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Grafted In Fellowship is a gathering of like-minded people who understand the importance of following ALL of our Father's Word.  We understand our Father is the "same yesterday, today and forever" and furthermore, the Word of God is a complete writing without contradiction within what is commonly called the Old and New Testaments. 

YES!  We Shabbat!  Or more properly stated, "We observe Shabbat!"  What does this mean?  Shabbat is Hebrew for Sabbath.  We believe the day our Father has "set apart" is the Sabbath!  The Day of Shabbat has not been moved to Sunday!  Shabbat is the Seventh Day...the day we call Saturday.  
 
Glossary

B'rit HaDasha =
New Testament
Mashiach = Messiah
Rabbi Sha'ul = Apostle Paul
Shimon = Peter
Tanakh = Old Testament
Torah = Instruction 
             (translated as "law")
Ya'akov = James
Yeshua = Jesus
Yeshua HaMashiach = 
Jesus the Messiah
YHVH = God
Yochanan = John

POINT TO PONDER


This space is used for providing interesting questions one should seriously consider as they reflect on their faith.


Many times we make statements about our faith without actually thinking through the statement to its final conclusion.  We say it because it sounds good.  But do we really mean it?

Point to Ponder #36
2 Corinthians 11:4 (NKJV): For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted—you may well put up with it!

This is a short introductory writing on this verse.  It can have (and has had) volumes written about it.  But here is the catch: what is your paradigm when reading this verse?  If you are reading this from a Western, Greek-based paradigm, then you will believe that anyone else “preaching” another Jesus is in the wrong.

However, if you place the text back in its original context, with the original audience, you will quickly discover Paul (Sha’ul) was a Jew (Paradigm Alert: Sha’ul never “converted” to Christianity) writing to other Jews.  Their worldview was Hebrew-based — NOT Greek!

So to put it simply, Sha’ul (a Jew) is writing to other Jews who also believed Yeshua was the Jewish Messiah (Paradigm Alert: There is a HUGE difference between the Jewish Messiah and the Christian “Christ”).  Everything about Sha’ul’s writings is Jewish.

Putting this in perspective: If I believe in the Jewish Messiah, I am in agreement with the original intent/context of Sha’ul.   If you are preaching a “Greek” Jesus, and not a Jewish Messiah, are you sure you are on solid footing?

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Continuing with this verse, the above is just a thumbnail look at a "different" Jesus.  The Greek Jesus vs. the Hebrew Yeshua.  But the verse goes on to say, "...or a different gospel which you have not accepted--you may well put up with it."

Interesting.  A different gospel.  

Tell me, what is the Gospel?  Many in the "Church" today will respond with, "the birth, life, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus."

Have you ever stopped to consider this as the gospel being preached in the New Testament?  Stop and think about it.  Is that what John the Baptist was preaching in the wilderness?  A lot of theology has been attached to his words.  

What about Yeshua?  In Matthew 4:23, it reads, "And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom..."

Was Yeshua preaching His birth, life, crucifixion and resurrection?  If so, then why were the disciples so confused after His crucifixion?  Especially, if Yeshua preached His resurrection the entire time of His ministry.  

Please don't misunderstand me!  I am NOT saying the concept of "the birth, life, crucifixion and resurrection" isn't important!  I am saying it is NOT the Gospel -- especially the Gospel as it would have been understood by the first century Jewish believer.  

So, you may ask, "What is the Gospel?"  I am glad you asked. 

The gospel (good news), as understood by ALL Jews, not only in the first century, but throughout the writings of the prophets as well, is the establishment of the Kingdom on earth!

>>Here is another proof about the "gospel:"  Heb 4:2 - For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them [referring to the Children of Israel at Mt. Sinai.]<<

So, here is the point.  In this one verse, we have the "Church" preaching a Greek Jesus (versus a Hebrew Yeshua), AND also preaching a different gospel.  

What were the last words of 2 Cor 11:4?  "...you may well put up with it."

Think about it...

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Let’s look at the last of the categories Paul writes about: a different Spirit.

Matthew 12:28 - But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you. (NKJV)

Then compare the same story in Luke 11:20 - But if I cast out demons with the finger of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you. (NKJV)

This is straightforward.  The Spirit of God is the same as the finger of God.  Why does this matter?  Let’s go back to the Exodus story, when the Children of Israel were at Mt. Sinai. 

Exodus 31:18 - And when He had made an end of speaking with him on Mount Sinai, He gave Moses two tablets of the Testimony, tablets of stone, written with the finger of God. (NKJV)

Just to drive the point home, read Deuteronomy 9:10 - Then the Lord delivered to me two tablets of stone written with the finger of God, and on them were all the words which the Lord had spoken to you on the mountain from the midst of the fire in the day of the assembly. (NKJV)

At Pentecost when the Spirit was poured out, it was the same finger of God, the same Spirit of God that was writing the Torah on their hearts!

Some people see a difference between the Law and the Spirit--NO!  The Holy Spirit is the very finger of God that is writing the Torah--but instead of on tables of stone, it is on the fleshly tables of your heart!

Following the Torah is not supposed to be a burden.  It is not something we constantly have to strive to perform.  Rather it is going to be a part of our new creation makeup because God has touched our heart so that we just want to do those things that please Him!

So if you are being taught, or if you believe, following the Torah is no longer valid and the “spirit” will lead you to truth, to put it bluntly, you are relying on a different spirit -- one that takes you away from God's word.  The true Spirit of God (the finger of God) can only lead you to what He wrote.

It is my prayer you can see God's intent and turn to His whole word.



Point to Ponder #35:

Many languages throughout the world have a special name for the day we call Saturday.  Can you see the special name?  Do you find it interesting many cultures have named the 7th day of the week "Sabbath?" 

Arabic:  Sabet; Armenian:  Shabat; Bosnian:  Subota; Bulgarian:  Sabota; Corsican:  Sàbatu; Croatian:  Subota; Czech:  Sobota; Georgian:  Sabati; Greek:  Savvato; Indonesian:  Sabtu; Italian:  Sabato; Latin:  Sabbatum; Maltese:  is-Sibt; Polish:  Sobota; Portuguese: S  ábado; Romanian:  Sambata; Russian:  Subbota; Serbian:  Subota; Slovak:  Sobota; Slovene:  Sobota; Somali:  Sabti; Spanish:  Sabado; Sudanese:  Saptu; Ukranian:  Subota


So how did Sunday become the “sabbath?”  Easy.  Man decided to make the change.  First, Constantine made the decree.  This followed what his true religion (Sun worship) already had in place; hence, Sun-day. Eventually, the Catholic Church also weighed in and declared Sunday the day of worship.  Basically, it was man who decided to change YHWH’s Sabbath, and make a new sabbath.  

Mark 7:8
For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men—the washing of pitchers and cups, and many other such things you do.”

Colossians 2:8
Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. 




Point to Ponder #34:
(The following was posted for consideration for Independence Day, July 4, 2014)


When our forefathers declared independence from Britain, did the United States become a “lawless” society?  Meaning, did they assume since they no longer had to obey the King’s laws, that they were free to do whatever they pleased?

 

As you know, they did not become a lawless society—they established a new set of laws to live by.  We call it our Constitution.

 

Similarly, when we break the bonds of sin in our lives, we are not free to do whatever we want to do.  We must still live by a set of laws—the laws of our Master. 


Even Rabbi Sha’ul (Apostle Paul) recognized this when he wrote in Romans 6:15-16,
15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not!16 Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?”

 

So, as you celebrate our Nation’s Independence Day, think about how much more we should honor our Father by celebrating our release from sin, and turn to His word, and follow His commands.





Point to Ponder #33:

Here is another study I read recently that I thought I would share.  It is thought provoking...

Remember This:

God won’t ask what kind of car you drove; He’ll ask how many people you drove who didn’t have transportation.

God won’t ask the square footage of your house; He’ll ask how many people you welcomed into your home.

God won’t ask about the clothes you had in your closet; He’ll ask how many you helped to clothe.

God won’t ask about your social status; He will ask what kind of class you displayed.

God won’t ask how many material possessions you had; He’ll ask if they dictated your life.

God won’t ask what your highest salary was; He’ll ask if you compromised your character to obtain it.

God won’t ask how much overtime you worked; He’ll ask if your overtime work was for yourself or for your family.

God won’t ask how many promotions you received; He’ll ask how you promoted others.

God won’t ask what your job title was; He’ll ask if you performed your job to the best of your ability.

God won’t ask what you did to help yourself; He’ll ask what you did to help others.

God won’t ask how many friends you had; He’ll ask how many people to whom you were a friend.

God won’t ask what you did to protect your rights; He’ll ask what you did to protect the rights of others.

God won’t ask in what neighborhood you lived; He’ll ask how you treated your neighbors.

God won’t ask about the color of your skin; He’ll ask about the content of your character.

God won’t ask how many times your deeds matched your words; He’ll ask how many times they didn’t.

God won’t ask why it took you so long to seek Salvation; He’ll lovingly take you to your mansion in heaven, and not to the gates of Hell.

God won’t ask how many people you forwarded this to; He’ll ask if you were ashamed to pass it on to your friends and family

Have a great day.

Skip Moen, March 4, 2007, www.skipmoen.com



Point to Ponder #32:

I came across this study regarding the Parable of the 10 Virgins.  I have heard many sermons on this parable, all of which have valid points.  However, I have never heard a sermon using the Biblical definitions needed in order to properly understand the depth of what Yeshua was conveying.

Mt 25:1-13

  1 Then the kingdom of Heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom.  
  2 And five of them were foolish and five were wise.
  3 For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them,
  4 But the wise took flasks of with with their lamps.
  5 As the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept.
  6 But at midnight there was a cry, 'here is the bridegroom!  Come out to meet him.'
  7 Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps.
  8 And the foolish said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.'
  9 But the wise answered, saying, Since there will not be enough for us and you, go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves.'
10 And while they going to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut.
11 Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, 'Lord, Lord, open to us.'
12 But he answered, 'Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.'
13 Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.

In order to properly understand this parable, we have to get some definitions.  The best place to get the definitions is straight from the Bible!

Wise
Psalm 19:7
The Torah of YAHWEH is perfect, converting the soul. The Testimony of YAHWEH is sure, making the simple wise.

Matthew 7:24
Then everyone who hears these Words from Me, and does them, I will compare him to a wise man who built his house on the rock;

Foolish
Proverbs 1:7
The fear of YAHWEH is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs 10:8
The wise in heart accepts commandments, but the foolish of lips shall be thrust away.

Matthew 7:26
And everyone who hears these Words of Mine, and who does not do them, he shall be compared to a foolish man who built his house on the sand;

Lamp
Proverbs 6:23
For the commandment is a lamp, and the law a light; and reproofs of instruction are a way of life,

Light
Proverbs 6:23
For the commandment is a lamp, and the law [Torah] a light; and reproofs of instruction are a way of life,

Oil
Leviticus 24:2
Command the sons of Israel, and they shall bring to you pure olive oil, beaten, for the light, to cause a light to burn continually.

Based on these Biblical definitions, we can then summarize the five key words as follows:

Wise - Obedient
Foolish - Disobedient
Lamp - Commandment
Light - Torah
Oil - Desire to obey

Now we can insert these definitions into the parable to fully understand what Yeshua was teaching:

Mt 25:1-13 [Definitions inserted]
  1 Then the kingdom of Heaven will be like ten virgins who took their [commandments] and went to meet the bridegroom.  
  2 And five of them were [disobedient] and five were [obedient].
  3 For when the [disobedient] took their [commandments], they took no [desire to obey the commandments] with them,
  4 But the [obedient] took [their desire to follow the Torah of God with their commandments].
  5 As the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept.
  6 But at midnight there was a cry, 'here is the bridegroom!  Come out to meet him.'
  7 Then all those virgins rose and [attended to their commandments].
  8 And the [disobedient] said to the [obedient], 'Give us some of your [desire to follow the Torah of God], for our [commandments] are going out.'
  9 But the [obedient] answered, saying, Since there will not be enough for us and you, go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves.'
10 And while they going to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were [obedient] went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut.
11 Afterward the [disobedient] virgins came also, saying, 'Lord, Lord, open to us.'
12 But he answered, 'Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.'
13 Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.

Someone might object to the idea of "buying instruction;" however, when we allow the Bible to provide our definitions, we find:

Prov 23:23
Buy truth, and do not sell it; buy wisdom, instruction [Torah], and understanding.

Finally, within this parable, this is not the first time Yeshua stated His reaction to those who do not obey the Torah:

Matthew 7:23
"And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness [Torah-lessness]."

Think about it...




Point to Ponder #31:

For those who still believe God can change His mind:

Malachi 3:6a - For I am YAHWEH, I do not change.

Think about it...




Point to Ponder #30:

For those who believe God changed His mind and the Torah is no longer valid, I submit the following for you to consider:

1 Samuel 15:29 - “Also the Glory of Israel will not lie or change His mind; for He is not a man that He should change His mind.”

Think about it...



Point to Ponder #29:

The fall of man involved food.  YHVH told Adam not to eat of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.  It was a simple command.  You can eat everything else in the Garden, but do not eat the fruit of the Tree of Good and Evil.

Many of us tend to scoff at Adam and say to ourselves, "I would never disobey God's command over something so trivial!"

And yet, YHVH has commanded in His Torah for us not to eat certain foods -- pig, shellfish, certain bugs -- just to name a few.  What is our response now?  "We don't have to listen to God and His commands."

Kind of makes you re-think your position about Adam, doesn't it?  Or at least it should.

Think about it...




Point to Ponder #28:

Here is a second set of "If...  Then..." scenarios straight from the Bible for those who claim Yeshua did away with the Law (Torah).  

1) IF Yeshua did away with the Law, THEN why is teaching the Law the test of the true prophet?
Read Deut 13:1-4 
“If there arises among you a prophet or a dreamer of dreams, and he gives you a sign or a wonder, and the sign or the wonder comes to pass, of which he spoke to you, saying, ‘Let us go after other gods’—which you have not known—‘and let us serve them,’ you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams, for the Lord your God is testing you to know whether you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.  You shall walk after the Lord your God and fear Him, and keep His commandments and obey His voice; you shall serve Him and hold fast to Him.

2) IF Yeshua did away with the Law, THEN why is all scripture instructions in righteousness...and not just the New Testament?
Read 2 Tim 3:16 
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 

3) IF Yeshua did away with the Law, THEN why does all the Law and the Prophets still hang off the two most important commandments of the Law?
Read Matt 22:40 
On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

And 1 Cor 16:22 
If anyone does not love the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be accursed. O Lord, come! 

And James 2:8 
If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you do well; 

4) IF Yeshua did away with the Law, THEN how can He be the Word of God which includes the whole Law of God?
Read John 17:14 
I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.

And Rev 19:13 
He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.

5) IF Yeshua did away with the Law, THEN why does the scripture say that Stephen was falsely accused of teaching against the Law?  Did Yeshua alter the customs...or not?
Read Acts 6:13-14 
They also set up false witnesses who said, “This man does not cease to speak blasphemous words against this holy place and the law; for we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place and change the customs which Moses delivered to us.” 

6) IF Yeshua did away with the Law, THEN why did Rabbi Sha'ul say to imitate him, who follow the Law?
Read 1 Cor 11:1 
Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.

And Acts 21:24 
Take them and be purified with them, and pay their expenses so that they may shave their heads, and that all may know that those things of which they were informed concerning you are nothing, but that you yourself also walk orderly and keep the law. 

7) IF Yeshua did away with the Law, THEN why did Rabbi Sha'ul inform to keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread?
Read 1 Cor 5:8 
Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. 

8) IF Yeshua did away with the Law, THEN is heaven and earth done away with?
Read Matt 5:18 
For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. 

9) IF Yeshua did away with the Law, THEN why did Rabbi Sha'ul say it was good when used properly?
Read 1 Tim 1:8 
But we know that the law is good if one uses it lawfully [properly], 

10) IF Yeshua did away with the Law, THEN why did Rabbi Sha'ul say he was a slave to God's Law?
Read Rom 7:25 
I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!  So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.

11) IF Yeshua did away with the Law, THEN how can we know what sin is?
Read Rom 7:7 
What shall we say then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! On the contrary, I would not have known sin except through the law. For I would not have known covetousness unless the law had said, “You shall not covet.”

And 1 John 3:4
Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness ["Torah-lessness"], and sin is lawlessness ["Torah-lessness"]. 

12) IF Yeshua did away with the Law, THEN why does the scripture say that Yeshua condemns sin, so that the requirements of the Law can be fulfilled in us?
Read Rom 8:3 
For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, 

13) IF Yeshua did away with the Law, THEN why are we instructed to walk like Yeshua, Who walked according to the Law?
Read 1 John 2:6
He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked. 

Think about it...
(Thanks to 119 Ministries for the above teaching!  Watch the video!)




Point to Ponder #27:

Do you love God?  Most will answer, "Yes!", to this question.

Have you looked up the definition, according to the Bible?  More specifically, what the B'rit HaDasha defines as love?  It might surprise you.  Let's look at the verses.

John 14:15 - "If you love me, keep my commandments.

John 14:21 - He who has my commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves me.  And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.

John 14:23-24 - Yeshua answered and said to him, "If anyone loves me, he will keep my word; and my Father will love him, and We will come to him and make our home with him.  He who does not love Me does not keep my words; and the word which you hear is not mine but the Father's who sent me.

John 15:10 - If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in His love.

1 John 2:4-5 - He who says, "I know Him," and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.  But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him.  By this we know we are in Him.

1 John 5:3 - For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments.  And His commandments are not burdensome.

2 John 1:6 - This is love, that we walk according to His commandments.  This is the commandment, that as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it.

Think about it...




Point to Ponder #26:

In a previous Point to Ponder (#21), I used the verse from Isaiah 5:20 - Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!

I think it would be best if we had proper definitions for "good", "light", and "sweet".  The best way to get the deifinitions is to let the Bible define the words.

Good
Romans 7:12 - So then, the Law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good. 

Romans 7:16 - But if I do the very thing I do not want to do, I agree with the Law, confessing that the Law is good. 

1 Timothy 1:8 - But we know that the Law is good, if one uses it lawfully [properly], 


Light
Psalm 19:8 - The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.

Psalm 119:105 - Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path. 

Isaiah 8:20 - To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because they have no dawn. 

Isaiah 51:4 - “Pay attention to Me, O My people, And give ear to Me, O My nation; For a law will go forth from Me, And I will set My justice for a light of the peoples. 


Sweet
Psalm 19:7-11 - The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul; The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.  The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.  The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the Lord are true; they are righteous altogether.  They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb.  Moreover, by them Your servant is warned; In keeping them there is great reward.

Psalm 119:103 - How sweet are Your words to my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth! 


So, let's revisit Isaiah 5:20 and add the definitions we now have at hand:
Woe to those who call [no Torah] good, and [Torah] evil; Who substitute [no Torah] for light and [Torah] for darkness; Who substitute [no Torah] for sweet and [Torah] for bitter!

Think about it...




Point to Ponder #25:

I have been asked why I am posting these Points to Ponder.  The answer is very simple.  We as Christians claim we believe God is the "same yesterday, today, and forever."  And yet, we accept without question that God did away with His Torah--the wedding covenant with His people.  No matter how a person says it, or how neatly wrapped up it is presented, if a person says that God did away with His Torah -- did away with His instructions for man -- then he also has to be saying God changed His mind.  As soon as someone says "Yeah, but...", no matter what the "but" is, they can no longer say God is the "same yesterday, today, and forever."  Sure, these people provide scripture to "prove" their point.  But notice the text used is always from the B'rit HaDasha --the New Testament.  More specifically, the text they use is written by Rabbi Sha'ul (Apostle Paul).  My first question is always, "Who is the final authority--Paul or God?"  The second point I ask them to consider is what Shimon (Peter) says about Paul's writing (2 Pet 3:14-16) -- it is hard to understand.  If a person who knew Paul intimately, and had a Hebrew understanding, said Paul was hard to understand, what makes us think 2,000 years later, and from a GREEK mindset, we fully understand Paul?  You see, Paul, in today's terms, had a PhD and was writing from that PhD mindset.  Of course he is hard to understand.  But read to the end of verse 16!  Peter says if we twist what Paul wrote (which was already happening and why Peter wrote this section), these people are untaught and unstable!  WOW!

These Points to Ponder are hopefully leading one to see the fallacy in believing Paul was advocating the elimination of Torah.  Take a look in the Tanakh (Old Testament), and no where does God say He will do away with His Torah.  The closest anyone can get is Jer 31:31-32.  I notice they always stop at verse 32 -- they don't continue with verse 33, which tells us God did not do away with the Torah, He just placed it in our hearts.  We also have to look at Amos 3:7, where God tells us He does nothing without telling His prophets.  No where in the Tanakh does God state He is going to get rid of the Torah.

So I ask you to carefully consider these Points to Ponder.  Or as I always end each section:
Think about it.




Point to Ponder #24:

We are familiar with the Pharisees of the B'rit HaDasha, and we have come to understand that "being a Pharisee" is typically synonymous with being a hypocrite.  Have you actually looked at why Yeshua criticized the Pharisees?  It is clearly stated in scripture.

Mark 7:8

For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men...


As you continue to read this story, Yeshua states in Mark 7:13,

...making the word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down. And many such things you do.”


We even read what Yeshua says in John 7:19,

Did not Moses give you the law, yet none of you keeps the law? 


According to Yeshua, being a hypocrite is defined as one who ignores the law (Torah) and instead holds to the traditions of men.


Here is a simple question: Are you a Pharisee?


Think about it...







Point to Ponder #23:

For those who claim Yeshua did away with the Law (Torah), here are some simple "If...  Then..." scenarios straight from the Bible.  

1) IF Yeshua did away with the Law, THEN why did He say He didn't?  
Read Matthew 5:17-18

“Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.  For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.


2) IF Yeshua did away with the Law, THEN why will it be taught in the Millennial Kingdom?
Read Isaiah 2:3

Many people shall come and say, 

 “Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, 

 To the house of the God of Jacob; 

 He will teach us His ways, 

 And we shall walk in His paths.” 

 For out of Zion shall go forth the law, 

 And the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. 


And Mich 4:2

He will teach us His ways, 

 And we shall walk in His paths.” 

 For out of Zion the law shall go forth, 

 And the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.


3) IF Yeshua did away with the Law, THEN why is it prophesied to be in our heart?
Read Jeremiah 31:33

But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 


4) IF Yeshua did away with the Law, THEN why is the Law given the same name as Yeshua? Did He do away with Himself?
Read Psalm 119:142

Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, 

 And Your law is truth. 


5) IF Yeshua did away with the Law, THEN why are we to establish it?
Read Romans 3:31

Do we then make void the law through faith? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish the law.


6) IF Yeshua did away with the Law, THEN why does Rabbi Sha'ul declare it to be holy, righteous, good and spiritual?
Read Romans 7:12

Therefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy and just and good. 


And Romans 7:14

For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin.


7) IF Yeshua did away with the Law, THEN why does Ya'akov declare it perfect?
Read James 1:25 

But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. 


And James 2:12

So speak and so do as those who will be judged by the law of liberty.


8) IF Yeshua did away with the Law, THEN why did Rabbi Sha'ul delight in God's Law?
Read Romans 7:22

For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. 


9) IF Yeshua did away with the Law, THEN why does Yochanan say that those who breaks the Law, sins?
Read 1 John 3:4

Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness. 


10) IF Yeshua did away with the Law, THEN why does Yochanan say that those who loves God, obey His commands?
Read 1 John 5:2-3

By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments.  

For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.


11) IF Yeshua did away with the Law, THEN wouldn't He be breaking the Law?
Read Deuteronomy 12:32

“Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it. 



Think about it...
(Thanks to 119 Ministries for the above teaching!  Watch the video!)




Point to Ponder #22:

Do you know what the word "holy" means?  Today, we think the word means "righteous." However, in reality, the Hebrew meaning of the word actually means "set apart."  Look it up: the Hebrew word is "kadosh." (Strong's #6942)

We also tend to think of "unholy" as "unrighteous."  That, too, would be wrong!  The opposite of "holy" (in this case "unholy") is "common."

Why do I bring this up?  Because the Sabbath is considered "holy"--it is "set apart" from the other days.  God has very clearly established the 7th day as "set apart."

However, man has decided to make any day "holy" unto the Lord.  That cannot happen by definition.  If every day is set apart, then no day is set apart--they are all common!  

The thing is, we as a people who believe in Yeshua as our Messiah are also to be "set apart."  We are to be different than the rest of the world.  We are not to be common.

God has established His people to worship Him on His day.  Maybe it is time to change our perspective?

Think about it...




Point to Ponder #21:

There are those who tell me that I am wrong for following ALL of God's Word.  

Yet God's scripture tells us very clearly in Deut 4:2, You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take away from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.

These same people seem to completely miss the irony of their position.  I am not taking away or adding to God's word, yet they are saying we no longer have to follow the Tanakh...it is done away with.  Done away with--as in take away from it.  Do you see it?

And somehow, I am in the wrong?

Another verse comes to mind -- Isaiah 5:20, Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

Think about it...     




Point to Ponder #20:

There are those who say we don't have to follow the Tanakh and what it teaches.  Some even go so far as to say the God of the Tanakh is a God of anger, and the God of the B'rit HaDasha is a God of mercy. 

If you are living in the "mercy only" belief -- I can do whatever I want, and God's mercy will cover me -- have you actually stopped to think through what you are saying?  By saying I can do anything and live in God's mercy, you are living in a "one sided" relationship.  You get all the mercy, and you don't have to do anything for God.

Right about now, there are some who say, "I can't do anything to earn salvation."  That is true. But, God does expect us to do things to please Him!  

The B'rit HaDasha is full of verses stating if you love God you will obey His commandments.  His commandments are given in the Torah.  We follow them to please God--not to earn salvation.

Think of it in terms of your marriage to your spouse.  If after the wedding vows you expected your spouse to do everything for you, and you did nothing for your spouse, do you think the relationship would last?  Why would it be any different with God?

Believing in a "mercy only" free-for-all is an extremely selfish way of living out your faith.

Think about it...




Point to Ponder #19:

Many in Christianity today claim all we have to do is follow the "commands" of Yeshua.  They then reference to Matthew 22:37-39:  Yeshua said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’

Do you realize Yeshua was quoting the Tanakh?  The greatest commandment is found in Deuteronomy 6:5: You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.

What about the second commandment?  Also in the Tanakh!  Leviticus 19:18: Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.

This establishes Yeshua did not make "new commandments," but simply stated which were/are the greatest and second greatest commandments.  But if you read the remainder of this section in Matthew 22, specifically verse 40, you will see He was not making new commandments, He was telling us how to accomplish the first two!
Matthew 22:40: On these two commandments hang all the Law [Torah] and the Prophets.

If Yeshua was changing the commandments to something "new," He would be breaking the Law; therefore, He would no longer be sinless!  Read Deuteronomy 4:2: Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the Lord your God that I give you.

So my question to you: Is your Messiah sinless?

Think about it...




Point to Ponder #18:

Have you read Micah 4:2?  Here it is:

Many nations shall come and say, 

“Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, 

To the house of the God of Jacob; 

He will teach us His ways, [His Torah]

And we shall walk in His paths.” [Again, Torah!]

For out of Zion the law [Torah] shall go forth, 

And the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. [Yes, Torah!]


This verse is describing the Millennial Kingdom.  The nations will be going to Jerusalem, to the New Temple, to learn Torah!  For 1,000 years, we will be learning Torah!

Many in Christianity today teach that the Torah has been abolished.  Really?  I guess the 1,000 years of Torah teaching is going to be a HUGE disappointment to them!

Think about it...




Point to Ponder #17:

Many feel the "Church" has replaced Israel as the chosen people.  They base this on the fact that Israel displeased God, so God established a "New Covenant."

Throughout the Tanakh, God was displeased with Israel.  Why?  They failed to keep His Commandments, His Torah!

Let me see if I get the logic of this: God got mad at the Israelites for NOT following His Torah, so He created a New Covenant with the "Church" -- in which we no longer have to obey the Torah...it has been done away with. 

Does that make any sense at all?

Think about it...




Point to Ponder #16:

The more I study about the End Times, I am coming to a sobering conclusion: The Anti-Christ will easily be able to convince "believers" that he is the true Messiah.  How?  He will be able to perform signs & wonders, AND he will also tell the believers the Torah is not valid--it has been abolished.  

If you already have been convinced the Torah is abolished -- we don't have to live by God's Law -- the battle has been halfway won!  All that needs to happen now is some guy walking around performing signs & wonders for the elect to be completely fooled into the trap!

Think about it...




Point to Ponder #15:

All laws are a reflection of the Law Writer; whether the Law Writer is a state, a country, or even a religion.

We can look at a law and immediately know the heart of the Law Writer.  For instance, in Nevada, prostitution is legal.  Just by knowing this, we know the heart of the Law Writer.  In the United States, abortion is legal--and again, we immediately know the heart of the Law Writer.  

Now we turn to the Laws of YHVH.  We as Christians have determined that His Laws are no good -- they are a burden. We have, in essence, determined that YHVH is a bad Law Writer!  

But let's look at it from the proper Biblical perspective...

First, Yeshua stated in Matthew 12:34b:
…for out of the abundance of the heart doth the mouth speak.

Now, turning to how YHVH gave the Torah to the Israelites -- He SPOKE the words to Moses.

Let that settle in for a minute! Was God trying to trick Moses and the Israelites by giving them something He knew they could not ever hope to accomplish? Was He lying, when He told them the Torah was forever? 

OR, was God's LOVE on display with every word He spoke? The Torah is God's LOVE to mankind!

Proof?

Look at King David. Read Acts 13:22:
And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, ***a man after mine own heart,*** which shall fulfill all my will.

If King David was a man after God's own heart, and we are constantly teaching our congregations to be more like King David, what did King David say about the Torah?

Read Psalm 119! All 176 verses!

In the meantime, here are just a few samples:

v1: How happy are those whose way of life is blameless, who live by the Torah of Adonai!

v18: Open my eyes, so that I will see wonders from your Torah.

v44: and I will keep your Torah always, forever and ever. 

v53: Fury seizes me when I think of the wicked, because they abandon your Torah. [Oooppsss...could he mean today's church?]

v72: The Torah you have spoken means more to me than a fortune in gold and silver.

v77: Show me pity, and I will live, for your Torah is my delight. 

v97: How I love your Torah! I meditate on it all day.

v126: The time has come for Adonai to act, because they are breaking your Torah. 

v136: Rivers of tears flow down from my eyes, because they don’t observe your Torah. 

v142: Your righteousness is eternal righteousness, and your Torah is truth. [Side note: Yeshua told us he was the WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIFE!]

v165: Those who love your Torah have great peace; nothing makes them stumble.

Isn't it amazing?! God's Torah is a wonderful gift to mankind! Why do we believe the lie from the Deceiver that the Torah has been abolished?

Speaking of the Deceiver, when we say that God's Law is abolished, are we not parroting the words of the first lie: "Did God really say...?"  

Think about it...




Point to Ponder #14:


Have you stopped to think about what scriptures the Bereans were using to verify Paul's teachings? The New Testament had not been compiled yet. So the only scriptures available were what we call the Old Testament! Yep, the Tanakh (Torah, Prophets and Psalms)!

 

And to think, we say the Torah is no longer valid. If Paul was teaching that concept to the Bereans, where exactly in the Tanakh did they confirm his teaching?

 

Think about it...





Point to Ponder #13:


God did not set up His divine patterns and plans and enact them and record them in the Torah just to change everything on us at a later date. However, to listen to some leaders and teachers today, you would think that is exactly what He did -- kind of a "bait and switch!" In the Torah, did He give mankind a defective and inferior offer and then replace it with a better one at a later date? If that is the character of our God, then He can also rescind and abolish the covenant that is in Christ! Where would that leave us?


Think about it...





Point to Ponder #12:


Imagine you had the ability to hire a maid, or housekeeper, and you give her a "list" of things you want her to take care of in your home. However, when you come home, you find your housekeeper sitting on the couch watching TV--nothing on the list has been done. When you ask why she didn't do what you told her to do, the response is, "I believe in you, and your house, isn't that enough?"

 

What will your be response? You will probably say something like, "I don't care that you believe, I want you to do something!"

 

Guess what? God has a list He wants us to follow. We are his servants. Paul has clearly told us that we are either slaves to sin or to righteousness. Slave is another word for servant--which is another word for housekeeper. We need to be doing more than saying a prayer and sitting around waiting for the "Rapture!"

 

Are you sitting on the couch?

 

Think about it...





Point to Ponder #11:

Previously, I posted a Point to Ponder (#10) regarding an analogy of Torah being like a fence.

 

I came across this article about rules in society, and how our children are "desperately" seeking rules for their lives from their parents. Please read it:

http://www.creationmoments.com/radio/transcripts/seeking-rules

 

If our children have this innate desire for rules from their parents, wouldn't it make sense that our Creator also made us to want rules?

 

Unfortunately, what is being taught by Christianity is that once we say a "prayer" we can then do anything we want--God's grace will cover whatever we do. Yes, God's grace does cover us, but there has never been a sacrifice for intentional sin--not in the Torah and not in the B'rit HaDasha!  There are still rules to follow. He designed us that way!

 

Following Torah is more than a list of "do's and dont's." There is a purpose for God's design.


Think about it...




Point to Ponder #10:


Here is another way to look at following the Torah…

 

Think of a child (baby) in a fenced yard. He sees the fence as a bad thing. It is not allowing him to do what he wants to do—it is keeping him from playing in the street.

 

Whereas, the parents (adults) see the fence as a good thing! It is keeping the child from playing in the street. However, the parents are allowing the child to do what he wants within the confines of the fence.

 

Same fence, but different perspectives. Isn’t this how we (humans) look at life? We want to do whatever we want. But a loving parent establishes barriers between us and those things that will harm us.

 

This is exactly what the Torah is for us. Our loving Father has set up guidelines for us to live within for our own good. The fence we as babies look at, and scream at, and say, “I will do away with you!”, is the same fence that keeps us safe.

 

I have freedom to do whatever I want within the fence. I am freer than I ever have been in my walk with God. It is not a weighty thing I am doing. Just as Yeshua said, take my yoke (Torah/fence) upon you, the burden is light!

 

As an adult, I can see the benefits of the fence!

 

If you are still screaming at the fence…

 

Think about it…





Point to Ponder #9:

Matthew 5:17 - Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.

There are many today who say that by Yeshua "fulfilling" the law, He did what man could not, and therefore, we don't have to follow the Torah any longer.

Let's step back and analyze this for a minute: Yeshua said He did not come to destroy the law, and with the reasoning above (He fulfilled the law so we don't have to), they are in essence saying He did away with the law. The argument is contradictory--how can He say He was not going to destroy the Law, but then by fulfilling it, He "destroyed" the Law?

But let's look further at what Yeshua continued to say in Mt 5:19 - Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

Did you catch it? If the reasoning above is correct (Yeshua did away with the Torah), according to His own statement, that means He is now the "least in the kingdom of heaven"!

I for one, am not willing to say Yeshua is the least in the kingdom. Are you?

Think about it...




Point to Ponder #8:

We tend to think of "law" as something we HAVE to do. If we are being watched, we will obey; if we aren't being watched, we won't do it. 

Example: Driving the speed limit. If the police are around, we obey. If not...get out of our way! (Yes, I am guilty of this as well!)

We need to look at God's "law" (Torah) differently. A better example is a low clearance warning. If you are driving a truck that is 14 feet tall, and you see a sign warning of a low clearance of 12 feet, do you stop and look to see if the police are around, and if not, you see if you can "get away with it"? Obviously not! 

Think about it...




Point to Ponder #7:

Have you ever looked at the Exodus from Egypt as the plan of salvation?

 

1) God took their burdens
2) He broke their chains
3) He took them out of Egypt
4) He baptized them
5) He gave them the Holy Spirit
6) He "married" them at Sinai
7) THEN He gave them the Torah

Notice, He did not give them the Torah until after they were "saved"! 

If He had given them the Torah in Egypt, that would have meant they would have to EARN their salvation. He gave them the Torah at Sinai AFTER they were saved so they would know how to live a life pleasing to Him as His bride. 

There is no difference today. 

We are without excuse.




Point to Ponder #6:

Deut 8:3 - And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live. 


We all know that the “word” is the Holy Scripture. But did you know there are different ways God has inspired His Word to man? Some by dreams, some by vision. However, there is only one person God has spoken to “mouth to mouth” and that is Moses. What portion of the Bible was Moses responsible for writing? The Torah! 


Need proof? Look at Num 12:5-8.  This is where Aaron and Miriam were challenging Moses’ authority, and God responded by saying He will speak to Moses mouth to mouth.


The Torah is the only word that literally proceeded out of the mouth of God! 


The entire Bible is inspired, but none of the other writers received God’s message quite like Moses! But the way God transmitted the information to Moses was much more personal—mouth to mouth!


Why do we say the Torah is done away with when it is the very thing that gives us life? (go back to Deut 8:3) When we say the “Law” of Moses is done away with, we are taking on the role of Miriam and Aaron! If we say it is done away with, we are getting rid of our Daily Bread! AND we get leprosy (spiritually speaking)!  The audacity we have—we feel we can be God’s editor!


We are without excuse.





Point to Ponder #5:

Yeshua said the greatest commandment was to love God with all your heart, soul and might. He was quoting Deut 6:4-9, what is referred to as "The Shema."


Yeshua then stated in John 14:6, He is: The Way, The Truth, and The Life.


Have you ever studied what each of these mean?


The Way

Blessed are the undefiled in THE WAY, Who walk in the TORAH of the LORD! 

(Ps 119:1)


The Truth 

Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, And Your TORAH is TRUTH. 

(Ps 119:142)


The Life

The TORAH of the wise is a fountain of LIFE, To turn one away from the snares of death. 

(Prov 13:14)


You see, Yeshua is the LIVING TORAH. He showed us how to LIVE the TORAH properly. He did not do away with it! So, the next time you ask, "What would Jesus do?", understand that He answered the question LOUD & CLEAR: live according to TORAH!


Don't let anyone tell you the Torah is no longer part of God's plan! It's a lie.


We are without excuse!





Point to Ponder #4:

Christians readily admit and accept that Yeshua is the King of the Jews. Do you know God established criteria for the kings of Israel? Take a look at Deuteronomy 17:18-19 -- And it shall be, when he sitteth upon the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write him a copy of this law in a book out of that which is before the priests the Levites: And it shall be with him, and he shall read therein all the days of his life: that he may learn to fear the LORD his God, to keep all the words of this law and these statutes, to do them.


That's right...In order for Yeshua to fulfill the requirement as King, He had to write a copy of the Law [Torah] (in truth, He is the Living Torah), AND He has to keep all the words of the Law [Torah]!  If He abolished the Torah, He would be violating the very law establishing Him as King!


It just doesn't make sense that the Torah was abolished. He came to properly interpret the Torah...not to do away with it!


Think about it...





Point to Ponder #3:

Have you ever noticed that we "obey" the Ten Commandments as long as it applies to our relationship between man (i.e., don't steal, don't murder, don't covet, etc.) 


Where do we go "astray?"  When it comes to the commandments between God and man. 


The one commandment we refuse to obey is a very simple one...Observing the Sabbath. God clearly says the Sabbath is on the seventh day. God has an appointment book, and says He wants to meet with us on this day. This is the start of the days He will meet with us. The other days are His Feast days (Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, Pentecost, Trumpets, Yom Kippur, and Tabernacles). Yet, we have the audacity to tell God that we will decide when we will meet with Him. His days are not "convenient" for us, so we tell Him, "Hey, God. You know those days you want to meet with us...they really don't work for me. How about YOU rearrange YOUR schedule to meet with ME." Sounds pretty arrogant to me. 


We can look at the history books and find, very easily, when we changed the Sabbath from the seventh day to Sunday. And the reason we changed the day...it was already a day of worship to the sun--part of Mithraism (hence why it is called SUNday). It has nothing to do with worshipping the SON. Look it up. 


We are without excuse.





Point to Ponder #2:

 

The B'rit HaDasha was not in existence at the time Sha'ul was running around the Mediterranean. He was in the process of writing his letters. But all the writings (meaning Sha'ul, Shimon, Gospels, etc.) were not compiled into what we call the B'rit HaDasha until about 300 AD. However, Acts 17:11, clearly states that the Bereans were daily examining everything Sha'ul said to see if it was true. The time frame being discussed in Acts 17 happened between 49-52 AD. That was about 20 years after the death and resurrection of Yeshua. The point is this: Since there was no B'rit HaDasha in existence, what were the scriptures the Bereans were using? It had to be the Tanakh! If they were using the Tanakh to confirm Sha'ul's teachings, and *if* Sha'ul was teaching that the Law was obsolete, *and* the Bereans agreed, they had to find it in the Tanakh somewhere.

 

So my question is, *where*?

 

There are only two options: 1) It is in the Tanakh and we just haven't found it yet; or 2) We have misinterpreted Sha'ul's writings to mean something other than what he was teaching.

 

Think of it this way (bringing us back the 2000 year vantage point). If you were to sail on a ship from Norfolk to Great Britain, but you were just 0.1 degree off with your heading, would you end up in Great Britain when you got across the Atlantic? No! You would be either way north, or way south of where you want to be. Well, 2000 years ago, someone messed up the heading just 0.1 degree. They got most of it right, but just off a little. We are now on the other side of the Atlantic and someone is trying to tell me that the North Pole is Great Britain. I don't buy it! They are sincere in their beliefs that the North Pole is Great Britain, and no amount of explaining from me to show them this doesn't match all the pictures I have of Great Britain will convince them--it doesn't match their reality.

 

It is time for a course correction.

Think about it...




Point to Ponder #1:


Have you ever looked in the Tanakh, to try to find where God told us that His Torah was considered bondage? In fact, throughout the Tanakh, God tells us His Word is a delight, it is easy; King David tells us the Torah is a joy!

 

God does tell us that before He does something, He will tell us through the prophets (Amos 3:7 - Surely the Lord GOD does nothing, Unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.)

 

NO WHERE in the Tanakh does God tell us that His plan is to do away with the Torah! In fact, God warns the Hebrew people to FOLLOW His Torah--if they do, He will bless them; if they don't He won't protect them from the enemy. Plain and simple.

 

So how did we get to where we are today, with the "Church" teaching that the Torah is no longer valid? It all began with the first lie. Who told the first lie? Satan, in the Garden of Eden. "Did God really say...?" Throughout the Tanakh with the Hebrew people, they also believed the lie. God was true to His Word, and they suffered the consequences for not following Torah.

 

And here we are 2000 years after Yeshua came to earth to teach us how to properly follow the Torah, and we still believe the lie that the Torah is no longer valid.

 

We take the writings of Rabbi Sha'ul out of context and twist them to say something he did not intend. And we still believe the lie.

 

And Satan is sitting back laughing at us at how easy it is to get us to not believe God's Word. Even more, he has caused divisions between the "Christians"! Why else do we have thousands of denominations?

 

So I make a challenge: Prove to me, from the Tanakh, that God's plan was to do away with His Torah. If His Word is Perfect, then why did He need to go to a "NEW" plan?

 

When you step back and evaluate it, the lie is plain as day.


Think about it...