Saturday, February 17, 2024


In Parasha 19 we learn about the design of the tabernacle and dimensions of the ark, and the shape of the menorah – which hold absolutely NO meaning for those who don't realize their significance.

Most view these things as "Old Testament" which - according to our pastors – is full of interesting history, but they supposedly in no way pertain to New Testament teachings, because Jesus has supposedly "fulfilled" it all. The only thing that is really of any consequence for us today, the pastors insist, is our "belief in the shed blood at the cross"...

Let’s examine the actual Hebrew context of a small part of this passage:

Hebrews 8:8. For he rebukes them and says: Behold the days come, says Master YHWH, when I will complete with the family of the house of Israel and with the family of the house of Yehuda, a renewed covenant;[1] 9. not like the covenant which I gave to their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand and brought them out of the land of Egypt; (and) because they continued not in my covenant, I also rejected them, says Master YHWH.

10. But this is the covenant which I will give to the family of the house of Israel after those days, says Master YHWH: I will put my Torah in their minds and inscribe it on their hearts; and I will be to them a Elohim, and they will be to me a people.

11. And one will not teach his son of the city nor his brother, nor say: You shall know your Master YHWH: because they will all know me, from the youngest of them to the oldest. 12. And I will forgive them their iniquity; and their sins will I remember no more. 13. In that he said a Renewed (Covenant), he made the first old; and that which is old and decaying, is near to disappearing.[2] (AENT)


[1] Paul makes reference to the Renewed Covenant (Jeremiah 31:31-34) nine times in this letter.

[2] The context is Jeremiah 31:31-34, what is "near to disappearing" is the sinful nature of man that breaks Torah, not the standard of Torah. Remember that we broke Torah, not YHWH. YHWH (“the Father) did not drop the standard of Torah because Israel chose disobedience; rather, He installed a Renewed Covenant to write Torah upon the heart through the work of the Ruach haKodesh (Holy Spirit), according to Mashiyach (Messiah)!

The fact of the matter is that in Mashiyach, YHWH raised the bar; He magnified Torah (see Isaiah 42:21). Because mankind broke Covenant, YHWH required complete renovation on OUR part, not HIS part of the Covenant.

This verse in its twisted form, became one of the "crown jewels" of Christianity, which teaches that Torah is decaying and is near to disappearing. NOTHING could be farther from the truth!

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