How do we know? Take a look at the following:
Matthew 7:24. Anyone, therefore, who hears my words, these, and does them, will be likened to a wise man who built his house upon a stone. 25. And descended the rain, and came the rivers, and blew the winds, and they beat on the house and it did not fall, for its foundation was laid upon a stone. 26. And anyone who hears my words, these, and does them not, will be likened to a foolish man that built his house upon sand. 27. And descended the rain, and came the rivers, and blew the winds, and they beat on the house and it fell, and its fall was great. 28. And it happened that when Y’shua finished these words, the crowds marveled at his teaching. 29. He would teach for them as an authority, and not as their scribes and the Pharisees.* (AENT)
* The Pharisees and scribes both appealed to the authority of oral traditions that were handed down from their teachers of the past, eventually these traditions became codified as the Talmud. However, Y’shua’s authority as the Son of Man was squarely on the Written Torah and YHWH’s Prophets.
Y’shua clearly encouraged the great rabbis of his day to study and apply Torah as a lifestyle (righteous conduct). Had the Pharisees studied Torah and the Prophets with and through Mashiyach, it would have brought them around to the same halachic, or legal positions Y’shua taught his disciples.
Contrary to religious opinion Y’shua taught the Government of YHWH (righteous spirituality and conduct) rather than a new or different religion.
Matthew 15: 1. Then the scribes and the Pharisees who were from Urishlim drew near to Y’shua and said, 2. “Why do your disciples transgress against the traditions of the elders and do not wash their hands when they eat bread?” 3. Then Y’shua answered and said to them, Why also do you transgress against the Commandments of Elohim because of your traditions?* (AENT)
* A key passage showing how the written Torah was pitted against the oral traditions of the Pharisees. Y’shua shows great concern that the Pharisees are nullifying the Word of YHWH by their tradition. Therefore he would certainly NOT instruct his followers to do likewise! This event occurs just before Pesach (Yochanan 6:4), therefore Y’shua multiplied “old” bread made from grain that was grown, harvested and dedicated according to the previous wave sheaf offering.
The Israelites were not permitted to eat of the new grain prior to it being dedicated at the wave sheaf offering. Perhaps the bread that was multiplied could be thought of as “created” and therefore new, however, Y’shua would not break Torah commands here and give new grain prior to the start of the omer count.
John 5: 39. Search the Scriptures, because in them you think you have that life that is eternal, and they testify concerning me. 40. And you do not desire to come to me, that you may have that life that is eternal. 41. I do not receive praise from the sons of men. 42. But I know you that the love of Elohim is not there in you! 43. I have come in the name of my Father, and you have not received me. Yet, if another should come in his own name, you will receive him.*
44. How are you able to believe, who receive praise from one to another, and yet the One that is from Elohim you do not seek? 45. . Why? Do you think I will accuse you before the Father? The one who will accuse you is Moshe, in whom you place your hope,** 46. for if only you had believed in Moshe, you would also be believers in me, for Moshe wrote concerning me. 47. And, if you do not believe the writings of that man, how will you believe my words? (AENT)
* All forms of science and religion have a “Messiah” and “priesthood.” A “name” carries authority, or “branding” just as a university awards degrees in its “name”. Honor and recognition by the faculty or “priesthood” extends the use of the “name” to its “disciples.” Y’shua comes in his Father’s Name; mankind struggles to distinguish the Name of YHWH, versus the name of man.
Most who practice Judaism or Christianity know that Yahweh is the Personal Name of the Creator of the Universe, yet most prefer to follow religious traditions about His Name. Rabbinical authorities have long established a ban on verbalizing the Name of YHWH, they’ve invented the title “HaShem” to replace YHWH’s Name.
Christians say, “the LORD”. In such cases religious traditions come in “their own name.” The followers of these two religions have accepted longstanding religious traditions against the Word of YHWH. By usurping authority over Scripture, religion sends followers out “in the name” of their religion.
** At the end of Moshe’s life, he prophesied accurately that the elders of Israel would be disobedient to the written Torah and follow after the traditions of men. He also commanded these same future leaders to follow after “The Prophet”, which is another title for Y’shua the Mashiyach (Deuteronomy 18:15-17; 31:24-29).