Yeshua is the Door

This great word study by Peter Ryall of the Missing Pieces blog has some really great nuggets in it that will light up your day. Enjoy!

Missing Pieces

the-door-of-the-sheep“Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.John 10:7

In Yeshua’s “I am” statement about being the Door of the Sheep,  He teaches us that He is “the Door”, not just “a door”.  He is saying that He is not only our Shepherd who leads us into the sheepfold of the Kingdom, but He is the only door by which we can enter and be saved and find safe pasture (John 10:9).  There are deeper meanings for understanding Yeshua as our door into the Kingdom of God, so come with me now as we dig deeper into the Word to explore these meanings.

It is helpful to understand more about sheep and shepherding in general and specifically during Yeshua’s time.  Of all domesticated animals, sheep are the most helpless.  Sheep will spend their entire day…

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The Jerusalem Debate: BUT, WHAT SHOULD WE DO?????

By Bob Parham

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I understand that my responses to the Eleven Objections against going to Jerusalem for the Pilgrimage Feasts still leave some HUGE questions for every one that is still in the Diaspora.

What SHOULD we do?  Do we still celebrate the feasts as though we were in Jerusalem?   Should we not meet at all?   Are we sinning if we do or don’t do the feasts outside of Jerusalem? Continue reading The Jerusalem Debate: BUT, WHAT SHOULD WE DO?????

Objection Number 11: Paul sailed from Philippi AFTER the days of Unleavened Bread. Therefore he shows that we don’t need to go to Jerusalem for the feasts.

Response by Bob Parham
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“Hey Paul, shouldn’t we be going to Jerusalem for Passover?  It’s almost time!”     “Nah,  Jesus took those commands away when He died, I think.”

The first thing that comes to my mind when I heard this objection was this: SINCE WHEN does the behavior of another believer dictate how I am to behave with respect to Yah’s clear commands?  I am to look to Yeshua and His Word, not to man, for my instruction. Continue reading Objection Number 11: Paul sailed from Philippi AFTER the days of Unleavened Bread. Therefore he shows that we don’t need to go to Jerusalem for the feasts.

Objection Number 10: Paul didn’t go to Jerusalem for 14 years, so we don’t have to (or shouldn’t) go either.

Response by Bob Parham
“Should I go to Jerusalem for the feast?   Nah, I think I’ll sit here for another seven years.”

The first thing I have to ask is this:  When did Paul’s (or anyone else’s) obedience or lack thereof eliminate my obligation to obey Yah’s eternal Commands?  Yeshua’s obedience didn’t cancel out Torah, so Paul’s apparent disobedience certainly doesn’t have the authority to cancel out Torah!  And if I have to choose, I will choose to follow YESHUA before I follow Paul!
Continue reading Objection Number 10: Paul didn’t go to Jerusalem for 14 years, so we don’t have to (or shouldn’t) go either.

Objection Number 9: Yeshua took away any commands concerning Jerusalem in John, Chapter 4.

Response by Bob Parham
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[Yeshua speaks to the people after His resurrection]   “No, I took those commands away when I died. By the way, you can eat pig now too!”   (Scriptural reference to be added as soon as I can find it…)

So which scripture(s) in John, Chapter 4 are being referred to?

John 4:19-26 – (19) “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. (20) Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”  (21) Woman,” Yeshua replied, believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.  (22) You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. (23) Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. (24) God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”  (25) The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”  (26) Then Yeshua declared, I, the one speaking to you—I am he.
Continue reading Objection Number 9: Yeshua took away any commands concerning Jerusalem in John, Chapter 4.

Objection Number 8: We don’t have to keep those commands because we aren’t in The Land.

Response by Bob Parham

out-of-the-land-1Many people feel no need to appear in Jerusalem at the Pilgrimage Feasts because they live outside of Israel. More than once, someone has told me, “We don’t have to keep those commands, because we aren’t in The Land.”

I would have to ask, “Which commands do we not ‘have’ to keep?”
Continue reading Objection Number 8: We don’t have to keep those commands because we aren’t in The Land.

Objection Number 7: Keep the feasts outside of Jerusalem!

 Response by Bob Parham

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Deut 30 – (1) When all these blessings and curses I have set before you come on you and you take them to heart wherever the Lord your God disperses you among the nations, (2) and when you and your children return to the Lord your God and obey him with all your heart and with all your soul according to everything I command you today, (3) then the Lord your God will restore your fortunes and have compassion on you and gather you again from all the nations where he scattered you.  

What a beautiful passage!  What does this passage have to do with whether it is good to keep the Pilgrimage Feasts outside the land or not?  Very much!  But what is it telling us: To keep the feast outside the land, or to NOT keep the feast while outside the land? Continue reading Objection Number 7: Keep the feasts outside of Jerusalem!

Objection Number 6: Jerusalem is too far for you to go!

 Response by Bob Parham
“Are we there yet?”   “NO!”          “Are we there yet?”     “NO!”

“Jerusalem is too far for you to go!  Observe the feasts wherever  you wish.”  The first thing that came to my mind when I heard this teaching was the scripture that tells us about King Jeroboam’s politically-motivated betrayal of YHWH:
Continue reading Objection Number 6: Jerusalem is too far for you to go!

Objection Number 5: Yah’s Presence is no longer in Jerusalem

Response by Bob Parham

missing-presenceThis is another reason that is connected to the Temple being non-existent.  Since the Temple has been destroyed, some believe that Yah’s presence is no longer in Jerusalem, so there is no reason to go there.

Please be careful to not let this come out of your mouth.
Continue reading Objection Number 5: Yah’s Presence is no longer in Jerusalem