You DO Keep Torah!

There is a lot of debate going on between Messianic Jewish and Gentile believers and Christians.  The issue with the debate, however, is that it presupposes that one group keeps the Torah, and the other does not.

Nothing could be further from the truth!

The Torah contains in it a short summary of itself in Shemot [Exodus] 20, and everyone who professes faith in Messiah agrees that this summary is applicable to their own group, regardless of how they interpret that summary.  This summary is the “Ten D’varim,” which most outside of Judaism know as the “Ten Commandments.”

These Ten D’varim are an extension of the Two Mitzvot that, when asked what was the greatest Mitzvah, Yeshua said, “‘Shema Yisra’el, יהוה Eloheinu, יהוה Ekhad, and you shall love יהוה your Elohim with all of your heart, and with all of your mind, and with all of your soul, and with all of your might’, and the second one [Mitzvah] is like unto it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as your own nefesh’.”

ALL of us agree that these two commandments DO apply to us today!  And, all of us agree that the Ten D’varim apply to us today!

THESE ARE THE FOUNDATION OF THE TORAH!

Where we differ, perhaps, is on the interpretation of the FOURTH Command:

“Remember the Sabbath Day, to set it apart.”

Jewish believers know and understand that the Sabbath day is the SEVENTH DAY of the week, the ‘gregorian’ / Roman ‘Saturday.’ Scripture says this day begins in the evening, so it actually starts on Fri. at evening.  The rest of the believing community turns a blind eye to this, and instead says, “The Lord’s Day” is the day that they should worship, when the largest and most powerful ‘denomination’ of Christians says THEY moved it to Sunday, because they have authority OVER the Word of G-d.

But, even so, this still makes them “Torah Keepers.”  IF, in the depth of their hearts, they believe these 12 commands, ten that roll out of two, are applicable today.  There is no sane believer who would say that the two GREAT commands and the nine undebated commands do not apply to their lives.

So, why is it that they get SO UPSET when we, Messianic Jews and Gentiles, tell them that keeping the Torah is a GOOD THING?

Again, they presuppose that they do NOT keep Torah, because of the twisting of Sha’ul’s [Paul’s] words concerning the ‘law of sin.’

Most Christians think that the ‘law of Sin’ IS the Torah!

Even though Sha’ul plainly states, “Is the Torah sin?  WHAT PROFANITY!”  [Halilah in Hebrew].

The ‘law of sin’ is the ‘passion’ that burns within our members to innately do things contrary to the Torah of Elohim.  Sha’ul said so!  “For I DELIGHT in the Torah of Elohim [G-d] in the inward man, but I see ANOTHER ‘law’ in my members [body] warring against the Torah [Of G-d] in my mind, and it [the law of sin, the impetus to sin] makes me a captive to the impetus of sin which is in my members [body].”  “To be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and shalom, because the carnal mind is enmity against Elohim; for it is not subject to the Torah of Elohim, because it cannot be.” (Rom 8, emphasis mine)

Yeshua said that He did NOT come to abolish the Torah!  He also said that anyone who teaches people to break the commandments will be called LEAST in His Kingdom, but anyone who teaches the Mitzvot [Commandments of the Torah] AND DOES THEM will be called GREAT in His Kingdom.  (Matti 5:19).

These verses are pretty crystal clear, and context establishes that Yeshua is clearly talking about the Torah, the Mitzvot, the books of Genesis through Deuteronomy.

Teachers who teach people to BREAK COMMANDMENTS, like the FOURTH command, are not ‘lost’ necessarily.  We do not say so.  But, Yeshua said that they are the LEAST IN HIS KINGDOM.  The funny thing is, is that they think they are the greatest in His kingdom, even his ‘vicar’ on earth, and that they have authority to CHANGE the will of G-d on earth!  Or, that their interpretation of ONE VERY SIMPLE and UNDENIABLE SENTENCE is better than that of the Custodians of the Torah: the Jewish People.  [Rom 3:2]  “Remember YOM HA SHABBAT”, the SABBATH DAY, “to set it apart.”  Yom HaShabbat is the ONLY day in scripture that has a name. “The Sabbath Day,” the “Day of Ceasing”.  We ‘set it apart’ by ceasing from all OUR ‘building’ [of our own kingdoms/wealth] just as Abba did when He created us.  He gave the Sabbath to MANKIND in the very beginning.  And people today ‘think’ that it is the “Jewish Sabbath.”  NO.  It is the Sabbath of  יהוה .  A Gift to mankind.

Even so, the fourth command appeals to all of Christendom, and they all take a day to ‘worship.’  Barely more than a generation ago their “Lord’s Day” was also considered a day of rest!  Why?  Because for real believers in Messiah, there is a deep desire to obey Him.  They are, at heart, TORAH KEEPERS!

They simply are not being taught HOW to keep it fully, and how to do so properly, according to the will of G-d.

Most of the rest of the Torah is made up of commandments that show us our moral obligations to G-d and to one another.  But, some of the rest of it, a much smaller portion, is made up of G-d’s expression of how and when He desires His people to worship Him.  That part of the Torah is really the only major deviation there is between most believers in Messiah who are Jewish or walking with the Jewish people, and those who are Christians.  Messianic people choose to obey G-d not only morally, but also in regard to how and when to worship, because He took so much time and care to tell us how and when to do so!  The seven ‘feasts’ that He tells us to keep ‘roll out of’ the ten commandments, as each of these feasts contains other Sabbaths.  And, He put the Sabbath in stone with the other commandments that summarize our moral obligations.  How can those apply, and not this one?  And by extension, how can other moral commands apply, and not the ones that tell us how and when to worship? [Lev 23]

So, all TRUE believers in Messiah are indeed Torah keepers.  Some just keep more of it than others.  And that is perfectly fine.  We will all answer to Yeshua face to face with what we did with His Word.  But, for us who follow His Word alone, we are simply striving to Obey our Master,  יהוה Yeshua HaMashiakh, by teaching AND doing the Mitzvot of the Torah that He said He did NOT come to abolish.

“Now, therefore, in my mind I AM a servant of the Torah of Elohim!”  ~HaShali’akh Sha’ul, Rom 7:25

 

 

 

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Stand Up and Bless

The title is a phrase we say in the Synagogue at least once a month.  It is a call from the scriptures to acknowledge the sovereignty of the Creator.

Last night I was watching the news, which I am loathe to do most of the time, because it just frustrates me concerning the way people think these days.

Our Messiah told us there are three classes of people, and Jewish tradition says the same.  Yeshua named these three classes of people, “hot,” “cold,” and “lukewarm.”  Jewish tradition has most people in the ‘lukewarm’ category, and calls them ‘intermediates,’ somewhere between completely righteous and completely wicked.

We are instructed in the last days to ‘Come out from among them,’ and this could easily dovetail with Yeshua’s plea to be either hot or cold.

What got me thinking about all of this was that in watching the news last night, Tucker Carlson interviewed a British woman who was commenting on the UK not allowing conservatives into their country, and calling them ‘bigots’ and potential ‘terrorists’ for simply believing passionately in G-d.  She expressed that in Britain, she, as a conservative Christian, was on the endangered species list.  It has basically become illegal there to ‘believe.’

While it is not quite that bad here in our U.S., we are certainly not without our haters, who would have that be the official policy of this country.  That is why I now say, “Stand Up!  And Bless  יהוה  , from Everlasting to Everlasting!”  In Britain, the vast majority of people have sat idly by and watched their country be overrun with Muslims, whose agenda is clearly stated as making the UK a Muslim country.  They are well on their way to doing so, as London now has a very anti-Christian, Islamic Mayor.  We have in our country the same, Muslims who would have us all be subject to Sharia law.  Sharia law demands a ‘no blasphemy’ law, which is to say that we cannot speak out against Islam and against Mohamed.  This is the law that is now preventing Conservatives from anywhere in the world to visit the UK.  I can no longer go to the UK.  And I’m happy to oblige, though I wanted to see Scotland.  If they do not overturn their blasphemy laws, I guess I will not see Scotland.

I have a good friend who recently told me he does not like discussing politics.  I do not relish discussing it either, but, I will discuss policy.  There are people in this country who would have us be silent concerning our faith.  There are those who would gladly take away our freedom to worship.  And they are very, very vocal about it.  Until those who love RIGHTEOUSNESS stand up and SAY SOMETHING, the left is going to run roughshod over our rights, and eventually take them away.

They have yelled the loudest for the last fifty years, screaming about things like abortion, homosexuality, oppression of women, the evil of Israel, etc.  And they have very nearly successfully convinced many of the ‘lukewarm’ that they mean well for America, and that their policies are fair, and good.  The truth is, they hate America and freedom.  And now, it’s no longer the fringe of the Democratic party, as it was fifty years ago.  It is very nearly the whole of the party.

We must start STANDING UP to the lies.  The whole democratic party has clearly been lying to the people for years and years.  Until the ORDINARY PEOPLE start standing up and declaring TRUTH just as passionately as they lie, that swath of middle-grounders will continue to believe the lies more and more.

I have taught for years on the power of a lie.  The more one says the lie, the more one believes it, even if they knew it was a lie to start with.  Also, the more those who hear it over and over hear it, the more they begin to believe it.  The best example of this is the Palestinian LIE.  Palestine has NEVER EXISTED as a nation!  Judea and Samaria, as occupied territories, were called that by the Roman Empire, as an insult to the Jews, who have maintained a presence there for 4,000 years!  Palestinians are named so, because they hate Jews.  The Roman moniker for the land came from the long-vanished, Biblical people called “P’lishtim,” or “Philistines.”  “P’lishtim” means INVADERS.  But because they have screamed for the last 50 years that Israel is their land, most of the world now believes that LIE.  It was the UN and all the nations of seventy years ago that gave Israel to the Jewish People, because it is their ancestral homeland, proven in History over and over again!

There are so many lies that our citizens are now believing, and time does not permit me to expose them all.  One example is that income tax is our DUTY as citizens.  NO!  We only MUST do it when we sign a Social Security card!  We voluntarily in ignorance enter into a contract, and THEN it is our obligation, but it has NEVER been our civic duty!  In fact, income tax was FORBIDDEN in the Constitution!

The volume of lies people believe never ceases to amaze me.  STAND UP, BLESS  יהוה   , TELL THE TRUTH!  Or we are going to be slaves in fifty years or less….