Well, I've lost a few Facebook, and even real life "friends" recently, including one Christian lady I've known since 2009, when we worked together. We used to get together occasionally and got along just fine, even when discussing Scripture. But eventually, she started backing away until we finally fizzled out.
It's sad that people don't want to be friends with those of us who are Torah observant. It's as if Torah observance is some sort of deadly disease, and they don't want to risk being infected. (Perhaps that's the whole problem: Torah observance requires one to DO something for God - and hey, Christianity has its adherents convinced that they're "under grace" and NOTHING is required of them except to "believe in Jesus.")
Oh, if only they would actually STUDY "that Old Testament Stuff" they so quickly dismiss; and read the New Testament in CONTEXT, they would see MANY instances where Gentiles who accepted YHWH as their God and His Divine Messiah, were told to do exactly as HIS people do! (Exodus 12:49, Numbers 15:13-16, Isaiah 56:6, and Romans 10:12-13)
...And HIS people have ALWAYS obeyed - and reaped the consequences of disobedience, since the day YHWH created humankind. But somehow, "obedience" has become a thing of the past, and hardly anyone is even asking WHY!
Obedience to YHWH's Torah didn't magically disappear just because His Messiah died for us! Yeshua came, in part, to abolish the need for animal "sin sacrifices" and make it easy on humanity to turn their life around. His death didn't abolish YHWH's Torah! Why would it have, since they're our ONLY Divine Instructions on how to live our love for YHWH? EVERYTHING in the Renewed Testament reflects the "Old Testament".
How sad that hardly anyone is grasping that simple concept.
Matthew 7:13 "Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. 14 "For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.
Deuteronomy 27:26 '"A curse on anyone who does not confirm the words of this Torah by putting them into practice.' All the people are to say, 'Amen!'
Matthew 5:17 Don’t think that I have come to abolish the Torah or the Prophets. I have come not to abolish but to complete. 18 Yes indeed! I tell you that until heaven and earth pass away, not so much as a yud or a stroke will pass from the Torah – not until everything that must happen has happened.
19 So whoever disobeys the least of these mitzvot and teaches others to do so will be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven. But whoever obeys them and so teaches will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven. 20 For I tell you that unless your righteousness is far greater than that of the Torah-teachers and P'rushim, you will certainly not enter the Kingdom of Heaven! (CJB)
I'll leave you with these questions to seriously ponder:
Has everything that "must happen" happened yet? Has "forever" already ended? Have "heaven and earth passed away? Since when has "fulfill" ever meant "put an end to." I've been married for 20 years and I have, and am still "fulfilling" my duties as a wife....
"Torah is just for the Jews!", "I believe in Jesus", "Jesus freed us from Torah", "Jesus did it all" and "That's Old Testament" are the typical responses people tell me when I mention or bring up Torah. They can't think outside the box.ReplyDelete
Oh Kevin, YES! Those are the very excuses they will use ... and all because they simply don't get it....Delete