In spite of this we live in a time when there are still those who tell us that Yahweh has ‘finished with the Torah’ and that we are now under ‘grace’, having been set ‘free’ from the Law. And this in spite of Yahshua clearly stating, “Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practises and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” [Matthew 5:19 NIV]
Recently I re-read the book of Proverbs in a modern translation, something I enjoy since it frequently brings a fresh look to a familiar phrase. To my astonishment I read that Yahweh “detests the prayers of a person who ignores the law.” [Proverbs 28:9 NLT emphasis mine] I stared in amazement; was this speaking of the Torah? I checked – it was. And was ‘detest’ an accurate translation? The Amplified Bible gave me, “even his prayer is an abomination, hateful and revolting” to Yahweh. Strongs concordance reference HB8441 defines the word translated ‘abomination’ as: ‘something disgusting’ or ‘an abhorrence’. This is very serious! The Psalmist wrote, “If I had cherished sin in my heart, [Yahweh] would not have listened;” [Psalm 66: 18 NIV] so I understand that ignoring the Torah has a similar effect on my prayers as sin.
Although Yahshua didn’t say that setting aside a commandment would cause us to forfeit a place in the kingdom of heaven [please understand that in its context], we would do well, I think, to consider the impact of this challenging proverb.
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