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Sanctify YOURSELVES – BE Holy

This was a very difficult article for me.  It began as a Temple-class homework assignment, but ended as a painful self-evaluation.  My study group will tell you that I was in tears as I read this to them, but they asked me to “please, please” publish this article because, as difficult as the message is, everything we’ve found in the Word (OT and NT) bears it out.  Continue reading Sanctify YOURSELVES – BE Holy

ALERT: Important conversation worth watching…

If you’re interested in the reunification of the tribes, you will find that something very interesting is happening over at Pete Rambo’s blog, natsab.   Listen in!

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Dear readers,

There is an important conversation taking place that you may want to watch.  Please do not ‘pile-on,’ however this is a good opportunity to read and understand some of the fundamentals in one of many ongoing conversations with brother Judah.

Go here: https://natsab.com/2017/05/28/gods-word-concerning-the-regathering/

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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.

ARE THE FEASTS STILL SACRED? Should believers continue to celebrate them?

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Holy, holy, holy, is YHVH of hosts: the whole earth is full of His glory.      Isaiah 6:3

The feasts are still sacred for two main reasons:

  • Most importantly, the meaning and efficacy of the feasts is based solely on the shed Blood of The Lamb and the Kingship of Messiah, as will be shown in the articles to follow.  They are the commemoration and celebration of His Work, giving Him the honor that is His due.  The Feasts will be celebrated at least throughout the Millennial Reign when He sits on the Throne.  Do we really want to treat YHVH’s feasts with disdain and neglect?
  •  The feasts are prophetic pictures of Messiah’s unfolding ministry, which makes them extremely pertinent to the practice of our faith, since all that they picture has not yet been accomplished (Matt 5:18).  They shed light on events of the past and prepare us for events yet to come.

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YHVH’S FEASTS – Introduction

Feasts - Divine AppointmentsYears ago, a church in our area sponsored a teaching event featuring a demonstration Seder (Passover meal), and it was a deeply moving experience for all of the participants.  The correlation between the elements of the feast and the life, death, resurrection and Kingship of Y’shua was so obvious, and gave us new insight into His ministry and His prominent place in Old Testament prophecy.   Continue reading YHVH’S FEASTS – Introduction

The Works of Abraham

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Understand, then, that those who have faith [in Messiah] are children of Abraham. [1]  Gal 3:7 NIV

Jesus said, “If you were Abraham’s children, you would do the works of Abraham.” (John 8:39)

What were the ‘works of Abraham’?

“Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws (Gen. 26:5)

Are you a child of Abraham?

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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. Continue reading YHVH’s Instructions About Kashrut (Kosher)

Created in the IMAGE of God….

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Dr. Eli Lizorkin-Eyzenberg, Dean of the Jewish Studies Faculty at  eTeacher (the online biblical Hebrew class that John and I are taking) and Host of the “Jewish Studies for Christians” blog, gave me an interesting insight into Gen 1:26:

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. Gen 1:26
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Just a Thought …

civil lawIn Y’shua’s day, Torah was the CIVIL law of the nation of Israel, and it efficiently regulated daily life.  Had Y’shua ‘done away with’ Torah, He would simultaneously have ‘done away with’ the civil law of Israel, making Israel indistinguishable from the pagan nations around her.

Yet scripture tells us repeatedly that YHVH’s intent was for the Hebrews to act as priests to all the nations, living out before them lives devoted to charity, purity and fellowship with YHVH and each other, with Torah as their guide.  That duty and privilege has never been rescinded by Y’shua or YHVH, despite what the modern church might teach.  Continue reading Just a Thought …

Was Jesus on Mt. Sinai? Part 2

Originally posted by Pete Rambo at his blog, natsab.  He discovered a real gem of information in his study!  Thanks, Pete!

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Was Jesus on Mt Sinai?  Does it matter? is one of the most popular and single most shared posts this blog has ever written.  (I recommend the article and recommend sharing it, but that is not the purpose of this short post.)  In the post I articulated and defended from several angles my conviction that Yeshua (Jesus) stood on Mt. Sinai and was/is the Lawgiver with whom Moshe spoke.

Well, if you have been keeping up the last week or so on this blog, you know that I have begun teaching a series at a local Baptist Church demonstrating Yeshua’s presence in the Tanach (OT).  We have begun with the ‘Angel of the Lord’ instances to reveal Him as the physical, visible manifestation of Elohim (God).

Well, today, in the middle of our Shabbat midrash my attention was drawn to chase a rabbi trail that lead to me reading a…

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