What was “wiped out” and “nailed to the cross”?

Colossians 2:14, Having wiped out. Here Paul mentions that Yeshua blotted out the handwritings of legal decrees that were against us when he died on the cross (Col 2:12–15). What was against us? It was the Torah law that specified that the sin of adultery carried the death penalty (Lev 20:10). For those who are washed in Yeshua’s redeeming blood and have been buried with him by water immersion or baptism (Col 2:12 cp. Rom 6:3–11), the devil, who is the accuser of the brethren (Rev 12:10), no longer has any legal basis against which to lay the charges of the sin of unfaithfulness against us before the Almighty (Col 2:15). Likely, there is a heavenly record of each man’s sins written in one of the books (which are in addition to the book of life) mentioned in Revelation 20:12. These books be opened at the last judgement and will be used to determine one’s eternal rewards based on one’s works of righteousness (v. 12). Some will be granted eternal life, while others will be destroyed in the lake of fire (v. 15). As mentioned, those who are under the blood of Yeshua and whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life, there is no condemnation. 

In this passage, Paul may be alluding to the law of the jealous regarding an unfaithful woman (Num 5:11–31). In this case, the Torah instructs a man to bring his wife whom he suspects of adultery before the priests along with an offering of barley meal. What follows is one of the Torah’s more curious rituals. The priests, in front of the woman, sprinkle some dirt from the door of the tabernacle into an earthen vessel filled with holy water. Her head is uncovered, and she is then made to hold the barley meal, while she is put under oath and questioned about her alleged extramarital sexual activities. A curse is put on her if she has been unfaithful, and the curses are written in a book. The words are then scraped from the book and put into the water. The woman is then made to drink the bitter waters. If she is guilty, the curse takes effect causing her belly to swell and her thigh to rot. 

The sad thing is that not only was ancient Israel guilty before Elohim of spiritual adultery (see Ezek 16:1ff), but all humans, like an adulterous woman, have followed in Adam and Eve’s unfaithfulness and sinned (tantamount to spiritual adultery) by being unfaithful to the Creator by going his Torah-laws. The good news is that Yeshua took the curse of the adulterous woman upon himself when he died on the cross. He was given cup of bitter gall to drink, which he refused, but he drank symbolically from the bitter cup of death and even his side was split open by the Roman soldier’s spear.

Nailed it to the cross. The Roman Catholic Church and all of her off-shoot daughters, both eastern and western churches, insist that the Torah-law was nailed to the cross. Indeed they are correct, but not, ironically, in the way they think. Rome did in fact nail Yeshua the Messiah, the Word of Elohim and the Living Torah, to the cross, and now they refuse to let him as his Word off the cross. They keep Torah nailed up there as if it were some relic of a bygone people and era, which they ascribe to the ancient Jews, while at the same time, they deem that the Torah is, to one degree or another, irrelevant to those of the Gentile Christian era. To wit, the Catholic Church and some of her break-off daughters have their idolatrous graven image of Yeshua nailed to the cross hanging in their churches in the form of a crucifix to this day. Their crucifixes witness against them. Although they believe that Yeshua is no longer on the cross, but in heaven, their theology still has him as the Word of Elohim helplessly nailed to the cross, unable to come down. They claim to be following the resurrected Messiah, all the while refusing to shema (hear and do) his Torah-word. Satan has deceptively pulled the wool over the eyes of Christendom and this paradox in their theology continues to this day where they worship the man but refuse to acknowledge the full validity of his Torah-Word and the fact that he is the Living Torah. He is his Word, it is still relevant and applicable to his disciples and his Word has not changed to this day.

Colossians 2: 16, So let no one judge you in food or in drink. Because no one is to judge us in meat or in drink does this mean that believers are free to eat anything they want, regardless of the biblical kosher laws? This is how many interpret this passage. 

As in the other passages we are examining, the key to understand the single verse is to understand it in its context. As Botkin points out, verses 13-14 state that we have been forgiven because “the certificate of debt” that was against us has been taken out of the way. Is this referring to the Torah-law of Elohim that somehow in the “New Testament” has been annulled by Yeshua’s work on the cross? 

To the contrary, Botkin points out that the Greek word for certificate of debt is a unique technical term used in extra-biblical Greek writings and it means “certificate of indebtedness”(see A Greek Lexicon of the NT, by Arndt and Gingrich). This, according to Botkin, is referring to the record of man’s sins that have been thrown out of Elohim’s heavenly courtroom. Because the Messiah died for our sins, this record of our transgressions is inadmissible evidence in the Courtroom of Heaven. Because of the work of our Advocate, Yeshua, we have triumphed over our accuser (verse 15). It is for this reason that we are to let no man judge us (verse 16) since we have been forgiven of our sins (verse 13), which is the violation of YHVH’s Torah-law (1 John 3:4). Since the record of our sins has been removed from Elohim’s heavenly courtroom through the work of Yeshua our advocate (lawyer), and since Yeshua triumphed over the devil (verse 15) who had claim on our lives because of our sin, the penalty of which is death (Ezek 18:4 and Rom 6:23) and through Yeshua we passed from condemnation (eternal death) to (eternal) life (John 3:18; 5:24; Rom 7:24 and 8:1-2) no one has the right to judge or condemn us.

For that reason, says Botkin, Paul goes on to say, “Let no man therefore judge you in meat or in drink” or in any other of YHVH’s Torah commands such as the appointed times or festivals or the Sabbath. In other words, through Messiah (through his grace and divine empowerment of the indwelling presence of his Spirit in you) you have the power to obey the commandments of Elohim regarding food, drink, feast days, new moons and Sabbaths (God’s Dietary Laws, by Daniel Botkin, Gates of Eden magazine, Nov./Dec. 1997 issue).

So once again this passage in no way abrogates YHVH’s dietary laws, but validates them.


4 thoughts on “What was “wiped out” and “nailed to the cross”?

  1. Thank You Natan
    Shalom to all

    I have tried to get to Botkin but to no avail….webpage hosting has been removed from the link you gave. They ask for the writer to contact them?
    Sorry I didn’t remember to take a screen shot & am on a tablet that I can’t do that now.

    On another issue that has been on my heart. If we keep all the Feasts as memorials now without a Temple & outside of the Land too, why can we not be learning about & preparing in some way to honour the Land Sabbaths & the Year of Jubilee release as being prepared as true Israelites in the whole council of God to His people?
    Sometimes it seems each of us is prepared to stop short of the goal of loving Yeshua & our Father by finding our reason is greater than the Heavenly Instruction.
    If you are Christian the weekly Sabbath is reasoned away & immersive baptism is no longer a necessity for the forgiveness of sin despite what the New testament says from very many denominational stances.

    Are we, as those who are seeking to go back to the ancient paths only doing a similar thing if we refuse all these instruction as active memorial & important to identify Whom we actually belong to?

    What shape & form this would look like will vary most certainly amongst His many & varied people..though we are all of the obedience of the faith. I am convinced it is not impossible to mark the sacred appointed Time.
    When I read about them I made sure I didn’t plant in the year my eyes were opened to the command & have been looking into Jubilees to get a firmer understanding of Set Apart Time.

    There are quite a number of Jewish grave markers discovered that include Sabbatical Year references that are being translated from the Hebrew in and around Israel from times shortly before & around Yeshua’s time both pre & post Temple destruction.
    They indicate even IF the Jewish Nation as a whole did not keep them under occupation that the religious & pious Jews kept reckoning time by thefm.

    Maybe this would be a key to draw more together about many calendar issues for resolution for us to walk in greater unity of the Spirit for blessing as the days grow darker & colder.

    I liked Deborah’s Date Tree piece on reckoning of the Aviv & the 2 ways people generally go about it as a thoughtful approach.

    Knowing what the Priests actually did on barley first fruits wave sheaf day is crucial to understand who presented the first so that the nation could with Yah’s blessing to go & bring in the harvest before it fell to the ground.

    If people waited the grain in some areas would be lost to the ground before official harvesting could be undertaken & eating of it permitted.

    Things I am pondering on hoping to find the path of God’s approval.

    Have a most blessed & fruitful overcoming week or as they say in Hebrew ……..Shavua Tov
    Love to All. FJ

    • The bottom line on how to request Daniel Botkin’s Gates of Eden magazine is that you have to email him and ask to receive it. His email address is danielbotkin@mtco.com.

      I agree with you about the land sabbath and that we can and should be doing this today. I grew up on a farm, and we didn’t plant our garden every seventh year. That principle still applies today. As Torah-observant people, we should be doing this. My advice is to start year one from the time you first come to an understanding of this important Torah principle.

      With regard to the jubilee year, this is a societal thing, so I’m not sure how we can practice this. Besides, there are many opinions as to when the jubilee year actually is. I’m not sure who is right on this.

      As far as the forgiveness of debts every seven years, yes, this is something we can practice as well. If someone owes you money and they haven’t paid you back in seven years, then let it go. Our family has practiced this principle, as well, with people who have owed us money.

      Do you have any other ideas on how we can NOW walk out these timeless and righteous principles of Torah? If so, please share.

  2. Shalom Natan
    thanks for your reply. I will try the e-mail link. I did try that as well before & it was not working
    Bit pressed for time but will get back to you hopefully by the weekend.
    May the El of Heaven & Earth bless you for remembering the Sabbath Years too
    Shalom FJ

  3. Yes, it can be done. 2 years ago, I learned about this issue and therefore rested my large vegie patch. Because I felt that I needed the produce, I bought in new soil (because mine is solid clay) and grew vegies on a never used plot. I did had to prune the trees though, or else they would have damaged the netting; I suppose, we do the best we can.
    Love to all,

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