Most christians and even messianics when confronted with traditional jews, think LAW, Bondage, No freedom, religion, unsaved, and no spirit.
They think "these jews are trying to earn their way to heaven by keeping commandments, rituals, and laws." BZZZZZZZ – WRONG!
First of all, stop that thinking dead in it's tracks!
Jews do not EARN salvation by anything. They don't work for their place in heaven, or earn points to have eternal life. According to the Torah, Jews will always have a place in heaven!
Why? because we are the children of israel, of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
We were promised by G-D from the very beginning that we would always have a place!
It was initiated by a 'covenant' or "Agreement" between us (jews) and G-D.
Grace was given to us in the first of the 10 commandments!
The first commandment says "I am the L-rd your G-D who brought you out of the land of egypt, out of the house of slavery." Contrary to popular belief, the First commandment is not "You shall have no other gods before me." According to Traditional Judaism, this is the 2nd commandment, not the first. So who are you going to believe? The church? or jewish tradition dating back much earlier than the church? Remember this – you must begin at the ROOT of everything! A house cannot be built from the top floor! You must start at the foundation, and go up! Anyway, getting back…
The first commandment, as stated above, are words of GRACE! Not Law!
Therefore the whole idea of grace BEGINS with the Torah not the NT!
Please understand, the Laws of the Torah were given as instructions for life.
The word "Torah" means 'instructions' in hebrew, not LAW.
The church and it's anti-semetism renders it as LAW.
If you read the Psalms, you will find many places where it says the Torah is:
5. a lamp
7. light of life
How can something not having grace have these things?
The church has made a very big mistake. Yehoshua knew all these things I am talking about when he said "Not one dot or stroke will pass away from the Law or prophets".
The jews were given grace from the very beginning. Yehoshua did not bring grace.
We already had it! Yehoshua brought CLARITY in a time when things had become very corrupt, clouded, and confused. He never changed the Torah, did away with it, put it aside, or added to it (according to him, he couldn't!) To destroy Torah, would be to destroy himself, and that would definately not make him Messiah…..