans 11:17; Revelation 22:16; Acts 3:15; Exodus 12:38; Leviticus 19:34; Numbers 15:29; I Timothy 6:20; Titus 3:9; John 10:16; Isaiah 11:11; Ezekiel 28: 25,26; Jeremiah 11:3-16; Luke 3:8; Isaiah 8:16
I decided to write a blog post answering this question because of the many excuses I’ve heard lately for putting aside the law. I’ve also been rumblings for and against the doctrine of replacement theology. My hope is that the body will focus on the truths found in the Word instead of vain arguments (I Timothy 6:20 and Titus 3:9).
Israelite Olive Tree: Living by the Root
The true church as we know it is made up of once unclean (a.k.a. Gentiles) individuals who have been engrafted into the olive tree as Paul describes Israel as being in Romans 11. The root of that tree is the Master Yahushua (remember that He is the root and the offspring of David- Revelation 22:16).
Some of the original branches of the olive tree were deemed unfit and were broken off from the tree. These branches represent genetic descendants of the ancient Israelites who were unfit to inherit eternal life because they did not believe in the Prince of Life (Acts 3:15) – the Master Yahushua.
Being cut off from the life giving root of the tree, meant that these branches would shrivel up, die, and eventually be used as fire kindling. An example of this explanation may be found in Jeremiah 11:16…
The Master called thy name, A green olive tree, fair, and of goodly fruit: with the noise of a great tumult He hath kindled fire upon it, and the branches of it are broken.
The opportunity is there for them to be engrafted back in but only through belief in the Master Yahushua as the Messiah. Belief is closely associated with obedience.
The above passage in Jeremiah 11:16 was spoken to the men of Judah after repeated warnings to obey the words of the covenant that Yah made with their fore fathers – Abraham, Isaac, and Israel. In fact a curse was pronounced on them for not obeying the words of the covenant (Jeremiah 11:3).
Many may argue that the genetic descendants of Abraham have a free pass because Paul wrote in Romans 11:26 that all Israel would be saved. However, the prophet Isaiah clearly points out that even though the people of Israel are as the sand of the sea, only a remnant shall return unto Yah (Isaiah 10:21-23).
I’m reminded as well about John the Baptist’s response to the Pharisees that came to him for baptism. First he called them a generation of vipers and then he asked them who warned them about the coming destruction. After the probably well deserved insult, he said…
Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that Yah is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. Luke 3:8
Engrafted Branches: Living by the Root
The church is attached to Israel through the Chief of the chiefest of the Israelite tribes (the Lion of the tribe of Judah). This means that the church must adopt all things that pertain to Yah’s covenant with Israel.
An example of the validity of this statement may be found by examining the exodus of the children of Israel from Egypt by the power of Yah. According to the account in Scriptures, there was a “mixed multitude” that attached themselves to the Israelites and left Egypt with them (Exodus 12:38). This was no accident, and Yah took special note of them when He gave the laws to Israel later via the man of Yah Moses.
Law for the Israelite and the Stranger Dwelling Among Them
Yah repeatedly and consistently told Moses to tell the people that there was to be one law for the Israelites and for the stranger that dwelt among them (Levitcus 19:34; Numbers 15:29). The once unclean Gentile believer who have been washed by the Master Yahushua and engrafted into the Israelite olive tree may be likened to these strangers dwelling among the Israelites. They were there being taught how to worship the Most High.
The arguments for and against replacement theology are only smokescreens and distractions that attempt to take our focus away from the fact that Yahushua said that there would be one sheepfold with Him as the Shepherd. Remember, He said that He had other sheep that He needed to bring into the sheepfold.
And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold and one shepherd. John 10:16.
This is especially important to remember since we may not yet know the full truth about the identity of the genetic descendants of Israel or the dispersed of Judah (Isaiah 11:11; Ezekiel 28: 25,26)We do, however, have the Torah, and it is important to follow the teachings found therein.
“Bind up the testimony and seal the law among my disciples” Isaiah 8:16
This is an opportunity to repent and ask the Ruach ha Kodesh to guide us in keeping the words of the covenant. I did, and I hope you’ll join me!