YHVH’s Instructions About Kashrut (Kosher)

When John and I are asked if we ‘keep kosher,’ our response is, “Yes, we keep the scriptural kosher instructions.”  By this, we mean that we obey the commands concerning food as given in Torah, but we do not follow the rabbinic (Talmudic) traditions that have become so important to orthodox Jews.

The rabbinical definition of 'kosher' isn't necessarily YHVH's definition of clean and 'set apart'!!
The rabbinic definition of ‘kosher’ isn’t necessarily YHVH’s definition of ‘clean’ and ‘set apart’!!

When most people think of ‘keeping kosher,’ they envision the many rabbinic laws having to do with the storage, preparation and consumption of food: no dairy products may be eaten with meat; utensils used to prepare dairy products must not be used to prepare meat products and vice versa; all food must be perfectly unblemished; etc. There are literally hundreds of such rabbinic customs and traditions.  Not one of them is found in YHVH’s Word! They are man-made, and they unnecessarily burden those bound by them. [1]  Such ‘commands’ are in direct violation of YHVH’s specific instructions to neither add to nor take away from His instructions. (Deut 12:32,  etc.) His food-related commands, on the other hand, are few and very simple to comply with.

Most of the instructions that YHVH gives us concerning food are found in

Chapter 11 of the Book of Leviticus.

I italicized the word food to draw attention to this fact: If a creature does not appear on the list of ‘clean’ animals, it quite literally is NOT food!  When scripture talks about food, it is referring only to the clean animals listed in Leviticus 11.

For example, if you and I were chatting and I referred to food, you would certainly not envision rubber bands or sawdust, because those items do not fit into your accepted category of food.   In the same way, if you were talking with Y’shua about food, He would not envision pork or shrimp – they simply do not fit into His accepted category of food!

Clean and Unclean

The instructions about ‘clean and unclean’ have apparently been known to Man since the days of Adam, for we find that Noah (born only a few generations after Adam) was already aware of which animals YHVH considered to be clean and unclean for the purpose of sacrifices, [2]  since He gives no explanation.

Noah's burnt offering of clean animals.
Noah’s burnt offering of clean animals.

Before the Flood, YHVH instructed Noah to take a single pair of each kind of creature on the ark, except in the case of ‘clean’ animals, of which he was to take seven pairs. [3]  Scripture implies that YHVH did not have to explain to Noah the difference between clean and unclean – he already knew.

After the flood, when farmed crops were temporarily unavailable and Noah had to rely on meat for food, all YHVH had to do was tell him to refrain from blood and eat only the clean animals. No further explanation was necessary – Noah already knew which animals were considered clean.

Our Loving Father has Provided a Feast – Only the Best for His Children!

As we read YHVH’s instructions about food in light of modern scientific knowledge, we are amazed, touched and blessed!  YHVH has created His list of food with our health and well-being first and foremost in His Loving Mind!

♦ The creatures that we are instructed to consider as food are those which eat only strong, healthy living things, thus storing in their bodies the best and highest quality nutrients. They are clean.

♦ The animals that are eliminated from consideration as food are:

◊  Those which typically carry diseases, parasites and toxins that can be transmitted to humans, or

◊  Those which YHVH has purposely designed to clean the earth of debris, corruption (dead things) and disease-causing situations.  Such creatures process and store in their bodies the toxins and parasites that we don’t want to come anywhere near!  They are filthy – literally unclean!

clean-en-uncleanIn Leviticus 11, YHVH is not ‘laying down the law’ or putting good and desirable things off-limits just to test our faith: He is instructing His beloved children as to what is good for them to eat and what is NOT good for them to eat.  Praise Him!

There is much more to the concept of Kosher than “The Leviticus List”

In the King James Version of the Scriptures, the word clean (Heb  הוֹר tahore) is used 133 times in 117 verses.  The word unclean (Heb  טָמֵא tahmay) is used 194 times in 158 verses.  In comparison, the word Sabbath – a topic very near and dear to YHVH’s heart – is used 134 times in 116 verses. It is apparent that the topic of ‘clean and unclean’ is also very near and dear to YHVH’s heart.

This is only to be expected: YHVH is righteous, and He uses cleanliness as a symbol of His righteousness.

What is man, that he should be clean? And he which is born of a woman, that he should be righteous? Job 15:14

The righteous also shall hold on his way, and he that hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger. Job 17:9

The fear of YHVH is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of YHVH are true and righteous altogether. Psa 19:9

These references to cleanliness include not only our food, but also our clothing, our interpersonal relationships, and essentially every aspect of our lives.  We would suggest that the reader should do his own topical study of clean and unclean. As we did our own study, we discovered an underlying principle: YHVH desires that His people will be ‘clean’ in all their ways.

  SET APART – Kadosh
kadosh screensaver
KADOSH – the Hebrew word for ‘set apart, consecrated for the sole use of YHVH.’

It’s tempting to think that the ‘Old’ Testament doesn’t apply to us.  The world has changed so much! The ancients farmed or tended livestock; we sit at desks and computers or drive vehicles, etc. They grew their own food organically, but our food has been altered and affected substantially by ‘science,’ and we obtain it through a long chain of intermediaries.  They wove their own fabrics from materials they had grown themselves (or purchased from someone they knew), but we shop endlessly for clothing made from chemical compounds and assembled by machines.  After work hours, they met in family units to tell stories, sing songs and play group games, but we go to movies or play computer games or watch TV.

But things really haven’t changed that much.  It may be tempting to think that the OT doesn’t apply to us, but we would be foolish to give into that temptation!  The PRINCIPLE of spiritual cleanliness applies just as much in our own world as it did in the world of the ancient Hebrew!

It is as important for modern believers to be distinguishable from the sin-driven world system as it ever was for the ancient Hebrews to be ‘set apart’ from the pagans who surrounded them.  It is perhaps even more important, since we hope to be the generation of the spotless Bride who welcomes her Bridegroom at His Return!

How Torah Keeps us ‘Kosher’

To be set apart, or kadosh, is to be reserved for special use.  At your house, you may have  a special chair that is reserved ‘just for Dad,’ or you may have a set of dishes that ONLY gets used for special occasions.  These items are ‘kadosh‘ in the sense that they have been set apart for very specific purposes – purposes of honor.  The dog isn’t allowed to sit on that particular chair, but If he did, you’d wipe it down.  You wouldn’t dream of putting one of those special dishes under a plant pot, but if someone else were to ignorantly misuse that special dish, you’d carefully clean it and replace it in its protective cabinet.  These things are kadosh.

Long ago, when a kadosh farmer or shepherd found it necessary to handle the carcass of a dead animal, there were Torah regulations that instructed him how to clean himself and how to protect his family from possible infections.  The instructions reminded him that he had been set apart for the sacred use of YHVH and that he was to treat himself accordingly.   He was to be consecrated to YHVH, just as YHVH had consecrated Himself to His people.

For I am YHVH that bringeth you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: ye shall therefore be holy [Heb. Kadosh – set apart], for I am holy. Lev 11:45

Today, Torah still reminds US of our own consecration.  When we come across something that sullies our minds or bodies, we too can look to Scripture to find the effective way to ‘cleanse’ the effects of that contact.  If it is a matter of the mind or heart, perhaps we need to offer a prayer of repentance, acknowledging Y’shua’s sacrifice already offered in our behalf.  If it is a physical matter, perhaps all we need to do is give our hands a careful cleaning and make a change of clothing.

Set apart for LIFE in a dry and dusty land....
Set apart for LIFE in a dry and dusty land….

But perhaps the most important thing we can do is to remind ourselves – as the ancients did – that we belong to YHVH.  As His possessions, we have no right to allow ourselves to dabble with things that will impart their uncleanness to us or to those around us: such things as pornography; ‘entertainment’ featuring witchcraft, demons and violence; novels and books reveling in lust and power; vulgar language; suggestive dancing and provocative clothing; gluttony; greed; acquisitiveness and preoccupation with the satisfaction of needs and desires; etc.  These things are all part of the enemy’s attempt to draw us away from consecration to the Holy YHVH.

As the apostles taught us, referring to Isaiah 52:11 and Ezek 20:34, 41:

Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Messiah with Belial? Or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?  And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols?  For ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. [Ref: Lev. 26:12; Jer. 32:38; Ezek. 37:27] Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. 2 Corinthians 6:14-18

A Clean Heart Comes First

This act of setting ourselves apart from the values of the world system does not in itself make us clean.  Being set apart is the result of a cleansed heart.  Our actions come from the heart.  When our hearts are right before Him, we do not desire to participate in the things that grieve Him.  He places a new heart in us, so that it becomes natural for us to desire to do those things that please Him.

Y’shua  taught us:

Dirt has no spiritual effect. Obedience and rebellion are what change our hearts.
Dirt has no spiritual effect. Obedience and rebellion are what change our hearts.

Don’t you know that the food you put into your mouth goes into your stomach and then out of your body?  But the words that come out of your mouth come from your heart.  And they are what make you unfit to worship God.   Out of your heart come evil thoughts, murder, unfaithfulness in marriage, vulgar deeds, stealing, telling lies, and insulting others.  These are what make you unclean. Eating without washing your hands will not make you unfit to worship God.   Matt 15:17-20 CEV  [4]

Y’shua was teaching us that our attention to cleanliness (Torah) does not make us clean: it is only symbolic. It demonstrates that we are clean in our hearts – that we have chosen to live in accordance with YHVH’s standard of righteousness – His Torah. In the same way, unclean behavior demonstrates that we are unclean in our hearts.

This was just as true in biblical days as it is today.  The symbolism is potent: it reminds us of our responsibility to remain Holy [Heb. Kadosh: consecrated for the sole use of YHVH], and it identifies us as YHVH’s particular people, bringing Him honor and glory in an unclean world.

KADOSH 2
HOLY – SET APART – CONSECRATED TO YHVH

That’s what ‘kosher’ is really all about: By ‘keeping kosher’ in every aspect of our lives, we demonstrate His character in a soiled and tattered world.   By this we give Him true Worth-ship, and He receives the obedience, honor and acknowledgement that He deserves!

We find great joy in doing what pleases the Master by following Torah.  It is not at all burdensome, but is instead a precious reminder that we belong to Him and have been set apart for His service – and there is no more delightful knowledge than that!

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Psalm 51:10

Clean Animals
If it isn’t in the Leviticus 11 description, it isn’t FOOD.

© Sue Wyatt and The Lamb’s Servant Blog, 2015.  Permission to use and/or duplicate original material on The Lamb’s Servant Blog is granted, provided that full and clear credit is given to Sue Wyatt and The Lamb’s Servant Blog, with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.


FOOTNOTES

[1]  A central rabbinic tradition is that meat and dairy cannot be prepared using the same utensils, and that they cannot be eaten at the same meal. In fact, according to this regulation, if you eat a cheese pizza, you must wait a prescribed amount of time before eating a steak, or you risk mixing meat and dairy in your stomach! This regulation is based on Ex 23:19b: Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother’s milk. The true intent of this passage may have been to warn the Israelites against practicing a pagan ritual that was used among the Canaanites to worship their goddess, or it may have been a symbolic way of expressing the idea of refusing to take what was meant to be life-giving and a blessing, but using it for harm instead.  In either case, this passage had nothing to do with what Israelites were permitted to eat in their daily diet.  In fact, in Gen 18:8, we are told that righteous Abraham … took butter, and milk, and the calf which he had dressed, and set it before them [the angels of YHVH!]; and he stood by them under the tree, and they did eat. Had this been against Torah, the angels would certainly have instructed Abraham that they could not eat these things simultaneously!

[2]  Gen 7:2, Gen 7:8, Gen 8:20, etc. For a more thorough discussion of this topic, please see our article, Evidence that Torah Was Given to All Men at Creation.

[3]  In Scripture, the number seven always denotes completeness and perfection. Y’shua was born in the 7th month of YHVH’s calendar; blood was sprinkled on the altar seven times, etc.

[4]  If you read this passage (Mark 7:17-20) in the NIV translation, you’ll notice an additional sentence in verse 19: “For it doesn’t go into their heart but into their stomach, and then out of the body.” (In saying this, Jesus declared all foods clean.)”  That sentence about Jesus declaring all foods clean is an addition – it is not found in the vast majority of the manuscripts.  Apparently a few scribes wanted to make sure that their idea of ignoring Torah was ‘supported’ by scripture.

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18 thoughts on “YHVH’s Instructions About Kashrut (Kosher)”

  1. I guess I shouldn’t eat the skillet porkatoni Italiano that a friend brought me tonight! lol. (She made the recipe up, and is publishing a cookbook.) I typically do not eat a lot of pork myself, nor do I eat a lot of shrimp, crab, etc., but I do love that stuff . . . Your post has really given me some insight though.

    I do have a question (as usual). When God was talking about being set apart, he was talking to the Israelite’s (Jews) correct? Wouldn’t this not apply to us then since we aren’t Israelites? Also, can you explain Peter’s dream to me a bit in reference to this (if it has reference). I understand that the dream was more or less telling Peter not to call Gentiles unclean (Cornelius) because he has declared then clean (or something to that affect.) When you have some time of course. 😉

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    1. I love your questions, Jennifer – It’s a delight to meet someone who has intelligent questions and the courage to ask them!

      The questions you’re asking are among the same questions my husband and I (and all the other messianics we know) have asked ourselves! 🙂 We’ve spent hundreds of hours searching the scriptures for the answers, and we’re confident that we can answer SOME of these questions now.

      You’re right, though – it will take a little time to answer the one about Abraham and the Jews, so I will work on that for you.

      In the meantime, your question about Peter can be answered by reading my commentary on Chapter 10 of the Book of Acts. You can access it at this URL: https://lambsservant.wordpress.com/2015/01/04/torah-in-the-book-of-the-acts-of-the-apostles-chapters-6-10/
      I hope it helps, but if you have more questions or objections, I’d love to hear them. Discussing the Word with a serious seeker is such a joy!

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      1. Thank you Sue. I love learning and seeking God’s Kingdom! 🙂 I read the article and that’s what I had thought the vision was referring to (apparently forgetting that a few verses later he stated that). I just find it interesting that it took him several attempts to understand what the vision meant, but having had dreams and visions myself I know that it can often take awhile to interpret. Thanks so much for the info. Blessings! ❤

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        1. I take some comfort that even Peter had to struggle to understand some of YHVH’s principles because he too was still learning to discern YHVH’s Truth from man’s doctrines. It isn’t easy. Often we’re not even aware that our understanding is being fogged by something we’ve been taught… It’s embarrassing, exciting and encouraging – all at the same time! – when we are finally able to ‘see’ a principle from Messiah’s perspective!! 🙂

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        2. Hi Jennifer! I am so embarrassed that it has taken me so long to compose an answer to your question. There are a lot of reasons why, but no excuses. I hope you will forgive me. Here is what I came up with, and it will probably generate MORE questions, so please feel free to ask them if you wish.

          Your question was: When God was talking about being set apart, he was talking to the Israelite’s (Jews) correct? Wouldn’t this not apply to us then since we aren’t Israelites?

          In my last message, I said, “The questions you’re asking are among the same questions my husband and I (and all the other messianics we know) have asked ourselves!  We’ve spent hundreds of hours searching the scriptures for the answers, and we’re confident that we can answer SOME of these questions now.”

          Warning: To find those answers, we had to test against scripture every doctrine we’d been taught (like the Bereans did). We had to start studying the word under the direction of the Holy Spirit rather than under human teachers. We also had to start thinking like the Hebrew people to whom those scriptures were written. That took a little doing… but it made a HUGE difference in our understanding of the Word.

          Now I will get off my soapbox and offer you some answers. I hope you will use what I offer as a springboard and do your own intensive study under the guidance of the Spirit.

          On to your question about Abraham and the Jews. I’ve written quite a few articles that address this question in bits and pieces, but let’s see what I can do all in one place… 🙂

          Rather than giving you my opinion, may I give you some scriptures to look at so you can make up your own mind?

          We normally define ‘the Jews’ as the descendants of Abraham – the man with whom YHVH made the original Covenant. ‘The Jews” are actually only one tribe of the twelve tribes descended from Abraham, but they do indeed have a special place among the tribes. Nevertheless, ALL people are invited to be grafted into Israel. Here is what scripture says about the children of Abraham:

          Know ye therefore that they which are of faith [in Messiah], the same are the children of Abraham. And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham. Gal 3:7-9

          (This passage is followed by additional verses that the church uses as ‘proof’ that the Torah has been nullified, but they are completely misunderstanding the passage. It is much too complicated to go into here, but we can discuss this further if you are interested.)

          So we have just been told that Gentile believers are ‘the children of Israel.” What does that mean?

          … at that time ye were without Messiah, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: But now in Messiah Y’shua, ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Messiah. … Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints [the first ISRAELITE believers], and of the household of God… (Eph 2:12-13, 19)

          If some of the branches [the blood descendants of Abraham] have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root, do not consider yourself to be superior to those other branches. If you do, consider this: You do not support the root, but the root supports you. (Rom 11:17-18)

          Remember the promise that all the nations would be ‘blessed in Abraham”? We found it very interesting to learn that the word ‘blessed’ is from the same root word as ‘grafted.’ For centuries, the rabbis have taught about God’s promise to graft the Gentiles into the family of Abraham! When a branch is grafted into a tree, it becomes part of the tree – it is no longer a separate entity. Gentile disciples have been grafted into the family of Abraham, in whom representatives of all the nations will be blessed (grafted). Gentile converts are no longer Gentiles – they are adopted, grafted-in Israelites, no longer strangers and foreigners, but of the household of God and privy to both the blessings and obligations of the covenants of promise! Praise Him!!

          Y’shua speaking: “If ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham.” John 8:39

          What were Abraham’s works?

          “And he [Abraham] believed in [Heb: ‘aman – was faithful to; supported; confirmed – there is nothing mental about this ‘believing’….] YHVH; and he [YHVH] counted it to him for righteousness. Gen 15:7 Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws. Gen 26:5

          Here is what YHVH has to say about Gentiles who love and worship Him. (This passage is dealing specifically with the time just before and at the establishment of the Millennial Kingdom.)

          This is what YHVH says: “Maintain [Heb: shamar – guard, observe] justice [Heb: mishpatim – lawful judgments; ordinances; God’s laws] and do what is right, for my salvation is close at hand and my righteousness will soon be revealed. Blessed is the one who does this— the person who holds it fast, who keeps the Sabbath without desecrating it, and keeps their hands from doing any evil.” Let no foreigner who is bound to YHVH say, “YHVH will surely exclude me from his people.” … And foreigners who bind themselves to YHVH to minister to him, to love the name of YHVH, and to be his servants, all who keep the Sabbath without desecrating it and who hold fast to my covenant— these I will bring to my holy mountain and give them joy in my house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and sacrifices [ordained in Torah] will be accepted on my altar; for my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations.” Isaiah 56:1-7

          We find that Christians usually immediately object to this passage on the grounds that “there is no further need for sacrifices” and that this passage must be addressing a time period prior to Y’shua’s work on the cross. We felt this way ourselves at one time. Unfortunately, had ignored certain important scriptures, such as Zechariah 14, especially verses 16-18:

          And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, YHVH of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles. And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, YHVH of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain. And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, that have no rain; there shall be the plague, wherewith the YHVH will smite the heathen that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles. Zec 14:16-18

          There are other passages as well indicating that we are not yet finished with sacrifices. The reason for that is another topic for another day, but nevertheless, sacrifices will be offered during the Millennial Kingdom, but they will be accepted ONLY from “all who keep the Sabbath without desecrating it and who hold fast to my covenant.”

          We must continue to remind ourselves that YHVH does not change; therefore His expectations of those who call themselves His People do not change.

          [YHVH speaking] ….but 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… Isaiah 51:6-7

          All your words are true; all your righteous laws are eternal. (Ps 119:160)

          One and the same law applies to everyone who sins unintentionally, whether a native-born Israelite or a foreigner residing among you. Num 15:29

          We wrote an article called “One Law for Jew and Gentile” that you might find interesting: http://www.tckingdom.org/article/one-law-for-jew-and-gentile/.

          Another article, “Evidence that Torah Was Given to All Men at Creation,” also has much to say about this topic. https://lambsservant.wordpress.com/2015/01/02/evidence-that-torah-was-given-to-all-men-at-creation/

          Another verse that is often ignored is this:
          Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy Torah is the truth. Psalm 119:142

          This verse is a typical example of Hebraic parallelism or synthetic parallelism, in which the same idea is reiterated in different ways and built upon in the same passage. (See Parallelism in Hebrew Poetry.) Righteousness and Torah are being equated to one another and to Truth. Truth (Heb: emet) is defined by Strong’s (H571) as “firmness, faithfulness, sureness, reliability, stability, continuance, etc.” This becomes significant when we read statements like those made in Ps 119:142 – “Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth.” In other words, “Thy law is firm, faithful, sure, reliable, stable, continuing.”

          With those meanings in mind, we can link such a statement to Moses’ declaration: “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) and God’s own promise: “The secret [intimate counsel] of YHVH is with them that fear him; and HE WILL SHOW THEM HIS COVENANT.” (Psa 25:14) Such a statement, read with those definitions, brings us right back to Abraham:

          “And he [Abraham] believed in [Heb: ‘aman – was faithful to; supported; confirmed] YHVH; and he [YHVH] counted it to him for righteousness. Gen 15:7 Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws. Gen 26:5

          What is God’s plan for His righteous people?

          ‘…you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites.” (Ex 19:6)

          And what is God’s plan for Messiah’s followers?

          “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” (1Peter 2:9)

          Gentiles have been adopted and grafted in to the family of Abraham. They are no longer Gentiles, but ISRAELITES in God’s eyes. Believers have the same job as the Israelites (a job has never been taken from them). Shouldn’t ALL believers be of the same mind and live by the same standards that YHVH commanded ALL His people to live by?

          This brings us to Y’shua’s statement: “…salvation is from the Jews.” (John 4:23)

          In case we think He was just saying that He (salvation) was Jewish, other scriptures tell us that He actually meant that God’s plan was for His salvation to be offered to the rest of mankind through the Jews as a people. This has already occurred at the inception of Christianity, and it will happen again in these last days:

          “Yes, many peoples and strong nations shall come to seek YHVH of hosts in Jerusalem, and to pray before YHVH. “Thus says YHVH of hosts: ‘In those days ten men from every language of the nations shall grasp the sleeve of a Jewish man, saying, “Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.”” (Zechariah 8:22-23)

          It is the ‘Jew’ (the Israelite) who will lead the Gentile into the Kingdom. We are seeing this come to pass today! In the last 40 years, more Jews have acknowledged Y’shua as Messiah than have done so in the last 2000 years! These dear ones understand and live by the message of the Old Testament: To serve YHVH, we must be holy (kadosh, set apart) as He is holy. We must live according to HIS instructions, not according to the traditions of men. Those who attach themselves to YHVH, whether Jew or Gentile, must take care not to come before Him except in the beauty of holiness.

          As I read these scriptures (and MANY more), I cannot escape the conviction that YHVH expects ALL people to live by His Torah – to be kadosh, holy, set apart – especially those who call themselves by His Name. I believe that the Word, both Old Testament and New, makes it clear that ANYONE who loves YHVH and desires to serve Him will naturally live by HIS standards.

          I hope to do a study of the Book of Romans next, to demonstrate that Paul agrees with that stand, too. 🙂

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          1. Thanks Sue. My mom has fell very ill and had a vision of her mom calling her name from what I believe to be heaven, so I haven’t been on here much as I am preoccupied. I will read this when I have some time. It’s been so long I am not in the mindset to “care” about this right now I’m afraid. Thank you for taking the time to reply. ❤

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  2. Reblogged this on natsab and commented:
    Another terrific post from Sue and John. I wholeheartedly agree with this post and Scripturally correct position and am relieved that when they are here next weekend we can have cheeseburgers… 😉

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    1. LOL!!! Me too!! Looking forward to meeting you and your family!!

      Thanks so much for the reblog. Kind of a basic overview of the subject, but I’m so grateful that we even know this stuff – once upon a time the whole concept was not even on our horizon. Praise Yah for His faithfulness in bringing us into His Torah!! 🙂

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  3. A note on the 2 Corinthians 6:14-18 passage: Paul doesn’t conclude the thought until after 7:1 which importantly states, ‘therefore let us cleanse ourselves of ALL defilement of FLESH AND SPIRIT’ thus rendering Christendom’s spiritualization of clean/unclean a moot argument. According to Paul we CAN be physically defiled.

    Good post!

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  4. Rahab who was a Canaanite prostitute but eventually in the lineage of Jesus was considered an Israelite or Hebrew (One who has crossed over) and if you read how the Isrelite children fled Egypt there were others who fled with them and became part of Israel too. Galatians 3:2 7 For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to promise. AMEIN! If we are truly sons of the Hebrew Messiah than we can also call ourselves grafted into him and no longer gentiles. I remember learning that the word Gentile actually can mean “out of covenant”. We show we are in true covenant by our obedience to HIM. I hope this helps with the question Jennifer had. Shabbat Shalom ❤

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