by Christopher from Schtix and Stones
It has been said by many Torah teachers that Judaism is evil, because of Tamlud, the written law, and how Yeshua approached the Pharisees. I take issue with this based on Scripture, and not from a pseudo-intellectual basis.
Lets refer to the book of Esther, Esther converted those whom were under the influence of pagan gods to what? Judaism. She lead a charge given to her by Elohim (plural meaning Mighty Ones, signifying the Father, Son and Ruach HaKodesh) to convert people to Judaism (that throws a ratchet into the gears for those that claim a person can never "become Jewish"). Lets look at EliYahu, he did the same, and countless other names in the Tanak. So do we then suggest that HaShem changed in the New Testament as the Christians do? That he then made Judaism evil. Of course not, Ezekiel then gives us the two house case, where the two sticks then become one, one house teachers omit this Scripture in the same ways the Pharisees did in their hypocritical nature which Yeshua exposed time and time again, one of the biggest examples was in John Chapter 8.
According to the Torah any woman whom was charged in adultery by the Sanhedrin council (which was assembled before Yeshua) would have to have the person she was caught in adultery with her so the sentence could be carried out to the two of them engaging in the act. I tend to believe the man was there in the crowd and I believe it was one of the Pharisees who brought the woman to Yeshua. I believe when he was writing in the ground he gave the man's name.
Lets not also forget the Apostle Paul said, not, "I was a Pharisee" but rather, "I am a Pharisee" so by the thought pattern of many hebrew roots teachers whom believe Judaism is evil, those whom cannot interpret Scripture would say then that Paul is the ultimate evil. Many Christians skip over this as well, they source Paul as doing away with the Torah, in verses like Galatians 2:19-21. Though when we read the Hebrew and understand Paul's writings through Jewish lenses in terms of the Talmud, and other jewish writings we can then make the distinction that Paul was indeed a genius and that he not once contradicted Scripture, the Bereans who looked over Paul's works were also well versed in the oral tradition, so to them it makes sense but for many Karaites it doesn't and they dismiss Paul. Or in many instances it doesn't make sense but they trust other outside writings to assure them that Paul is whom he says he is (what hypocrites).
Also lets take note of the Throne of Yahweh in the book of Revelation, now many of you may not realize this, but this is not the first time this is sourced in it's description of what the throne of Eloah looks like. It was originally written in Angelic Majesties which is a Jewish writing dating back during the days of Yeshua. Was Yochannon familiar with this writing? Well in an objective fashion I can honestly say "I don't know". However, the thing I wanna stress here, is that HaShem gave the same vision before as he did to Yochannon. Now it is sourced in Daniel, Zechariah, and Jeremiah, but only parts of the description, not the entire description of the throne as we see in Revelation. Many Rabbis say that the book of Revelation is many ways is a stolen book because of the description of the throne. And they refuse to believe that HaShem would give the same vision to a believer in Yeshua.
Lets also look at Daniel chapter 9, where it talks of a coming Prince whom will be named King of the Jews. King of the what?????? King of the Jews!!! Now we can source this back to Ezekiel once more, and the two house theology. Does Daniel say "King of the Jew and Gentile?" No he does not, now we have established earlier in the blog that being Jewish has nothing to do with where your family was born, and we came to that assertion in the Torah and and the words of the prophets, those whom accept the Torah and the Messiah are the Jews based on Scripture, once you accept the Torah and the Messiah guess what you are Jewish.
The Scriptures talk about taking in foreigners as well, this also has a lot to do with two house theology, and lets remember did the two sticks remain as two sticks? No they became one. So to continue to use the term "jew and gentile" is incorrect if you are talking about a group of brethren. It talks about foreigners and people of many nations accepting the Torah and their grafting in. If we still believe there is jew and gentile, then we dismiss what happened in the upper room, notcie they were preaching the gospel of Yeshua and Torah to everyone IN THEIR NATIVE LANGUAGE. There is huge spiritual significance in this.
Now in many greek translation Bibles it uses the terms Jew and Gentile in the new testament and this because of one house theology both ways. The Jews think they are the only house, and the Christians do as well, remember Yeshua with the lady at the well? This theology goes back even to that time period and Yeshua also exposed it as being wrong, she asked, "why are you speaking to me?", the one house theology of the time built a wall between different tribes, a wall between people who were with Moshe and those who weren't, it was even taught that the gentile was unclean, this as well contradicts Torah and Yeshua exposed this with the woman at the well, and showed her what she really needed to be worrying about which was in the Torah when he said she did not have one husband but she had 5. And the Samarian women then went and told the people Yeshua (the man who's name she did not know) was the Messiah. And notice, Yeshua spoke the Torah to the woman from Samaria, and quoted it to the Romans, now we know the Romans were not Jews. But the olive tree grafting in in which Yeshua spoke about would be null and void in our Scriptures if it were not from the JEWISH teachings of the two houses of Israel.
By Christopher from Schtix and Stones
In the words of Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, "you say potato and I say potatoe" (does not analogy really work in type? Who knows I tried). It was refreshing for me to leave Christiandom over a year ago, cause in the realms of my faith I would have to use the word but more times than a proctologist's day planner. I was excited to jump into the hebrew roots and realize that my Eloah does not contradict himself as described in Christiandom. But for the sake of donuts ladies and gentlemen, what is with the division we are causing in the body of Messiah in the Hebrew Roots?
I have in the past year seem people fight over the dumbest things in the faith. I am often reminded of the Three Stooges at times watching brethren divide the body, over things that are not even salvation issues. For instance the name, the spelling of the name. I have used every spelling imaginable, I have used Yeshua, Yahshua, Yahoshua etc, and there are many who make the "proper" spelling and articulation of the name their ministry, the same with the Father. But the question is....do we know how to give honor to the name when we are set on it? I see brethren often try and one up each other on earthly knowledge of pronunciation, the meanings of numbers and bible codes etc. But that does not tell us anything about ones walk in Messiah. On the contrary, we see the ego come out with many of such individuals, these egos draw people away from the Messiah. They make people on the outside looking in think, "man these people are no betters than the hell of Babylon that I came out of, so I might as well go back". The Scriptures say that the blood of those are upon our hands, and ego is the real issue that can cause someone to loose their salvation.
When a person tries to come off as smart, or more learned than others in Scripture it is obvious that they want followers of themselves, some will even contradict Scripture and their replies are, "well I am at a higher level of understanding". Yahweh does not care how smart you are, he care if you keep his Torah, and if you follow His Son Yeshua the Messiah.
Salvation does not come from how smart you are, or how you spell the name, or what books you have read, who you studied under, if you are one house two house, 3 house, or a renter. There are only two things that matter, and this is what Yeshua meant when he said, "My yoke is easy and my burden is light", what he was simply saying is all you need is the Torah, and me. If we walk the Torah and accept Yeshua that is all we need people. It does not matter if you can speak Hebrew, or greek or Aramaic, or how well you understand the Scriptures. Why do you think the Torah was written so easily to understand.
Haven't you noticed it is people who claim to have a deep intellectual knowledge of the Scriptures that make it more complicated? That saw we must stand on our heads and turn around three times if we are to properly keep the Shabbat? I have seen some goofy things in the Hebrew Roots since I came into the faith a year ago. But I will continue to fight to bring Echad to the body, and the only way we can do that is by realizing we are all students, none of us are teachers, our ability to learn from others and to reason in the realms of Torah is what will help the ministries we are affiliated and most importantly the ministry that is our life. The witness we give to others unknowingly is our ministry, the way we act at our jobs, at school, around our friends, that is our ministry ladies and gentlemen, your life is your ministry. It is because you are set apart. But lets please all get back to the realization that we are not smarter than the Creator, and that HaShem will be constantly teaching us through the Ruach HaKodesh and through His Word, and that is the only way we can achieve Echad in the body of M
The Nazarene Radio Network will be kicking off Manic Marathon Mondays starting this week at midnight on Monday and going through 3pm EST on Monday, starting next week. A lottery will be held tonight between the NRN hosts to choose the order, all the teachers on NRN and radio programs will be entered into the hat, and the order will be determined by the lottery in the order chosen out of the hat. So check back tomorrow for the results and dates of when your favorite teacher or program will be marathon-ed on the Nazarene Radio Network for Manic Marathon Mondays on The Nazarene Radio Network.
As we all know HaSatan's day of worship is swiftly falling upon us. Many of you will have "Christian" children dressed as Freddy Kruger, Michael Myers, emons, ghosts, aliens, or other creatures from the abyss knocking on your door on October 31st, asking for candy. Well, I have put together a small packet here, with an mp3 you can download, and burn onto CDs to give to those children and the parents who knock on your door and a PDF you can print out as well and stick in their basket. Blank CDs are cheap, and lets fight against HaSatan on this satanic holiday. All computers now come with CD and DVD burners, and blank CDs are cheap, at places like Staples and Wal-Mart you can get a pack of 20 for less than 10 bucks. So lets fight the enemy and proclaim the truth this year.
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