Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Heaven and earth must have passed; Jots and tittles have disappeared!

Jesus made the following statement in Matthew chapter five. Mat 5:17-18 "Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. (18) For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. Jots and tittles are descriptive of the smallest pen strokes. So then, Jesus is saying that until heaven and earth pass and until all is fulfilled that there will not be a jot or tittle removed from the Law of Moses. With this in mind let’s take a look at a passage of the Law of Moses. It can be found in Exodus the twelfth chapter. 



Exo 12:48-49 And when a stranger dwells with you and wants to keep the Passover to the LORD, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he shall be as a native of the land. For no uncircumcised person shall eat it. (49) One law shall be for the native-born and for the stranger who dwells among you."
This passage gives specific instructions on how a Gentile would become a part of the people of God and included in the Mosaic Covenant. They would have to be circumcised and would have to keep the Law and the Passover. Verse forty-nine is very specific. It says that the mosaic law applies to the Jew and the Gentile. Therefore, a Gentile could become a Torah observant Jew.

The jots and tittles that made up this particular passage of the Mosaic Law did in fact disappear in the first century. This is assuming that the New Testament is scripture and instruction from God. They disappeared with the letter written by the apostles found in Acts fifteen. Act 15:24-29 Since we have heard that some who went out from us have troubled you with words, unsettling your souls, saying, "You must be circumcised and keep the law"—to whom we gave no such commandment— (25) it seemed good to us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen men to you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, (26) men who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (27) We have therefore sent Judas and Silas, who will also report the same things by word of mouth. (28) For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things: (29) that you abstain from things offered to idols, from blood, from things strangled, and from sexual immorality. If you keep yourselves from these, you will do well. Farewell.

In this letter, the apostles have indeed established that not only have jots and tittles disappeared but, in fact an entire passage is eliminated. The Gentiles are made the people of God by faith in Jesus Christ and not by circumcision and law observance. Therefore heaven and earth must have passed and all must have been fulfilled. Otherwise Jesus statement in Matthew 5:18 is untrue.

4 comments:

  1. Jots and Tittles have not passed away, no passage has ever been eliminated, the Torah (law) has not been done away with, heaven and earth is still here, all has not been totally fulfilled, Jesus' statement in Matt is perfectly true. You have simply misinterpreted Acts 15. The apostles simply gave the new believers a starting point to assimilate them into the fellowship of believers until they would learn more of the Torah and Commandments each Sabbath in order to grow and mature into their faith in Messiah Yahshua (Jesus Christ) Tommy

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  2. Anonymous,
    Your assertion just does not hold up. Circumcision is gone and therefore much more than jots and tittles have indeed disappeared. There is no possible way that the Christians would merely be forestalling circumcision until they learned better.

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  3. Paul argues in Galatians that if a Gentile becomes circumcised Christ is of no value to them!

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  4. Circumcising is an act of symbolic cleansing. So when they told them to abstain from the things they named, they were telling them to stay away from those things that would make them unclean and cause them to sin. For this reason, we should be more concerned with the circumcision of our hearts.

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