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This explanation of Holy Scripture shares how what might be known as the ‘Christian baptism’ is actually as per Torah Law (the Law of Moses), and is therefore not adding to Torah Law in any way when Holy Scripture is read in correct context.
When read well, Isaiah states that all should honor G-d and also obey His servant who He had sent;
‘Who among you fears the LORD and obeys the voice of his servant?…’
Isaiah 50:10 ESV
With this and when read well, Moses writes in the Torah (the Law of Moses) that people are to listen to his servants (‘prophet'[s])), and whoever does not listen to such a servant will be punished;
“The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brothers—it is to him you shall listen—
And whoever will not listen to my words that he shall speak in my name, I myself will require it of him.
Deuteronomy 18:15, 18:19 ESV
We know that Isaiah was certainly a prophet sent by G-d, and he then also wrote that whoever believes in G-d’s servant (referred to as a ‘precious cornerstone’) – will live forever (at resurrection), but whoever does not will continue continue be mortal and perish;
‘… a precious cornerstone… ‘Whoever believes will not be in haste.’
Then your covenant with death will be annulled, and your agreement with Sheol will not stand…
Now therefore do not scoff, lest your bonds be made strong; for I have heard a decree of destruction…’
(Isaiah 28:16, 28:18, 28:22 ESV)
We have further confirmation in the book of Ephesians that the servant being spoken of here as a ‘precious cornerstone’ in Isaiah – is the created, risen Messiah (Christ);
‘…Moshiach Yehoshua himself being the ROSH PINAH…’
(Kehilah in Ephesus 2:20 OJB)
‘…Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone,’
(Ephesians 2:20 ESV).
Now that chain of Holy Scripture has been linked to the commandment in Deuteronomy 18:15-19.
We can see that G-d’s servant being the created Messiah (Christ) has instructed that individuals be baptised in water with their faith;
Go, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to follow all that I commanded you; and behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Matthew 28:19-20 NASB2020
Immersion in water (baptism) represents;
• an appeal to G-d for a good conscience (1 Peter 3:21)
• seeking G-d’s sovereign help along the way as they now desire to walk in His good commandments. This is also referred to in Holy Scripture as refreshing and renewal which is promised to all who believe in Christ (1 Peter 3:21, Acts 15:8, 3:19 NASB, 2 Cor 5:17 KJV, Ezekiel 36:26-27, John 14:1, Isaiah 50:10). This refreshing newness comes from God and is effected by His Holy Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh). It is part of what is known as the New Covenant (Jer 31:31-34, Ezekiel 36:26-27)].
• a type of seal and/or good deed by way faithfully following an instruction (ref. Mark 16:16);
‘…believe in God, believe also in me.’
(John 14:1 KJV)
Is This Baptism Adding To The Torah?
A baptism (aka. ‘mikveh’) as per the instructions found in Matthew 28:19-20, as they were given by G-d’s servant the Messiah (Christ), and this is in agreement with Deuteronomy 18:15-19 in that a personnis to listen [and in turn do] whatever he says.
We can also sight a commandment/statute that is also not found specifically in any place in the first five books of the Bible (the Torah) – being the fast of Esther and what is known as ‘Purim’, a statute that was written much later after the days that Moses walked the earth (ref. Esther 9:26, 9:28, 9:31-32).
Hoping it is fruitful with you. Shalom.
May the holy G-d bless you beyond maximum, believing in His risen Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach). Amen.
‘…Here is the brief, linked summary of the subject verses which are covered here in this article;
• Isaiah 41:8-9 – Nation (plural)
• Isaiah 43:10 – Nation (plural)
• Isaiah 44:1-2 – Nation (plural)
• Isaiah 44:21 – Nation (plural)
• Isaiah 45:4 – Nation (plural)
• Isaiah 48:20 – Nation (plural)
• Isaiah 49:3 – Messiah (Christ) (singular)
• Isaiah 49:5 – interpretation included in Isaiah 49:3 explanation.
• Isaiah 49:8 & 42:6 – Messiah (Christ) (singular)
• Isaiah 50:10 – Messiah (Christ) (singular)
• Isaiah 52:13 – Messiah (Christ) (singular)
• Isaiah 53:10 & 53:11 – Messiah (Christ) (singular)
• Christ’s/Messiah’s resurrection in Isaiah 53…’