613 Commandments meets John 3:16

613 Commandments meets John 3:16

According to Jewish tradition, the Torah contains 613 commandments. 248 Positive Commandments (do's) and 365 Negative Commandments (do not's). 

The 613 refers to the 613 Jewish commandments (mitzvot in Hebrew) extracted from the Old Testament (Meaning the Old Covenant/Agreement). Keep in mind that the the Torah is referred to as the first 5 books of the Christian Bible according to Jewish tradition/doctrine. So throughout the old covenant/agreement known as the Old Testament, there is 613 laws & commandments that the Jewish people thrive to carry out through mitzvot's, commandments and deeds. They believe with each mitzvot they perform in this life a reward is waiting for them by their Heavenly Father. This could be passed on by a blessing, healing, relationship, gift, etc. from above in either this life or the eternal life to come with the Father. For each 'do not' they carry out, there is also wrath waiting for them.

Today, Christians follow the new agreement (the New Testament) where Jesus fulfilled the law.

Now, we know nothing is out of coincidence when it comes to the Father. So isn't it interesting that the 613 laws God put in place to become the 'law' is intertwined with John 3:16. In Jewish culture... numbers, words and letters are read right to left. So the number of laws when reading it would be 316. Now lets take a look at John 3:16 -

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Not only did God send his only son to give us eternal life... but his only son fulfilled all 613 laws, living a perfect and sinful life (1 John 3:5, Hebrews 4:15, 1 Peter 1:19). Nothing is coincidence with God. God is showing us his son fulfilled what we can or could never do. The law came to show us our sins... without the law we wouldn't even know what sin was (Romans 3:20). Yet the 613 laws that are needed to live a perfect & holy life could never be attained (Romans 8:3). As every year, an offering was required (Exodus 30:10). Yet, with Jesus, he is our one and only offering (Hebrews 10:12). Jesus is our High Priest that goes before the Lord to intercede for us so we can go to the Lord without fear (Hebrews 4:14, Hebrews 4:16). No other offering is needed as he fulfilled the entire law (Romans 8:3). Thank you Jesus.

Jesus said, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished” (Matthew 5:17–18).

 

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