Karen Connell

This is supposed to be the holiday season of “peace and joy,” but for many it is a time of “stress & frustration”—due to being caught up in all the trappings of the season. When thinking about how this used to be my  situation, I felt compelled by the Holy Spirit to share some insights that have brought a great “rest” into my life. As one who truly loves God and wants to be and to do all that pleases Him, I seemed to always be “striving” to be “righteous” enough for Him. Striving creates stress and I truly needed to learn how to “enter into His rest.” Most Christians do not realize that “keeping the Sabbath Day” means just that. We are commanded to REMEMBER[1] and KEEP HOLY the Sabbath DAY (Literally: sanctify ourselves at a specific time) and we do this by “remembering” the great sacrifice of the body (the bread) and blood (the cup) that Jesus provided for us as a way of acknowledging our sin by self-examination at the communion table of the Lord. By the symbols of the BREAD and the CUP we acknowledge and make known our sin and partake of the bread and the cup as a sign that WE ARE cleansed by our faith in His broken body and shed blood, from all sin and declared righteous (justified) before God. Thus, no more striving… we can truly enter God’s rest. The word SABBATH[2] means “to put down or get rid of,” WHAT? All SIN! If we confess, He forgives—this results in “rest”—no more striving or condemnation! 

When we come to the COMMUNION table, we are told to examine ourselves before we partake of the “symbols” of the body and blood of Christ, which cleanses us from ALL sin (1 Cor. 11:28). Understanding that Jesus is our Sabbath (not a certain day of the week) and that all old Testament Sabbaths & feast days have been fulfilled by his birth, death and resurrection—is not something that most professing Christians are being taught. Not understanding this truth keeps people “striving” to practice laws that Jesus fulfilled. Striving to be righteous and holy keeps us feeling guilty & we never enter the true rest that comes through faith in the sacrificial life and death of Jesus Christ our true Sabbath.

Come unto me, all ye that labor (are striving) and are heavy laden (stressed) and I will give you rest. (Matt 11:28) (Why? He is our Sabbath).

This is why the Apostle Paul told us not judge one another when it came to keeping the Sabbath or any of the Old Testament feasts

So don’t let anyone condemn you for what you eat or drink, or for not celebrating certain holy days or new moon ceremonies or Sabbaths… For these laws are only shadows of the reality that was yet to come. And Christ himself is that reality… Don’t let anyone condemn you by insisting on pious self-denial… (i.e. those who do) Their sinful (i.e. erroneous) minds have made them proud… and they are not connected to Christ, the head of the body. For he holds the whole body together with its joints and ligaments, and it grows as God nourishes it… You have died with Christ, and he has set you free from the spiritual powers of this world. So why do you keep on following the laws and ways of the world… They are mere human teachings … These laws and ways may seem wise because they require strong devotion, pious self-denial, and severe bodily discipline. But they provide no help in (holiness or) conquering a person’s evil (carnal) desires. (Col 2:16-22) (Parenthesis mine)

May this season be a true time of SABBATH rest, peace and joy, as you truly make Jesus Christ the Lord and Savior EVERDAY over all areas of your life!

[1] REMEMBER OT:2142 zakar (zaw-kar’) CWSD: the act of acknowledging, bringing to the memory or to the attention of, to make something known, by means of a memorial sign or symbol.

[2] SABBATH OT:7673 shabath (shaw-bath’) to cease, celebrate,  leave, put away (down), rest, get rid of.

Why Torah Obedience is Not Biblical


Once a Christian is saved, should they obey the old testament Torah out of obedience to Christ?  This question is proliferating across the internet and has confused many people in their walk with Christ.  At face value, it sounds very good.  If Jesus followed the Torah (old testament law of Moses) and I want to walk like Jesus, why wouldn’t I?  Additionally, there are several verses in the bible which state that not one dot or iota of the law would pass away until heaven and earth pass away (Matthew 5:18). However, when we simply read our bible, we figure out that the early churches (like Galatians) had this same mentality but were chastised by the Apostle Paul as it was false doctrine.  Today, the concept or Torah Obedience is known as “Hebrew Roots” or “Hebrew Roots Movement”.

What it all leads to is this:  when the bible says “the law” or “torah”, is it always referring to the Old Testament Law of Sin and Death?  The answer is NO.  What you’ll find is that the Old Testament Law which was physical in nature was fulfilled to a higher spiritual reality through Christ.  It is now called the Law of the Spirit of Life and is radically different than the old.

Isaiah 55: 8-9 

For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.

What is the Torah?

The Torah is generally referred to as the instructions and commands given to Moses in the desert.  You can find the 613 rules given to Moses within the first five books of the Old Testament.  It includes rules such avoiding unclean meats (pork, shrimp, etc.), circumcision of males on the 8th day, head coverings for women, etc.  A new Christian might be reading through these rules and say to themselves, “Eating pork doesn’t seem like sin to me”.  But quickly after that thought, one might say “Well, his ways are higher than my ways.  If he commanded it, I should follow.”  What’s the truth in this matter?

Understanding the Law of the Spirit

The Lord really led me to do 3 core videos on this subject as the deception is incredibly great.  Once you come to a realization of how subtle the deception is, and how great the consequence, you’ll have a greater understanding of how cunning the devil is.

Video 1 – The Parable of the Wine & Wineskin

All the teaching that I give in the following three videos can be summed up in the parable that Jesus gave regarding the Wine and Wineskins.  It’s referenced in Luke 5:36-39, Mark 2:21-22 and other gospels.  I explain in 6 short minutes, why the Law of Sin and Death (physical instruction) was fulfilled or transformed into the Law of the Spirit (spiritual realities).  If this video intrigues you, you can then watch the 2nd and 3rd videos.  They are a bit longer at 20-35 minutes long.  However, one must really understand the deception occurring here.

Video 2 & 3 – Physical Requirements Transformed into Spiritual Realities

In Hebrews 10:16, it says, “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws on their hearts, and write them on their minds”.

If you think you need to obey the “letter code” of the Old Testament Torah law, you may be thinking this: “If the law is written on our hearts, how come I don’t instinctively know rules like unclean vs. clean meats?  If you are thinking only in “physical terms”, then no, you would not know of the rules concerning clean and unclean meats.  However, that’s only a physical teaching given to us by the Torah.  What is the fulfillment of this from a spiritual context? Jesus says in…

John 6:55  For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.

The Torah was simply teaching Israel spiritual truths in a physical context.  What Jesus revealed in the Law of the Spirit is that he wants you to only eat “clean meat” from a spiritual perspective.  Call it, “soul food” if you’d like.  Our souls require clean spiritual meat (food) which only Christ gives us. 

John 6:51
I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.KJV

So one definitely knows (in their carnal mind or heart) what is good food for the soul (i.e. Christ’s word revealed by the Holy Spirit to our renewed mind) and what is bad food for the soul (carnal thoughts, opinions and false beliefs). (*NOTE: Parenthesis are Karen Connell’s additions)

The following videos describes the profound spiritual realities of the physical letter code of the Law (Torah):

If you’ve made it this far, you are probably receiving this word with great joy and gladness.  I hope you see how Christ set us free from the bondage of the old law.  However, the Hebrew Roots movement will continue to instill doubt whether you are on the right track or not.  In this video, I show you how obedience to the Torah does not hold water when contrasted against other Christian doctrines.  You will see though, that adherence to the Law of the Spirit does hold water against other Christian doctrines.  May you be blessed in all of this!

Video 4 – Testing the Torah Obedience Doctrine

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