Monday, September 28, 2020

Reader wants to know why the Hebrews at Mt. Sinai weren’t “able to keep the law”

READER QUESTION:

I’ve read that the Jews and gentiles in Mt Sinai were not able to keep the law.  I know that is not true. Why would YHWH not ask them to do something that He knows that they could not do, that would be cruel.  Is the reason that they just did not want to because of their stubbornness and disbelief or what?

OUR RESPONSE:

First of all, it was the HEBREWS (which included all 12 tribes; not just the “Jews”) and any pagans who had followed Moshe out of Israel who were in the wilderness and stood at Mt. Sinai.

Secondly, God never called His Torah "law".  TORAH means, "Divine Instructions in Righteousness."  Without Torah, the world would have NO blueprint for moral, holy living. 

Why WOULDN'T a believer  - especially those people He had just liberated from Egyptian bondage - WANT to obey His Divine Instructions?  They KNEW who He was and they SAW, first-hand, the miracles He had performed - including the parting of the sea!  They had witnessed the Ten Plagues and how He had used Moshe to liberate them from Egypt...

He brought them out of Egypt and into the "desert wilderness" to TEACH them to obey and SHOW them what being "holy" entailed.

They whined and complained and rebelled because they had been snatched from their comfy homes and the good foods they were accustomed to in Egypt, and suddenly forced to live in tents and constantly move from place to place. 

It was a whole NEW life for them after 400 years in bondage.  They weren't even the original people who had been taken INTO bondage!  They were new generations who had only HEARD ABOUT YHWH and His Rules from their parents and grandparents, etc.; and suddenly,here they were, after having lost EVERYTHING they had been used to, literally going through all kinds of trials and tribulations. 

THAT'S what they were rebelling against; NOT His Divine Instructions....

YHWH never expected them (or us today) to "keep the law" (as Christians call Torah) perfectly.  Matter of fact, MOST of His Divine Rules didn't (and still don't) even apply to the regular person; they applied to the Levite Priests!

Most of those original 613 commands were for the Priests; some were only for men, and some only for women.  (As just one example, let's be realistic - why would the rules about women living "outside the camp" during menstruation apply to men?)

Today there is no Temple, and so Believers in YHWH and His Divine Messiah, Yeshua, ARE the "priests" and our BODIES are the "temple" which we are to keep holy via OBEDIENCE to those things we still CAN keep. 

WE don't have to keep all the Levitical rules because they are STILL for the Levite Priests - who will be "reinstalled" once the Third Temple is built

YES, His people who came out of Egypt did have a lot of rules - but none that they couldn't keep!  And today, thanks to Yeshua's atoning blood, WE have it much easier, because we don't have to kill innocent animals to offer as "sin sacrifices." 

Today, we "offer ourselves" to obedience to the things we CAN keep - such as eating only foods He considered "clean" (read all of Leviticus); and the Seventh Day Sabbath and His seven Festivals/Appointed Times, by DOING them to the best of our ability.

YHWH expected -  and still expects - people to OBEY His Divine Instructions, and to keep learning and growing in order to prepare us  for the "New Heaven and New Earth!"
If you haven't done so, I would ask you to read the Bible - every word - from cover to cover, so you can see for yourself what God expected of His people. 

And, to keep yourself from becoming more confused, please take some time, whenever you can, to read the articles on our website, all of which are designed to thoroughly EXPLAIN YHWH/Yeshua/Torah.

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Did you know we're not supposed to say, "Happy Yom Kippur?"

That's because it's NOT a day to be happy! It's YHWH’s most holy and solemn day of the entire year … a day of TRUE REPENTANCE about yourself, your life, and even the surroundings in which you live.

We’re supposed to be SAD that we might have HURT Him by our words, deeds, our living conditions, and even what we might have eaten that He considered “unclean.”

We’re not supposed to be “happy” while being immersed in the sin that’s all around us - even sin that's, perhaps, lurking in our own home….

We’re supposed to be be SERIOUSLY appealing to THE CREATOR who is searching our hearts, minds and souls to see if we’re TRULY HIS … or if we plan to keep making excuses about ourselves, and thus, pretending to be holy. (It's been my experience that there are MANY pretenders!!!)

It’s a day for total introspection and asking HIM what we should do next in order to CHANGE any conditions that make HIM unhappy with us in ANY way.

NONE of us can say we are perfect beings who please YHWH all the time. That would be a LIE! But this is why we have Yom Kippur - to repent and gain insight into how WE could change to better serve YHWH as the Holy Beings HE wants us all to be....

Here’s a great explanation on why we shouldn’t say “Happy Yom Kippur.”

Friday, September 25, 2020

A real-life example of how King Henry VIII “reaped what he sowed”….

INTRODUCTION:

Let’s talk about a real-life scenario on “reaping what one sows” using the example of the evil King Henry VIII….

Galatians 6:7 Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. (ESV)

Proverbs 22:8 Whoever sows injustice will reap calamity, and the rod of his fury will fail. (ESV)

Galatians 6:8 For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. (ESV)

Henry VIII reaped exactly what he sowed – and unfortunately, some of his children reaped the consequences … because ADONAI, who was watching, “showed grace and forgave,” but at the same time, He did NOT “exonerate the guilty,” but caused “the negative effects of the parents’ offenses to be experienced by their children and grandchildren, and even by the third and fourth generations.” (Exodus 34:5-7)

YHWH amply repaid the king according to his evil deeds. (1 Corinthians 4:5, 2 Corinthians 5:10, etc.).

Proverbs 24:12 If you say, “We knew nothing about it,” won’t he who weighs hearts discern it? Yes, he who guards you will know it and repay each one as his deeds deserve. (CJB)

Romans 2:5 But by your stubbornness, by your unrepentant heart, you are storing up anger for yourself on the Day of Anger, when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed; 6 for he will pay back each one according to his deeds. 7 To those who seek glory, honor and immortality by perseverance in doing good, he will pay back eternal life. 8 But to those who are self-seeking, who disobey the truth and obey evil, he will pay back wrath and anger. (CJB)

YHWH gives us all the choice to live our life according to His Will … or not. Simple and straightforward.

A SYNOPSIS OF THE REIGN OF KING HENRY VIII:

Henry VIII, who ruled England for 36 years (1509-1547), despite insisting he was a good and God-fearing man was, in fact, an evil, ruthless, arrogant, self-centered, womanizer who was married a total of six times before his death in 1547.

According to historian Ben Johnson, “Henry's driving desire for a male heir (to carry on the Tudor Dynasty) was to lead him to divorce two wives and have two wives beheaded: it led to religious revolution and the creation of the Church of England (because the Catholic Church did not allow divorce), the Dissolution of the Monasteries and the Reformation.” (Source: History of England/Henry VIII)

Henry was only 17 when he took the throne. Six weeks later, he married his brother’s widow, Catherine of Aragon (from Spain), who remained at his side for 23 years and gave him a daughter (Mary), but failed to ever produce a son.

Obsessed with having a MALE heir, and single-handedly taking on the Catholic Church, he insisted on having his marriage to Catherine annulled, so he could marry the much younger Anne Boleyn. In the meantime, amidst much turmoil and bloodshed (Henry had no problems ordering the brutal murder of anyone who stood in his way), he established the Church of England, thus ushering in the Reformation.

Anne produced a daughter, Elizabeth, but subsequently had several stillborn births and failed to give him a male heir. Henry lost interest in her, and took Jane Seymour as his mistress. When Anne found out, she became enraged and plotted to have Jane removed from court. Instead, Henry had the marriage to Anne annulled – and two days later, he had her beheaded for reasons unknown to this day.

Days after Anne’s execution, Henry married Jane Seymour, his third wife – who produced a son but died a year and a half into the marriage of childbirth complications. Regardless, Henry FINALLY had that long-awaited, long-desired son, Edward! To ensure that Edward would become King of England, Henry VIII had his daughters declared ineligible for succession to the Crown…

(NOTE: Henry VIII also had an “illegitimate” son by one of his many mistresses - the only “illegitimate” child he ever admitted to fathering - whom Henry named “Henry Fitzroy” which means “Son of the King”. But young Henry who would never legally become king, lived a privileged life because he was the king’s son … but he died at the age of 17.)

Two years after the death of Jane Seymour - solely for the sake of a European alliance, Henry agreed to marry Germany’s Anne of Cleves, after seeing only a nice portrait of her. To his great dismay, the woman looked nothing like the painting, and consequently, he feverishly tried to halt the wedding - but because the arrangement had progressed so far, they married on January 6, 1540.

After just six months, Henry couldn’t take it anymore and decided to divorce Anne, the so-called “ugly wife,” who accepted the divorce and generous settlement, and lived in peace as the “King’s Sister” until her death in July 1557.

Almost immediately after the divorce, Henry married 19-year-old Catherine Howard (lady-in waiting to Anne of Cleves). By this time, he had become so overweight, he was unable to walk, but he was delighted with Catherine and showered her with gifts. However, less than a year into their childless marriage, rumors of her infidelity surfaced, and with enough evidence that she, in fact, had been promiscuous, Henry had her executed for adultery and treason.

A year and a half later, Henry married his sixth wife, Catherine Parr, a woman who wholly agreed with his Reform of the Church – but, unlike her husband, she wanted a total break from Catholicism, even daring to enter into heated debates with him about it.

According to historian John Foxe, Henry quickly recognized her brazen attempts to manipulate him into believing he had “begun a good and a godly work in banishing that monstrous idol of Rome, so he would thoroughly perfect and finish the same, cleansing and purging his church of England clean from the dregs thereof, wherein as yet remained great superstition.”

This caused Henry much consternation for he had remained, for the most part, religiously conservative; and so, after a thorough investigation of his wife’s beliefs (which included the torturing of some of her closest associations) he devised a plot to trap his wife into publicly exposing her heretical beliefs by engaging her in a conversation about religion in front of “a number of gentlemen in his household.”

Catherine, however, had already been forewarned of this plot and she recognized this for the trap that it was and refused to be drawn into a discussion, insisting that she “could never presume to instruct the king on religion and that ‘yet must I, and will I, refer my judgment in this, and in all other cases, to your majesty’s wisdom, as my only anchor, supreme head and governor here in earth, next under God, to lean unto’.”

When further pressed, she insisted that “she had only previously dared to dispute with the king in order to learn from him and to try to take his mind off his painful leg.” (Henry had incurred severe injury to his left thigh in a jousting accident years before, which tormented him for the rest of his life.) (Source: Catherine Parr in Danger )

The bottom line for Catherine Parr was that, by her quick thinking, she literally managed to “keep her head” and lived to bring stability and peace to the court, while serving as a kind and caring stepmother to Henry’s children - and she even persuaded Henry to restore his daughters Mary and Elizabeth to the order of succession and acted as Regent when Henry went to war with France….

Unlike Henry’s other wives before her, Catherine Parr managed to remain married to, and “outlive” Henry the VIII ONLY because he died in 1547 “from natural causes: poor health, obesity, and the a wound from an old jousting accident that had not healed and had become ulcerated.” Catherine died a year later.

After Henry’s death, his son Edward VI (son of Jane Seymour) briefly became King of England and Ireland until his death on July 6, 1553, at the tender age of 15, after serving as king for only six years.

After a brief struggle for power, the bottom line was that Henry’s FIRST WIFE’s daughter, Mary, became England's first female monarch. (It would seem that this act may have been God’s reward for the first wife, Catherine of Aragon, who was so callously dumped for a younger woman!) Unfortunately, Mary only ruled for five years, until her untimely death during an influenza epidemic (although many historians believe that her death may have been due uterine or ovarian cancer).

Mary’s half-sister, Elizabeth (daughter of Anne Boleyn), succeeded her as a Protestant monarch for the next 45 years reigning as Queen Elizabeth I; and consequently, England remained Protestant. Because she was childless, Elizabeth’s death signified the end of the house of Tudor — a royal family that had ruled England since the late 1400s.

LESSONS LEARNED:

As you read this synopsis of the life of King Henry VIII, you could virtually see YHWH’s hand thwarting the adulterous, manipulating, murderous monarch’s most fervent desires of (1) having a male heir to succeed him to carry on the Tudor line; and then (2) ultimately ending the Tudor line with Henry’s daughter who was, by all accounts, a beloved queen and a good and godly woman … who, unfortunately, happened to “reap what her father had sowed.”

Remember that YHWH also did the same with the lines of Cain (the first known murderer), who killed his brother Abel in Genesis 4 (and wasn’t even mentioned at all in the genealogy of Adam in Genesis 5!); and the widower, Lot, whose daughters had sex with him while he was drunk, in hopes of having children (Genesis 19:30-38).

All of these people served as living examples as folks who “believed in God,” yet lived lifestyles that were completely opposite to YHWH’s Torah commands.

Source for most the historical facts above: Who Were the Six Wives of Henry VIII?

Thursday, September 24, 2020

About that “atoning thing”….

Actually, this "atoning thing" on Yom Kippur can be very cathartic on many levels! Let me tell you a true story:

I once met a middle-aged lady at a Messianic conference who confided that during her childhood, she had been sexually abused by her older brother, which had "ruined her life" to a certain extent. She said she hadn't seen nor spoken to him in decades; but that she "just couldn't get past the anguish" of those days.

I told her that I could totally relate, as I had been a sexually abused baby, child and teenager, and that all my abusers had died in the meantime, which meant there was no way to confront them anymore. However, I had forgiven them all in my heart. (Not forgotten, because you can’t “forget” something like that; but you CAN hand it over to God and ask HIM to help you deal with it, whenever the Adversary attempts to remind you….)

Anyway, this lady’s abuser was still alive and she knew his address, and so SHE still had a chance to do confront him. And so I gently reminded her that she needed to do that because God can’t use “broken vessels” who CHOOSE to cling to the baggage of their past, constantly dragging it behind them like a pet on a leash.

To help her drop that baggage and break the “emotional bonds” that were holding her captive, I suggested she write her brother a letter outlining the anguish he had caused. (Not a phone call that could lead to a war or words, but a simple letter designed to make her feel empowered by allowing her to "have the last word.")

I told her to remain calm and courteous, and “be the adult” by simply outlining what his actions had done to her psyche, and how much he had hurt her … adding that she has forgiven him in her heart, AND that she fully intended to consider those emotional ties SEVERED as soon she dropped the letter into the closest mailbox!

Her question to me, of course, was, “What happens if he writes back a nasty response of some kind – something that rip open those old wounds and hurt me all over again?”

“If he does that,” I replied with conviction, “toss his letter into a fire-proof container of some kind, and set it on fire, and then watch it burn to crisp, while asking ADONAI to help you continue to heal and forgive, and to take this awful burden from you.”

Well, there was a happy ending to this story!

The lady sent me an email a couple weeks later to let me know that she had written that letter to her brother - and that they had reconciled! She related that, as soon as he had received her letter, he had called her, crying and begging her forgiveness, telling her he agreed that it had all been his fault, and that he, too, had been anguished all his life over what he had done! The only reason he hadn't contacted her was because he was convinced she would never forgive him....

…So, you see, reconciliation CAN happen, IF both parties “come clean” and honestly bare their feelings.

But if they don’t, or there’s no way to contact the person you hurt, or who hurt you – then simply forgive them AND yourself, and ask Abba to take it this burden away, because it’s from Adversary whose goal is to get YOU to concentrate on anything else EXCEPT YHWH/Yeshua/Torah!

Don’t give the Adversary that kind of power - ever again!

Remember: “Greater is He who is in you, than he who is in the world!” (1 John 4:4)

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

…And the gullible just keep allowing the “counter-missionaries” to rip them away from Yeshua…

Well, I just discovered I have lost yet another couple of former FB friends to Rabbi Tovia Singer and his cohorts who make their living stealing people away from "Jesus" with their smooth-talking, "ear-tickling" anti-New Testament rhetoric. No big surprise; it happens all the time because many people are plain gullible.

This couple I'm talking about is a husband wife team who were Torah observant for many years, and little by little, they started posting against Paul and the NT. Now, they're plastering Singer's anti-Jesus, anti-New Testament videos all over their wall. How sad for them that they've LOST their salvation!

I tried to warn them, just as I've tried to warn hundreds of others over the years, but they didn’t have “ears to hear or eyes to see” because, once you make up your mind to blaspheme the Ruach haKodesh (Holy Spirit which brings haShem’s Truth to mind, Psalm 51, Ezekiel 3:12, Ecclesiastes 12:7, Joel 2:28–29, John 14:26, 1 Corinthians 3:16 and 2:10-11, Acts 1:8, etc.), you’re pretty much hosed.

Every single former FB friend I've ever had who has decided to reject ADONAI's Divine Messiah, could NOT be swayed in their decision. Ironically, many have reluctantly admitted they've "never read the whole Bible," yet, also assured me they "knew enough of it to make an informed decision" and had "done their homework" before coming to the decision to reject "Jesus and the NT."

"Informed decision".... They’ll be trembling on their knees trying to convince YHWH Himself on Judgment Day about their “informed decision” and why they influenced others to reject HIS TRUTH.

Folks, this is the "great falling away!" If you're gullible enough to believe the “counter-missionaries” by rejecting the One who opened your spiritual eyes, in the first place, then you'll surely be vomited from Yeshua's mouth (Rev. 3:16). Better enjoy the life you have left on earth, because Scripture amply warns us about being “lukewarm” and “half-hearted”:

Matthew 10:32. Whoever, therefore, that confesses me before the sons of men, he also I (will confess) before my Father who is in heaven. 33. But whoever denies me before the sons of men, he will I also deny before my Father who is in heaven. 34. Do not think that I have come to bring calm on earth. I have not come to bring calm, rather a sword. (AENT)

John 14: 6 Yeshua answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (CJB)

Isaiah 29:13-14: HaShem says: "They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men...the wisdom of the wise will perish, the intelligence of the intelligent will vanish." (CJB)

Scripture tells us that YHWH is ELOHIM (Genesis 1, 4:26; Exodus 29:46; Numbers 22:6; Joshua 3:7; 1 Kings 8:43, etc.), and that Yeshua was not only His Messiah (Isaiah 53; Micah 5:2, John 3:16, 7:42; Luke 1:26-35, 2:4-7; Matthew 2:1-7, etc. ) but he was also the WORD, which is one of Yeshua’s titles (John 1:1, 17: Acts 11:1; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; Colossians 1:19-25; 2:9; 1 Timothy 4:5; Hebrews 4:12; Revelation 1:2).

If you truly believe that the "counter-missionaries" are telling you the truth, then I invite you to check out our website's page containing dozens of articles and HUNDREDS of reasons why they are LYING to you by twisting Scripture.

(Remember, how angry you used to be about "being duped" by your pastors? Well, guess what, dear Yeshua-rejecting Gullibles: You've been duped again! Know why? Because you've been busy "religion hopping" instead of reading the Bible from cover to cover to see what IT says!)

For those hanging out with the counter-missionaries, I pray you'll wake up BEFORE you make the worst mistake of your entire life! Your "eternal life" depends on it:

Monday, September 21, 2020

A word about forgiving and defending a known sinner….

Have you ever noticed how quickly people will rush to forgive known deceivers? I’m talking about deceivers who are busy cheating, lying, committing adultery; those who are abusive drunks or drug addicts, or who are purposely sinning in some other way, who were caught red-handed in their sin, after generally deceiving everyone into thinking they were “godly” men and women…

Unfortunately, most seem to be ready, willing and able to immediately "take them back" the moment they apologize - no matter WHAT they did!

Equally sad is that these same people rushing to forgive known sinners, will also quickly ostracize those who warn others about the sinner, and those who attempt to find two witnesses to help them confront the sinner in hopes of getting him/her back onto YHWH’s Path! (I know this from experience because I once attempted to lead a sister in our former congregation back onto YHWH’s Path, who was committing adultery. Things turned ugly when I approached the other Elders’ wives to help me confront and pray with that sister (whom I had actually already counseled in private). Ultimately, that whole congregation fell apart because the leaders had allowed “the enemy” to gain a foothold….)

People who are quick to forgive sinners (and judge YOU for attempting to step in), clearly don’t know that Scripture commands us to stay completely away from those who purposely sin and refuse correction. (See Deuteronomy 13:4-18; 24:7, to mention just a couple of passages.) Of course, today, we don’t have YHWH Himself commanding us to put the evil-doers to death. (If an evil-doer has been found guilty of a heinous crime, then the justice system will decide what to do with him or her.)

The thing is, we DO have scriptures that tell us to STAY AWAY from people who refuse to walk according to Torah – especially if they refuse any “Matthew 18” correction. We’re not to blindly “forgive and forget” just because they’ve apologized! This holds true especially if the perp was a Messianic or Hebrew Roots teacher. You don’t arbitrarily forgive those who purposely sinned and simply allow them to return to continue teaching, as if nothing ever happened! They’re no longer qualified to teach because they should have KNOWN better!

Matthew 18:15 And if your brother with you is at fault, go rebuke him, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have won your brother. 16. And if he does not listen to you, take with you one or two others, because of the mouth of two or three witnesses, every word is established. 17. And if he will also not listen to them, tell the congregation. And if he will also not listen to the congregation, let him be to you like a tax collector and like a heathen. (AENT)

Oh sure, they’re “sorry” and asking for forgiveness – because they got caught! But what qualifies them to return to your “friends list” or congregation and expect to continue teaching and preaching to YOU? YHWH expects HIS people to be HOLY, set apart from the world. If you wish to forgive them and allow them to return to “your world,” fine – but they should NOT be allowed to even give the appearance of trying to “teach” anyone….

1 Corinthians 5: 11. But this is what I wrote to you, that you don't mix, if anyone is called a brother, and is a sexual sinner, or avaricious, or an idol-worshipper, or a charlatan, or a drunkard, or rapacious, with him who is such, not even to eat bread.[1] 12. For what business have I to judge them who are without? But those within the body, you judge, 13. and those without, Elohim judges; and remove you the wickedness from among you. (AENT)

NOTE: Breaking of bread, of course, is a timeworn Middle Eastern custom that is done only with family and friends. If you cannot eat with someone (as Peter tried to separate himself in Galatians 2:13), then you cannot associate with them at all. If the sinner was out of the assembly, you were not permitted to persecute them. However, you could, and in fact you must, demand that such a person put away detestable habits if they are to join the assembly and partake of the communal and havdilah meals that Y'shua and his disciples enjoyed.

Here is another dire warning for the “bleeding hearts” who don’t believe in holding people accountable for their actions:

Ezekiel 3:18 If I say to a wicked person, 'You will certainly die'; and you fail to warn him, to speak and warn the wicked person to leave his wicked way and save his life; then that wicked person will die guilty; and I will hold you responsible for his death. 19 On the other hand, if you warn the wicked person, and he doesn't turn from his wickedness or his wicked way, then he will still die guilty; but you will have saved your own life.

20 Similarly, when a righteous person turns away from his righteousness and commits wickedness, I will place a stumblingblock before him - he will die; because you failed to warn him, he will die in his sin; his righteous acts which he did will not be remembered; and I will hold you responsible for his death. 21 But if you warn the righteous person that a righteous person should not sin, and he doesn't sin; then he will certainly live, because he took the warning; and you too will have saved your life." (CJB)

If a brother or sister has "fallen from grace," it is our DUTY to speak up and tell them how and why they're "off the mark." This holds true, no matter WHO they are!

Many teachers have "fallen from grace" over the years, yet people continue to promote, and even defend these teachers and their teachings – and they will verbally blast anyone who attempts to tell them otherwise. The truth is, Scripture reveals that "teachers" are held to a higher standard and should be as blameless before YHWH as is humanly possible because they should KNOW Scripture inside-out (James 3:1).

If they've committed sins against Him, it usually turns out to be a "deliberate" sin - for which there is no sin sacrifice! (Please see our article on deliberate sinning.) People who committed deliberate sins during Israel's 40 years in the wilderness, were KILLED because YHWH commanded that HIS people to "rid themselves of such evil from among them."

Yet, today, we seem to be all about "forgiveness" of anything including deliberate sins. That is why churches and synagogues reek with "religiosity." Many insist on watering down the Word and immediately accuse us of “judging” if we dare attempt to rectify a situation.  (This kind of “upside-down” thinking is why humanity keeps getting worse and more vicious, violent and unruly; and why the world is in the bad shape it’s in….)

Many reading this will counter: "But scripture says 'Don't judge, so that you won't be judged'!", quoting Matthew 7:1.

What they fail to do is to continue reading verse 2 where Matthew goes on to say: "For the way you judge others is how you will be judged..."  Judgment is always to be made with Torah as the standard of judgment - not your own interpretation.  Torah is the only measure of sin.  So, when you have pointed out a person's sin according to transgression of Torah, you are not judging according to the world or your own standards; you are judging righteously!

Therefore, if you see a brother or sister who is about to “fall off a cliff” and out of YHWH’s grace – don’t be afraid to tell them, or to warn others whenever that particular sinner refuses correction….

You certainly don’t want to be guilty of having “their blood on your hands” come Judgment Day!

Saturday, September 19, 2020

A word about those annoying, off-the-mark memes being passed around on the Internet

I keep seeing memes on the walls of supposed Believers, with comments such as, "My God is greater than any virus, and so I don't have to worry about social distancing or wearing masks!"

MY QUESTION IS: When is it ever okay to "test" God" - the One who CREATED viruses and sends them for a reason?

Not even the Divine Messiah, Yeshua, dared to "test" ADONAI during his time on earth as a human being, so what gives any of us the right to even presume we should dare test Him?

Please read at Matthew 4:1 - 11 where you will see Yeshua didn't do ANYTHING the Adversary commanded or enticed to do - BECAUSE he knew it was WRITTEN in the Torah that one should NEVER "test" ELOHIM!

EXAMPLE:

Matthew 4:5. Then the accuser took him to the Set Apart city and raised him upon the edge of the temple, 6. and said to him, “If you are the son of Elohim, cast yourself down for it is written that his Messengers he commands concerning you, and upon their hands they will bear you up that your foot should not strike upon a rock. (AENT)

What did Yeshua do? Did he brag about who he was, or argue and scream and holler about his "rights"?

NO! He calmly replied: "Again it is written that you will not test Master YHWH your Elohim."

What was he referring to? The Torah - those first five Books of the Bible that contain ALL of ADONAI's original, divine Instructions to His people (which included anyone who accepted Him as their God). In this instance, Yeshua was quoting from Deuteronomy 6, (which was referring back to Exodus 17:1-7).

Deuteronomy 6: 16 Do not put Adonai your God to the test, as you tested him at Massah [testing]. 17 Observe diligently the mitzvot (words, instructions) of Adonai your God, and his instructions and laws which he has given you. 18 You are to do what is right and good in the sight of Adonai, so that things will go well with you.... (CJB)

So, again, my question is:

Where do we mere humans come off pretending WE have the right to "test God" by our refusal to take proper precautions during a pandemic, and propagating memes designed to take others away from biblical TRUTH?