NativityThe single most extraordinary event in human history occurred when the Living God [1]  humbled Himself to come and dwell among men a little over 2,000 years ago. What could have been so incredibly important that it impelled the Creator of All to descend into this tiny corner of His creation, like a biologist somehow shrinking himself down and inserting himself into a single atom???   Scripture tells us that there were a number of compelling reasons.

The primary reason that Y’shua came was because of His love for the Father.   He wanted to give the Father what He  has desired from the beginning!

Since before Time began, YHVH has desired ‘a peculiar people’ [2] who would live in loving fellowship with Him, under His Kingship. This was the purpose of His creation of Man in the first place.

  • When Adam and Eve put a hitch in that plan, YHVH found men like Enoch and Noah and Abraham who would follow His principles and teach them to their descendants.
  • When their descendants forgot the Way of Righteousness, YHVH reminded them through Moshe (Moses), and invited them to become a set-apart nation of priests who would be a light to the Gentiles, to bring all men into fellowship in His Kingdom.
  • When the Israelites still persisted in wandering from the Way, YHVH sent His Son to call them back.

YHVH’s desire for a Kingdom of Love has never faded and never will.   Praise Him!

Y’shua came to earth out of a love for the Father that would not rest until it had seen the Father’s Plan and Desire satisfied! Y’shua has devoted His own being to make the Kingdom a reality.  On His first visit He joyfully and forcefully announced the inception of YHVH’s Kingdom.  His entire ministry for three years was to call the people to repentance and back to pure Torah, in order to build a citizenship for the Kingdom.  At His Second Coming, He will firmly establish that Kingdom for eternity.  Because of His incredible Love for the Father, Y’shua’s desire was to grant the Father HIS desire!  What Love!

The Father’s Desire for the Ages

And thou shalt love YHVH thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. Deut 6:5

And it shall be at that day, saith YHVH, that thou shalt call me Ishi [husband]; and shalt call me no more Baali [Master, Owner] Hosea 2:16

(1) Thus saith YHVH, Keep ye judgment [Heb: mishpatim – ordinances of Torah], and do justice: for my salvation is near to come, and my righteousness to be revealed. (2) Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it; that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil.  (3) Neither let the son of the stranger, that hath joined himself to YHVH, speak, saying, YHVH hath utterly separated me from his people [When ‘the son of the stranger’ abides by YHVH’s standards, he is as much a member of the ‘family’ as the native Hebrew. Gal 3:7]: neither let the eunuch [who was considered to be blemished and unfit] say, Behold, I am a dry tree. (4) For thus saith YHVH unto the eunuchs that keep my Sabbaths, and choose the things that please me, and take hold of my covenant; (5) Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name [see Rev 2:17], that shall not be cut off. (6) Also the sons of the stranger [non-Israelites], that join themselves to YHVH, to serve him, and to love the name of YHVH, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant; (7) Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices [our sacrifice is Y’shua] shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people. (8) The Lord YHVH which gathereth the outcasts of Israel saith, Yet will I gather others to him, beside those that are gathered unto him. Isaiah 56:1-8

Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel. Exodus 19:6

The Father speaking to MessiahIt is a light thing [too trivial a thing] that thou shouldest [merely] be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel:  I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth.  Isaiah 49:6

The Father speaking to Israel: And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.  Isaiah 60:3

Messiah’s mission: to establish the long-awaited Kingdom

And He [Y’shua] said unto them, I must preach [Grk: euaggelizō – announce] the kingdom of God to other cities also, for therefore am I sent. [3] Luke 4:43

From that time Y’shua began to preach [Grk: euaggelizō announce], and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Matt 4:17

And Y’shua went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching [Grk: euaggelizō announce] the good news of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. Matt 9:35

Thy kingdom come: Thy will be done in earth, as [in the  same way that] it is in heaven. Matt 6:10

And as ye go, preach [Grk: euaggelizō announce], saying, The Kingdom of heaven is at hand. Matt 10:7  [This was the true GOSPEL, which was being obediently preached by the apostles long before Y’shua died, and before they understood the significance of His sacrificial death.]

Now after that John was put in prison, Y’shua came into Galilee, preaching [Grk: euaggelizō announce] the good news [gospel] of the kingdom of God, And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the good news. Mark 1:14-15, NIV

Secondly, Y’shua came out of obedience to the Father.

 Y’shua taught us that Love is demonstrated by obedience.

If ye love me, keep my commandments. John 14:15

Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. John 14:23

If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. John 15:10

Y’shua showed His Love for the Father by His careful obedience.  The Kingdom Plan is the Father’s Plan.  Everything had to be done in accordance with the Father’s wishes.

Y’shua knew that the task ahead would demand every moment of His life, every breath that He drew, every step that He took. There would be few luxuries or indulgences – only humble circumstances. There would be little honor or glory, but much opposition, humiliation and pain.  He knew that accomplishing the task would doom Him to persecution and hideous death.

Most importantly, He knew that He would have to become what He most detested – sin – and suffer temporary separation from the Father, with Whom “one-ness” (Heb. אֶחָד echad) was and is EVERYTHING to Y’shua. (John 17) The thought of that separation must have been the single most difficult thing to contemplate!  Yet He did not “grasp” His deity, but was “obedient, even unto death.” (Phil 2:8)   What Love! What Obedience!

For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. John 6:38

Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Phil 2:6-8

I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.  John 17:4

Thirdly, Y’shua came out of love for His Creation (especially Mankind), to rescue Creation from the grip of the adversary and to restore it to YHVH, its true owner.

The scriptures tell us that YHVH created the universe through Y’shua (John 1:1-3). Y’shua loves His Creation so much that He was (and continues to be) willing to sacrifice Himself for its protection and well-being – to wrest it back from the rule of the enemy and to restore to Life all who respond. (John 3:16)  

He tells us, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13)   Y’shua was not merely man, but Elohim in the flesh; yet He laid down His Life in our behalf!!!  It is perhaps impossible to understand the depth of such an amazing love, yet the foundation of His love for us is His deeper love for the Father.  He came to defeat the usurper and restore to the Father what is rightfully His.  What Love!   What sacrifice! [4]

O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!  Matt 23:37

I am come in my Father’s name… John 5:43

Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.  Mat 20:27-28

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will restore us, that we may live in his presence. Hosea 6:2

He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. 1John 3:8, NIV

Fourthly, Y’shua came to refocus the people’s attention on  His Father’s pure Torah

Part of ‘the devil’s work’ was to corrupt the Word of God – what we call ‘The Old Testament.’   Y’shua tells us repeatedly that the religious leaders had perverted the pure Torah of YHVH, replacing it with the ‘doctrines and commandments of men,’ (Matt 15:9, Mark 7:7-8, etc.) and that in the process they had left the people as ‘sheep without a shepherd.’ (Mark 6:34)

Y’shua spent an amazing amount of His recorded time in rebuking the scribes and the Pharisees.  These men had taken it upon themselves to rewrite YHVH’s holy Torah!  They added innumerable (and pointless) ‘laws’ to it, while simultaneously providing loopholes to avoid obeying the genuine provisions of Torah.  At the same time, they represented themselves as godly men seeking only to honor YHVH.  Most of them probably even believed they were doing the ‘right’ thing, but Y’shua saw right through them. He called them every name under the sun and warned His people neither to imitate them nor even to listen to them.

As the Father’s representative, Y’shua honored the Father’s commitment to the Faithful Remnant of Abraham’s descendants by giving the ‘seed of Abraham’ the first opportunity to return to pure worship. (John 4:22, Rom 1:16)   He came to restore the pure teaching of the Word to ‘the lost sheep of Israel,’ (Mat 15:24) with the intent that they would then begin functioning in the priestly role originally planned for them, ministering the Good News of the Kingdom to other Jews and to the Nations (the Gentiles). (Matt 28:18-20)

To the Jew First

But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Mat 15:24

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Messiah: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. Rom 1:16

Ye are the children of the prophets, [5] and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed. [Quoting Gen 22:18 Unto you [Jews] first, God, having raised up his Son Y’shua, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities. Acts 3:25

Restoring the True Torah

Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill[6]   For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass [both are still with us], one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.   Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments [Greek ἐντολή (entolē) – mitzvot; ordinances], and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. Matt 5:17

Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition? … Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition. … But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. Mat 15:3-9  [Did Y’shua or the apostles instruct us to celebrate Christmas, etc.?  Are these not the ‘doctrines and commandments of men’ that Y’shua so fervently condemned?]

Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees. Mat 16:12

And he answered and said unto them, My mother and my brethren are these which hear the word of God, and DO it. Luke 8:21  [When Y’shua spoke these words, only the ‘Old Testament’ existed – the NT had not yet been written.]

But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and KEEP it. Luke 11:28

Fifthly, Y’shua came to call the people to repentance and re-commitment to the true ‘Way of Righteousness’ for the purpose of establishing a citizenship for the Eternal Kingdom.

A righteous kingdom must have righteous citizens, so folks need to repent!  To ‘repent’ means to change one’s mind for the better (Strong’s G3340).   In order to repent, one must have something ‘better’ to choose – it is not enough merely to stop doing what is wrong, but one must begin to do what is right.   Every son of Abraham in Y’shua’s audience understood that he was being called to repent of his evil ways and to go back to the way of scriptural Torah, which David and his descendant Y’shua called the Way of Righteousness. (Psalm 1:6) [7]

John the Baptist and Messiah both told the people to repent of their sin [sin is the transgression of Torah. 1John 3:4] and to return to the Way of Righteousness, which the people (correctly) understood to be scriptural Torah. (Matt 21:32, Matt 5:17[8]  When John and Y’shua preached, we only hear them say “Repent!”   We don’t hear much about what the people were supposed to repent of, or what they were supposed to do after repenting, because they already knew:  They knew that they had not been living by YHVH’s standards of righteousness as given in Torah, and they knew that they had to get back to obeying True Torah!

Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law [Torah]1John 3:4

Note that neither John nor Y’shua ever ‘corrected’ that understanding.   In fact, Y’shua confirmed that John was acting in the spirit of Elijah – Y’shua commended John. That should tell us something important!  (Matt 21:32, Matt 11:14, Matt 17:11-12)   He DID invest a sizable amount of preaching to show the people that the Oral Torah – the traditions and doctrines of the Pharisees – were NOT part of Torah.

John told the people to get back to scriptural Torah and Y’shua showed them the true Heart of Torah, which is Love for YHVH and for each other.

Y’shua announced the Kingdom and invited repentant believers to come under His Kingship. (Matt 4:23, etc.)   Once the Faithful Remnant had returned to pure Torah – unpolluted by the doctrines and traditions of men – and had acknowledged Y’shua as King of Israel, then they would begin spreading the Good News of the Kingdom to the Gentiles, who were also invited to be part of YHVH’s Kingdom, as had always been YHVH’s Plan.

The obedient are out of sync with the world and WILL pay the price

By returning to the pure Torah of Scripture, Y’shua’s disciples were inviting rage upon themselves and creating division in their families and communities. Their rejection of the traditions of the rabbis was a rejection of the most revered standards and the most powerful representatives of their society.  It was a rejection of the worldly system (the ideas and desires of man elevated above those of YHVH), which had clothed itself in what only appeared to be garments of righteousness. (Matt 23:27) This would not be allowed to go unchallenged!  Therefore Y’shua warned His people that they would be persecuted in the same way that He was persecuted. (John 15:20, etc.) [9]

Modern Messianics and the early brethren are dealing with the same issue!

The first believers wanted to get back to True Torah, and their religious system fervently opposed them – to the point that the religious leaders KILLED Y’shua.   Modern ‘messianics’ want to get back to True Torah, and our religious system fervently opposes us! Y’shua warned us! We should not be surprised when our choice engenders outrage, condemnation and division.

In our own day, those who realize the obligation (and privilege) to follow Torah must deal with the same issue and the same outrage that our early brethren had to deal with!

  • Two thousand years ago, their choice meant abandoning many rules and regulations (traditions and doctrines of men) that were held sacred in their religious system, so they could get back to the core regulations set in place by YHVH.
  • Today, our choice means abandoning Sunday worship, Christmas, Easter, and the doctrine of Torahlessness (i.e., the doctrine that ‘The Law has passed away’) so we can get back to the core regulations set in place by YHVH.
Sixth, Y’shua came to bring ‘division’ – Repentance separates the holy from the profane and the obedient from the rebellious

The modern church envisions Y’shua’s ministry as a mission of Peace – restoring peace between YHVH and Man, and bringing healing and hope to the world.   On the contrary, Y’shua knew that His mission was not to bring hope to this world’s system, but to offer Life to men and to establish an entirely new system based on YHVH’s principles.  He knew that in this world, only division and strife would be created as each person made his choice: to serve self and the enemy, or to serve YHVH.

This has to happen, so that sin can be revealed and justly dealt with at Judgment Day. (Rom 7:13) This is one of the things Torah accomplishes: those who obey Torah reveal themselves to have  become kadosh – (holy, set apart for YHVH – while those who do not honor YHVH’s Torah reveal themselves to be rebellious and ungodly. (Jude 1:14-15) Sin is brought out into the open for all to see, and they are without excuse. (Rom 1:20)

It is for this reason that this world is doomed to destruction.   Y’shua has no interest in ‘fixing the system.’ [10]   His concern was and is to call out those individuals who desire to live under His Kingship (Rev 18:4), to enliven and empower them (Acts 1:8, etc), and through them to create for the Father an eternal Kingdom that will be established on a new earth (Rev 11:15).   It was and is His desire that this group would live in harmony with each other, united in heart and mind in the same way that He and the Father are of one heart and mind (John 17).   Sadly, we have failed Him in this so far, but the day will come when this will be a reality – Praise Him!


I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. Luke 13:3

Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works [the works first described in Torah]; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. Rev 2:5

As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Rev 3:19

Expect Opposition

Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. Mat 10:34

For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. Mat 10:35

I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! (Luke 12:49, NIV)

Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division: Luke 12:51

This World Will Pass

Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. 1Jo 2:15-17

Believers are Followers of ‘The Way’ of Righteousness (aka Torah)

… my salvation shall be for ever, and my righteousness shall not be abolished. Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my Torah; fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid of their revilings. Isa 51:6

[Moses speaking] And it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before YHVH our God, as he hath commanded us.  Deut 6:25

[Paul speaking] For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them. Rom 10:5

[David speaking] In the way of righteousness there is life; along that path is immortality. Prov 12:28, NIV

[Paul speaking] For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law [Grk. nomos – Torah] of God, neither indeed can be. Rom 6-7

[Y’shua speaking] … if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments [Greek: ἐντολή (entolē) – mitzvotordinances,  NOT the Ten Commandments]. Matt 19:17

For the commandment [Heb: mitzvah – ordinance] is a lamp; and the law [Heb: Torah] is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life: Pro 6:23

For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. 2Pe 2:21

They are all gone out of the way [of life and of righteousness], they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Rom 3:12 (Paul, referencing Psalm 14:3)

Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth. Psalm 119:142

Y’shua saith unto him, I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6

For John came unto you in the Way of Righteousness, and ye believed him not… Mat 21:32

This man was instructed in the Way of the Master; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Master, knowing only the baptism of John. Act 18:25

“But I admit that I follow the Way, which they call a cult. I worship the God of our ancestors, and I firmly believe the Jewish law and everything written in the prophets.” (Act 24:14, Paul, as quoted in the NLT)

Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way [of righteousness], which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Mat 7:14

YHVH is well pleased for his [Messiah’s] righteousness’ sake; he [Messiah] will magnify the law, and make it honorable Isaiah 4:21

[Messiah speaking] Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me, I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy Torah is within my heart.   Psa 40:7

The Big Question:

Why is it important for people to return to Torah?

The Big Answer:

So that there will be people in YHVH’s Kingdom who will love, serve and obey Him as He commanded and deserves to be loved, served and obeyed!

It’s not about us!

Believers in the church (even Messianic believers) quite understandably tend to focus on their salvation.   We are so immensely grateful for the incredible sacrifice that Y’shua made on our behalf, and we are so excited about the abundant life that He has planned for us, that without realizing it, we begin to think that it’s all about us.

We often hear it said that “If I was the only person on the planet, Y’shua would have died for me.”  Please don’t misunderstand – this statement is absolutely true, because of Y’shua’s perfect Love.   But that is certainly not how Y’shua perceives it!   If we were to hear Y’shua’s version, it would be:

If you were the only person on the planet, I would have died for you so that YHVH could have at least one person to live in His Kingdom and give Him the Love, Reverence and Obedience that He deserves!!!

Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. Rev 4:11

It is not about us – it is all about YHVH!!!!

Why did Y’shua come to Planet Earth??

In our studies, we found six main reasons that Y’shua came to this planet:

  1. His love for the Father – His determination to give the Father what He wanted – an eternal Kingdom comprised of people who love and obey Him;
  1. Obedience to the Father’s Will, based in that same great Love;
  1. Love for His Creation and a determination to restore all who will respond to their original purpose and ownership by redeeming them from the enemy’s grip;
  1. To restore a correct understanding of the Word, particularly YHWH’s Torah;
  1. To call sinners to repentance and to lead them into the Way of Righteousness for the purpose of creating righteous citizens for YHWH’s Kingdom.
  1. To call out those who hunger and thirst for righteousness – to DIVIDE them from the ungodly – so that sin can be revealed in preparation for the Judgement Day.

If you search The Word, you will probably find another reason or two why Y’shua came to tabernacle with us.   I hope that you will do your own study on the subject!

I believe that as you let the scriptures speak for themselves, you will find that Y’shua taught His people to repent, to return to Scriptural Torah, and to become fit citizens for the Kingdom:

Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law [Torah]. 1 John 3:4

As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.  Rev 3:19  [In the Book of Revelation, Y’shua calls His people to repent of SIN, which is the transgression of the Law.  To repent means to turn around – to stop doing what is wrong and to begin doing what is right.  In scriptural terms, what is ‘right’ is Torah.  Y’shua gave this command long AFTER His death and resurrection.]

Thy Kingdom come [implied: on earth]; thy will be done on earth, as [in the same way that] it is in Heaven. Matt 6:10

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[1] Philippians 2:5-8  Let this mind be in you which was also in Messiah Y’shua, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bond-servant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.  Please see my article, THE DEITY OF Y’SHUA.

[2] The word סְגֻלָּה (cegulah) translated as ‘peculiar,’ actually means treasured.

[3]  Many more Kingdom verses can be found in Scripture. Just a few are: Isa 9:7, Dan 2:44, Dan 7:22, Eph 5:5, 2Th 1:5, Hebr 1:8, Rev 12:10, Rev 11:15, Mat 13:11, Mat 13:41

[4]  Other pertinent verses include: Isaiah 54:5, John 10:10, John 12:46, John 11:25, etc.

[5] “Children of the prophets” is a Hebrew colloquialism which was understood to refer to the students who studied under the ancient prophets in the “schools of the prophets” that we hear about in the OT.  [Source: The Old Testament Student, 1883-1889 (Vols. 3-8), Published by The University of Chicago Press, ISSN: 01905945]

[6]  It is helpful to know that when Y’shua stated that He had not come to destroy but to fulfill, He was using a scholarly rabbinical phrase that was familiar to His audience.  In Y’shua’s own generation, the greatly esteemed Torah teacher Gamaliel (Paul’s teacher) had coined this phrase.  In Gamaliel’s usage, if a rabbi gave a poor or incorrect interpretation of Scripture, he had destroyed Scripture. If, on the other hand, he gave an inspired and correct interpretation, he had fulfilled Scripture.  Thus Y’shua was telling his audience that He had come to give them the correct understanding of Scripture.  Ex: “Imma Shalom, R. Eliezer’s wife, was R. Gamaliel’s sister.  Now, a certain philosopher lived in his vicinity, [116b] and he bore a reputation that he did not accept bribes.  They wished to expose him, so she brought him a golden lamp, went before him, [and] said to him, `I desire that a share be given men in my [deceased] father’s estate.’  `Divide,’ ordered he.  Said he [R. Gamaliel] to him, `It is decreed for us, Where there is a son, a daughter does not inherit.’  [He replied], `Since the day that you were exiled from your land the Law of Moses has been superseded and another book given, wherein it is written, `A son and a daughter inherit equally.’  The next day, he [R. Gamaliel] brought him a Libyan ass.  Said he to them, `Look at the end of the book, wherein it is written, I came not to destroy the Law of Moses nor to add to the Law of Moses, and it is written therein, A daughter does not inherit where there is a son.’ . . .” [Babylonian Talmud: Tractate Shabbat, Folio 116a]

[7] Additional verses referring to The Way of Righteousness: Psa 25:9, Psa 27:11, Psa 67:2, Psa 119:14, Psa 119:27, Psa 119:30, Psa 119:32, Mat 22:16, Luke 1:79, Mat 22:16

[8]  Other applicable verses are: Romans 1:16, John 12:46, Chapter 23 of Matthew, etc.

[9]  Y’shua was not killed by the world: He was persecuted and killed by the leadership of the established “church” of His day. Modern followers of Y’shua who become Torah-observant will experience opposition from the leadership (and laity) of both the established Christian church and the established rabbinic Judaic faith.

[10]  Modern Judaism believes its purpose is ‘tikkun olam’ – fixing the world. Much of Christian effort is also devoted to fixing the world rather than to restoring the dead to life.



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