Bits of Torah Truths – Like the Torah, the NT Emphasizes Obeying God’s Word – Episode 171
כב הֱיוּ עוֹשֵׂי הַדָּבָר וְלֹא רַק שׁוֹמְעִים, פֶּן תְּרַמּוּ אֶת עַצְמְכֶם; כג כִּי מִי שֶׁשּׁוֹמֵעַ אֶת הַדָּבָר וְאֵינוֹ עוֹשֶׂה, כָּמוֹהוּ כְּאִישׁ הַמַּבִּיט עַל תֹּאַר פָּנָיו בַּמַּרְאָה; כד הוּא הִתְבּוֹנֵן בְּעַצְמוֹ וְהָלַךְ לוֹ, וּמִיָּד שָׁכַח מַה צּוּרָתוֹ.
22 But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; 24 for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. (NASB)
The Apostle James wrote according to James 1:22-24 to be a doer of the Word and not just a hearer. We note that there are many verses in the Torah that emphasize the importance of following God’s commandments and not just hearing them: Deuteronomy 6:4-9, Leviticus 18:5, Exodus 19:5-6, Numbers 15:39-40. These verses, among others, emphasize the importance of not only hearing God’s word but doing / obeying and following them. They encourage the reader to be a “doer of the word” and not just a “hearer.” James had a Torah perspective, and this suggests to us that the Torah has not passed away.