WARNINGS AND INSTRUCTIONS | (Proverbs Chapter 28)

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Proverbs Chapter 28 (NASB):

“28:1The wicked flee when no one is pursuing,

But the righteous are bold as a lion.

2By the transgression of a land many are its princes,

But by a man of understanding and knowledge, so it endures. [This is key…The only reason the earth and the human race remains is because of the righteous. If righteous people ceased to exist, we would implode.]

3A poor man who oppresses the lowly

Is like a driving rain which leaves no food.

4Those who forsake the law [Torah/YaHoVaH’s Instructions/God’s Law….Way] praise the wicked,

But those who keep the law [Torah/YaHoVaH’s Instructions/God’s Law….Way] strive with them.

5Evil men do not understand justice,

But those who seek the LORD [YaHoVaH] understand all things.

6Better is the poor who walks in his integrity

Than he who is crooked though he be rich.

7He who keeps the law [Torah/YaHoVaH’s Instructions/God’s Law….Way] is a discerning son,

But he who is a companion of gluttons humiliates his father.

8He who increases his wealth by interest and usury

Gathers it for him who is gracious to the poor.

9He who turns away his ear from listening to the law [Torah/YaHoVaH’s Instructions/God’s Law….Way],

Even his prayer is an abomination.

10He who leads the upright astray in an evil way

Will himself fall into his own pit,

But the blameless will inherit good.

11The rich man is wise in his own eyes,

But the poor who has understanding sees through him.

12When the righteous triumph, there is great glory,

But when the wicked rise, men hide themselves.

13He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper,

But he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion.

14How blessed is the man who fears [YaHoVaH and His Ways] always,

But he who hardens his heart will fall into calamity.

15Like a roaring lion and a rushing bear

Is a wicked ruler over a poor people.

16A leader who is a great oppressor lacks understanding,

But he who hates unjust gain will prolong his days.

17A man who is laden with the guilt of human blood

Will be a fugitive until death; let no one support him.

18He who walks blamelessly will be delivered,

But he who is crooked will fall all at once.

19He who tills his land will have plenty of food,

But he who follows empty pursuits will have poverty in plenty.

20A faithful man will abound with blessings,

But he who makes haste to be rich will not go unpunished.

21To show partiality is not good,

Because for a piece of bread a man will transgress.

22A man with an evil eye hastens after wealth

And does not know that want will come upon him.

23He who rebukes a man will afterward find more favor

Than he who flatters with the tongue.

24He who robs his father or his mother

And says, “It is not a transgression,”

Is the companion of a man who destroys.

25An arrogant man stirs up strife,

But he who trusts in the LORD [YaHoVaH] will prosper.

26He who trusts in his own heart is a fool,

But he who walks wisely will be delivered.

27He who gives to the poor will never want,

But he who shuts his eyes will have many curses.

28When the wicked rise, men hide themselves;

But when they perish, the righteous increase.”
This really encouraged me this morning when I was feeling like the hearts of the human race are becoming more and more inclined towards selfishness, wickedness, unrighteousness, stubbornness, hard heartedness and almost everything described in this portion of Proverbs. If we truly want to be discerning sons and daughters [verse 7], we have to understand what the creator requires of us and not throw a temper tantrum when it doesn’t fit into our earthly view of what is right and wrong. We cannot get our definition of sin and unrighteousness from the world because they are only pursuing vain things and are not after the heart of the Father. I will leave my commentary to a minimum on this one and let YaHoVaH speak to you individually from His Words.
Have a blessed day and “BE AS BOLD AS A LION” [Verse 1] in these end times where wickedness abounds.
-The Berean
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Time To Start Eating Meat! | Has The Time Come For Believers To Grow Up & Start Searching For Themselves?

how-to-draw-a-baby-drinking-milkHebrews 5:11: concerning whom [Jesus/Yahshuah] we have much to say, and hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing.

Hebrews 5:12: For indeed, although by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first elements of the Words of Elohim [First elements are referencing Torah or the Oracles of God. All of theses things were studied daily and weekly in homes and synagogues during Yahshuah’s time]. And you have become such as those who need milk and not solid food.

Hebrews 5:13: For everyone partaking of milk is inexperienced in the word of righteousness [word of Torah], for he is a babe.

Hebrews 5:14: But solid food is for the mature [those who are experienced in the word of Torah] whose senses have been trained by practice [understanding and living righteousness] to discern both good and evil.

To understand this portion of scripture, we have to come to terms that the disciples and the apostles were well versed in the Torah [the first elements of God] and knew what Yahweh expected of them. There was no “New Testament” when they were fulfilling the great commission. They were keeping the feasts, gathering on Sabbath and reading Torah, and studying the Scriptures [Torah, Prophets, Writings] daily. When they were preaching, teaching, and spreading the good news of Yahshuah, they were coming up against gentile converts who were coming out of pagan upbringings and backgrounds. Unfortunately, a majority of these new converts were choosing to accept the salvation message of Yahshuah the high priest and atoner of sins, however, they were continuing to stay entrenched in their pagan practices. These converts were also neglecting to go to synagogue on Sabbath and learn the torah and the perfect law of Yahweh in order to understand and live in righteousness. This is why the writers of Hebrews felt compelled to say what they said at the end of Hebrews chapter 5. Jeremiah and Amos also mention this problem in the following passages:

Amos 2:4: Thus said יהוה, “For three transgressions of Yehuḏah, and for four, I do not turn it back, because they have rejected the Torah of יהוה, and did not guard His laws. And their lies after which their fathers walked lead them astray.

Jeremiah 16:19: O יהוה, my strength and my stronghold and my refuge, in the day of distress the gentiles shall come to You from the ends of the earth and say, “Our fathers have inherited only falsehood, futility, and there is no value in them.”

Jeremiah 10:2: Thus said יהוה, “Do not learn the way of the gentiles, and do not be awed by the signs of the heavens, for the gentiles are awed by them.

With that in mind, we have to examine the church today and come to terms with the fact that we are still up against the same battle. So many sheeple are going to church and turning to their church fathers which have inherited falsehood, futility, and things of no value for answers to the harder questions of the faith rather than searching the scriptures [entire bible, not just the new testament] on their own and submitting to the heart of Yahweh no matter who agrees or disagrees with them. Again this comes down to the heart of the searcher. If they are looking for loopholes so that they can maintain their comfortable way of life, circle of friends, church family, and comfortable lifestyle, they will find more than enough answers from the fathers of falsehood. It is our responsibility to search the scriptures, which are inspired by the Master יהוה [every jot and every tittle from beginning to end]. As I write this I cannot help but feel a sense of frustration because the things I am saying should be widely accepted by the followers of Messiah, however, it seems that so many Christians continue to drink milk in spite of the feast that Yahweh has put at the banquet table in the perfectness of His word. It is easy to understand the frustration of the writers of Hebrews. Now that we have built a solid foundation of what is expected, let me leave you with this final thought:

Studying in the word and understanding the word of Yahweh is a lot like learning how to cook. When we are babies we drink milk. After a period of time our mothers begin to wean us off of the milk and start feeding us solid food. Then a few years go by and mom starts making the peanut butter sandwiches with chips. Eventually mom and dad start to allow us to make our own peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and occasionally we are allowed to open a can of chili and heat it up in a pot on the stove. Our parents are doing something so profound, they are slowly teaching us to become independent and feed ourselves because they know that the day will come that they will not be there to cook a well balanced, nutritious meal for their children. Their children will need to learn to cook for themselves. Everyone knows that a diet of cold cereal and peanut butter sandwiches is not healthy and we need to eat a balanced diet. Although we are always welcome at our parent’s house for a home cooked meal, we are now responsible to cook our own meals and lead an independent life. Why then is it any different in our walk with Yahweh and our understanding of His scriptures? To many of us are going to church every week hoping to get a big helping of milk from the “man of God” who is now responsible for feeding the sheeple milk on a weekly basis. Although his/her intentions are pure [most of the time], Yahweh never intended His people to continue, “milking the breast of the sovereigns.”

Isaiah 60:16: “And you shall drink dry the milk of the gentiles, and shall milk the breast of sovereigns. And you shall know that I, יהוה, your Saviour and your Redeemer, am the Elohim of Ya‛aqoḇ.

It is time to start making some steak dinners my friends. It is time to find the answers for yourself in the scriptures of Yahweh and not try to find loopholes. We need to check our hearts and be willing to change no matter what the consequence.

II Chronicles 16:9: “For the eyes of יהוה diligently search throughout all the earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is perfect to Him.

Jeremiah 17:10: “I, יהוה, search the heart, I try the kidneys, and give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.

Jeremiah 29:13: ‘And you shall seek Me, and shall find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.

Ecclesiastes 7:25: I have turned round, even my heart, to know and to search, and to seek out wisdom and a conclusion, to know the wrongness of folly, even of foolishness and madness.

Ecclesiastes 1:13: And I set my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all that has been done under the heavens; this evil task Elohim has given to the sons of man, to be humbled by it.

Psalms 139:23: Search me, O Ěl, and know my heart; Try me, and know my thoughts;

Psalms 44:21: Would Elohim not search this out? For He knows the secrets of the heart.

IF WE SEEK, WE WILL FIND!

Deuteronomy 4:29: “But from there you shall seek יהוה your Elohim, and shall find, when you search for Him with all your heart and with all your being.

Jeremiah 29:13: ‘And you shall seek Me, and shall find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.

Matthew 7:7: “Ask and it shall be given to you, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened to you.

One final thought about FEAR. There are many who have a desire to search but they are afraid of being led astray or being deceived. This is a contradiction to the scriptures that were mentioned above. There is no way that the scriptures of Yahweh can deceive us especially when the Torah, The Prophets, and The Gospels all say, “if you seek you will find”. The biggest deception that the enemy has embedded in the hearts of believers is the fear of searching. We have not been given a spirit of fear. Fear is from the enemy and therefore the only thing that we need to be afraid of is the “falsehood, futility, and things of no value” that we have inherited from our fathers. Although there have been things hidden throughout the ages, Yahweh is opening the eyes of His people through his word. Do not be afraid, trust in Yahweh, search your heart, and change accordingly.

Shalom,

-The Berean

Torahphobia and Quadcommdecaphobia | How to Heal TpD & TpSD!

Medical_Symbol“Torahphobia” [to-rah-fo-bi-uh] –noun. An intellectual disorder characterized by extreme, persistent, and irrational fear of Torah, the unfounded fear of the activity of obeying Torah, or a situation that leads to a compelling desire to avoid Torah sometimes accompanied by ad hominem attacks on those who love Torah.

Interruption: For those who don’t know:
In this context, TORAH (eng. Law) is the eternal covenant instructions for righteousness given to all Israel through Moses that is to be eternally written upon our hearts. It is also known as the books of Genesis through Deuteronomy. Torah in this context does NOT include non scriptural add ons or ancient customs that are known as the Oral Law or Talmud.

Consequences of Torahphobia: May be eternal and may prevent some from hearing, obeying, or entering the renewed covenant in Y’shua. (See Lev 18:5, Ezekiel 20:11, Matthew 19:17, Mark 10:17-31, Luke 10:25-28)

Acute symptoms include cerebral cortex edema leading to a loss of basic fundamental logical reasoning and reading skills. (See Galatians 3:1)

Chronic symptoms of Toraphobia include eating swine, shellfish, and all other unclean foods, the blatant celebration of the abominations and the non scripturally inspired holy days including but not limited to x-mas, valentines day, sun-day spiritual exercises, etc. (See Leviticus 11, Deut 12:31-32)

To date there is only one known cure: A love inspired obedience to Torah through the redemptive work of Y’shua. This is also the prerequisite to receiving the Set Apart (Holy) Spirit of YHWH. (See John 14:15-26)

There is a treatment plan for those who are resistant to Torah but have a positive diagnosis leading towards a potential cure. I would suggest love but love can be manifest in many ways. For example we can be brutally honest in sharing scripture and that is a form of love. Warning people who are on a path to destruction is a form of love. (See Ezekiel 3) But we have to remember that It’s a painful treatment for those with TpD (Torahphobia Disorder). Unfortunately for some, this method of love can have unexpected consequences such as an acute flareup which sometimes causes facebook defriending and emotional and irrational outbursts of rage directed towards the witness/messenger. Those who experience an acute flareup may apologize out of shame, however, unless true repentance to Torah from Torahlessness is experienced, they may experience flareups again. Please be patient with those suffering from TpD. (Please Understand that those who suffer from chronic bad breath don’t realize that they have it.)

A Comprehensive approach to treatment must be considered.

A clinical study is necessary on some unsuspecting Torahphobics. But the bottom line is that they have to be willing to admit that they have TpD. Once they come to grips with that, the prognosis can be very good. There may be a 12 step program which will cause one to understand their Identity in Messiah (Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Zebulun, Issachar, Dan, Gawd, Asher, Napthali, Joseph (Ephraim, Manasseh), Benjamin) however that will cause one to realize that Israel has NOT been replaced by the torahless ‘church’. (See Gen 49, Matthew 15:24)

I plan to seek a subspecialty in TpD as part of my self proclaimed DMin (Doctor of Ministry) degree. Sadly the cure rate is limited to a group defined as the remnant. (See Jeremiah 3:14, 50:20) Finding a common symptom or variant in that group may go a long way towards achieving our treatment goals.

If TpD causes stress, then one might be diagnosed as TpSD.

If you or a loved one are ever caught on your computer looking like this while arguing with a person over whether or not Torah has been ended, finished, or null and void, you may be suffering from TpSD:

Sometimes when people discover the Path to Life, which is a love inspired obedience to Torah through the redemptive work of Y’shua, a Torahphobic will inevitably become a Toraholic (which is good).

A simple response to a Toraphobic is “Y’shua reiterated, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by EVERY word that comes from the mouth of YHWH.”

[I read the book of John this last week in the Aramaic Peshitta and Y’Shuah tells the disciples that He is the bread of life but before he does, he reminds them of the manna that YHWH provided for them in the wilderness in order to sustain them until they went into the land. Later in chapter 6 he goes on to speak in parables and shows them how now he is the bread of life sent by the father to sustain us (intermediate and act as high priest) until His return as King/Judge.  “6:32 Y’Shuah then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread out of heaven (he was trying to get them out of the earthly mindset but into the things of the spirit), but it is My Father who gives you the true bread out of heaven (He is referencing Himself as the Bread of Life). 6:33 For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world.”

Later on in John before He was turned over to the authorities, the disciples were confused about his message regarding eating the bread (flesh) and drinking the wine (blood). This is a big stumbling block for many modern Jews. The ancient Jews had the same confusion so Y’Shuah decided to clear things up. They were wording among themselves because as Jews they knew this was an abomination, however He told the disciples that he was speaking (wording) to them in parables because he “doctrinates” in spirit and life (the things of the spirit and the things of the earth/life). The Aramaic Peshitta Literal Translation states, “And Y’Shuah knows in his soul that his disciples are murmuring concerning it, and he words to them, This offends you? – So what if you see the Son of humanity ascending to where he had been before (Things of the spirit…..their spiritual perception was weak)? The spirit enlivens: the body (earthly perception/flesh) profits naught whatever: the words I word to you are spirit and life: but there are some of you who have no trust. During this gospel, Y’Shuah emphasizes over and over that we need to believe and to trust.

With that in mind, when Y’Shuah says, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of YHWH”, not only is he (Y’Shuah) the WORD (John 1:1), he is the bread. Therefore we need to be sustained by the bread (Y’Shuah sent by YHWH) and the Word (Torah fulfilled by Y’Shuah and sent by YHWH). Matthew Chapter 5 “17 Do not think that I came to abolish the Torah or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. 18 For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Torah until all is accomplished. 19 Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”]

Other similar diagnoses that may be initially diagnosed as Torahphobia include but are not limited to the following:

Tricommdecaphobia [tri-kommd-dek-uh-foh-bee-uh,]
-noun
An intellectual disorder characterized by extreme, persistent, and irrational fear of or phobia of obedience to the third command of the ‘decalogue’.

“You do not bring the Name of יהוה your Elohim to vain emptiness, for יהוה does not leave the one unpunished who brings His Name to naught.” (VAIN=שׁוא/shav: false, falsely, vain, vainly, desolate)

A common symptom of tricommdecaphobia is to insist on calling our Father by a name that is not His Name thus bringing his Name to vain emptiness. This is not a reference to the utilization of a title or character trait such as Wonderful, Almighty, etc. Examples of these include but are not limited to believing that His name is ‘Lord’ or ‘God’ or that ‘Jesus’ is the Name that He instructed His people to call His son.

A potential treatment for tricommdecaphobia is to do as the ancients did:“And to Shĕth, to him also a son was born. And he called his name Enosh. Then it was begun to call on the Name of יהוה.” Genesis 4:26 “And he built there an altar to יהוה, and called on the Name of יהוה.” Genesis 12:8 “And there Aḇram called on the Name of יהוה.” Genesis 13:4 “And he built an altar there, and called on the Name of יהוה, and he pitched his tent there, and the servants of Yitsḥaq dug a well there.” Genesis 26:25 “”And you shall call on the name of your mighty one, and I, I call on the Name of יהוה.” (EliYahu) 1Kings 18:24 “And it shall be that everyone who calls on the Name of יהוה shall be delivered.” Joel 2:32 “For “everyone who calls on the Name of יהוה shall be saved.” Romans 10:13
Quadcommdecaphobia [kwad-kommd-dek-uh-foh-bee-uh,]
-noun
An intellectual disorder characterized by extreme, persistent, and irrational fear of or phobia of a love inspired obedience to the fourth command of the Decalogue that simply tells us to work six days then rest.

“Remember the Sabbath day,to set it apart.”

Sadly this is probably the most misunderstood and misappropriated command but yet, perhaps the one of easiest to observe. Disobedience or rebelliousness of the 4th command has led many to their destruction. (See Numbers 15:32-36, Exodus 35:2, Nehemiah 13:18, Jeremiah 17:21-27, Ezekiel 20:13,16,21,24; 22:8,26; 23:38)

Most Torahphobics and Quadcommdecaphobics do not realize that it is the only sign of YHWH setting us (Yisrael) apart, and it is the only sign of the everlasting covenant with our Father YHWH. (See Exodus 31:13-16, Ezekiel 20:12, 20)

Most Torahphobics and Quadcommdecaphobics do not understand that there is a specific blessing over the Sabbath of YHWH and a specific blessing upon those who guard to obey. (See Gen 2:3, Isaiah 58:13-14)

Most Torahphobics and Quadcommdecaphobics do not realize that in the eternal Kingdom, people will observe the Sabbath of YHWH in His land. (See Isaiah 66:23, Ezekiel 46:3)

And countless millions have been led to believe by other non sabbath observers that it has been overturned and not applicable in the lives of the believer. (See: NO scripture reference for this)

It is also very saddening that approximately 100% of Torahphobics and Quadcommdecaphobics who do not observe to obey the 4th command teach others that it is not necessary to obey thus fulfilling the words of Y’shua. (See Matthew 5:19, 7:21, Mark 7:7-10)

Around the time of the invention of the Universal (Catholic) Church under which most of the false religions of the world were unified, Torah observant believers were persecuted for observing the 7th day Sabbath when the Church created a non scriptural law declaring sun-day to be the perpetual day of rest. (See: Canon 29 of the Synod of Laodicea –http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/3806.htm) This may have been the fulfillment of the Daniel 7:25 prophecy.

Interestingly enough to the surprise of the Universal Church, her protestant offspring still observe the false day of rest in lieu of the 7th day Sabbath. (See: THE CATHOLIC EXTENSION MAGAZINE editorial response –http://www.blowthetrumpet.org/AnExtraordinaryAdmission.htm)

Auspiciously for many who have ears to hear, a simple step towards a love inspired obedience to this command will lead people to depart from the false way to destruction and enter into the covenant of YHWH by belief with a corresponding obedience to the standard as set forth by YHWH Himself and renewed through the redemptive work of Y’shua.

A potential good side effect in the step of faith towards a love inspired obedience is the ears and eyes of the believer being opened to many truths contained in scripture including ones heritage/inheritance. (See Isaiah 58:13-14) Often people realize that many of the church rituals do not line up with scripture and they cease to observe that which is false. These include but are not limited to the sacraments, liturgy, and the observance of pagan holy days such as Christmas, Eastar, sun-day observance, Halloween or the cutely named Christian alternative, and lent among others.

Other benefits include realizing and observing the nature and purpose of the true Appointed Times of YHWH as laid out in Leviticus 23. Typically however, the new Torah observant believer in Messiah becomes very excited about YHWH and His appointed times that we observe as a celebration of Messiah. This will often lead to new people being exposed to their own Torahphobic tendencies when they hear that their former church friends are no longer observing the Christian holy days, the ritual church attendance, and the utilization of false names for our Creator and His Messiah thus starting the cycle all over again.

But it is in this walk that we find many new family members and friends who are full of the love of YHWH and His Torah to which we have been redeemed.

But beware because compromisers are still out there ready to lead you on a path that is not the דרך הקדשׁ (Derecha HaKadosh) also known as ‘The Way of Set-apartness’. (See Isaiah 35:8. Psalm 77:13)

Shalom to All!

ברוך הבא בשׁם יהוה
Baruch Haba B’shem YHWH
Blessed is He who comes in the Name of YHWH

2 Corinthians 10:5-6
We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of Elohim, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Messiah, and we are ready to punish all disobedience, whenever your obedience is complete.

*PLEASE DO NOT BE THE ONE WHO Y’SHUAH IS TALKING ABOUT IN MATTHEW 7:21.

Matthew 7:21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.22 Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS (TORAHLESSNESS).’

יברך אותך בשם יהוה
Bless you in the Name of YHWH

חזק חזק ונתחזק
Be Strong! Be Strong! And Be Strengthened!

Note about the Author:
Steve is a former Torahphobic, who recognized that the Torah of YHWH is eternal and the Covenant is renewed by Y’shua the Messiah and shall be upon the hearts of those (Judah and Israel) who believe (and obey). See Jeremiah 31:31-35

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Our Family Statement of Beliefs
“Hear, O Israel: YHWH our Elohim, YHWH is One!“

And you shall love YHWH your Elohim with all your heart, and with all your being, and with all your might. And these Words which I am commanding you today shall be in your heart, and you shall impress them upon our children, and shall speak of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise up, and shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”[1]“. . .Love your Neighbor as yourself. I am YHWH”.[2]

We believe that All Scripture is breathed by Elohim and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for setting straight, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of Elohim might be fitted, equipped for every good work.[3]

We believe that YHWH gave us the “Torah of YHWH[4]” that is perfect[5] and full of the Spirit of YHWH[6] which along with His commands are Set Apart[7], and showed us His right rulings which if a man does he shall live by them[8] and have the right to the Tree of Life[9]. Through obedience to His Torah near to and written upon our hearts[10], which we are required for salvation[11] to do and teach[12], we demonstrate our love to Him[13] and abide in His love[14] because He hears us[15].

We believe that we should have no other Elohim before the face of YHWH.[16] We recognize that false elohim can include anyone, any doctrine, or anything that sets itself up against the knowledge of YHWH.[17]

We believe that we shall not bring the name of YHWH our Elohim to Vain emptiness by forbidding the use thereof or replacing His name with false names[18]. He desires for us to know[19] declare[20] and call upon[21] and be saved through[22] His True name YHWH, the greatest name[23], his set apart (Holy) name[24], which He gave to Himself[25], for which He acts[26], and has revealed it to us throughout scripture and through His Son[27] [28], our Messiah Y’shua who has the same name as the father[29] and literally means ” YHWH is salvation or YAH is salvation”[30] through whom and whose name we believe[31] and enter into a relationship with YHWH.[32]

We believe the eternal commandment to guard the Shabbat (Sabbath) [33] Day of YHWH, the Seventh day of the week to set it apart[34]. On His day which we observe and celebrate, we do not work and we do not cause anyone to work for us[35]. We recognize that we are blessed through the obedience of guarding the Shabbat.[36] We set apart this day to put aside our own pleasures, we shall call the Shabbat a ‘delight’, set apart and esteemed by YHWH during which we Honor YHWH[37]. We recognize that Israel was put away for profaning the laws and Shabbat[38] which is the sign that Israel (former and redeemed) and foreigners who join themselves to Israel[39] are set apart unto YHWH.[40]

We believe that YHWH gave us the goal of His Living Torah[41], Messiah Y’shua[42] who did not come to destroy the Torah and the Prophets but that through Him, it will be brought to complete fulfillment[43]. We believe that the son of YHWH is Y’shua and they are eternally one[44] as they have always been. Y’shua has been revealed throughout the Hebrew Scriptures through personal manifestations and also as the את (Aleph & Tav).[45]

We believe that Messiah Y’shua was “sent only to the Lost Sheep of Israel”[46] and told us, His disciples, to “go to the lost sheep of the House of Israel”[47]. We are to go make disciples of all nations teaching them to guard and obey The Torah which is all that He has commanded us[48]. In making disciples, we fish for Israel[49] in exile scattered throughout the foreign (gentile) lands[50] from where we shall be gathered.[51]

We believe that through Messiah Y’shua[52] there will be a complete two house restoration of Israel[53] (House of Judah and House of Israel) which has not yet been completed[54] over which Messiah Y’shua will reign[55]. Israel was sent into exile with a certificate of divorce[56] for their adulterous disobedience to His Torah. We define Israel as the genetic descendants (some known only to YHWH) of Jacob the patriarch of all 12 Tribes. We believe this also includes people from the nations who are not Israel who are grafted in[57] through belief in Messiah Y’shua along with a corresponding obedience to His eternal Torah[58]. We know that though it is His desire that none should perish, not all Israel will repent[59]. A remnant of Israel who are believers in Messiah Y’shua[60] and upon whom the Torah is written on their hearts[61] (including people from the nations who, like Israel, believe that Y’shua is Messiah) will be brought back to the Land of Israel as given to Abraham for this end time restoration[62]. (This means that we do not accept what has become known as “Replacement Theology” which teaches that the “Church”, including those believers who do not follow Torah, has replaced true, repentant, and Torah loving redeemed Israel (Described Above), as the group who will receive all of the blessings and promises that were promised to Israel in the TeNaK (Torah, Prophets, Writings) without actually having to be obedient to Torah.)

We believe that it is by grace that we have been saved through faith in Messiah Y’shua and that this is not of ourselves, it is the Gift of Elohim; not as a result of works so that no one may boast.[63] For this reason, as His workmanship, we are created for good works that Elohim prepared for us beforehand to walk in[64]. As a result of this we have the opportunity to freely enter into the Renewed Covenant through the blood of Messiah Y’shua[65].

We believe that faith without works is dead[66] and that we must work out our Salvation with fear and trembling.[67] Therefore we work out our salvation through a loving, love inspired[68] obedience to his Torah. By keeping the commandments we have life[69] and are blessed with blessing.[70]

We believe that we are to live by and be led by the Spirit of the Truth of YHWH Elohim[71] which is manifest through Torah of the Spirit of Life in Y’shua Messiah which empowers us to honor, love, and respect the Torah of YHWH in order to be the children of YHWH[72]. The prerequisite to receiving the Ruach HaKodesh (Set Apart Spirit) is keeping the commandments[73].

We believe that each year we should assemble together[74] to Enjoy, Celebrate, and Honor the Seven Appointed Festivals of YHWH Elohim[75] which Messiah Observed and Celebrated[76] and which we will to continue to celebrate[77] into eternity. These appointed feasts are a sign of things that have been and which are to come and they are the mark of YHWH that we are to receive on our foreheads and our hands[78]. We celebrate these Festivals knowing that we are not required to present the sacrificial offerings because Messiah was offered for us, we do not live in the land, and the Temple is no longer intact. In Celebrating His Appointed Festivals[79], we will not celebrate traditional religious holy days which have its roots in ancient Egyptian and Babylonian religions[80]. Among the seven appointed festivals of YHWH is the Eternally Commanded Shabbat. Therefore, we will not participate the Catholic doctrine where the 7th Day Shabbat Obedience has been replaced by Sunday observance.[81]

We will teach our children to walk in the ways of YHWH according to His Torah[82] and not cause them to stumble[83] because the blessings of the faith of Abraham are upon his sons who teach their children to guard the commands[84].

In these latter days, we will understand the purposes of YHWH’s heart which shall be done and established.[85]

[1] Deuteronomy 6:4-9
[2] Leviticus 19:18
[3] 2 Timothy 3:16
[4] Romans 7:25
[5] Psalm 19:7, James 1:25
[6] Romans 7:14
[7] Romans 7:12
[8] Exodus 20: 1-23:33, Leviticus 18: 5, Nehemiah 9:29, Proverbs 4:4, 7:2, Ezekiel 20:11, 18:9, Luke 10:28, Romans 10:5, Galatians 3:12, Hebrews 10:28
[9] Revelation 22:14
[10] Jeremiah 31:33 Romans 10:8-9
[11] Revelation 12:17, 14:12, 22:14
[12] Matthew 5:19, 7: 24-27, 28:20, Luke 6: 46-49, Romans 2:12-13 & 29, James 1: 22-25, 2:14-20
[13] John 14:15, 21, 23, 15:10, 1 John 5:3, 2 John 1:6
[14] John 15:10
[15] Proverbs 28:9; Proverbs 15:29; Isaiah 59:1-2; John 9:31; 1 John 3:22
[16] Exodus 20:3, Deuteronomy 5:7
[17] Deuteronomy 13:1-4, Matthew 19:21-23
[18] Exodus 20:7, Deuteronomy 5:11 (The word “vain” comes from the Hebrew word “שׁוא” translated as “shav”. When used subjectively, the word literally means “false” and is the same word used in Deut 5:20 when it is written to not to bear “false/shav” witness against one’s neighbor.
[19] Exodus 3:15, Exodus 6:3, 15:3, Isaiah 42:8, 47:4, 48:2, Jeremiah 16: 21, 32:18, 33:2, Amos 5:27, Zechariah 14:9
[20] Romans 9:17
[21] 1Kings 18:24, Psalms 80:18, 99:6, 105:1, 116:4, 116:13, 116:17, Isaiah 12:4, Zechariah 13:9
[22] Joel 2:32, Romans 10:13
[23] Deuteronomy 28:58, Joshua 7:9, 1Samuel 12:22, Nehemiah 9:5, Psalms 52:9, 54:6, 66:2, 79:9, 99:3, 111:9, 135:13, 138:2, 148:13, Ezekiel 36:23, Malachi 1:11
[24] Psalms 54:1, Joel 2:32, Zephaniah 3:9-19, Acts 2:21, Romans 10:13
[25] Exodus 3:15
[26] Psalm 23:3, Isaiah 48:9, Ezekiel 20: 9, 14, 22, 44, 36:22
[27] John 17:6
[28] John 3:16
[29] John 17:11
[30] Matthew 1: 21
[31] John 1:12,3:18, 20:31, Acts 3:16, 1John 3:23, 5:13
[32] Acts 4:12, 9:14, 9:21, 22:16, 1Corinthians 1:2, Philippians 2:9
[33] In Hebrew, Shabbat (H7673) means to repose, that is, desist from exertion
[34] Genesis 2:2, Exodus 16:28-30
[35] Genesis 2:2-3, Exodus 20: 8-11, 23:12, 31:13-18, 34:21, 35:2, Leviticus 23:3, Deuteronomy 5: 12-15
[36] Isaiah 56:2
[37] Isaiah 58:13-14, Ezekiel 20:12-24, Hebrews 4:9
[38] Exodus 31:14, Ezekiel 20:13, 16, 21, 24; Ezekiel 22:8, 26, 38
[39] Isaiah 56:6
[40] Exodus 20:20; 31:13, Ezekiel 20:12, 20
[41] Romans 10:4
[42] John 1:1, 14
[43] Matthew 5:17,-18
[44] Deuteronomy 6:4
[45] Zechariah 12:10, Revelation 1:8, 11, 21:6, 22:13. The את is found more than 7000 times throughout the Hebrew Scriptures and is not translated into English as any word except in approximately 30 cases.
[46] Matthew 15:24, 18:11
[47] Matthew 10:6
[48] Matthew 28:18-20
[49] Jeremiah 16:16
[50] Leviticus 26:33, Deuteronomy 4:27, 28:64; Nehemiah 1:8, Esther 3:8, Jeremiah 9:16, 13:24, 18:17, 30:11, 31:10, 49:32, Ezekiel 5:10, 6:8, 11:16, 12:15, 20:23, 22:15, 34:6, 36:19,
[51] Deuteronomy 30:3, Isaiah 11:12, Jeremiah 31:10, Ezekiel 11:17, 20:34, 20:41, 34:12,
[52] Isaiah 11:12, 27:12-13; Jeremiah 3:14-18, 16:14-15, 23:7-8, 31:1-10, 13-17, 27-28, 33:7-11, 14; Ezekiel 36:6-12, 28-38, 37:21-26, 47:13; Hosea 1:11, 2:22-23; Amos 9:14-15; Micah 7:8-20; Zechariah 8:1-13, 10:6-12.
[53] Jeremiah 30:3 Ezekiel 37: 15-28, Luke 15:11-32,
[54] Acts 1:6-8
[55] Ps. 2, Ps. 89:14-34, Isa. 9:7, Isa. 16:5, Jer. 23:3-6, Jer. 30:9, Ezek. 37:24, Dan. 2:44, Dan. 7:18-27, Mic. 5:2-4, Acts 1:6-7, Rev. 11:15.
[56] Jeremiah 3:8
[57] Romans 11: 17-24, Galatians 3:29
[58] Matthew 5:19, 7: 24-27, 28:20, Luke 6: 46-49, Romans 2:13, James 1: 22-25, 2:14-20
[59] 2 Peter 3:9
[60] Jeremiah 50: 20
[61] Jeremiah 31:33, Hebrews 10:16, 8: 10, 2 Corinthians 3:3
[62] Jeremiah 3:11-23, 16:14-21, 30:3, 31:18-34, 33:7-8, 14, 23-26, 50: 4-6, Ezekiel 11:17, 36:24-36
[63] Ephesians 2: 8-9
[64] Ephesians 2:10
[65] Jeremiah 31:31, 32:40, 33:14, Ezekiel 37:26, Matthew 26:28, Luke 22:20, 1 Corinthians 11:25, 2 Corinthians 3:6, Hebrews 8:8-12, 10:16-17
[66] James 2:20, 26
[67] Philippians 2: 12
[68] Isaiah 29: 13, Matthew 15:8-9, Mark 7:6-7, 1 John 3:18; James 2:21
[69] Deuteronomy 6:2; 17:19-20; 32:46-47; Psalm 119:50; Proverbs 13:14; 19:16; Matthew 19:16-17; Luke 10:25-28; John 12:50; Romans 8:2; Revelation 22:14
[70] Deuteronomy 28:1-14
[71] Romans 8:14
[72] Romans 8:2, 4, 9, 14
[73] John 14:15-17
[74] Hebrews 10:25
[75] Exodus 12, 14, 19, 20, Leviticus 23, 25
[76] Matthew 21:1-9, John 12:12-16
[77] 1 Corinthians 5: 7-8
[78] Exodus 13:9, 16, Deuteronomy 6:8, Deuteronomy 11:18, Ezekiel 9:4
[79] Leviticus 23:2
[80] Deuteronomy 12:30-32, Jeremiah 9:13-14, 10: 1-5, Micah 6:16, Matthew 15:3-6, Mark 7: 8-9, 13, Colossians 2:8
[81] Daniel 7:25
[82] Deuteronomy 4:10-11; 6:7; 11:18-19; Psalm 34:11; 78:5; Matt 19:13-14; Ephesians 6:1-4;
[83] Matthew 18:6; Mark 9:42; Luke 17:1-2
[84] Gen 18:19; Deuteronomy 32:46-47; John 8:39; Romans 4:1-16; Galatians 3:7- 29
[85] Jeremiah 23:20, 30:24

Article By: צפניה מאי (AKA Ty)

Posted By: The Berean

Is the Law of God Obsolete? Are we Now Under Grace?

torah ripThe Torah is considered to be a cosmic force. Heaven and earth would not exist without the Torah.” Every ounce of justice that we experience today was founded on torah. Torah is God’s constitution. Although it continues to get amendments [covenants], the original contract is never abolished. “Similarly, there are rabbinical parallels for the importance of the little hooks [tittles] and the jot [Jod], the smallest letter of the alphabet, which cannot be removed from the Torah of Moses without danger. There is a reason that it is still in our bibles and the old and new have not been completely separated. So Yeshuah did not have the slightest intention to render the Torah powerless or to regard it as obsolete. On the contrary: He fulfills and completes it and sheds light on the true and deep meaning of the Torah. ‘Fulfill’ is ‘establish’: Jesus establishes the Torah; thereby – interestingly enough – with reference to current rabbinical language when explaining the Torah: whoever interprets the Torah wrongly ‘unravels’ the word of the Torah; whoever gives the correct interpretation ‘fulfills’ the word or ‘establishes’ it’. Therefore, Yeshuah can only intend not only to take the Torah absolutely seriously, but also to seek intensively for the correct interpretation of the Torah in such a way as to fulfill and to establish it!

Matthew 5: 13-20 – “13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men. 14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; 15 nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lamp-stand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works [FAITH WITHOUT WORKS IS DEAD. WHAT ARE THE WORKS WE NEED TO DO TO GLORIFY THE FATHER?], and glorify your Father who is in heaven [BY KEEPING THE TEN COMMANDMENTS]. 17 “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill (establish). 18 For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished [WE ARE A PART OF ACCOMPLISHING IT AND THAT DOES NOT MEAN JUST BELIEVING]. 19 Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 “For I say to you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.” IT DOESN’T GET MUCH SIMPLER THAN THAT. The belief has to be coupled with actions. Yeshuah says to believe, to teach, and to do. He not only fulfilled that which Yahweh set out for us to uphold, he establishes the true meaning of what it means to fulfill the torah and therefore challenges us to do the same as he did and follow in his footsteps. He leads us by example and essentially provides a priestly covering for us knowing that we would fail.

What does it mean to believe? God gives us a precursor to what it means to believe in Genesis.

“Then he believed in the LORD; and He reckoned it to him as righteousness” (Gen. 15:6).

Nothing was said out loud! No words were spoken. Abram made an invisible, personal choice. He believed! This belief was a decision on Abraham’s part, and his belief resulted in God declaring him to be righteous. Abram’s faith was mental. It was silent, invisible, and yet real.

The Hebrew word “believe” is in the Hebrew hithpael stem. This means that it is causative. God caused Abram to believe. God gave Abraham the faith to believe. The faith that Abram exercised was not a work of his flesh. It was not produced by his humanness.

What does this word “believe” mean? This is the first time in the Bible that it is used in this way. Since Genesis is a seed book (the book of beginnings), the meaning of the word here should give us the pattern for what it means, “to believe” today. This verse clearly explains the kind of faith that justifies us.

The Hebrew language is a picture language (Paleo Hebrew). Words in the Hebrew come from pictures, like hieroglyphics in Egypt. For example, the Hebrew word for “grace” is chessed. The word comes from a picture of a shepherd who is walking through a flock of sheep. A little lamb is having trouble finding his way. The shepherd reaches down and grabs the little lamb by the front feet with one hand and by the back feet with the other hand and throws him over his shoulder and carries that little lamb right over the rough spots. This is a picture of what Yeshuah means when we are to believe. We have to believe that when we fall or things get rough in life, he will be the one that will grab our feet and carry us over the rocks. However, this does not mean that we will not be put down again and have to continue walking on our own.

The Hebrew word chasah is the picture of a wolf chasing a rabbit. The rabbit gets into the cleft of the rock so the wolf can’t get him. The wolf can’t climb into those little places. It means, “to take shelter” and as it is used in the Bible, it means, “to take shelter in the Lord (Yeshuah).”

Furthermore, when our children are young, we instruct them to believe that what we tell them is the truth even though they are still drinking milk and are not experienced in life. They do not know why some things are done and others are not. Therefore, it is irresponsible to take one scripture that Yeshuah says, and base an entire theology on that one statement.

If belief was all God intended us to do than why didn’t God tell the Israelites that all they had to do was to believe in Moses and what he had done for them by delivering them from Egypt? Essentially, Moses was a shadow picture of the role that Yeshuah would play. He was their savior [from Egypt] and the people took shelter beneath Moses’s relationship with Yahweh. When Yahweh began to speak to the Israelites from the mountain, they covered their ears and asked Moses to speak to God for them. He became the mediator. However, Moses said, this is what Yahweh wants you to do and this is how you do it?

Likewise, when Yeshuah spoke those words, He was saying that He was the high priest and that He had become the mediator between Yahweh and His creation. It is highly unlikely that He was telling them to just do whatever feels right and that he will take care of the rest. We would never do this with our own children; therefore, he would not do this with us. We have to take all that Yeshuah said and compile a complete picture of what is expected of us who believe that he is the messiah. Yeshuah wants us to eat solid food and not just drink milk. When we are saved we are babies under Yeshuah the high priest, however, we are intended to grow up and learn what we are supposed to do. Paul and the Apostles were well versed in the torah and most of them had it memorized so they were “eating meat” while the gentiles were “drinking milk” and needed a condensed version of the guidelines. This does not mean that we are not to grow up and start taking on responsibility. Hebrews makes it clear.

Hebrews 5: 11-14 – “11 Concerning him we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. 12 For though by this time (they were telling the gentile converts that they had been saved long enough to now graduate to meat) you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God [the teachings and tings of old], and you have come to need milk and not solid food. 13 For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness [the torah], for he is an infant. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice [following God’s instructions for what is good and evil…..ten commandments] have their senses trained to discern good and evil.” This is not something that just happens because you believe.

Hebrews 10-26-29 “26 For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a terrifying expectation of judgment and THE FURY OF A FIRE WHICH WILL CONSUME THE ADVERSARIES. 28 Anyone who has set aside the Law of Moses dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace?” This means that there is more that needs to be done than just believe.

It is impossible to try and understand the new testament without understanding the old testament just like it is impossible to understand a book by reading it backwards. We have to learn who the characters are so that we can understand the plot of the book. In the end I cannot tell you what to do or what not to do. This is between you and the creator. You have to search your heart and search the scriptures to know what God wants from you. You have to separate the torah that the rabbis have created by adding their own amendments from the torah that Yeshuah fulfilled and established [which is the same Torah that Yahweh instituted because Yeshuah only does the will of the Father]. One way or another, the Torah still exists and will until heaven and earth pass away just like the constitution will exist until Obama takes it away (no pun intended). I wish you well in your journey.

-The Berean

Keyword Phrase: Is the Law of God Obsolete?

Where is the Apostle Paul in the Pecking Order? Who Should We Listen To?

Who do you listen toAs we examine the scriptures from Genesis to Revelation with a heart to know and serve God, it is important that we know who to listen to and the order of command. I hope that we can both agree that we must first listen to the Father and then listen to the Son. If the Father and the son are in agreement, then we have to hold everything that anyone including Paul says whether it is in the cannon of scriptures or not to the same standard as the Father and the Son. We will not answer to Paul on judgment day but instead to the Father (Yahweh) and the Son (Yeshuah) who will be seated at the right hand as king. My hope is that we can all approach the scriptures and our walk with Yeshuah in this manner and never let what man says take precedence over what the Father and the Son say.

Yahweh says:

Deuteronomy 30:11 “For this commandment which I command you today is not too difficult for you, nor is it out of reach.

Yeshuah says:

Matthew 5:17-19 – 17 “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law (Torah) or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill (carry out (a task, duty, or role) as required, pledged, or expected). 18 For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished. 19 Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 7:21-23 – 21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. 22 Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS (TORAHLESSNESS).’

John 8:26-29 – 26 I have many things to speak and to judge concerning you, but He who sent Me is true; and the things which I heard from Him, these I speak to the world.” 27 They did not realize that He had been speaking to them about the Father. 28 So Jesus (Yeshuah) said, “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and I do nothing on My own initiative, but I speak these things as the Father taught Me. 29 And He who sent Me is with Me; He has not left Me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to Him.”

Psalms Chapter 1-6 – 1 How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers! 2 But his delight is in the law (Torah) of the LORD (Yahweh), And in His law (Torah) he meditates day and night. 3 He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers. 4 The wicked are not so, But they are like chaff, which the wind drives away. 5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, Nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous (Torah Keepers). 6 For the LORD knows the way of the righteous (Torah Keepers), But the way of the wicked will perish.

Shalom!

Is The Apostle Paul Crazy? Clarification on Paul’s Letters!

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It is so important to understand what Yahweh thinks about things based from the 5 books of Moses, to the prophets, to the writings so that we can transition into the gospels (messianic writings) with a good foundation. Most of us did not grow up with this foundation of how the old is connected to the new so in a matter of speaking we are unlearning certain things so we can relearn them in the proper context. This post is going to be written in a questions and answer format for your reading enjoyment. Please feel free to use this information for conversations and discussions in your own circles.

Question: “Paul also called the group called The Circumcision “mutilators of flesh”, even though God said circumcision was to be a lasting covenant.” What did he mean by this?

Answer: There not only has to be biblical context but also historical context in order to understand what they were dealing with back then. Circumcision is not just cut and dry (no pun intended). There were those who were embarrassed of their Jewish heritage or those who wanted to convert to following Yahweh, but because of the Greco-Roman worship of male genitalia at the time, circumcision was looked down upon. Some were only having a tiny little bit of the foreskin cut off so it became hard to tell if they had been circumcised. Then there were some that believed that the more you cut off—the more holy you were. Therefore, we can see how this could be taken to the extreme and lead to mutilation. Yahweh does not specify how much to take off which is a representation of the Talmudic influence of their time regarding adding details to God’s instruction, which resulted in the law (torah) becoming a burden. This is what Yeshuah and ultimately Paul who was an ex-Pharisee were preaching against. Again we see a heart issue at hand. Those who don’t take very much off because they were embarrassed and those who take too much off because they thought it made them more holy (pride). We still deal with this today throughout Christianity and Judaism. The issue of not being judged regarding circumcision has nothing to do with whether or not you should be circumcised which is an everlasting covenant of Yahweh, but rather, not letting anyone judge us to how much is taken off. Today we find many non-Jewish families who feel that God still wants them to circumcise their boys, however, they cannot get a rabbi to approve a Jewish circumcision because they have not converted to Judaism. Therefore the rabbis believe that they are not legitimate circumcisions because they are not done to rabbinic (pharisaical) standards. Paul was talking about the group who was choosing to make a specification about how much should be taken off or who could do it (the ones who took to much off out of pride) and not condemning circumcision in and of itself. Otherwise he would be going against an eternal covenant of God and that would make Paul a heretic.

Question: “He also said that all food is clean, and that the Kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking. He said one man’s faith allows him to eat anything and that one man considers each day alike and does so to the Lord. If we are really required to keep the law, why didn’t he condemn considering each day alike?”

Answer: Yahweh gives us a list of the animals that are clean and unclean by nature. It is important to understand that the Jewish community only regards these creatures as food, however, Yahweh shows us throughout the torah ways in which things He established as being clean can become unclean because of contamination. The Talmud added laws on top of or above and beyond the specifications that Yahweh instituted in the torah. This is why Yahweh makes it clear throughout the scriptures that “nothing should be added to or taken away from” lest we stumble (bring confusion upon ourselves). These are some of the things Paul is addressing (i.e.. If you do not wash your hands before you eat in a special manner specified by the Talmud, the food is no longer clean, or if a priest does not bless it or rabbi does not bless it, is not clean to eat. These things are Talmud and not Torah). When Paul was writing these letters, the churches knew what God had made clean and unclean from the conversion process. These were basic principles. Gentiles (new Christian converts) were required to go to the synagogue on Sabbaths in order to learn these things. Paul’s letters were more of a rebuke because of their stubbornness to either follow the Talmudic suggestions out of pressure or to return to their pagan roots because of their worldly appeal. Paul is reminding them that they should “not tear down the work of God for the sake of food.” During this time, there were also some who went from eating meat to being vegetarians because there were gentiles who lived outside of Jerusalem amongst pagan societies who started to eat clean after choosing to follow Yeshuah and therefore the commandments of the torah. Depending on where they lived, it was hard to find food that was not contaminated or offered to idols; therefore, they were trying to obey Torah, not Talmud. This is why Paul says that some eat some things and some do not. He was referring to the Jews and converted gentiles who were trying to keep the Torah in non-torah observant countries and city (outside Jerusalem). During that time they were dealing with the judgment of the Pharisees within Jerusalem and the criticism/social pressure of the pagans surrounding Jerusalem. This is very similar to what we are dealing with in today’s society as well. This is a great example of why scripture says we need to “be in the world and not of it”.  We have to remember that when Paul is writing his letters, he is addressing Jews and Gentiles who were trying to keep torah and follow Yeshuah.

Question: “He also criticized the Galatians for observing special days, months, seasons and years, and said that in the last days people would follow teachings of demons and order people to abstain from certain foods.”

Answer: Again we have to look at the context. Paul is addressing gentile converts who are turning back to their pagan ways and festivals. This could be compared to how the Israelites returned to their pagan worship while Moses was up on Mt. Sinai receiving the ten commandments by building a golden calf. Let us break it down.

Galatians 4 says, 10 However at that time, when you did not know God (they were still pagans), you were slaves to those which by nature are no gods (pagan deities and false gods). 9 But now that you have come to know God (Yahweh), or rather to be known by God, how is it that you turn back again to the weak and worthless elemental things (pagan holidays, Christmas, Easter, winter solstice, summer solstice, lent, etc) to which you desire to be enslaved all over again? 10 You observe days and months and seasons and years (which are not the days, months, seasons and years that Yahweh set in place). 11 I fear for you, that perhaps I have labored over you in vain (having to say things over and over without them changing their ways).

Logistically speaking it is impossible for Paul to be talking about the feasts of Yahweh and his sabbaths due to his own admission in Acts 18:21 (NKJV) Paul took leave of them, saying, “I must by all means keep this coming feast in Jerusalem; but I will return again to you, Yahweh (LORD) willing.” And he sailed from Ephesus. This in and of itself cements the fact that Paul was keeping the holy festivals of Yahweh and teaching others to do the same. It is important that we understand which days, months and seasons he is talking about.

Real quick…this brings us back to when Isaiah prophesied in 16:19 “O LORD (YHWH), my strength and my fortress, My refuge in the day of affliction (End Days), The Gentiles shall come to You from the ends of the earth and say, “Surely our fathers have inherited lies, Worthlessness and unprofitable things.” Will man make gods for himself, which are not gods?” If we were to look at this in modern day context, what lies and worthlessness could he be talking about? He is talking about the same lies and worthlessness that Paul is talking about in his letters to the church. The church in Paul’s time was dealing with the same issues we are dealing with today (Paganism/worldliness). You need to do a study on the origins of what we call holiday’s today in order to understand this better. Here is a good video to watch regarding this.

Before we get back to Paul’s writings we need to talk about one more important thing. Have you ever wondered what Yeshuah meant when he said in Matthew chapter 7 where he states, 21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father (Yahweh) who is in heaven will enter. 22 Many will say to Me on that day (judgment day), ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ 23 And then I (Yeshuah) will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS (TORAHLESSNESS).’ This is a big one and many Christians need to take a long hard look at this one.

Lets get back to Paul! Again, if He was condemning the days, months and seasons of the torah, he would be contradicting himself and he would have been considered a false teacher. Let us look at an instance where Paul was talking about the feasts of Yahweh. It shows how easy it can be confused if you do not know the torah. Paul goes on to say, Colossians 2:16 (NKJV) “So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths, 17 which are a shadow of things to come, but the body of the Messiah (Here he is addressing the commandments of Yahweh which are good. He was telling them to not let their family and friends who were still pagan judge them for keeping Yahweh’s commandments). Paul later goes on to say why this is important. 20 If you have died with Christ to the elementary principles of the world (not Yahweh), why, as if you were living in the world, do you submit yourself to decrees, such as, 21 “Do not handle, do not taste, do not touch!” 22 —in accordance with the commandments and teachings of men (not the commandments of Yahweh.)? 23 These are matters, which have, to be sure, the appearance of wisdom in self-made religion (Talmud) and self-abasement and severe treatment of the body (worldliness/paganism), but are of no value against fleshly indulgence. It can be easy to confuse what Paul is referencing if we put the commandments of Yahweh in the same category as the commandments of men.

Question: “Paul also said to the Galatians, “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor circumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.” Jesus said, “A NEW command I give you. Love one another.” John says, “And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us.” Romans 7:6 says, “But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code.” and the other in Romans 13:10: “…love is the fulfillment of the law…”

Answer: “Again we have to remember what law we were released from. As mentioned earlier, Yeshuah became the high priest eternally which released us from having to be bound by going through the traditional ceremonial steps in order to be forgiven for sin by the Levitical priest who were not doing their job (Which was to keep torah). Yeshuah has now completed that which could not be completed by the priests therefore ensuring forgiveness for sins for all that believe in what he did. The prophets support all this. The statement, “love is the fulfillment of the law” is more or les Paul condensing the ten commandments into one word because the gentiles he was dealing with were actually quite stubborn and prone to their wicked ways (much like todays society). This does not mean that love is the replacement for the torah or gods instructions because if love was the end, it would be open to each of our interpretation of what love is. We need to know the definition of sin and its practical outworking’s and the only way to do that is to know the definition of the law (God’s law). No one can refute that. If then, love is the fulfillment of the law, then that should mean that the law is good because it is represented by love. If we “love” our neighbor, we will not do harm to them, therefore, if we “love” Yahweh, we will keep commandments.

Deuteronomy chapter 30 says, “6 “Moreover the LORD (Yahweh) your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, to love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, so that you may live. 7 The LORD your God will inflict all these curses on your enemies and on those who hate you, who persecuted you. 8 And you shall again (referencing future tense) obey the LORD, and observe all His commandments, which I command you today. 9 Then the LORD your God will prosper you abundantly in all the work of your hand, in the offspring of your body and in the offspring of your cattle and in the produce of your ground, for the LORD will again rejoice over you for good, just as He rejoiced over your fathers; 10 if you obey the LORD your God to keep His commandments and His statutes which are written in this book of the law (torah), if you turn to the LORD your God with all your heart and soul. 11 “For this commandment, which I command you today is not too difficult (Yahweh is telling them it is not to difficult and therefore was admitting that he did not make a mistake that he would later need to correct) for you, nor is it out of reach.

The only reason that Christians today view the law (torah) of Yahweh as to difficult and out of reach is because they are putting it into the same category as the additions that both Jews and Christians have added to it. This was the whole message that Yeshuah was preaching. In Matthew 23 Yeshuah confirms this by saying, “23:2 “The scribes and the Pharisees have seated themselves in the chair of Moses; 3 therefore all that they tell you, do and observe (he was telling them to keep the torah in the way that Moses commanded….the original covenant), but do not do according to their deeds; for they say things and do not do them. 4 They tie up heavy burdens and lay them on men’s shoulders (the Talmudic additions), but they themselves are unwilling to move them with so much as a finger. 5 But they do all their deeds to be noticed by men; for they broaden their phylacteries and lengthen the tassels of their garments (this is referencing the tzit tzit which are the blue threads that Yahweh commands us to where as a reminder of the commandments. Some Rabbis would make them really long as if they were showing off kind of like the ones who would take off more flesh during the circumcision that we discussed earlier). 6 They love the place of honor at banquets and the chief seats in the synagogues, 7 and respectful greetings in the market places, and being called Rabbi by men. 8 But do not be called Rabbi; for One is your Teacher, and you are all brothers. 9 Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven (He is talking about Yahweh here). 10 Do not be called leaders; for One is your Leader, that is, Christ (Yeshuah).

Question: Regarding the “Sabbath rest” in Hebrews, I don’t believe the author is referring to the seventh day of a literal week, but maybe to rest from works of the law by resting in faith in what Christ has done. “For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His. 11Therefore let us be diligent to enter that rest, so that no one will fall, through following the same example of disobedience.”(the author also said, “how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation?” so I think the disobedience he is referring to may be forsaking the grace of God and relying on observance of the law.)

Answer: Ultimately no matter what it appears they were talking about in Hebrews or if they were talking about the Sabbath rest allegorically, we have to find out if Yeshuah honored the Sabbath in the first place. By doing this we will know how to interpret these sections of Hebrews.

Yeshuah did not observe “the Jewish Sabbath.” He observed the LORD’s (Yahweh’s) Sabbath – that existed right from the time of Creation. He observed the LORD’s Sabbath, with the people of Judah, throughout His life at Nazareth. Again this confirms what Paul was trying to get through to the followers of Yeshuah and the new converts. How do we know this?

Luke 4:16-30 says, “16 And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up; and as was His custom (that means he did it every week), He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath, and stood up to read. 17 And the book of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him. And He opened the book and found the place where it was written, 18 “THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME, BECAUSE HE ANOINTED ME TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR. HE HAS SENT ME TO PROCLAIM RELEASE TO THE CAPTIVES, AND RECOVERY OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND, TO SET FREE THOSE WHO ARE OPPRESSED, 19 TO PROCLAIM THE FAVORABLE YEAR OF THE LORD.”

After the people of Nazareth rejected the Truth that Yeshuah taught, He moved to Capernaum where He continued to obey God’s Fourth Commandment.

31 And He came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and He was teaching them on the Sabbath; 32 and they were amazed at His teaching, for His message was with authority.

Some have issue in these accounts and say that Yeshuah was breaking the Sabbath continually so therefore he was telling us we don’t have to honor it. To understand what is at issue in these accounts, it is helpful to understand something of the rabbinical tradition that lay behind the Sabbath-breaking charges leveled against Yeshuah and His disciples. The Pharisaic tradition, by Yeshuah’s day, had developed into an array of petty rules having to do with the minutiae of the law. It focused on physical works that had little to do with the spirit and intent of the law—and which, in fact, often violated the law (Matthew 15:1–9; Mark 7:1–13; John 7:19; Galatians 6:13).

The scribes among the Pharisees created and transmitted the Pharisaic rabbinical traditions. The body of traditional law that they formulated, called the Halakah (preserved in the Mishnah), is extra-biblical. Although authoritative for Jews who follow Pharisaic tradition, much of the Halakah is not directly supported by Scripture, but is intended as a “hedge” about the law, to prevent any possibility of its being broken.

Ironically, in an attempt to ensure their law-keeping by putting a “hedge” about the law, the Pharisees were breaking the law, for God had said: “You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take anything from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you” (Deuteronomy 4:2; also 12:32). By adding the weight of their tradition to the law of God, they bound “heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men’s shoulders” (Matthew 23:4).

In closing it is important to understand that Paul’s writings do not give us a good idea of when he is transitioning from talking to new gentile converts and to Jews who had chosen to follow Yeshuah as the messiah. This is a big deal for a lot of Christians and believers today, which has left a lot of confusion. Most of this is due in part to the fact that the gospels that we find in our modern day bibles are not in chronological order. This means that we have read the whole thing in context to get a better picture of whom Paul was talking to, when he was talking to them, and why he was talking to them. The reality is that if Paul was writing the letters today he was would rebuking the Christian church for going back to their pagan traditions and neglecting the law of God which is perfect and eternal. It is imperative that we separate the law of God from the law of the Pharisees and the priestly duties, which now belong to Yeshuah when he became the high priest. Please remember that in order for Yeshuah to become the eternal high priest, he had to keep the law of God, which was the torah and the ultimate definition of sin. Yeshuah conquered sin because he kept the Torah. It is that simple. Shalom!

-The Berean

Did Jesus (Yeshuah) Nail the Law (Torah) to the Cross?

laws nailed to the cross

In Acts 17:11 Paul talks about the Berean’s and says, “Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.” What scripture were they examining? They were examining the Torah, the Prophets, and the Writings. The New Testament did not exist at that time. When Paul was preaching the good news and writing letters to the church and new potential converts, not all of the converts were reading the Old Testament to see if what he was saying was true or not. Unfortunately, today’s average Christian (follower of Yeshuah) could be placed in the same category.

With that in mind, lets address the law of God and who it applies to. All throughout the Torah Yahweh makes it clear that the rules for Israel were to be an example for the rest of the world on how to live and run their nation. Anyone who wants to serve the God of the Hebrews (Yahweh) had/has to go by the same set of rules. Yahweh, Yeshuah, and all the prophets say this over and over again. The covenant he made with Levi was only if Levi and his sons would follow God and His torah. The new covenant is that Yeshuah, through the order of Melchizedek became the high priest because the sons of Levi (the priestly line) broke their part of the covenant which was contingent on their actions whether or not the covenant would be canceled. The covenant of the torah (which was given to Moses on Mt. Sinai) is eternal whether we choose to keep it or not. This is why we do not read about the suffering servant in the prophets until after the Levitical priesthood was failing to do their job. This is why there is such a disconnect between Jews and Christians because the Jews still believe the Levitical covenant is still in tact and they do not need a replacement (Yeshuah). That is the covenant that was nailed to the cross in a matter of speaking. It is imperative that we make the distinction between covenants. There is a misconception in Christianity that there are only two covenants which is false. There are several that God made throughout the human narrative and each has different expectations and rules. Some are eternal and others are contingent. For example the covenant with Noah is eternal, YHWH will never flood the entire earth again. The covenant with the tribe of Levi was not eternal; it was contingent on their obedience to the torah. The torah that was given on Mt. Sinai was eternal regardless if we keep it or not. If we are followers of Yeshuah whom was a Hebrew that kept the torah (eternal) and consider ourselves grafted in through Him, then we are obligated to keep the torah (eternal) until heaven and earth pass away. A great example of the Levites being replaced would be Samuel. God chose him because the Levites of his time were so wicked that God raised Samuel up as the high priest and prophet. Another example of how God is looking for obedience rather than lineage was Caleb. Caleb was a Ceenite not an Israelite yet he received a portion of the promise land because he was more obedient to the torah than other Israelites who were part of the 12 tribes. I don’t discredit a persons attempt to understand the gospels based on what they were raised to believe but sometimes we have to remove the glasses we were raised to wear and begin to see things from a different perspective. Jeremiah 16:19 says, “O LORD (YHWH), my strength and my fortress, My refuge in the day of affliction (End Days), The Gentiles shall come to You from the ends of the earth and say, “Surely our fathers have inherited lies, Worthlessness and unprofitable things.” Will man make gods for himself, which are not gods?”

I think the reason this debate is so hard for followers of Christ to entertain is because they are afraid of being deceived, which is a valid concern, however, if we are looking to the scriptures like the Bereans did, which including the Torah and the prophets, for direction, we cannot go wrong and perhaps the deception we are afraid of has come from the fact that we have been told that the old is obsolete. This is a blanket statement that needs to be broken down. Believers need to read the Torah, Joshua, and the Prophets in a chronological complete context before trying to interpret the gospels. The bible is like a map and if you are zoomed in on a small town, it is hard to understand how to get to that town unless you zoom out to see the whole map. Most interpretations are solely based on the gospels, which does not give the researcher a clear context of what the writers of the gospels (Paul, Peter, etc.) were addressing and what they were not addressing. This is very common for “sound-bite theology”. Did Jesus nail the law to the cross? Did Jesus come to fulfill the law? Yes! Which law or what part of it? The book of Hebrews and the book of James shed a lot of light on this issue. The covenant that is addressed in Hebrews is the one He made with Levi, not the Torah (Commandments/Instructions of God) that were given on Mt. Sinai. There is a reason that Martin Luther wanted these book banned from the cannon of scripture. One reason in particular is the fact that it pointed back to the seventh day Sabbath which is a part of the creation story and the Ten Commandments given to Moses. This is why the Ten Commandments say, “remember”. The seventh day sabbath was established at creation. In Hebrew the word “remember” translates as “to guard” which means it is of value and can be taken away. We can see a representation of the sabbath being taken away by the fact that so many Christians are under that the sabbath is on Sunday which is a Catholic ordinance and the the seventh day rest of Yahweh. This is a whole different discussion so I will get back on track. It is very clear that the author(s) of Hebrews is clarifying the difference between Gods instructions and the Covenant with Levi and his descendants. For example, in the beginning of Hebrews in Chapter 4 the author talks about the promise of rest (The Sabbath/Ten Commandments).

Hebrews Chapter 4 goes as follows:

4:1 Therefore, let us fear if, while a promise remains of entering His rest, any one of you may seem to have come short of it. 2 For indeed we have had good news preached to us, just as they (the Israelites before Yeshuah Came) also; but the word they heard did not profit them, because it was not united by faith in those who heard. 3 For we (followers of Yeshuah) who have believed enter that rest, just as He has said,

 “AS I (YHWH) SWORE IN MY WRATH,

THEY SHALL NOT ENTER MY REST,”

 although His (YHWH’s) works were finished from the foundation of the world.

 4 For He has said somewhere concerning the seventh day: “AND GOD RESTED ON THE SEVENTH DAY FROM ALL HIS WORKS”; 5 and again in this passage, “THEY SHALL NOT ENTER MY REST.” 6 Therefore, since it remains for some (those who are obedient and follow Yeshuah united with faith) to enter it, and those who formerly had good news preached to them failed to enter because of disobedience, 7 He again fixes a certain day, “Today,” saying through David (the line of David) after so long a time just as has been said before (referencing back to their disobedience and why they were not able to enter the rest),

 “TODAY IF YOU HEAR HIS VOICE,

DO NOT HARDEN YOUR HEARTS.”

 8 For if Joshua had given them rest, He would not have spoken of another day after that. 9 So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God. 10 For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His.

 11 Therefore let us be diligent to enter that rest, so that no one will fall, through following the same example of disobedience (Not keeping the Torah).

 12 For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do. 14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest (Yeshuah) who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin (What is the definition of sin?). 16 Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

Hebrews goes on to talk about the real reason Yeshuah had to come which was to become the eternal high priest and make it so that all who believe and take on the purification process of Yeshuah the eternal perfected high priest, they could then enter the holy of holies and communion with YHWH because the Levitical priest failed to do their job. There is nothing in the scriptures that says God’s instructions for life were done away with or invalid, in fact, Matthew 5:19 states that,

“Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”

Matthew 5:18  says,

“For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law (Torah/God’s instructions) until all is accomplished.”

Luke 16:17 goes on to say,

“But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one stroke of a letter of the Law (Torah) to fail.”

Based on what we know about what we just learned in Hebrews about Yeshuah fulfilling the priestly aspect of the Levitical covenant, Matthew and Luke are not talking about the Levitical covenant and based on deductive reasoning the Torah is still in tact or at least until heaven and earth pass away which seems highly unlikely. This means that YHWH desires that we keep His commandments and that Yeshuah is now the high priest there fore making it possible to enter into the holy of holies through His sacrifice. Next time we are going to talk about whether Yeshuah is Yahweh or an Angel that was seated at the right hand of the Father. Trinitarians get ready.

-The Berean