I know I’m going out on a limb here, but it has to be said: You are hosed if you reject Yeshua; AND you are just as hosed if you reject YHWH’s Torah. YHWH/Yeshua/Torah are indelibly linked. The Bible says so.
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).
According to Wikipedia, “the word "Torah" in Hebrew is derived from the root ירה, which in the hif'il conjugation means "to guide/teach" (cf. Lev 10:11). The meaning of the word is therefore "teaching", "doctrine", or "instruction"; the commonly accepted "law" gives a wrong impression. Other translational contexts in the English language include custom, theory, guidance, or system.”
YHWH is ELOHIM who created the entire universe through His “Word”. He temporarily wrapped that “Word” in flesh to dwell on the earth to preach the Kingdom of YHWH (NOT to proclaim himself as God, but to be THE Messiah who – as the divine “SON” – was able to walk on water, turn water into wine and raise the dead; and then offer his own blood to atone for the past sins of all who accepted him as YHWH’s Messiah). Yeshua never made it about himself; he constantly deferred to His ‘Father” who sent him….
Luke 4: 43 "But he (Yeshua/Jesus) said, "I must preach the good news of the Kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent."
Luke 8: 1. And it happened after these things that Y'shua was going around in the cities and in the villages and was preaching and declaring the Kingdom of Elohim.
Acts 28: 23 "From morning till evening the Apostle Paul explained and declared the Kingdom of God and tried to convince people about Yeshua from the Law of Moses and from the Prophets."
Acts 24: 14. But this indeed I (Paul) acknowledge, that in that same doctrine of which they speak, I do serve the Elohim of my fathers, believing all the things written in Torah and in the prophets.
So, while Yeshua’s death, burial, and resurrection are an important part of the Good News, it's not the whole story, as the Christian churches insist! God isn't just in the business of "saving" people. As Creator and law giver, He is in the business of teaching us how to be good subjects in His Kingdom to come! If "Jesus abolished Torah at the cross" then why was EVERY believer completely Torah observant for one hundred years after Yeshua's death, including the Apostle Paul who was "caught" being Torah observant 29 years after Yeshua's death (Acts 21:23-24)!
Was Paul a hypocrite, saying one thing and doing another; or were his teachings, perhaps, misunderstood?
No! MEN began to change the rules to fit their agenda, and the entire world has blindly followed suit. MEN have come up with “religion” and “religions” and “denominations” – NONE of which adhere to what Scripture actually commands … which is this: YHWH/Yeshua/Torah. Period.
YHWH's Word was never meant to be "religion"; it was simply meant to be a way of life. His people are to be set apart/holy. His Torah reveals how holiness is to be accomplished.
The bottom line is, if you are rejecting YHWH’s Torah, you ARE, in fact, also rejecting His WORD who is Yeshua. If you reject Yeshua, you reject Torah. If you reject either of those, you are rejecting YHWH Himself! And if you do that, then whom are you worshiping? Reject any of part of this "Whole" and you are hosed.
We CANNOT and SHOULD NOT play around with Scripture. If you’ve never done so, I beg you to read the entire Bible, from start to finish, so you can see for yourself the WHOLE Truth that was established at “the beginning” and which has never changed – regardless as to what mere men keep trying to tell us.
NOTE: We are asked to post this comment for Rick and Lilly in TX, who said they were having problems posting a comment. Here is what Rick wrote:ReplyDelete
First of all, we Thank YHWH for His Son, and you and Bill. By far you two are the best when explaining who, what when where and why we all need to be Torah observant. This morning Lil and I were discussing exactly what we found in your "are you hosed" article. This happens quite often, we will have a conversation about life with torah, and we will find an article or comment , or teaching, either from you or teacher steve berkson from MTOI. This in itself shows how people who are set apart and miles from each other are as one with YHWH and YESHUA. Just as Yeshua prayed for in John chap 17. Boy does it ever give us a wonderful feeling.
Rick and Lilly from Texas
Rick and Lilly - THANK YOU for your continuing moral support for The Refiner's Fire! It's nice to know that our work is reaching those with "an ear to hear." Thank you for your friendship, and just know that we love and appreciate you!Delete