Category Archives: Revealing Unfounded Traditions

Ezer Kenegdo – a helper meet for him (Gen 2:18)

Recently, within a two-day period, I heard the Hebrew phrase “ezer kenegdo” mentioned on two different occasions.   It really caught my attention, and I took that as an indicator that Abba wanted me to understand this term, so I began studying the phrase – and what an eye-opener!  Continue reading Ezer Kenegdo – a helper meet for him (Gen 2:18)

Ten Commandments PIE CHART

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Torah Commands Pie Chart, created by Shane Benson and posted at Facebook on 27 Jan 2016.

A Facebook friend by the name of Shane Benson posted this today, and I found it REALLY helpful.

A few years ago, I realized that Y’shua could not possibly have kept ALL of Torah, for the simple reason that ALL of Torah did not apply to Him!  He was not a woman, so He wouldn’t have been able to obey commands that specifically applied to women.  He was not a High Priest of the Levitical order (nor even a regular priest or Levite), so He could not obey the MANY commands pertaining to their duties.  He was not a farmer, so the agricultural commands would not have applied to Him.  He was not the ruling king at the time, so those commands did not apply to Him.  Etc., etc.  You get the idea.

What Y’shua could and DID do was follow every command that DID apply to Him, and He followed them out of love for the Father and love for people.  And that’s all He asks of us.  🙂

Here is Shane’s comment on his pie chart:

Have you ever heard someone say, “If you’re going to obey the law, then you have to obey them all.”, meaning all 613 commandments? Then to prove it, they quote James 2:10, “If you break one, then you’re guilty of breaking them all.

For the past few days I have been putting together this chart. I started in Exodus and read to the end of Deuteronomy. I wrote down different categories of people that some laws would apply to, such as women, men, kings, priests, farmers, etc. Every time I saw a law, statute, or commandment for any of these groups, I made a mark in the group.

After adding up all the marks, I converted it to a pie chart showing each group. As you can see, I highly doubt there would be a single person that would fit into every single category.

**Note**
Keep in mind that this pie chart is not 100% accurate. I say this because there are many commandments and laws that are repeated several times. When I came across a law that was already stated, I skipped over it, rather than counting it twice. (Remember that Deuteronomy is a repeat of events, spoken 40 years later)

This chart does not assume the total number is 613. From my own studying, that appears to be a man made number, as God, Moses, or anyone else ever gave such a number.

The point of this chart is not to negate the law, nor lead people away from it, but rather, I put this together to show that it is impossible for anyone to follow the ENTIRE law. Not even Moses could do it. Yeshua Himself could not even do it, as He was not a woman, nor married, nor fit some of the other categories. He simply obeyed what was applicable to Him, which is what we should be doing, and that is the point of this chart.

-Shane


Published with the permission of Shane Benson.

The Jerusalem Debate – The End of the Matter

After posting all 14 of Bob Parham’s articles about going up to Jerusalem for the feasts, Al McCarn of “The Barking Fox” blog has written a terrific summary of the real and critical reasons why we should all have our hearts set on the Holy City. Please read prayerfully and with the constant thought that when YHVH gives a command, He also provides the means to obey the command. Jerusalem is on your horizon!!

The Barking Fox

The Little Red Hen and her chicks enjoy the fruit of her labors. (©2014-2016 Ross-Sanger)The Little Red Hen and her chicks enjoy the fruit of her labors. (©2014-2016 Ross-Sanger)

There is a children’s story about a Little Red Hen who worked diligently to feed her chicks and keep her house in order.  One day she found some grain, which she decided to plant.  She asked the other barnyard animals to help, but each of them refused for one reason or another.  The same thing happened each time she asked for help in tending the plants, harvesting the wheat, taking it to the mill to grind into flour, and bake the flour into bread. 

At the end of this lengthy process, as the Little Red Hen pulled the fresh bread hot from the oven, all of the animals came running to help her eat it.  But before any of them could come near, she said, “Not one of you helped me plant the…

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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.