Reconciling the Law of Moses, the Torah, and the Rabbinic Oral Law

Prepared by P. R. Reid, a servant of Yeshua HaMashiach

Article 16; Exhibits A, B, C and D

January 1, 2024

  • Recall from Part One, that it’s common knowledge that when we enter into The Faith of Our Fathers, we must follow the 613 commandments as outlined by various Rabbis.  Throughout the centuries, to my surprise, each of the revered Rabbis have composed their own list of the 613 commandments, which for us means, they are not necessarily the same. 
  • There is something else for us to consider; these revered Rabbis followed Pharisaic or Talmudic Judaism.  This manmade dogma is also referred to as the “Oral” Torah.  They believed that they alone were authorized to interpret Scripture which meant that all Hebrew people had to obey them.  This belief system is exactly what Yeshua spoke against.
  • My question is this, do we want to follow 613 Commandments taken from Rabbinical Oral Torah or do we want to follow those contained only in Scripture?
  • For the purpose of this teaching, I created my own list using the first mention of the words referenced in Ge. 26:5.  My goal is to determine if we can assign each Scripture under the banner of the Ten Words. This should be fun and informative.
  • In Parts One and Two of this teaching, we determined that the words Mishmeret, charge, and Mitzvot, commandments, relate to the very first of the Ten Words, the Ten Commandments.  After all, if we believe that He is, then it is our duty to walk in obedience to His “Rules of the Kingdom.”

Reconciling the Law of Moses, the Torah, and the Rabbinic Oral Law”
Part Three

  • Our foundational Scripture is found in Ge. 26:4 – 5:  “And I will make your descendants multiply as the stars of heaven; I will give to your descendants all these lands; and in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed; because Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws.”
  • In Part Three of this teaching, we will examine the third word in order, the word “statutes.”


  • The Hebrew word for “statutes ” is חֻקָּה in the singular and חֻקּוֺת  in the plural.  This word is feminine in gender and speaks to the bride of Messiah, Israel.
  • In its ancient form, “Chukat” would read:  Let the bride separate herself from the world and face Jerusalem, securing herself to the lawgiver while He seals her for redemption.”
  • The numerical value of “Chukat” is 514, 5 + 1 + 4 = 10.  The number 10 speaks to the Ten Words and the brides obedience to them.  Yeshua is returning for a bride who says to herself, “let me no longer be satisfied with the milk of the Word, rather, feed me only the meat of your Word.”  She will no longer say to herself, I know I’m supposed to follow the Ten Words but I don’t want to!  She will choose to honor our heavenly Father by her obedience to His protocol for worship.
  • This word is used 104 times in the TaNaKh.  There is even a Torah portion named using this word.  This would be Parasha Chukat, Numbers 19:1.  We will discuss this Parasha later in this teaching.
  • Chukat is defined as statute, ordinance, limit, enactment or something prescribed.  
  • Chukat comes from the root word חֹק. Chok is defined as “that which is established or defined.”
  • Job 23:14 says it this way:  “For He performs what is appointed for me, and many such things are with Him.” **Just as it was in the Covenant of Pieces, The Father keeps His part of the covenant while we, His family, keep our part.
  • The first mention of “Chukat is found, of course, in our foundational Scripture of Ge. 26:4 – 5:  “And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.”
  • The second mention of Chukat is recorded in Ex. 12:14:  “So this day shall be to you a memorial; and you shall keep it as a feast to the LORD throughout your generations. You shall keep it as a feast by an everlasting ordinance.”
  • The context of Ex. 12:14 are the instructions for the first Pesach.  Lets take a minute and examine the Hebrew word for Pesach.  The words for “charge,” commandments” and “statutes” all connect us back to the covenant festival of Pesach.
  • The Hebrew word for Pesach is פָּסַח.  In its ancient form, Pesach would read; Speak praises to His name and return from the twisted path and be separate.”
  • The question remains as to why are we to memorialize this feast throughout our generations as an everlasting ordinance, Chukat? In my opinion, every year when we observe the first festival of Pesach, we are reaffirming our desire to align ourselves with His covenant.
  • The third mention of Chukat recorded in Ex. 12:17:  “So you shall observe the Feast of Unleavened Bread, for on this same day I will have brought your armies out of the land of Egypt. Therefore you shall observe this day throughout your generations as an everlasting ordinance.”
  • We are now discussing the second festival of Unleavened Bread or Hag Matza.  This second of Yahs festivals falls on the fifteenth day of the first month.  Since sin relates to leaven, it makes sense that our sinless lamb, Yeshua, would be laid to rest in the borrowed tomb, between the evenings of the fourteenth day of the first month and sundown.  This is the first full day in the borrowed tomb.
  • The fourth mention of Chukat is recorded in Ex. 12:43:  “And the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, ‘this is the ordinance of the Passover: No foreigner shall eat it.”
  • Notice the narrative is still speaking to Pesach.  Pesach is the first of Yahs appointed times and is a covenant festival.  This Scripture is telling us that anyone that is engaged in idol worship, a foreigner, is not permitted to mix their system of belief with the holy covenant.  This concept can be proven by an examination of the Hebrew word for foreigner.
  • The Hebrew word for foreigner is נֵכָר.  In its ancient form, nakar would read;  They have rejected the heir and His covering from the beginning.”
  • The numerical value of “nakar” is 270; 2 + 7 = 9.  The number nine speaks to those who choose to follow their own way instead of following His way.  
  • The number nine is the same as following their own way, without The Father, the Aleph, which when added to the number nine would total 10, the Ten Words!  They are eating from the wrong tree, mixing the profane with the holy.
  • We can liken this concept in the following manner.  The ninth letter of the Hebrew Aleph Bet is the Tet.  In its ancient form, the Tet is a picture of a basket or container.
  • We can look at the container as His hands.  Is. 49:16: tells us this:  “See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; your walls are continually before Me.”  We are either inscribed on His hands or not even in them.  The Tet!
  • To take this one step further, the letter Tet is comprised of the letters Yud and Kaph.
  • The numerical value of the Yud is 10 and the value of the Kaph is 20. Ten + Twenty = 30.
  • The number three speaks to the third day of creation.  This is the day YaHaVah created all seed bearing vegetation.  This fact provides a relationship to Yeshua who is the pure seed.
  • The fifth mention of Chukat is found in Ex. 13:10:  “Thou shalt therefore keep this ordinance H2708 in his season from year to year.”
  • The context of this Scripture speaks to the consecration of the firstborn.
  • Ex. 13:1 – 13:  “Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, ‘’consecrate to Me all the firstborn, whatever opens the womb among the children of Israel, both of man and beast; it is Mine.’ And Moses said to the people, ‘remember this day in which you went out of Egypt, out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand the LORD brought you out of this place. No leavened bread shall be eaten. On this day you are going out, in the month Abib.’
  • And it shall be, when the LORD brings you into the land of the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Amorites and the Hivites and the Jebusites, which He swore to your fathers to give you, a land flowing with milk and honey, that you shall keep this service in this month. Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, and on the seventh day there shall be a feast to the LORD. Unleavened bread shall be eaten seven days. And no leavened bread shall be seen among you, nor shall leaven be seen among you in all your quarters.  And you shall tell your son in that day, saying, ‘this is done because of what the LORD did for me when I came up from Egypt.’ It shall be as a sign to you on your hand and as a memorial between your eyes, that the LORD’s law may be in your mouth; for with a strong hand the LORD has brought you out of Egypt.
  • You shall therefore keep this ordinance in its season from year to year. And it shall be, when the LORD brings you into the land of the Canaanites, as He swore to you and your fathers, and gives it to you, that you shall set apart to the LORD all that open the womb, that is, every firstborn that comes from an animal which you have; the males shall be the LORD’s. But every firstborn of a donkey you shall redeem with a lamb; and if you will not redeem it, then you shall break its neck. And all the firstborn of man among your sons you shall redeem.
  • The “season” in question is the season of Pesach.  This tells us exactly when the second or greater exodus will occur, the season of Pesach!
  • This is the time of year that the “firstborn” will be redeemed.  Since we are many generations later, after this instruction was given to Israel, how are we to be redeemed?  What happens to those of us that are not the firstborn, how are we to be redeemed? 
  • The answer is found in the birthright blessing given by Jacob/Israel to Ephraim.  See Ge. 48:1 – 6:  “Now it came to pass after these things that Joseph was told, ‘indeed your father is sick’; and he took with him his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim. And Jacob was told, ‘look, your son Joseph is coming to you”; and Israel strengthened himself and sat up on the bed.’ Then Jacob said to Joseph: ‘God Almighty appeared to me at Luz in the land of Canaan and blessed me,
  • and said to me, ‘behold, I will make you fruitful and multiply you, and I will make of you a multitude of people, and give this land to your descendants after you as an everlasting possession.’ And now your two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, who were born to you in the land of Egypt before I came to you in Egypt, are mine; as Reuben and b, they shall be mine. Your offspring whom you beget after them shall be yours; they will be called by the name of their brothers in their inheritance.”
  • Joseph is the firstborn son of Rachel, the bride of promise.  His blessing will be achieved through Ephraim.  Ephraim means “doubly fruitful.”
  • It’s important for us to understand what has just happened.  Let me unpack this for you.
  • Reuben was the physical firstborn son of Jacob.  He lost his birthright blessing when he had carnal relations with Jacobs wife.  Next in line for the birthright blessing would be Simeon.
  • Simeon was the second born son of Jacob.  He would  have received the birthright blessing except for his betrayal.  Simeon joined forces with Levi at Shechem.   So he too lost any chance for the birthright blessing. The third son, Levi, would have moved up to receive the birthright blessing except for this same reason.  Levi, the third son redeemed himself at the Golden Calf.
  •  8 – 19:  “Then Israel saw Joseph’s sons, and said, ‘who are these?’ And Joseph said to his father, ‘they are my sons, whom God has given me in this place.’ And he said, ‘please bring them to me, and I will bless them.’ Now the eyes of Israel were dim with age, so that he could not see. Then Joseph brought them near him, and he kissed them and embraced them. And Israel said to Joseph, ‘I had not thought to see your face; but in fact, God has also shown me your offspring!’ So Joseph brought them from beside his knees, and he bowed down with his face to the earth. And Joseph took them both, Ephraim with his right hand toward Israel’s left hand, and Manasseh with his left hand toward Israel’s right hand, and brought them near him. Then Israel stretched out his right hand and laid it on Ephraim’s head, who was the younger, and his left hand on Manasseh’s head, guiding his hands knowingly, for Manasseh was the firstborn.
  • And he blessed Joseph, and said: ‘God, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked, the God who has fed me all my life long to this day, The Angel who has redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; let my name be named upon them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.’  
  • The multitudes will be evidenced by the “double fruit” of Ephraim.

Abraham, Isaac and Jacob


Southern Kingdom.

No one will be  grafted into Judah.


        The Northern Kingdom.

         The native born out of covenant

         The goyim coming to faith.

          Divorced by YaHaVah in Jer. 3:8 creating 

           the need to redeem the firstborn.

          The gentiles will be grafted into Ephraim


  • Since we have been studying the word “Chukat,” is may seem redundant to examine the following Parasha.  In light of the words we have studied to date, I feel this Torah Portion is extremely significant.
  • Parasha Chukat:
  • Num. 19:1 – 7:  “Now the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, this is the ordinance of the law which the LORD has commanded, saying: ‘speak to the children of Israel, that they bring you a red heifer without blemish, in which there is no defect and on which a yoke has never come.
  • You shall give it to Eleazar the priest, that he may take it outside the camp, and it shall be slaughtered before him; and Eleazar the priest shall take some of its blood with his finger, and sprinkle some of its blood seven times directly in front of the tabernacle of meeting. Then the heifer ( אֶת־הַפָּרָה ) shall be burned in his sight: its hide, its flesh, its blood, and its offal shall be burned. And the priest shall take cedar wood, and hyssop, and scarlet, and cast it into the midst of the burning of the heifer. Then the priest shall wash his clothes, he shall bathe in water, and afterward he shall come into the camp; the priest shall be unclean until evening.”
  • V 9:  And a man that is clean shall gather up the ashes of the heifer, and lay them up without the camp in a clean place, and it shall be kept for the congregation of the children of Israel for a water of separation: it is a purification for sin.
  • The text is speaking to a “heifer,” a female cow.  The “heifer” relates to Israel.  As you can see, the “heifer” is joined by the Aleph Tav.  This “heifer” represents the bride of Yeshua, Israel in covenant.  She will be sprinkled with these prepared waters at the onset of the seventh millennia.
  • Ez. 35:22 – 28: ”Therefore say unto the house of Israel, thus saith the Lord GOD; I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for mine holy name’s sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went. And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, saith the Lord GOD, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes. For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.  Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean from all your filthiness and from your idols I will cleanse you.
  • A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.  And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.  And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.”
  • This will be accomplished at the second advent of Messiah Yeshua.
  • In conclusion, The Father established His charge, commandments and statutes, to date, for one reason, i.e. “the way” for the remnant bride to draw near to Him.  The result is strong covenantal bond.  James 4:8 tells us to “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”  
  • Israel, the remnant bride, must walk in obedience.  In order for her to be “sprinkled”  with the waters of purification, she must be connected to The Fathers Covenant.   If we choose not to walk in obedience, but mix our worship, we defile His covenant instead of strengthening it.  
  • The First step in covenant loyalty is the observance of the weekly Shabbat followed by observance of His seven appointed times.
  • No covenant loyalty, no connection to the remnant bride and no waters of sprinkling!