This week, instead of a normal blog post, I thought I would create a YouTube video that explains a little more why I started to keep Old Testament laws, such as dietary laws, biblical holidays, and sabbath.
The audio for this was originally recorded in 2009 as part of a series of health classes I taught online. I tell a little of my testimony, and I share some of the Scripture verses that were influential in changing my mind.
Now don’t think for a moment that this change happened immediately! Honestly, it was a change in mindset that took several years, and I carefully studied Scripture and read many books (both for and against) to be sure that I wasn’t falling into false doctrine.
This video doesn’t address any of the objections against Christians keeping Old Testament laws, and I realize that may be frustrating for you. My husband and I have started writing about some of these objections at our Who Is Israel website, but it’s a very large project that always seems to be on the back burner to other things — like working, homeschooling, and getting meals on the table. 🙂
In the meantime, I can recommend some of the following websites and books if you’d like to study more:
Since I’ve been blogging through most of these years, you can read much of my own journey and thinking right here. A good category to start in might be “God’s Law.” It would probably be interesting to browse through several years of posts and watch as I studied and learned things, sharing them here with my readers. (You’ll see dates next to each post. I’ve been writing here since 2005.)
Finally, I want to mention a very important point. As I share in this video, I started by opening my Bible and reading it! I took many notes in my journal, and I wrote long lists of questions and arguments. I strongly recommend that you start there as well. God’s Word is your authority — not my words, nor the words of any other author or website. My intent wasn’t to “learn about my Hebrew roots” or to convert to Messianic Judaism. My only purpose was to find out what the Scriptures say — and then obey it.
“Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep (guard) the commands of YHWH your God that I give you” (Deuteronomy 4:2).
Only after I had completely read my Bible through did I start reading other books! Seriously! (How else would I know if the books and websites I read were consistent with Scripture?) Obviously, this is not something you can finish in a few days or weeks.