Thursday, March 27, 2014

Romans 7: 1-4

7:1-4 Do you not know, brethren - for I am speaking to those who know the Torah (law) - that the Torah is binding on a person only during his life? 2Thus a married woman is bound by Torah to her husband as long as he lives; but if her husband dies she is discharged from the Mitzvoth (individual law) concerning the husband. 3Accordingly, she will be called an adulteress if she lives with another man while her husband is alive. But if her husband dies she is free from that Mitzvoth, and if she marries another man she is not an adulteress. 4 Likewise, my brethren, you have died to the Torah through the body of Mashiach, so that you may belong to another, to him who has been raised from the dead in order that we may bear fruit for YHVH. 

Lawfully declared dead. Romans 7: 1-4

Are we subject to Torah or can we walk away? We who are religious or pious are bound to Torah as our standard for living for as long as we are alive. It is the measure of righteousness for the whole of our life. It is like a marriage.

When a woman binds herself to a man, she vows to be faithful until death parts them. If she finds a more attractive man or someone who can give her a better lifestyle, she is not free to violate her vow to her husband without consequences. She will carry the label, adulteress, if she marries someone else. Things are completely different for the widow. If the man she made vows with dies, she is no longer considered a wife, but a widow. She is not bound by the laws of marriage and is free to marry someone else.

Y’shua-Jesus has changed our relationship to the Torah in the same way that the death of a spouse changes the vow of marriage. By faith in the death of Messiah, we have died. We are no longer bound to the righteous standards of Torah. But that is not the end of the story. We are not unattached. Earlier in Romans we learned that the explosive power of YHVH raised Y’shua from death. That has meaning in our life. We do not just die with Messiah, we are also resurrected with him. It is only through faith (amen) in him that we will fertile, able to produce fruit for YHVH. We who believe are no longer shackled by our inability and falling short.

Personal Study of ROMANS 7: 1-4

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