MemberAugust 19, 2020 at 6:02 am
Shalowm, Brother Jermaine. Please forgive my late response. See my responses on the verses you mentioned below:
Romans 7:14 — There isn’t much to be said here as the verse is quite self-explanatory. Sha’ul (Paul) here is telling us that the Towrah is spiritual, and thus serves as a guide to those of us who wish to serve Yah in newness of Spirit. Beyond that, there is of course a lot that Sha’ul has to say from Verse 7 to 25 of this Chapter, but a full discussion of that passage is outside of the scope of my response to your question, and would most certainly require a study of its own.
1 Peter 2:5 — Here Kepa (Peter) is drawing an analogy between the Temple, the High Priest and the sacrificial system outlined in Towrah on the one hand; and, on the other hand, our bodies (temples), Mashiyach our new High Priest, and the sacrifice of a righteous life. The same way how an Israelite in former times would take a sacrifice/offering to the Temple to be offered up to the Most High by the Priest/High Priest (for example, a freewill or peace offering); we today are to daily offer up such sacrifices to the Most High via our High Priest (who is Mashiyach), our bodies being the temple where such sacrifices are made. He is using the imagery of the Temple and sacrificial system to instruct believers in how they are to live and walk in righteousness. I would take the analogy one step further and say that the fire that burned up those sacrifices in former times is today replaced by the fire of the Holy Spirit within us today (Acts 2:1-4). I would also say that our lifted hands (1 Timothy 2:8), raised towards the Most High when we pray and worship, are representative of the same flames of fire that burned up the sacrifices in former times.
Hebrews 7:11-12 — Here the author is explaining that the High Priesthood of our Mashiyach, which is after the order of Melchizedek, has replaced the High Priesthood after the order of Aharon. Therefore, there was a change in the High Priesthood, and also a concomitant change in the Law (regarding the Priesthood). Christians are fond of using this passage to support the claim that the entire Law has been done away with; but that it evidently not what is being stated here, as the context is clearly the Priesthood specifically.
Hope this helps!