Whenever Abba opens our eyes to Torah and we begin to obey, we will ALWAYS receive opposition from pastors, family and friends. Always. They will always insist that we've "put ourselves back under the law."
And that is because they don't understand that the "law" actually refers to YHWH's Divine teachings and instructions, without which we would have no blueprint for moral, holy living.
They don't understand that His original "thus saith the Lord" teachings are all contained within the Torah, the first five Books of the Bible - and that His Divine Messiah, Yeshua, taught those same instructions and never veered from Torah.
And neither did his Apostles nor Disciples....
Unfortunately, havoc was wreaked upon the Bible, once the "Greek mindset" came along, with its limited understanding of the "deeper" meanings of the Hebrew language.
That is why Christianity is actually based more on the misunderstood writings of Paul, than on Torah.
Here are just a few examples:
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.
Romans 3:31: Do we then nullify the Law through faith? May it never be! On the contrary, we establish the Law....
QUESTION: Do any of the above passages sound like someone was attempting to negate Torah?
Paul NEVER negated Torah!
Romans 15: 4. For everything written of old was written for our instruction; that we, by patience and by the consolation of the Scriptures, might possess hope. (AENT)
The passage above is one of the clearest pro-Torah statements in all of Romans. Rav Shaul (Paul) believed that "everything written of old" is for the instruction of the Gentiles; this clearly indicates Paul's intent. Compare this statement to Romans 3:31 and 7:12.
Now, look at this:
Romans 15: 9. And that the Gentiles might glorify Elohim for his mercies upon them, as it is written: I will confess to you among the Gentiles, and to your name will I sing psalms. 10. And again he said: Rejoice, you Gentiles, with His people. 11. And again he said: Praise Master YHWH, all you Gentiles; (and) laud him, all you nations. (AENT)
"His People" refers to YHWH's people, Israel. The Gentiles are fully invited and expected to join in together with Netzari (Nazarene) synagogue practice, as one people, into one Kingdom according to One Torah.
As you can clearly see in the few examples above, Paul’s writings were severely misunderstood. Even Peter mentioned that Paul's writings would be hard to understand and that people would ultimately twist Paul's teachings – which they did!
2 Peter 3: 15 And think of our Lord's patience as deliverance, just as our dear brother Sha'ul also wrote you, following the wisdom God gave him. 16 Indeed, he speaks about these things in all his letters. They contain some things that are hard to understand, things which the uninstructed and unstable distort, to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures. 17 But you, dear friends, since you know this in advance, guard yourselves; so that you will not be led away by the errors of the wicked and fall from your own secure position. (CJB)
THE BOTTOM LINE IS: YHWH will open the spiritual eyes of all those who truly want to have a closer relationship with Him. But, in order to do that, we MUST let go of these old myths:
(1) Torah was only for the Jews. (Torah doesn't indicate that at all.)
(2) God is only all about “grace and love”. (If that is true, then why does Proverbs 28:9 say that if one isn't Torah observant, even his prayer is an abomination?)
(3) Jesus came to bring a new religion called “Christianity” (No - he came to proclaim the Kingdom and do everything his Father commanded - Deuteronomy 18:15-18; John 6:35-40; Luke 4: 43 and Luke 8:1)
(4) All that’s required to get to heaven is to "believe in Jesus.”
John 17: 1. Y'shua spoke these things and he lifted up his eyes to Heaven and said My Father the hour has come. Glorify your Son so that your Son might glorify you. 2. Just as you have given him authority over all flesh that whomever You have given him, he will give to him life that is eternal. 3. Now this is life that is eternal, that they might know You, that You are the Elohim of Truth, and he alone whom You have sent, the Mashiyach Y'shua. (AENT)
When you read and actually STUDY the Torah, you will see exactly why all those myths are just that: MYTHS! The truth is, if you believe in,.and live by those myths, you may NOT get to spend eternity with YHWH because ... if you're not following HIS commands, then whose are you following?….
Wish more people would open their eyes, hearts and minds to posts like these. Even if Torah observance doesn't go exactly as planned, does YHWH bless us if we do our best to obey Torah?ReplyDelete
Great queston, Kevin - and the answer is yes. He never expected humanity to "be perfect" ... if you'll remember from Torah, none of our three Patriarchs were perfect!!! They upset YHWH quite a bit sometimes. He has simply always expected us to obey to the best of our ability, willingly, and wholeheartedly.Delete
It's when we're not wholehearted and try to get away with things we KNOW we shouldn't, that He becomes angry....